SalesForce Joining Box.net’s Huge Funding Round; NEA is Also in: UPDATED

(Update: New Enterprise Associates will join in Box.net’s current round that it is raising, peHUB has learned. We’ll post more details when they become available.)

While Box.net CEO Aaron Levie was on stage today at the company’s BoxWorks conference in San Francisco announcing new business partnerships with Okta, Motorola and SalesForce, among others, TechCrunch reported that SalesForce is joining the company’s large funding round that it is currently raising.

The fact that Box is fundraising is nothing new. But SalesForce’s reported involvement is.

A Box spokesperson said the company has no comment. SalesForce reps–who are at the conference to announce the launch of Chatter, a way to integrate cloud content from Box into the enterprise–also had no comment.

Box, a provider of cloud storage services, was co-founded in a college dorm room in 2005 by Levie and CFO Dylan Smith. The company says it has 7 million users, employs more than 275 people and is preparing to relocate to a 100,000-square-foot building in Los Altos, Calif., the site of the former headquarters of Rambus.

As Reuters reported in August, the fast-growing company just raised $18.6 million from unidentified backers as part of an anticipated larger round, according to a regulatory filing. The recent funding was on top of nearly $70 in VC funding from Andreessen Horowitz, Emergence Capital Partners, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Scale Venture Partners and U.S. Venture Partners. The company also raised $10 million in debt funding from Hercules Technology Growth Capital.

By the time the supposed $50 million round closes, Box will have raised about $130 million in VC and debt funding.