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Area venture capitalists are betting that crowdsourcing — the idea behind Wikipedia and open-source software — can penetrate some of the most staid industries: patent research and business-to-business credit checks.
Cortera Inc. of Quincy has raised more than $20 million from Volition Capital, whose managers believe the company can beat Dun & Bradstreet Corp. by sourcing credit-check data from myriad small to midsize businesses.
Meanwhile, Cambridge-based General Catalyst Partners is one of several outside investors that have put $3 million in total behind Article One Partners LLC, a New York startup that claims to have crowdsourced “the world’s largest patent research community” for collecting examples of patentable techniques and designs.
In the next few months, you'll be able to take Boxee, the software designed to marry television with online video, to the bathroom, the bedroom and the park. Boxee is working on versions of its application for the iPhone and iPad, with one for Google's Android also on the schedule.
rPath, an innovator in automating system provisioning and maintenance, today announced enhancements to the intelligent patching capabilities of its next-generation system automation platform. Specifically, rPath now automates inventory discovery, allows users to “cherry pick” updates and errata for incremental updates, and simplifies the user experience for Linux patching and system administration. To encourage Red Hat Network (RHN) Satellite users to try the rPath platform, the company has launched its “Satellite Swap-Out” promotional offer. For existing RHN Satellite customers, rPath will match or beat their current subscription to RHN Satellite with a richer, more complete solution.
Ping Identity®, the leader in Internet Identity Security, today announced that Mike Desai, Ping Identity Director of Business Development and Strategic Cloud Alliances has been appointed to the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Software Division Board of Directors.