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In today's tech industry, if you ask a startup founder to describe the biggest hurdles that stand between them and total world domination (or at least market penetration), it won't be long before they begin grumbling about recruiting and the challenging process of hiring top-tier technical talent. ThousandEyes has raised $5..5 million from Sequoia Capital and angel investors for a service that pinpoints application issues between the enterprise and cloud services. Teambox has added high-definition video conferencing, adding to a list of providers that are adding video to their collaboration platforms. iZettle, the mobile payments company that has been described as a European version of Square, is today making a move that puts it one national boundary away from the U. GitHub is rolling out a major redesign over the next few days with the intent of putting more emphasis on content, speed and interactivity. Jottacloud, a cloud storage service based in Norway, is promoting itself as a safe and secure haven, free of the NSA's long reach that it has with services such as SkyDrive, Dropbox and iCloud. As we continue to see more details brought to light in how the government requests and uses information about what we do on the web and on our mobile devices, an ex-Googler and a consumer rights attorney, who have dedicated themselves to helping users remain private, have raised some funding to do this better and in more places.
This coming Friday night, I’ll be at the API Days conference in San Francisco to talk for a few minutes about my perspectives of the API economy.
Elastic Path has raised an $8 million debt round to fuel the development of its "commerce everywhere," API -- a hypermedia platform that abstracts backend complexity for the front-end developer and business person. Here's another interesting implementation of the $35 Raspberry Pi microcromputer -- or rather a stack of 56 Pis, linked together to form a model web platform called PiCloud, using LEGO bricks as bespoke racks for the Pi stacks.