Tableau Software Thursday made its first product announcement since going
public in May, wheeling out new cloud-based business intelligence widgetry
called Tableau Online, a hosted version of its conventionally distributed
The company, which trades under the coveted ticker symbol DATA, thinks its
new Software-as-a-Service is highly disruptive both technologically and
economically since it "drastically" changes both the price point and the
delivery scheme usually associated with the kind of complex and sophisticated
software it's peddling. Of course, there's an increasing number of comers in
this space too.
Tableau's going after mass deployment by charging only 500 bucks per person
per year, which effectively works out to just $37 a month according to
director of product marketing Ellie Fink's persuasive arithmetic.
There's no minimum number of user... (more)
Five-year-old Big Data start-up Ayasdi, out only six months, has gotten B
round funding worth $30.6 million led by Institutional Venture Partners (IVP)
with newcomers GE Ventures and Citi Ventures kicking in as well as existing
investors Khosla Ventures and Floodgate participating.
That makes at least $42.6 altogether.
IVP gets a board seat.
Ayasdi's built what it calls an Insight Discovery platform designed for
domain experts and business people who are supposed to use it to
automatically derive insights from complex data and "operationalize" them to
help enterprises solve diff... (more)
The Dell board's special committee has rejected Michael Dell and Silver Lake
Partners offer to pay $13.75 a share for the company in exchange for not
counting shares that don't vote one way or the other on the buy-out as being
In a letter to Michael Dell and Silver Lake made public in an SEC filing
Wednesday, the special committee offered to change the date establishing who
was eligible to vote at all if Michael Dell and Silver Lake were still
willing to pay $13.75. Otherwise it's planning on tabulating the vote on
Friday on the original terms of $13.65 a share that ... (more)
After joining with Southeastern Asset Management in signing an open letter to
Dell’s special board committee – which is wrestling with Michael Dell’s
offer to pay $13.75 a share, 10 cents more a share, to change how the
stockholders vote on his leverage buy-out offer is counted – telling the
special committee he expected them to tell Michael Dell “no” – activist
investor Carl Icahn wrote another open letter to Dell shareholders
characterizing Michael Dell as a “whining” “sore loser” and major
corporate “liability” and castigating the Dell board for “making a
mockery of what lit... (more)
The shareholder vote on whether to sell Dell to its founder Michael Dell and
private equity house Silver Lake Partners, postponed last week to July 24
when the initial count wasn't breaking Michael's way, has been delayed again
until Friday August 2.
The Dell-Silver Lake consortium has raised its bid from $13.65 a share to
$13.75 a share and in exchange wants the way the votes are counted changed.
It doesn't want shares that aren't voted to count against them as the rules
are currently treating abstentions.
In a letter the pair said, "There is simply no rational basis for shares ... (more)