Huddle gets itself put onto 25m HP business PCs

[UK] Collaboration startup Huddle has secured something of a first for a company of its size, and location. It’s signed a two-year deal with Hewlett Packard to enable direct access to its service on the 25 million business PCs HP sells annually.

Huddle will be in a suite of five trial applications included on every HP business computer, starting in the U.S. and extending to the rest of the world. That’s quite a big deal for a startup this size – and relatively unusual for one not even based in the U.S.

The deal is based on a revenue split with HP on new signups to the service, which effectively offers a discount for HP customers on Huddle’s tools. The other programs will include three HP- services and antivirus software from Symantec.

Huddle is a network of secure online workspaces where you can share files, collaborate on ideas, manage projects and organize virtual meetings. Currently 40% of its paying customers are in the U.S., according to Andy McLoughlin, co-founder and strategy director. The three-year-old company, which raised Ā£2.3m from Eden Ventures in 2007, says it is close to break even and is looking for another round of financing to fund expansion.

The deal follows Huddle’s launch of web conferencing, integration with Microsoft Office, and an iPhone app last month.

I daresay Huddle’s integration with LinkedIn and Intercall may well have helped the HP deal.