The SaaS Adventure
TechCrunch--“What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise-software company?” I hear this question a lot in my work as a tech investor, and it’s incredibly tough to answer.
Battery Adds Two Businesses to Noise and Vibration Testing Platform
LBO Wire--Battery Ventures wants to make waves with a new platform focused on companies that test and measure noise and vibration. The Boston firm is acquiring Lansmont Corp . and its subsidiary Team Corp ., which it will operate independently within a single platform alongside Data Physics Corp ., a San Jose, Calif.-based company that Battery acquired in early 2014, according to General Partner Jesse Feldman.
How Strong Is Box’s Business Model
Bloomberg West--Roger Lee, general partner at Battery Ventures, discusses Box's IPO and business model with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson on "Bloomberg West."
Software entrepreneur playbook–big data meets HR
USA Today--Big data has permeated almost all aspects of the enterprise today — from sales and marketing to product management to back-end IT. Now, the smartest companies are using big data to help fuel next-generation HR operations.
What 2015 Has In Store For Native Ads, TV And Email
TechCrunch--Succeeding as a modern, high-tech marketer means adapting to accelerating changes in technology — whether that’s leveraging Facebook’s newest features, segmenting customers with even more granularity or finding a new platform for viral distribution before the rest of the business world takes notice.
Venture Capital: Sand Hill Road Rules the Valley
Bloomberg Businessweek--Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif., is synonymous with venture capital in the way Washington’s K Street is with the lobbying industry. Since Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers became the first to hang its shingle in 1972, more than 20 other VC firms have set up headquarters there. Almost every prominent Silicon Valley company has received early-stage backing from one or more VCs on Sand Hill Road.
Woz Rejoins Flash-Memory Pioneers at New Startup
Wall Street Journal--The founders of Fusion-io, one of the first companies to bring flash memory chips to the data center, have a new company called Primary Data — and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has jumped aboard.
Ad Optimization Startup Boost Media Raises $19M More
TechCrunch--Boost Media announced earlier today that it has raised $19 million in Series C funding.
The company allows advertisers to find the best version of their search ad — it tests variants created by a network of freelance copywriters and designers, identifies the versions with the most clicks or highest conversion rates, then promotes them in a broader campaign.
Veradocs Will Make Cloud Files Vanish if They Fall Into the Wrong Hands
Wall Street Journal--Cloud apps like Box and Dropbox make it easy for anyone to store and share documents. But they create worries for corporate IT departments, whose job is to prevent sensitive information from being leaked. Veradocs Inc. emerged Tuesday with $14 million in funding and a way to tackle the data leakage problem without forcing customers to shut cloud apps down.
Lost Key? Copies From the Cloud
New York Times--When Greg Marsh moved to New York three years ago, he discovered that his girlfriend often lost her keys and he had to spend hundreds of dollars changing the locks on their apartment. So Mr. Marsh founded KeyMe, a service that lets customers store digital copies of their keys, order them from a computer or iPhone and have them sent to their home or office.
6 questions with the most active VC in marketing tech
Chief Marketing Technologist Blog--Why is this man smiling? Well, if your firm had invested in Omniture, ExactTarget, Marketo, BlueKai, Tealium, Sprinklr, Neolane, Optimizely, Bazaarvoice, BrightEdge, and a stack of other successful marketing technology companies, you’d be smiling too.
Nitro Gets $15 Million In Series B From Battery Ventures
TechCrunch--Cloud document editing company Nitro just got $15 million from Battery Ventures. Nitro previously raised two undisclosed rounds from Australian venture capital firm Starfish Ventures, bringing the total up to $21.6 million now.
Businesses remain on Apple Pay sidelines
Los Angeles Times--For years, the big question facing mobile payment systems was whether enough shoppers would use them. Turns out, they will. IPhone 6 users rushed to register more than 1 million credit cards on Apple Pay in the first 72 hours last week, making it the most widely used contactless payment system available.