It's the last ever Nifty Fifty! But what a cracker we've got for you before Christmas: Huddle, the London-based cloud computing company making it easier for people to work together. Aww
Investors: Eden Ventures, Matrix Partners
Alaistair Mitchell, or 'Ali' as he is known by everyone, has spent his entire career working on the web. After nursing his first two start-ups through the first dotcom crash, building everything from online adventure sports magazines to the first online marketplace for global food commodity trading, he moved to marketing business Dunnhumby, perhaps best known as the creators of the Tesco Clubcard .Here, Ali was responsible for the company's SaaS marketing analytics suite, building it from scratch into a US$60m+ business annually over the course of four years.
After watching the rise of online apps and spotting the revolution they were going to spawn in working lives, Alastair started Huddle with Andy McLoughlin in 2006. They had a clear vision: to make it easier for people to work together. In four years, Alastair has been directly responsible for raising more than £13m in equity funding (from Eden Ventures and Matrix Partners, growing the Huddle team to more than 60 people and driving the company's expansion in the US.
Huddle is now the market leader in enterprise cloud collaboration and content management. It is used by more than 90,000 organisations worldwide, including Disney, AKQA, HTC and Kia Motors, to securely manage projects, share files and collaborate with people inside and outside of their business. Huddle can be accessed online, on desktops via Microsoft Office applications, on the move with BlackBerry, iPhone and iPad apps and on social networks: LinkedIn and Ning. It is currently available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Japanese.