Last week we received an email from Thinkfuse, a cloud app that delivers
“simple status reports.”
To make a long story short, they told us (and their many customers) that they
were purchased by Salesforce and were shutting down operations.
Here’s a screenshot of the email:
Getting bought by Salesforce is big news for Thinkfuse. They probably made a
splash load of cash for themselves and their investors. They’re now
involved with a product serving millions of subscribers, instead of a few
thousand. They’re moving up the totem pole.
Unfortunately, the deal is less good news for Thinkfuse users. We don’t use
Thinkfuse internally, but we thought highly of the product, and knew several
clients who used it. It is (was) a great piece of software: simple, focused,
functional. To lose the service abruptly, with Mailchimp as the only
proffered alternative, feels a bit… well… h... (more)
We review small business CRM software all the time. Sometimes we find great
systems. Sometimes not.
More typically, we find systems like Base CRM, a well designed and promising
system that’s almost there (but not quite). Read on for our full review.
The Quick and Dirty Verdict
Base is a web-based CRM built by Future Simple, a venture-backed, Chicago
based software company. As small business CRMs go, Base is pretty damn good:
it’s easy to use, includes some neat features (client spaces!), and boasts
an awesome mobile app. Unfortunately, the expensive pricing scheme, lack of
Here at VM we’re planning our spring 2011 conference tour and we’re happy
to say there’s a lot going on in the world of presentations and meetings
about cloud-computing. Deadlines are fast-approaching though, so check out
the list we’ve put together below and see if there’s something happening
near you… hope to see you there!
Note: this list is incomplete and bound to change. Descriptions were taken
off the sponsoring organizations’ websites and so may not reflect content
and/or quality. Don’t hold us accountable if a conference sucks.
What: Global Services Conference 2011: Enabl... (more)
There are plenty of “Top 5 lists” with generic reasons for why businesses
should migrate into SaaS and cloud computing. Scalability, cost, mobility –
they’re good reasons, sure, but we’ve heard them before: what else does
cloud computing offer? If you’re thinking about moving your business into
the cloud but haven’t yet, here are five reasons that are often overlooked:
1. Clients notice. Traditionally, IT has served a “backend” role in
business. With the exception of email and websites, most businesses hide
their IT solutions from clients, and with good reason: IT is ugly. Cloud ... (more)
There are more visible SaaS offerings, but e-signature services are fast
becoming a cornerstone of cloud-based business. It makes sense – why print
and sign paper documents when everything else is done online? Plenty of
companies are asking that question, and it shows: EchoSign, an e-signature
industry leader, reported growth of 216% between Q2 ‘09 and Q2 ‘10. Not
bad for a company named for a dolphin.
RightSignature is a relative newcomer to the e-signature game, but having
signed Farme... (more)