WatchDox

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WatchDox LTD (originally called Confidela)[1][non-primary source needed] is a secure collaboration company which was founded by Noam Livnat and Moti Rafalin in 2008. WatchDox developed the first end-to-end DRM (Digital Rights Management) File Sync and Share platform.

In 2012 WatchDox acquired InstallFree[2][non-primary source needed] as part of its strategy to provide a full suite of secure collaboration capabilities. The company grew to about 100 employees, and over 300 top enterprise customers, including Coca-Cola, Nike, Disney, Chevron, Zurich Insurance, KPMG, Bloomberg, Corning, Sony [3] Comerica, Blackstone,[4][non-primary source needed] TPG, MLB and others. Gartner consistently rated WatchDox as a visionary product [5][non-primary source needed] in the EFSS (Enterprise File Sync and Share) market and in 2017 named it the best product of its kind in the "workforce productivity" and "protection" categories.[6][non-primary source needed]

WatchDox grew to about $15 million in annual recurring revenue before it was acquired by BlackBerry Limited in April 2015.[7][non-primary source needed][8] BlackBerry renamed the WatchDox product to BlackBerry Workspaces.[9][non-primary source needed]

WatchDox was headquartered in Palo Alto, CA and its R&D center was located in Petah Tikva, Israel. After its acquisition by BlackBerry, WatchDox R&D center became BlackBerry's Israel R&D center (John Chen, BlackBerry's CEO, visited the WatchDox employees and the Israeli PM after the acquisition). [10]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-12-07. Retrieved 2017-11-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "WatchDox Acquires InstallFree to Provide Secure Document Viewing, Editing on Any Platform". Businesswire.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  3. ^ Perlroth, Nicole (29 March 2015). "Secrecy on the Set: Hollywood Embraces Digital Security". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Blackstone Implements WatchDox to Facilitate Secure File Sharing, Invests in Company". Businesswire.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  5. ^ "Gartner EFSS Magic Quadrant Recognizes WatchDox by BlackBerry as a 'Visionary'". Blogs.blackberry.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Gartner Reprint". Gartner.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-10-22. Retrieved 2017-11-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Lunden, Ingrid. "Confirmed: BlackBerry Is Buying File Security And DRM Startup WatchDox for up to $150M". Techcrunch.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  9. ^ "EFSS, Doc Security, File Share – BlackBerry Workspaces (WatchDox)". Us.blackberry.com. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-11-26. Retrieved 2017-11-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)