RadioBDC Logo
| Listen Live
Text size +

Cloud archiving start-up Sonian deposits another $9 million, some from

Posted by Scott Kirsner  January 17, 2011 10:00 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

Everyone's favorite e-tailer,, is making a rare strategic investment in a Massachusetts start-up this week. The Seattle company is participating in a $9 million round of funding for Needham-based Sonian.

Sonian helps more than 5,000 business customers archive their e-mails and other digital communication (like instant messages and Tweets) to comply with various federal record-keeping regulations. The company mainly stashes the information in data centers run by Amazon, which sells storage by the terabyte through its Amazon Web Services division. But Sonian won't exclusively rely on Amazon's "cloud"-based storage service forever, Sonian vice president of engineering Joe Kinsella says: it'll eventually offer customers a choice of various cloud storage offerings.

Also participating in Sonian's second round of funding are Webroot Software, a Colorado-based Internet security company; Summerhill Venture Partners, a Toronto and Boston-based venture capital firm; and Prism VentureWorks of Needham.

Amazon's investment was made by Jeff Blackburn, senior vice president of business development at the company.

Sonian says its archiving service helps customers deal with the endless accumulation of e-mail and other electronic corporate communications in a cost-effective way. The company says it'll use the new funds for continued R&D and "business expansion." Sonian has raised about $15 million in total. CEO Jeff Dickerson joined the company last November.

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article



BetaBoston technology news logo
Innovation and technology news that matters, on a new website from the Boston Globe, featuring Scott Kirsner and other original reporting.

About Scott Kirsner

Scott Kirsner was part of the team that launched in 1995, and has been writing a column for the Globe since 2000. His work has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, The New York Times, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, and Variety. Scott is also the author of the books "Fans, Friends & Followers" and "Inventing the Movies," was the editor of "The Convergence Guide: Life Sciences in New England," and was a contributor to "The Good City: Writers Explore 21st Century Boston." Scott also helps organize several local events on entrepreneurship, including the Nantucket Conference and Future Forward. Here's some background on how Scott decides what to cover, and how to pitch him a story idea.

On Facebook

Subscribe via e-mail

Get Innovation Economy updates via e-mail. Enter your address and click 'Subscribe':

More from Scott


March 3: Web Innovators Group
Demos, drinks, and schmoozing at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge.

March 7-8: MassDigi Game Challenge
Competition for aspiring game developers... plus panels and keynotes related to the business of play.

April 3-4: Mass Biotech Annual Meeting
Issues facing the region's life sciences community.