Tag Archive: Koral

Oct 06 2011

de Kieviet thinks SharePoint is the future

To paraphrase Mandy Rice-Davies, Well, he would, wouldn’t he! Following my recent blog post about his move to Netherlands-based SharePoint reseller Cadac Organice, Gert-Jan de Kieviet (right) talked to me about his move from Sword-CTSpace and his somewhat controversial view that Microsoft SharePoint is the future of construction collaboration. BuildOnline and CTSpace In the mid-2000s, …

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Mar 09 2008

Investing in a dot.com/SaaS business: a history

In the late 1990s and into the first year or so of the 21st century, the dot.com boom say billions invested in new online ventures across great swathes of industry and commerce. The global architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry was no different. Millions were pumped into new start-ups by venture capitalists, business angels and …

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Mar 04 2008

BuildOnline revisited

In the absence of any updates regarding Sword Group and its recently-acquired construction collaboration technology business still branded as CTSpace (formerly known as BuildOnline and Citadon, formerly known as Cephren (formerly known as BlueLineOnline and E-bricks) and Bidcom, which also incorporated Cubus – and that’s just the short version!) or even a new website (see post), …

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Aug 08 2007

Suster leaves Salesforce.com

Mark Suster, one-time CEO of UK construction collaboration vendor BuildOnline (now CTSpace) has apparently left on-demand CRM business Salesforce.com, only four months after it acquired his Koral business (see post). I’ve seen it rumoured (Twitter) that Mark has joined a venture capital firm in Los Angeles. Tweet

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Apr 10 2007

Salesforce.com acquires Koral

In November and December 2006, I was talking about Koral, a content collaboration business set up by Mark Suster (former CEO of UK construction collaboration technology vendor BuildOnline) and two BO colleagues. Today, the Koral blog says Koral has been acquired by Salesforce.com – adding: “Our entire [nine-strong] team has joined salesforce.com to lead the content management …

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Jan 02 2007

BuildOnline UK position worsened

Prior to BuildOnline’s merger with Citadon to form CTSpace, its financial performance in the UK was getting even worse. As previously discussed (see BuildOnline and Koral on 14 November 2006 and BIW’s growth continues – but what about the others? on 8 November 2006), BO’s latest Companies House accounts show its UK business was already struggling in …

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Jan 02 2007

Open source v On-demand

While Mark Suster is no longer involved in the day-to-day running of a construction collaboration business, he is still a strong believer in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Having taken up a non-executive role with CTSpace (see BuildOnline + Citadon = CTSpace) in order to devote his time to running Koral (which has apparently raised $4m funding), Mark’s …

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Dec 04 2006

BuildOnline “has merged with a US player”

At PodTech, there is a podcast of former BuildOnline CEO Mark Suster (see previous post) talking about Koral and his “past life” at BO. However, Robert Scoble, the interviewer, corrects himself to say BO “is still your present life as you’re on the board of directors,” to which Suster responds: “that’s true” (interpretation: Suster is …

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Nov 14 2006

BuildOnline and Koral

BuildOnline CEO Mark Suster is running two companies. As well as running the UK-based construction collaboration vendor, Suster is also CEO of California-based Koral. This is an interesting development on two or three levels: first, Koral itself seems an interesting business with a strong Web2.0 content collaboration product; second, I wonder whether this will have an …

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