Pivotal Labs

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Pivotal Labs
Division of Pivotal Software
Industry Software development
Founded 1989
Headquarters San Francisco, California
Key people
Rob Mee, CEO
Sherry Erskine, CFO
Products Pivotal Tracker
Website www.pivotallabs.com
Farhan Thawar, VP Engineering of Pivotal Labs, giving a talk in Toronto

Pivotal Labs is an American agile software development consulting firm headquartered in San Francisco, California. It is a division of Pivotal Software, and has offices in Boston, Boulder, Chicago, Denver, London, Dublin, Sydney, Los Angeles, New York, Palo Alto, Toronto, and Washington, DC.[1]

Pivotal promotes Ruby on Rails, pair programming, test-driven development and behavior driven development. Clients include Groupon, Best Buy,[2] EMI Music, Zendesk, Mavenlink, Twitter, and Urban Dictionary.

The company was founded in 1989 by Rob Mee and Sherry Erskine.[3] In 2008, Pivotal Labs released Pivotal Tracker, which it had been using as their internal project management and collaboration software, to the Ruby on Rails community. That year, Pivotal Tracker won the Jolt Product Excellence Award in the Project Management category.[4] In March 2012, Pivotal Labs was acquired by EMC.[5]

In October 2013, Pivotal Labs acquired Toronto-based Xtreme Labs, a mobile app development company, for $65 million.[6]

Pivotal Tracker[edit]

Pivotal Tracker
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Pivotal Tracker Project Screenshot
Developer(s) Pivotal Labs
Operating system Web-based
Type Project management
Website www.pivotaltracker.com

Pivotal Tracker is Pivotal Labs' software as a service product for agile project management and collaboration. In July 2011,[dated info] Pivotal Tracker had over 250,000 registered users.[7]

The tool includes file sharing and task management, velocity tracking and iteration planning; release markers; and progress charts. There is an API[8] for extensions and third party tools.[9]


  1. ^ "Office Locations - Pivotal Labs". Pivotallabs.com. Retrieved 2015-05-19. 
  2. ^ "Inside Pivotal Labs, the Agile Force Behind Twitter and Groupon". GigaOM. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  3. ^ "Pivotal Labs Team". Pivotal Labs. 
  4. ^ "Pivotal Labs Wins Prestigious 2008 Jolt Award". newsblaze.com. Retrieved 2009-03-17. 
  5. ^ "EMC Acquires Pivotal Labs". EMC. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  6. ^ Swisher, Kara. "In a Big Mobile Move, Pivotal Buys Xtreme Labs for $65 Million in Cash". AllThingsD.com. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  7. ^ "Pivotal Tracker: The iPod of project management software". venturehacks.com. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  8. ^ "Pivotal Tracker API". Pivotal Labs. 
  9. ^ "Pivotal Tracker Third Party Tools". Pivotal Labs. 

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