Cisco Wants Mobile, Desktop Convergence SoonR

When startups refocus, they can run the risk of falling flat. In the case of two-year-old startup SoonR, it looks like the company, whose product allows you to access documents from your desktop on your cell phone, is finally doing something right. And Cisco likes what it sees. After deciding to highlight the backup and restore side of its technology, SoonR says it has closed a strategic $9.5 million Series B investment led by Cisco.
The latest Series B round brings the Campbell, Calif.-based company’s total investment to $15.5 million; previous investors Intel Capital and Clearstone Venture Partners also joined the round. In September we pointed out how SoonR had been shifting its focus away from its prosumer “cool” features — such as Skype on your cell phone — to concentrate on the more boring but lucrative, back-up-and-restore side of its product offering.
As Cisco has been building up its technology in the convergence of the desktop and mobile, the investment could offer the networking giant a small but interesting partnership. In the release, recently appointed SoonR CEO Patrick McVeigh notes that both companies are focusing on making business documents “accessible and actionable from the ‘cloud’, or the layer of network intelligence, through a myriad of Internet-connected devices.” McVeigh was formerly the CEO of PalmSource and was also one of the co-founders of wireless ISP, OmniSky.