The one company that wanted Skype: Microsoft. Can the service unite Microsoft's far flung empire and raise its tech profile?
FORTUNE -- You'll be hearing about video chat a lot more over the next few years thanks to Microsoft's headline-making $8.5 billion acquisition of the popular Internet telephony company Skype, which both companies confirmed in a joint announcement earlier today. It's the largest sum Microsoft (MSFT) has ever forked over for MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - May 10, 2011 3:06 PM ET
Venture capitalists are hungrier than ever for next big startup, leading them to make some eye-popping investments -- which, for once, may be entirely justifiable.
By Aaron Levie, contributor
FORTUNE -- Having just closed a fourth round of funding, raising $48M from Andreessen Horowitz and other notable investors, I have the dubious distinction of having pitched Box more than a few dozen times on Sand Hill Road over the past five years. MOREApr 11, 2011 2:36 PM ET
Andreessen Horowitz and others send a big signal that web-based enterprise software startups are gaining clout with their latest investment.
Back in 2005, Aaron Levie and Dylan Smith were college dropouts with a collective $11,000 and a not-so-sexy startup idea for an online storage and collaboration service. Today, the entrepreneurial duo announced that their company, Box.net, has closed a whopping $48 million series D funding round.
The large investment is the latest sign MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Feb 24, 2011 12:19 PM ET
Best known for its consumer tech investments, the fund ventures into enterprise cloud computing.
Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz is best known for high-profile investments like Zynga, Foursquare and Skype. But the fund, headed by Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen and his longtime business partner Ben Horowitz, is also betting big on business-to-business upstarts, and these days that means backing companies that enable or rely on cloud computing.
Last summer Andreessen Horowitz made MOREMichal Lev-Ram, writer - Jan 28, 2011 9:24 AM ET
By Ben Horowitz, contributor
Cloud computing company Opsware was nobody's darling. Then founders Andreessen and Horowitz put the company through three rounds of layoffs. The unlikely result was a big buyout -- here's how it happened.
"I'm tryin' to right my wrongs / But it's funny them same wrongs helped me write this song" -Kanye West
Shortly after we sold Opsware to Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), I had a conversation with the legendary venture MORESep 20, 2010 1:19 PM ET
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