Arik Hesseldahl

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BackOps, a Back Office as Service for Small Businesses, Lands $7 Million

BackOps, a cloud-based company that offers back-office services like accounting, human resources and financial reporting, has raised a $7 million Series A investment led by Sherpa Ventures and e.ventures. Google Ventures also invested, as did the company’s seed investors, CrunchFund and Zynga founder Mark Pincus. The company combines its cloud software platform with a legion of experienced work-at-home professionals, and aims to allow companies to outsource their day-to-day back-office operations. The round brings its total capital raised to $9 million.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work