Oct 14, 2020

Armory’s cloud SaaS platform raises $40mn

SaaS
Cloud
Spinnaker
Armory
William Smith
2 min
San Francisco, California-based Armory offers enterprises an easier route to using open-source multi-cloud platform Spinnaker
San Francisco, California-based Armory offers enterprises an easier route to using open-source multi-cloud platform Spinnaker...

San Francisco, California-based Armory offers enterprises an easier route to using open-source multi-cloud platform Spinnaker.

Spinnaker, which was developed by Netflix and Google for the purpose of continuous delivery, helps companies manage their efforts across cloud platforms and release software changes rapidly.

Armory works on top of that, with expanded features intended to be used by enterprise scale customers to automate software delivery and allow developers to work across multiple clouds.

Since its foundation in 2016, the company has raised over $80mn across five funding rounds. Its latest Series C, announced yesterday, saw the company raise $40mn from lead investor B Capital Group, alongside Lead Edge Capital, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Insight Partners, Crosslink Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Mango Capital, Y Combinator and Javelin Venture Partners.

In a press release, Daniel R. Odio, CEO of Armory, said: “Progressive companies that understand how to build, ship and iterate on feature-rich experiences for their users will thrive over the next decade, out-innovating their peers and accruing much more enterprise value than those who don’t. We are entering an era of Big Code, where source code becomes the DNA of a company. Legacy software delivery tooling built for data centers cannot handle the massive complexity that comes with coordinating thousands of developers as they break monolithic apps into hundreds of microservices and deploy to dozens of targets across multiple clouds like AWS, GCP, and Azure.”

The company said it would use the funds to accelerate R&D and marketing development of its so-called Spinnaker-as-a-service platform.

Rashmi Gopinath, General Partner at B Capital, said: “Armory’s upcoming SaaS offering of Spinnaker addresses a critical need to consume infrastructure software in a self-service approach. From the Global 2000 to mid-market, enterprises are adopting Spinnaker because it’s the only proven enterprise-grade cloud native platform that supports complex deployments in a highly scalable, secure, and regulatory-compliant manner and it’s a key reason B Capital is excited to make this investment into Armory.”

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Jun 24, 2021

Legend: John McAfee

McAfee
Cybersecurity
Intel
2 min
A controversial figure, John McAfee is credited with starting an entire technology industry around cybersecurity

John McAfee is credited with starting the entire cybersecurity industry. In 1987, he set up McAfee Associates and released VirusScan. Previous antivirus programs had been released, but McAfee’s was the first with mass appeal and was soon a day zero (or at least day one) installation for Windows users as well as corporate clients.

McAfee: divisive

But McAfee was also a hugely divisive character. He dismissed his own software, claimed he never used it, and rejoiced when Intel bought McAfee and took his name off “the worst software on the planet.” He was anti-tax, pro-drugs, anti-war and pro-free trade. He was also a tireless crusader for cyber awareness, and set up a political party called the Cyber Party in order to make a bid for the office of president of the US.

“I am now everlastingly grateful to Intel for freeing me from this terrible association with the worst software on the planet”

McAfee: born in the UK

McAfee was born in Gloucestershire, UK, but moved to Salem, Virginia, where his American father (his mother was English) shot himself when McAfee was 15. McAfee worked at NASA, Univac, Xerox, Computer Sciences Corporation, Booz Allen Hamilton and Lockheed. It was while working at the latter he was given a copy of Brain, the first computer virus for PC, and began to engineer a defence.

McAfee: controversy

Controversy dogged McAfee. He was implicated as a ‘person of interest’ in the search for a neighbour who had been shot. He married a prostitute. He claimed a cocaine baron was writing his biography. He was arrested for possession of an unlicensed weapon and for manufacturing drugs in Belize (later released without charge). There were various other arrests (mainly weapons related) but not much would stick until McAfee’s anti-tax stance caught up with him. 

McAfee: arrest

He fled the US as tax authorities turned up the heat on at least four years of non payment of tax and was arrested (again) in Spain in October 2020 at the behest of the US Department of Justice. Charges for fraudulently promoting cryptocurrencies were soon added and he was formally indicted in March 2021. In June 2021, the Spanish National Court authorised McAfee’s extradition to the US, and McAfee was found dead in his cell just hours later in what is widely believed to be a suicide.

McAfee: death

Even in death, McAfee courted controversy, having announced that if he was ever found to have committed suicide, it would mean he had been murdered. A slew of conspiracy theories mushroomed in the hours after his death was announced. It’s just what he would have wanted.

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