Dizzion Closes Seed Round for Virtual Desktops
It seems like a simple enough problem: How can an increasingly mobile workforce sync their devices? The solution is never as easy. There are security concerns. Syncing issues. IT integration.
The founders of Dizzion started working on the issue 14 months ago. This week they've closed a seed round of funding from friends and family worth $680,000. Later this year the company plans to raise a Series A worth $4 million to $6 million.
Dizzion's offerings build on the tools offered by its former employer, ViaWest. The company's "bring your own device" products give employees what they want: mobility and choice.
"We saw the server infrastructure become virtualized and thought the next thing would be the desktop," says Ladis. Dizzion offers managed service around desktop so that employees can work from any device using a hosted version of their desktop. Because the desktop is hosted in the cloud, no corporate data sits on any device, so it's secure for employers. There is an offline mode that allows employees to basically "check out" their desktop, work on it, and then re-sync when the device returns to a connection.
The company charges enterprises customers a monthly fee. Clients include Delta Dental, Quark Software, Global Communications Group, ServiceMagic and Rivet Software. Dizzion's latest round of funding will go toward building out a sales and marketing team.
The Denver-based company has only been in the market with its tools for a few months, but has already been listed in several, local "startups to know" lists. That recognition might be attributable to its visibility in the Colorado tech scene. Dizzion's founders, CEO Steve Prather, CTO Robert Green and SVP Marketing and Sales Manny Ladis, were longtime employees of Denver-based ViaWest, a colocation and data center provider.
The company is a big advocate of the local Boulder scene. Ladis is a Trustee with Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado, and the company has given a chunk of its equity to the group. If Dizzion sells, the proceeds on that equity will go to help underprivileged children in technology.