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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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