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Yammer top execs join Fuzebox to go head to head with Microsoft

September 18, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Eileen Brown / ZD Net

Four Yammer executives have left the company 15 months after its�$1.2 billion acquisition by Microsoft in 2012. But instead of starting from scratch again they have joined�Fuzebox, one of 'the most promising companies in 2013'.

Fuzebox�provides real-time voice, video and content collaboration solutions that allow people to work together�across locations and devices.

Headquartered in San Francisco the company�has�bolstered its leadership team by bringing on board Yammer executives. Today it announced its new CEO, Yammer Chief Customer Officer and veteran David Obrand.

Joining Obrand, former Yammer and sales leader Mary Pecka was named Chief Customer Officer who will lead worldwide sales operations and customer engagement.

Former Yammer and Microsoft executive Georg Ell was named Vice President and General Manager, EMEA. Ell will lead international expansion beginning with the European market.

Former Yammer finance executive Jonathan Grant was named VP of Finance and will be leading finance, accounting and investor relations.

Today Fuzebox has also announced that it is to target global expansion and has added�a Freemium service to its offering to drive�adoption by allowing customers to experience the product before subscribing.

It has two subscription offers, Pro and Enterprise at $8 per month and $20 per month respectively offering extra features such as Webinar mode or telepresence connect.

It has also raised�$26M in�Series B funding led by Hermes Growth Partners with Series A investors Index Ventures, Khosla Ventures and Insight Venture Partners. Including Series B funding, FuzeBox has raised a total of $46M to date.

The collaboration industry is ripe for a newcomer to disrupt its foothold. Recognized as the#125th fastest growing company on the Inc 5000, Fuzebox has already attracted some big name customers.�

Starbucks, NASA, Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide, Kellogg's, and General Motors use Fuzebox for presentations, online meetings, marketing webinars, screen sharing and collaboration.

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