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Powered by Battery: Your Reading Guide

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Welcome to Powered by Battery, a new source of ideas, insights and introductions for entrepreneurs seeking to smartly grow their businesses.

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Was 2014 the End of Enterprise Computing?

It’s been just over a year since I left Netflix and joined Battery Ventures. So it seemed appropriate (if a couple of weeks late) to take a look back at some technology and cloud themes that bubbled up in 2014 and offer a few predictions for the coming year.

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The SaaS Adventure: Helping Entrepreneurs “Triple, Triple, Double, Double, Double” to a Billion-Dollar Company

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“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. I bet mountain climbers feel the same way when they’re asked how they conquered a major summit.

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Super Bowl Ads: Worth it for Web Companies? Ask Google

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If you’re interested in something, you generally Google it–whether it’s a product, a recipe or life advice.  So last weekend’s Super Bowl ads are no exception.

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The Third Wave: Enterprise-IT Opportunity in the Age of Mobile Apps, Hyperscale Cloud and Big Data

I am excited to join the Battery Ventures team this week to double down on our enterprise-infrastructure practice and West Coast presence. More broadly, I believe there could not be a more exciting time to build an enterprise- software company today as three macro trends – mobile apps, cloud services, and big data–converge to potentially disrupt over $150 billion in annual enterprise-IT spend and over $1 trillion in market cap.

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Smart People on Ice: JR Rivers and Nolan Leake On Founding Cumulus Networks, Part Two

In the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” segment with JR Rivers and Nolan Leake, the co-founders of Cumulus Networks discuss the company’s genesis, the current ecosystem they are building and advice for young entrepreneurs.

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Software Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Big Data Meets HR

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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. Read More

What 2015 Has In Store For Native Ads, TV And Email Marketing

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.

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Enterprise Software in 2015: Bubbles, Box and Kim Jong-un

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It was a busy and fruitful year for enterprise-software companies: Zendesk, HortonWorks and New Relic went public, while privately-held heavyweights like Box, Nutanix, Atlassian, Palantir, AppDynamics* and Cloudera pushed beyond $1 billion valuations. As we look forward to 2015, it’s clear we’ll see more enterprise action in the public and private arenas (and more cyber-terrorism, but more on that later).

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It absolutely makes it easier to write applications.

Eric Brewer, Google's VP for computer infrastructure, on software "containers", in the New York Times.

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