Feeds

Citrix chomps Podio for cloudy workspaces

GoTo heavenly project management

High performance access to file storage

The mad rush to grab cloudy startups that make interesting apps continues, and this morning Citrix Systems has snacked on a little Danish. Specifically, Copenhagen-based Podio, a maker of malleable workspaces for online collaboration and project management.

You might be one of the 45,000 companies already using the Podio tool, which like many modern software applications runs on the cloud rather than on your desktop or servers. If not, you might have heard of the company as Hoist, as it was known when it was founded in early 2009 by Jon Froda, Anders Pollas, and Andreas Haugstrup Pedersen. The stealth startup got some seed money and by August 2009 it had its first customers.

In August 2010, the company got some more money and hired Tommy Ahlers (who kicked in the dough) as its CEO. Ahlers founded social media and mobile backup software company ZYB and sold it to Vodafone in May 2008 for just under $50m, so he had the cash to play with. Hoist changed its name to Podio and came out of stealth mode in September 2010, and by February 2011 it had 6,000 customers using the collaboration service. That success allowed it to raise $4m in Series A funding from Sunstone Capital. By March of this year, a year after the official launch of the Podio service, the company was running its collaboration tools on desktops as well as across iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Podio has integration with Google Docs for documents and with Box.net and Dropbox for file storage and allows for users to mix and match different parts of the Podio environment to mash up their own work environment for a specific project. You only see the components you need for any given project, which means the interface is always precisely suitable to the tasks at hand. As of last month, there were over 75,000 different Podio apps – or rather what the company calls apps, and you can argue among yourselves if these really qualify as apps – and over 185,000 different workspace configurations running on the service. Podio also integrated with Evernote, FreshBooks, Google Apps, Google Alerts, Instapaper, and Zendesk.

The Podio service has been offered under a freemium model, with the service being free to anyone with five or fewer employees in a workgroup – with a cap of five external client or partner users. There is also a cap of 1GB of storage on the freebie version. Once you get bigger than that, you pay $8 per-employee-per-month to use the service, but your clients and partners can log into your apps and use them for free.

Citrix did not divulge what it paid for Podio, but says it will roll it into its GoTo family of online services. And that was probably to avoid being rolled over by the Podio service. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES
Or helium filling either, according to reports
European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive
Rules 'interfering' measure to be 'invalid'
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
Bored with trading oil and gold? Why not flog some CLOUD servers?
Chicago Mercantile Exchange plans cloud spot exchange
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.