‘Mom-and-Pop’ Startups Beware — Walmart Just Acquired a Cloud Computing Service and a Software Development Shop


Walmart — All-American brick-and-mortar success story and site of our nation’s finest Rascal-driving shoppers — has just acquired cloud computing startup OneOps and software development shop Tasty Labs for undisclosed sums, according to TechCrunch. The acquisition was made through its Silicon Valley ‘innovation lab,’ @WalmartLabs.

Walmart plans to use the OneOps’ ‘Platform-as-a-Service’ (PaaS) capability to supercharge its own e-commerce platform (re: its website).

Tasty Labs, co-founded in 2010 by Delicious founder Joshua Schachter, has created Jig.com — a needs-based marketplace akin to Zaarly — and Human.io, which has been described as a way to “build tiny little micro-apps and distribute them to a mobile client.” The company had raised $3 million in Series A funding from Union Square Ventures, Andreessen Horowitz, among others, and the Tasty Labs team will join Walmart’s Product and Mobile teams.

Past Walmart acquisitions include ‘Social Genome’ category-engine Kosmix, which eventually was used as part of @WalmartLabs’ ‘Shopycat’ social-gifting platform in 2011.

If brick-and-mortar is dying, I’m personally going to miss the sheer audacity of Walmart’s physical offerings. There’s a visceral satisfaction of buying shotguns just a few feet away from my blue jeans that doesn’t come through in e-commerce.