Sapho

Sapho is a mobile app which uses software APIs to pull from a company's various enterprise applications and provide relevant updates for each user. Software was originally envisioned as a tool to enable human potential. For too long, enterprise software has failed to deliver on this promise. Their mission is to unlock the data and simplify the processes in legacy and SaaS enterprise software. Sapho’s machine learning, streamlined mobile interfaces, and push notifications makes actions and insights that have previously been buried in software securely available to more employees—at the right time and on the right device.



about the company

Founders

Fouad ElNaggar is the Founder & CEO of Sapho. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at CBS Interactive overseeing strategy, operations, partnerships and M&A. At CBSi, Fouad structured deals with partners such as Yahoo, IAC, and Twitch and acquired premium brands such as TV Guide and Giant Bomb. Prior to CBSi, Fouad was a venture capitalist at Redpoint Ventures overseeing the firm’s LA office and helping establish a dedicated fund in Brazil. While at Redpoint, Fouad served on the board and helped lead investments in BlueKai, Grupo Xango, Machinima, the Receivables Exchange and Tantalus. Fouad has previously founded three venture-backed companies – Marketing Technology Solutions, Hark, and Liquid Light.

Peter Yared is the Founder & CTO at Sapho. Previously, he was the CTO/CIO of CBS Interactive and the founder of four enterprise infrastructure companies that were acquired by Sun, VMware, Webtrends and TigerLogic. Peter's software has powered brands from Fidelity to Home Depot to Lady Gaga. At Sun, Peter was the CTO of the Application Server Division and the CTO of the Liberty federated identity consortium that designed SAML 2.0. Peter is the inventor of several patents on core Internet infrastructure including federated single sign on and dynamic data requests. Peter began programming games and utilities at age 10, and started his career developing systems for government agencies. Peter regularly writes about technology trends and has written for the Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek and TechCrunch.

Experienced technical leader with cross-functional technical and business skills. Experience includes managing engineering, product, and systems engineering while integrating requirements from both internal and external customers across teams. Known for being hands-on while leading by example to inspire and mentor team members. Believes in transparency to ensure team members understand the why and not just the what, when, and how.

Sapho in the press

June 2, 2015

Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

At Mattermark, we’ve organized a massive amount of data on the world’s fastest growing private companies. Subscribe To The Mattermark Daily Starting today, companies can tap into our data to build proprietary solutions that can surface valuable insights. We Launched Our New APIWe are at the beginning of a data revolution, and the way businesses make sales and investment decisions are set to fundamentally change. Kyle Porter, CEO of Salesloft, will be sharing his thoughts on why sales teams have adopted a more data driven approach to prospecting in recent years.

June 2, 2015

Mattermark Daily – Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

At Mattermark, we’ve organized a massive amount of data on the world’s fastest growing private companies. Subscribe To The Mattermark Daily Starting today, companies can tap into our data to build proprietary solutions that can surface valuable insights. We Launched Our New APIWe are at the beginning of a data revolution, and the way businesses make sales and investment decisions are set to fundamentally change. Kyle Porter, CEO of Salesloft, will be sharing his thoughts on why sales teams have adopted a more data driven approach to prospecting in recent years.

Feb. 13, 2015

Small screens, big decisions: How mobile is forcing businesses to rethink software

This customer is not alone; plenty of enterprises create mobile apps with the intention of replicating the desktop experience on mobile. At last, a forcing function to limit the feature bloat of enterprise software, at least on mobile devices. Build in NotificationsThe third big decision is how to incorporate notifications for the enterprise mobile app. As workers mobilize and take business software with them on their devices, feature bloat can follow, resulting in heavy and cumbersome mobile apps. Software bloat is particularly noticeable and problematic on mobile devices because they’re small and their screens can only fit so much, in spite of the recent trend of phablets and larger phones.

Dec. 2, 2014

Yahoo CIO Mike Kail Has Broad Ties to Startups

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Nov. 8, 2014

The Rise And Fall Of The Full Stack Developer

Cloud services such as Amazon Web Services simplified deployment and provided turnkey networking. In a way, these tier-connecting, bridge-building software architects — who are likely experts in only one or a couple of tiers — are less full stack developer and much more full stack integrator. Running an application on cloud services such as Amazon requires knowing the ins-and-outs of its various services and expertise on how to failover across regions. Programmers switched from using the more complicated enterprise Java stack and databases such as Oracle to the more straightforward LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Python/Perl). From machine intelligence to predictive push computing to data analytics to mobile/wearable and more, it’s becoming virtually impossible for a single developer to program across the modern full stack.

Oct. 13, 2014

Sapho set to bring mobile push computing to enterprise apps

Image: iStockphoto/gyn9038Consider the number of enterprise software tools you are expected to log into and use on a daily basis. The learning curve for many enterprise software tools is typically too high for average workers to easily engage with the service. "Enterprise software is increasingly developed for the person that signs the check and not everybody else," said Peter Yared, the CTO at Sapho. Yared mentioned that, surprisingly, they just had to add support for Microsoft SQL Server 2003 as well. " Mobile is the new frontier in the enterprise, and Sapho wants to capitalize on that.

Aug. 23, 2014

Why Are PC Sales Up And Tablet Sales Down?

After a few years of strong growth for iOS and Android tablets and a corresponding decrease in PC sales, the inverse is suddenly true: PC sales are up and tablet sales are “crashing.” What happened? Samsung in particular is reportedly looking to shutdown its PC business, and must be evaluating how to grow its tablet business now that its smartphone sales have slowed. Why Can’t the Big 3 Deliver a Super Tablet? The ecosystem around building, distributing and maintaining PCs is massive and Apple, and the PC companies are understandably reluctant to cannibalize their sales. Super tablets form factors could range from notebooks to all-in-one desktops like the iMac.

July 26, 2014

BMW Vs. Tesla: A Real Live Innovator’s Dilemma

Tesla Model 3 (Estimated) BMW i3 BMW 320 Passengers 5 5 5 Range ~200 miles on electric 80-100 miles on electric, 185 miles with gas range extender(Total hack! BrandEven though it has a “3” in its name, the i3 is decidedly not a 3 series BMW. Conversely, Mercedes chose a partnership route and is buying the drivetrain and battery technology for its upcoming electric car from Tesla. At first it seemed like the legacy auto manufacturers would not be able to step up to an electric car challenge. Investors are betting that Tesla will be able to dominate the electric car market when it achieves scale, continuing a growth rate that values Tesla at $28 billion even though it only produces 35,000 vehicles a year.

June 25, 2014

Sapho has visions of a Google Now for enterprise software, grabs $3M

“What we noticed at CBS was it was incredibly difficult to get people to use enterprise software,” Yared said. Investors have just bankrolled Sapho, a stealthy startup with mobile apps that aggregate alerts and basic functions from lots of enterprise software companies already use. One key objective: supporting more tools out there, including cloud-based software, Sapho co-founder and chief technology officer Peter Yared told VentureBeat in an interview. San Francisco-based Sapho started earlier this year. But competition could come from Microsoft’s Yammer and hot startup Slack, which have been working on ways to bring information from enterprise software into their business-messaging applications.

June 24, 2014

Ex-CBSi Execs Get $3M For Sapho, A Smart Stream For Disparate Enterprise App Updates

Enterprise software companies are finally mobilising and creating apps of their own to make services easier to interact with. “Workday recent added 250 features to its new app,” Yared notes to me. Yared says to think of this as “Google Now” for enterprise software users. The product of that inspiration, Sapho, is today announcing $3 million in funding as it leads up to a public launch. Sapho learns what you are interested in most and subsequently serves up more relevant content in your stream.