Salesforce.com Acquires Pinterest-Like Website Clipboard

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Salesforce.com
has acquired Clipboard, a website that is similar to Pinterest.  Clipboard’s founders said that they will be shutting down the website on June 30th.  Existing users will be able to download their data into a personal archive that lets you view your clips and boards offline.

“We have some bittersweet news. We are extremely happy to announce that salesforce.com has signed an agreement to acquire Clipboard, allowing us to pursue our mission of saving and sharing the Web on a much larger scale. But at the same time we’re also sad to see this stage of our adventure come to an end, especially since it means that our relationship with you, our users, will irreversibly change,” said the Clipboard team on their website.

Based in Bellevue, Washington, Clipboard launched in 2011.  The service went public around one year ago.  Clipboard allowed users to bookmark text, audio, animations, and formatted sections of websites.  Users could make their “clipboards” public and private.  There was also a similar following and follower model that is used on Pinterest.

Clipboard CEO Dr. Gary Flake will become a Salesforce.com’s engineering VP at the company’s Seattle office.  All the rest of Clipboard’s core engineering and design team will work at Salesforce.com, reporting to Dr. Flake.

The acquisition details are unknown, but there are rumors that the deal was worth around $10 – $20 million. Clipboard raised around $2.5 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Index Ventures, CrunchFund, SV Angel, betaworks, First Round Capital, DFJ, and several other investors.

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This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Salesforce.com Acquires Pinterest-Like Website Clipboard Comments

  1. Team Favebucket says:

    Cool and cruel at the same time… 140.000 users more or less neglected.

    It seems obvious that a lot of startups like ours would love to welcome the Clipboard – fans and we do, actually. We’d be happy to.

    http://www.favebucket.com

    We are very glad to announce that we have an importer for Clipboard.

    Its ready for you in the settings pane in Favebucket and you can simply upload your zip file and it will unpack. It will turn your bookmarks and tags into Faves and tags. Soon we will also unlock everything else you have uploaded so nothing will be lost!

    Happy Faving!

    [for mishaps or questions mail us at youinspireme@favebucket.com]

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