Salesforce.com Nabs Dimdim

Salesforce.com, the listed, California-based provider of enterprise cloud computing and customer and collaboration relationship management (CRM) applications, spent $31 million to acquire Dimdim, according to an announcement at the company’s Web site. According to the deal announcement, the deal will extend Salesforce.com’s Chatter collaboration platform with critical real-time communication technologies. Dimdim’s VC investors include Index Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners.

PRESS RELEASE:
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 6, 2011 – Salesforce.com [NYSE: CRM], the enterprise cloud computing (http://www.salesforce.com/cloudcomputing/) company, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Dimdim for approximately $31 million in cash, net of cash acquired.

Founded in 2007, Dimdim has created critical real-time communication technologies such as presence, messaging and screen sharing. With the acquisition, salesforce.com gains Dimdim’s real-time communication technologies, along with a team of world-class developers experienced in building cloud-based collaboration services. Salesforce.com will use the acquisition to bring new real-time communication capabilities to the Chatter collaboration platform, mirroring the proven Facebook model of combining collaboration and communication into an integrated service.

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“Facebook has fundamentally changed the way we communicate in our personal lives,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. “The acquisition of Dimdim will help salesforce.com deliver to the enterprise the same integrated collaboration and communication experience that made Facebook the world’s most popular Internet site.”