Backupify

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Backupify, Inc.
Industry Security software
Computer software
Cloud computing
Software as a service
Backup
Predecessors Lifestream Backup
Founded Louisville, KY, U.S. (November 15, 2008 (2008-11-15))[1]
Founders Rob May
Vik Chadha
Headquarters 17 Sellers Street, Cambridge, MA, U.S.
Area served Worldwide
Employees 52
Website www.backupify.com

Backupify, Inc. is among the first major cloud-to-cloud backup providers, duplicating data found in popular web applications and software as a service solutions to an independent, third-party online data storage system. The company is often associated with the data liberation movement.

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Founded in 2008 by Rob May, creator of Business Pundit blog, and Vik Chadha, Backupify was originally known as Lifestream Backup, as the company initially provided backup for lifestreaming services such as Photobucket, Twitter, Flickr and Friendfeed. In Oct. of 2009, the company rebranded as Backupify because, in May's words, "We have really moved beyond lifestreaming. Many of the tools we backup ... aren’t really lifestreaming tools."[2] In Dec. of 2009, Backupify caught the attention of Jason Calcanis, who invited May to pitch potential investors at the first Open Angel Forum.[3] This led to a $5.5 million venture funding round, which prompted Backupify to relocate from Louisville, KY to Cambridge, MA.[4]

In May 2010, Backupify introduced Google Apps backup (since renamed Backupify for Google Apps),[5] the company's first business product separate from its original consumer-focused web application backup service. Backupify has since shifted its focus from consumer-oriented cloud-to-cloud backup to more business-centric SaaS backup solutions,[6] including Backupify for Salesforce. During Backupify's latest funding round, the company received a strategic investment from computer security software developer Symantec,[7] though what role either business will play in the other's plans has not been publicly released.

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