Venture Capital – $$$ for Your Cloud Startup

Want to know which Venture Capital firms are putting money into the cloud?  Cloud application service provider startups abound, and money for them will only be flowing until 2010.  At least, that’s what James Staten of Forrester says.  After that, James doesn’t think that any VC firm would give you a second glance if the word “cloud” is in your business proposal or in your name.

Why?  Because we’re in the “trough of disillusionment”, according to the cloud Hype Cycle.  The cloud bubble will be bursting around 2010.  Losers in this space will disappear as we reach the “slope of enlightenment”, and then those who are doing interesting things will continue on and experience real productivity and profitability.

Enough about that.  You need to know where to get money for your startup.  Here’s my list of VCs, angel investors, and companies in this space who have provided funding recently.

For those of you who want to jumpstart your startup, check out Sun’s Startup Essentials.


Author: Ynema Mangum

Ynema Mangum is an experienced, data-driven principal product manager of mission-critical composable infrastructure at HP Enterprise. Constantly curious, her passions draw her to emerging technologies. She joined HP 6 years ago as a solutions architect for private IT cloud computing. She then served as owner of the enterprise social collaboration domain at HP, responsible for its future direction. Prior to her current position, she was a senior product manager for the massive HP ConvergedSystem 900 for SAP HANA. At SUN, she was a product line manager for cloud computing, responsible for the requirements for common subsystems of the Sun Cloud, as well as user personas, industry analysis, and competitive research. Her product experience also includes building web based database management systems at BMC Software targeted at Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Sybase, DB2 and DB2 UDB. Y provides an invaluable hybrid mix of strategist, architect, product manager and product marketer with an unbendable passion for the user experience. Her entrepreneurial experience allows her to understand business as a whole and drives her to make decisions and execute quickly. As an added bonus, she is certified in ITIL v3 best practices for IT and Pragmatic Product Management. Ynema is a change agent. She considers herself a determined influencer and a connector whose collaborative nature ensures success in introducing new concepts and services into the mainstream -- even in the most complex environments. She thrives on doing what seems to be impossible, and enjoys taking calculated risks in her personal life -- snowboarding, skiing, SCUBA diving or wake boarding when the season is right.

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