Belfast and Silicon Valley start-up WorldDesk raises US$1.25m

12 Jun 2013

Desktop virtualisation start-up WorldDesk, which has offices in Belfast as well as Menlo Park in Silicon Valley, has raised US$1.25m in a follow-on investment involving a consortium of existing investors and Lough Shore Investments.

WorldDesk has developed a patented technology that leverages an abstraction layer that frees all aspects of a user’s Microsoft Windows workspace from the underlying OS and device.

This technology allows the free movement of apps, files and profile between devices, letting users take their worlds with them.

“WorldDesk is a start-up we’ve been working with for a number of years now and this further funding is indicative of a company that is beginning to see some very real traction and success,” Lough Shore Investments principal Danny Moore explained.

Cloud technology has come of age

“It’s also indicative of the wider industry and the ever-changing landscape WorldDesk is operating within,” Moore added.

“Cloud technology has rapidly come of age and organisations of all shapes and sizes, from small to medium-sized enterprises and educational institutes to multinational corporations, are attempting to figure out how best to leverage the technology. With WorldDesk, a user is no longer tied to a specific computer.

“Your entire desktop experience can be accessed securely from anywhere, anytime and on any device. It’s truly paradigm shifting and we’re excited to be a part of that.

“Finally, this investment will allow the team to increase its footprint in both Europe and Asia-Pacific. As an investment firm with a focus and passion for building great businesses in Belfast, we couldn’t be happier with today’s news,” Moore said.

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years