Chances are you’ve never heard of upstate New York startup Apprenda and their product, SaaSGrid. The company’s clients aren’t home consumers, they’re other IT companies like UVision Consulting and Serenity Software that build large-scale business apps. But a couple of weeks ago, Apprenda landed a $5M investment from New Enterprise Associates, one of the early backers of Salesforce.com, to market and sell SaaSGrid.
NEA’s investment got almost no attention in the press or on the Internet. But Apprenda’s announcement today of support for Microsoft’s Silverlight technology should bring Apprenda lots of customers and validate NEA’s investment. Silverlight is Microsoft’s answer to Flash. Large-scale application developers building atop Microsoft’s .NET platform often use Silverlight to make complicated interfaces that run inside their end users’ browsers.