Cloud computing entrepreneur builds opportunities on Emory root

By Michelle Valigursky | EmoryWire | Aug. 20, 2013

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The BetterCloud team in its Atlanta office in April 2013. The company, headquartered in New York City, now has 40 employees.

For Emory College graduate David Politis, who has made his career working in and starting up cloud technology companies, his latest endeavor, BetterCloud, hopes to propel cloud messaging, and particularly Google Apps, to the forefront of the enterprise world.

Google Apps is a cloud messaging and collaboration platform that reportedly serves more than five million organizations around the world. The platform brings organizations and its users added benefits like enhanced productivity and collaboration, the ability to work from anywhere, cost savings, real time software updates and much more. Google Apps is truly giving legacy messaging systems like Microsoft Exchange a run for its money and 20-year reign over the enterprise world. Apps stands to change enterprise computing as we know it and Politis and his team are helping to bring about this change.

But, as with most new technology, there is a caveat. “This very real convenience of working in the cloud raises questions about security, distribution, user permissions, and access,” says Corporate Communications Manager Gail Axelrod, a 2011 Goizueta Business School graduate. “That’s where BetterCloud comes in. Through our product, FlashPanel, we’ve built an enterprise application that helps IT administrators manage, secure, and report on their Google Apps domains. FlashPanel gives IT admins the ability to see how items are being shared within and outside of their domains, which makes the entire experience of operating in the cloud and on Google Apps more secure.”

BetterCloud officially launched in November 2011 under Politis' leadership and has since raised $7.25 million in venture capital. Investors include Flybridge Capital Partners, Greycroft Partners, TriBeCa Venture Partners and BLH Venture Partners, where 1998 Emory College graduate Ashish Mistry is a managing partner.

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