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Carbonite co-founder and CTO Jeff Flowers hiring and raising money for SageCloud, new cloud storage venture

Posted by Scott Kirsner  July 12, 2012 10:10 AM

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Carbonite co-founder and CTO Jeff Flowers has a new startup: SageCloud, which is working on "a new cloud storage technology," according to his LinkedIn profile. SageCloud doesn't have an office yet — its seven employees all work from home — and it also doesn't have a web site. While Flowers didn't want to divulge more about what the company was up to, he did say that the company plans to launch its product in late 2012 or early 2013.

And Flowers mentioned that the company is "hiring operations folks to build and run our data centers."

So far, the company has been bankrolled by Matrix Partners of Waltham and a half-dozen individual investors, including Carbonite CEO and co-founder David Friend, who has collaborated with Flowers on numerous other startups, including Sonexis and Faxnet. Friend also sits on the board of SageCloud. Boston-based Carbonite sells a data backup service to individual consumers and small businesses for an annual fee; presumably SageCloud will be focusing on a different slice of the storage marketplace, or offering a different kind of storage solution. (In the photo above, Flowers is on the left, Friend on the right. Photo credit: AP.)

A first formal round of venture capital funding is in the works, according to Flowers, likely led by cloud and software-as-a-service specialist David Skok of Matrix.

Flowers ceded the CTO title at Carbonite in April of 2011, and finally resigned from the publicly-traded company in April of this year — though he remains on the board. Carbonite's IPO took place last August.

"Carbonite is not involved directly in SageCloud other than both David Friend and I sit on the boards for both companies," Flowers explains via e-mail. "I still retain an office at Carbonite in my role as board member and consultant to the company."

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