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Appirio: Strategic Investment from Salesforce, 5 Years of Growth, 1M People to the Cloud

I am a rabid fan of Appirio.  Let me put that out there as a disclaimer.  It is the kind of company every VC wants to find and invest in.  A huge market opportunity (cloud computing), terrific management team and employee base (grown from 0 to more than 400 in 5 years) and phenomenal execution (amazing customer base and financial growth).

Today, Appirio announced a strategic investment from Salesforce.com, the “big dog” in the cloud computing space.  The investment will go towards additional expansion in Europe and Asia, as well as continued growth in Appirio’s US operation.

The team put up a great blog post about why disruption has been such a key part of their strategy and success – it’s worth reading.

A few other recent Appirio news items of note:

ZDNET recently put up a great interview with Appirio CEO Chris Barbin.

MSNBC recently highlighted Appirio’s hiring momentum and creative recruiting strategies.

Congratulations to the team on 5 years of phenomenal success (looking forward to 5 more!).

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