Another hot new startup that has recently come out of stealth mode is SambaCloud. The founders Ian Howells and Razmik Abnous bring many years of content management experience from companies like Documentum and, in the open source space, Alfresco.
When I first heard about SambaCloud, I was a bit skeptical. But as soon as I saw the demo, it was quite clear that SambaCloud does something that no one else does. While there are lots of content management software companies and quite a few cloud storage companies, SambaCloud brings a much needed fresh perspective on some age-old problems that vex most organizations. Namely, how do you get people sharing the right information?
SambaCloud enables you to easily set up different channels of content so that you can monitor, share and collaborate with others. These channels can be built from different types of content ranging from external newsfeeds to internal documents and presentations. That may sound like a minor detail, but it's a huge breakthrough in transforming content management from something that sounds as fun as a tax audit into something that's as easy to use as Facebook or FlipBoard.
Despite the fact that SambaCloud is a relatively young company, they've also come out of the gate with not only an easy-to-use Web application, but also mobile versions for iPhone and iPad. Initially, SambaCloud is targeting sales & marketing teams, but ultimately I think there are probably dozens if not hundreds of potential use cases.