Author Archives: Michal Lev-Ram, writer
  • For crowdsourced security startup, a carrot and a hack

    Kleiner Perkins' latest bet on cybersecurity? Crowdsourced hacking and a new company called Synack.

    FORTUNE -- What do you get when you bring a couple of former National Security Agency analysts to Silicon Valley? A crowdsourced platform for hacking into customers' security holes and $7.5 million in funding.

    Synack, the Menlo Park, Calif.-based company started by former NSA agents Jay Kaplan and Mark Kuhr, announced this morning that it secured Series A funding MORE

    - Apr 24, 2014 7:00 AM ET
  • New cyber-threats that go bump in the night

    App attacks, crimeware, skimmers, and other cybersecurity concerns for enterprise executives, per Verizon's latest data breach report.

    FORTUNE -- It's that time of year again: Spring is in the air, Monarch butterflies are traveling north, and Verizon's (VZ) data breach report is making the rounds, freaking out already freaked-out chief information security officers around the globe.

    The annual report compiles and analyzes more than 63,000 security incidents (as well as 1,300 confirmed data breaches) MORE

    - Apr 22, 2014 11:20 AM ET
  • Time is running out for Box competitors

    The clock is ticking for enterprise file-sharing companies after their brightest star, Box, filed for an IPO.

    FORTUNE -- How many enterprise file-sharing services whose names don't start and end with the word "Box" can the market support? Probably not as many as are currently out there.

    The long-term future of Box, the high-flying enterprise file-sharing company that filed for a $250 million initial public offering in March, is no slam-dunk. But earlier-stage and less heavily financed MORE

    - Apr 14, 2014 2:37 PM ET
  • Atlassian: The $3.3 billion software company you've never heard of

    The Aussie business collaboration startup is profitable and quietly preparing for an IPO. We talk to co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes.

    FORTUNE -- Another day, another multibillion-dollar valuation: Sydney, Australia-based Atlassian, a maker of collaboration tools (Jira, HipChat) for businesses, is now worth $3.3 billion. Earlier this week, the company announced a $150 million funding round led by T. Rowe Price.

    Hefty valuation aside, Atlassian isn't your everyday Silicon Valley startup, and not MORE

    - Apr 10, 2014 10:01 AM ET
  • Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop starts his new gig with a bang

    Microsoft's new head of devices kicks off the company's Build developers conference by announcing three new smartphones.

    FORTUNE -- Microsoft's (MSFT) got a new head of devices: Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop.

    Elop was named executive vice president of the tech giant's devices division earlier this week, as part of a handful of other management changes. Wednesday morning in San Francisco, he took the stage at Microsoft's Build developers conference to announce three new Lumia MORE

    - Apr 2, 2014 5:09 PM ET
  • This big data company has Hollywood DNA

    Want to work at Tableau Software? You might have to get an Academy Award first.

    FORTUNE -- Most big data companies don't recruit Hollywood types, and most weren't co-founded by executives with three Academy Awards under their belt.

    Tableau Software (DATA), a Seattle-based provider of data visualization tools, is a little bit different. Founded by Pat Hanrahan, an early employee at Pixar Animation Studios, along with co-founders Christian Chabot and Chris Stolte, the company claims its MORE

    - Mar 28, 2014 12:11 PM ET
  • Why Box needs developers. Now.

    Every tech company needs to woo developers. But a coming IPO accelerates the case for Aaron Levie's file storage company.

    FORTUNE -- Box most often gets compared to online storage competitor Dropbox. But increasingly, it seems the soon-to-be-public startup is following the path of enterprise tech heavyweight Microsoft (MSFT). Why? The answer has more to do with its ambitions to build out a developer ecosystem than its impending IPO.

    Box's growth strategy, per MORE

    - Mar 27, 2014 5:00 AM ET
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  • Cisco's Padmasree Warrior: Why I'm backing Box

    The Cisco CTO explains why she's backing Aaron Levie's soon-to-IPO enterprise content management company.

    FORTUNE -- Earlier this week, the file-sharing service Box announced that Cisco Systems (CSCO) CTO Padmasree Warrior will join its board of directors. The Los Altos, Calif.-based company, which recently raised $100 million in new funding at around a $2 billion valuation, is expected to make its public market debut in the coming months.

    Snagging Warrior is a good MORE

    - Mar 21, 2014 9:47 AM ET
  • Cisco's new collaboration tools: Videoconferencing for the rest of us?

    Forget Telepresence. The networking giant's new systems are intended for small- and medium-sized businesses.

    FORTUNE -- Cisco Systems (CSCO) has long realized that most companies don't have the need or the money to buy its pricey and bulky Telepresence technology, an elaborate videoconferencing system that combines 65-inch screens, cameras, integrated lighting, and even custom-made desks.

    To push its collaboration wares into a wider range of corporate customers' conference rooms, the company is MORE

    - Mar 13, 2014 2:05 PM ET
  • Can Microsoft make enterprise search better?

    Updates to its Office 365 suite show benefits from a 2008 acquisition.

    FORTUNE -- Microsoft (MSFT) has a spotty track record when it comes to acquisitions. (Remember Danger, Massive, and WebTV? Yeah, neither do we.) But snapping up enterprise search startup Fast Search & Transfer for $1.2 billion back in 2008 may prove to have been a prescient move.

    Earlier this week the tech giant unveiled a series of updates to its Office MORE

    - Mar 7, 2014 10:56 AM ET
About This Author
Michal Lev-Ram
Michal Lev-Ram
Writer, Fortune

Based in Silicon Valley, Michal Lev-Ram covers enterprise and mobile technologies for FORTUNE. Prior to joining FORTUNE, she wrote for CNNMoney, Fast Company, Popular Science and other business and technology publications. She was also a staff writer at Business 2.0 and holds a B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University.

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