Lost in the shuffle the past few weeks is a little deal Sphere entered into with KnowNow to bundle our Sphere It! application into their dashboard market intelligence offering. This is a really smart deal for us and has the potential to drive a lot of value to our customers. We’re in the process of deploying at a few very large, prominent sites (I can’t tell you yet but look forward to sharing the news).
We chose KnowNow because they’re in the best position to help us get our product into the hands of a wide spectrum of Fortune 1000 enterprise customers. The main reason we feel they’re the best is because of their leadership team, led by Todd Rulon-Miller. Todd took over KnowNow about one year ago and he has made a significant impact on their business model and prospects for success. He is without doubt one of the most impressive leaders I’ve worked with in the past ten years. I’m a believer in betting on people. I once made a huge mistake, working with someone I didn’t wholly believe in and I learned a painful yet nice lesson from that experience. In Todd and his team we trust and as a result, we’re very bullish about what we can accomplish together.
You can read a little bit more about this relationship in an excellent article wirtten by Paula Hane at InfoToday – Enterprise Solutions and Mainstream Media Get Into the Sphere.