@WalmartLabs Acquires Cloud Computing Startup OneOps & Delicious Founder’s Tasty Labs

Posted: May 15, 2013 in eCommerce, Funding & Exits, GT

Walmart, via its Silicon Valley innovation lab
@WalmartLabs, today announced the acquisition of
two startups: cloud computing newcomer OneOps
and the software development shop Tasty Labs, from
Delicious founder Joshua Schachter. Tasty Labs
offered two services Jig.com and Human.io – both domains which are now redirecting to
Walmart’s acquisition announcement, along with that
of their corporate parent. Walmart declined to disclose deal terms. OneOps developed a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
capability that Walmart explains will enable it to
“significantly accelerate” its PaaS and Private Cloud
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) strategies. The
company offered developer tools built from the ground
up for those who host their applications on cloud services like Amazon Web Services, for example, as
well as Rackspace and HP Cloud. Developers could
publish to any cloud and seamlessly port their apps
elsewhere as needed, eliminating lock-in. The company offered a library of predefined building
blocks to quickly bootstrap an application, which
could be visually assembled in its interface. A variety
of categories such as content management (ex.
Drupal, WordPress), e-commerce (ex. Magento),
enterprise portals (ex. Liferay) and more were available. OneOps was named one of the 12 Hot Cloud
Computing Companies Worth Watching by Network
World, and was a finalist at the GigaOM LaunchPad
Competition. “Walmart is looking to create a best-in-class global e-
commerce platform to power ‘anytime, anywhere’
shopping for our customers. The Platform team has
been working tirelessly to build the tools to help our
developers deliver big site changes faster,” explains
Walmart Public Relations Director Ravi Jariwala in a statement. “We are innovating on a very large scale,
and OneOps brings us tools that will allow us to move
even faster toward a global platform.” Meanwhile, Tasty Labs was founded in 2010 by a
team that includes ex-Mozillian Nick Nguyen,
HousingMaps creator Paul Rademacher, and Joshua
Schachter, who was best known for founding of of
“web 2.0″‘s finest: the social bookmarking service
Delicious. The company had raised $3 million in Series A funding from Union Square Ventures,
Andreessen Horowitz, and other unnamed angel
investors. The startup launched its first product Jig.com in 2011,
which was described as a “marketplace for needs” —
meaning users would post “I need…” and others
would respond to help them. The following year, it
debuted Human.io, a micro-task service operating in
the same general space. This application targeted businesses with small requests – like wanting to
know how many people were in line at a store, for
example, or getting people to take short surveys on
their phone. Schachter once described Human.io as a way to
“build tiny little microapps and distribute them to a
mobile client.” He said it was a combination of things
the team loved: “Mobile, Mechanical Turk,
MapReduce, and Twilio.” Going forward, Tasty Labs staff will join Walmart’s
Product and Mobile teams, Walmart says, in an effort
to build out the company’s e-commerce platform. Walmart Labs is known for snapping up early-stage
startups to test new ideas in e-commerce some of
which eventually get folded into the company’s e-
commerce site and other online operations. In the
past, it has acquired startups
like Kosmix, OneRiot, Grabble, Small Society and others. Kosmix’s Social Genome technology was
used in an earlier @WalmartLabs creation known as
“Shopycat,” a social-gifting platform that debuted just
before the 2011 holiday season, and Kosmix later
formed the basis of a new search engine named
“Polaris,” which now powers Walmart.com.

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