AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Spiceworks™, Inc. today announced it has closed a $25 million financing round with new investors Adams Street Partners and Tenaya Capital and participation from existing investors. The series D funding will support expansion of the Spiceworks business model to include integrated commerce within the Spiceworks social business network for IT professionals and technology vendors.
“The average business in the Spiceworks network spends over $275,000 annually on technology,” said Scott Abel, co-founder and CEO of Spiceworks. “By marrying social networking, IT management and commerce, we’re transforming how businesses will discover, research, and buy products and services in the trillion dollar IT industry.”
With more than 25 percent of the world’s small and mid-sized business (SMB) IT professionals in Spiceworks, it’s the largest and fastest-growing social business network for IT. Currently, more than 1.4 million IT pros rely on Spiceworks to discover, buy and manage $244 billion worth of technology products and services each year. Over 200 top technology providers, including Microsoft, Google, Dell and Intel, use Spiceworks to connect directly with IT buyers through the company’s Vendor Pages and social marketing programs.
In addition to helping IT professionals manage their networks, Spiceworks allows them to create purchase lists, renew warranties, and buy cloud services from select vendors. Over the next year, the company will deliver more social commerce capabilities, such as group purchasing and deals, integrated request for quote with the leading technology vendors, and the purchasing of IT products and services built directly into the workflow of the application.
“What Groupon and Facebook are doing for commerce in the consumer market, Spiceworks is doing for IT buying in the business market,” said Jeff Diehl, partner of Adams Street Partners. “The company’s unique blend of IT business applications, community and commerce has created a powerful social marketplace and more efficient channel for the technology industry.”
The Spiceworks social business network for IT combines free network management, network monitoring and help desk software with a rapidly growing and active Facebook-like community of IT professionals. Organizations of all sizes use Spiceworks to discover, buy and manage technology in a social way.
More information on Spiceworks can be found at http://www.spiceworks.com. Follow Spiceworks on Twitter: http://twitter.com/spiceworks. Connect with Spiceworks on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Spiceworks. Search for available career and networking opportunities on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/companies/spiceworks.
About Tenaya Capital
Tenaya Capital is a leading venture capital firm with offices in Menlo Park, Calif., and Boston. Founded in 1995 as Lehman Brothers Venture Partners, Tenaya became an independent company in 2009. Tenaya, which has raised a total of five funds representing over $1 billion of committed capital, invests in a wide range of high-growth technology companies in software, the Internet, communications, semiconductors, electronics and clean technology.
About Adams Street Partners
Adams Street Partners, LLC is a leading private equity investment firm, providing primary and secondary partnership and direct investment management services to institutional clients. Adams Street Partners is one of the largest managers of private equity investments in the world and has one of the longest histories. Together with its predecessor organizations, Adams Street Partners has been investing in private equity partnerships since 1979 and managing direct investments in private equity since 1972. Adams Street Partners has offices in Chicago, London, Menlo Park and Singapore. For more information, please visit www.AdamsStreetPartners.com.
Founded in 2006, Spiceworks™ is the world’s largest and fastest growing social business network for IT. By combining free IT management software with a Facebook-like community, Spiceworks helps over 1.4 million IT professionals to discover, buy and manage $244 billion worth of technology products and services each year. Spiceworks is headquartered in Austin, Texas and backed by Adams Street Partners, Tenaya Capital, Institutional Venture Partners (IVP), Austin Ventures and Shasta Ventures. For more information visit http://www.spiceworks.com.
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