Begun by a group of Boston technologists, Apperian is lead by CEO Chuck Goldman, former director of field engineering and professional services at Apple. Goldman has said he was frustrated while working at Apple when the firm decided it didn't want to be a major player in the enterprise market; his frustration prompted him to begin Apperian and target enterprise users.
"We started working with Fortune 1000 companies on new applications back when we were at Apple," Goldman said in announcing the CommonAngels investment. "Although Apple worked to build several initial iPhone applications for its enterprise customers, the goal was to further the adoption of the iPhone platform within the enterprise and then step back to let the market build more apps."
CommonAngels is a group of 75 private investors and several dozen limited partners. Noting that the group has investing expertise in more than 58 specific sectors, the venture organization's executives have said CommonAngels typically focuses on investing Series A rounds of $500,000 to $5 million in high-tech ventures. James Geshwiler, managing director of CommonAngels, said the venture organization's Maia Heymann and Peter McKay will join Apperian's board of directors.
Apperian has been working with developers to encourage the creation of iPhone applications that will find their way to enterprise IT usage. In addition to iPhone applications, Apperian is encouraging developers are to work on Mac OS X applications.
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