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YouSendIt’s Brad Garlinghouse Talks About Found Acquisition, Rebranding and More! (Video)


YouSendIt, the file-sharing and enterprise collaboration company, said it had bought a small startup called Found Software that helps users find and discover a wide range of data across many devices and cloud services.

The Campbell, Calif.-based YouSendIt, whose newish CEO is former Yahoo and AOL exec Brad Garlinghouse, said it had found a “cloud-nostic platform” — no, really, it did coin that term — to increase the mobile capabilities of its services.

YouSendIt did not disclose the price it paid for San Francisco-based Found, which was co-founded by Stephen Brady, Vijay Sundaram and John Mitchell. They will all join YouSendIt.

But the acquisition does give the company some differentiation in search and discovery in the fast-growing data storage and sharing space, as it seeks to compete with powerful rivals from Dropbox to similar offerings by big companies like Google.

I talked to Garlinghouse about this, as well as why he went to YouSendIt, and how it might be rebranded going forward, in the video below:

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik