Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers will invest at least $200 million this year in mobile applications and cloud computing services for corporate users, investment partner Matt Murphy said. The Menlo Park, California-based venture capital firm, which boosted its enterprise-technology investments in 2012, will also seek security-startup investments, Murphy said in an interview.
Startups focused on corporate users are benefiting as employees adopt personal smartphones and tablets for work. That’s triggered increased investment by companies in new tools to manage mobile and cloud-based computing, Murphy said.
“The traction in our enterprise portfolio really surprised us,” Murphy said. “We view the timing and opportunity as even better than in 2012.”
Puppet Labs, a server-management software maker backed by Kleiner, said today that the startup has received a $30 million investment from VMware. Puppet Labs and other Kleiner-funded businesses, including networking-equipment provider Aerohive Networks and application developer AppDynamics, have beat expectations, Murphy said. Last year, Sunnyvale, California-based Aerohive’s shipments rose 132 percent with annual revenue on track to reach $100 million, according to the company…