Central Desktop Celebrates Monumental Year of Growth in 2011
Central Desktop, a leading cloud-based collaboration platform company, today announced notable 2011 highlights, further establishing the collaboration space as the market to watch in 2012.
The company attributes its success and growth to bringing in top talent, expanding and enhancing its user platform, and leading the market in providing its rapidly growing customer base with innovative collaboration solutions that are fundamentally changing the way people work together to achieve business goals.
“2011 marked a sensational year for growth and innovation at Central Desktop”
Leadership and Workforce Expansion
The company experienced strong employee growth in 2011, adding new jobs to Southern California’s lagging economy and growing its staff by 43 percent. Central Desktop also made solid additions to its management team – including Mark Smialowicz (chief operating officer), Kristy McKnight (vice president of products) and Dhruba Kalita (vice president of engineering) – further strengthening expert leadership and setting the company up for continued growth for years to come.
New Products and Customers
In March, Central Desktop introduced SocialBridge, the first online collaboration solution designed specifically to help creative agencies get closer to clients, better manage projects, and achieve higher quality creative output that impresses clients. High-profile creative agencies implemented SocialBridge, including SK+G Advertising, Rhea + Kaiser, Upshot and other top agencies, to communicate and collaborate across teams and externally with clients. Central Desktop’s overall enterprise customer base increased by 41 percent, and new enterprise sales increased by 96 percent in 2011.
Continuing a string of upgrades to its platform in 2011, Central Desktop enhanced the mobile collaboration experience with new apps for Android and Apple devices, including iPads and iPhones, and deepened social engagement capabilities. The company also introduced professional project management enhancements and tools, including interactive Gantt charts, streamlined task management and time tracking tools that were organically combined into Central Desktop’s collaboration platform.
Central Desktop was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “100 Fastest Growing Private Companies,” and placed in the ranks for the second year in Inc. Magazine’s 5000 list. The product was also recognized as an American Business Awards’ New Product of the Year finalist and CODiE Award finalist.
To round out the year in corporate-giving efforts, Central Desktop launched the CD Gives program to help nonprofits communicate and collaborate by donating the service to qualified applicants. CD Gives contributed to organizations like THE Breast Cancer Fundraiser to support nationwide fundraising events. Central Desktop also provided its collaboration solution to the San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Society of Women Engineers – Santa Clara Valley Section.
“2011 marked a sensational year for growth and innovation at Central Desktop,” said Central Desktop CEO and co-founder, Isaac Garcia. “I’m proud of what we accomplished in terms of revenue, customer wins and employee growth, including our ability to attract visionary leaders based on our solid results and momentum. All of these achievements position Central Desktop to take on significant, market-driven initiatives in 2012 that drive the company forward.”
About Central Desktop
Central Desktop is a cloud-based collaboration platform that centralizes the way people work, teams collaborate and managers lead. The company’s comprehensive online collaboration solution centralizes social and workflow tools into one access point in the cloud, streamlining processes and bringing people together to collaborate and engage. Central Desktop customers include CBS, Netflix, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the Humane Society of the United States, Workday, Harvard University and over 500,000 users. Founded in 2005, Central Desktop is a privately-held company with headquarters in Pasadena, California. For more information about the company, visit http://www.centraldesktop.com.
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