The BizSpark startup of the day is Calinda Software, based in France. You will find below an interview with Alex Mermod, CEO of Calinda Software. All the best to them and congrats for being the startup of the day!
I’m Alex Mermod and I’m the CEO of Calinda Software. I co-founded the company to make team collaboration natural and efficient. I manage the company with our incredible CTO Seb Bassompierre and our experienced Sales Manager Ray Bouchet.
I hold a diploma from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, and I previously was the Engineering Director of Bee Ware, a manager at BMC Software and an Engineer at Sun Microsystems in California. Seb is an expert software developer and Ray has been selling software for 15 years, at Software AG, CA, Platinum, and more.
Proud, and committed to keep the promise!
Calinda Software’s mission is to make team collaboration natural and efficient.
Calinda Software makes team collaboration natural by automatically mapping e-mail discussions and docs visually into a SharePoint mail space.
I had the original idea of visually mapping e-mail exchanges while working for Sun in California, to solve the difficulties my fellow engineers were having by being overloaded with information from every part, with no mean to prioritize and make good use of it. Seb saw the potential of this idea and we started Calinda to make it real.
We raised funds from business angels in 2008 and plan to raise $3m-5m of VC money in 2010 to finance our international development.
We have 5 employees and 2 developers.
Calinda Software hires 2 Microsoft .NET/SharePoint 2010 developers for working on MindUP, the SharePoint mail space. They will be involved in some direct collaboration with the Microsoft SharePoint team. We’re also hiring a senior sales manager at our Paris office.
SharePoint is of course the bedrock of our flagship product MindUP for SharePoint, the SharePoint mail space we created because SharePoint is the collaboration platform most of our customers use. Therefore we also rely on .NET, Visual Studio and SQL Server. We also generate Office Word documents that summarize a complete e-mail discussion and links to all attachments automatically. Last but not least, we provide a plug-in that adds convenient features to Outlook users such as creating personal folders reflecting the SharePoint sites they use, and automatically sorting incoming e-mails in the corresponding folders as they arrive.
In helping businesses put to work the huge amount of information and knowledge they share every day.
Simple, useful, smart.
Go see customers, code, iterate. Build the best team.
A mix between Steve Jobs, Ray Ozzie and Winston Churchill. Challenging, huh?
How much value does your business get from e-mail exchanges?