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Powered by Battery is a web site for entrepreneurs searching for ideas, insights and introductions to help them grow their businesses. The site contains content from team members at Battery Ventures as well as our family of companies. For more information or to contribute, contact becky@battery.com.

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Powered by Battery: Your Summer Reading Guide

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At Battery Ventures, a 31-year old investment firm that backs innovative technology leaders worldwide, we have lots of experience fueling growth. For us, that means growth across diverse business sectors, investment stages and geographies. With Powered, we’ve created a new content hub that addresses growth issues at both a high level and a more-tactical one, focusing on themes that are top-of-mind for entrepreneurs in the market today. Those themes may relate to sales, marketing, or finance; HR and company culture; disruptions in back-end, IT infrastructure; and even the mechanics of fundraising or filing for an IPO.

On Powered right now, we’re offering content that maps back to several of these issues. New on the site this week is the latest installment of Battery General Partner Roger Lee’s “software entrepreneur’s playbook” series about how to build a billion-dollar software company. This post addresses the imperative for CEOs to think about mobile as the primary delivery method for their product or service. We’ve also got two thought-provoking pieces about how technology will affect the future of work. One, by Boost Media CEO David Greenbaum, rejects the notion that machines and algorithms will take over the economy, leaving most of us destitute and unable to put our skills to work. Instead, Greenbaum posits a halfway world of “middle work”, where new jobs combining automation and creativity help drive the economy. Those issues were front-and-center at a recent panel discussion at the invite-only Fortune Brainstorm Tech conference in Aspen, Colo. this week; you can read our separate “Aspen Dispatch” write-up on that as well.

On the nerdier side, we’ve officially launched our new video-interview series “Smart People on Ice” with Battery’s Alex Benik. The title is a reference to a line in the seminal 1985 Val Kilmer movie Real Genius about computer geeks at a fictitious California college. The movie was an inspiration to Alex when he was a teenager. In the Smart People series, Alex talks with other leading industry technologists and entrepreneurs about their own technology influences and musings about current enterprise-IT trends.

Finally, I’d advise reading the insightful post by Battery’s first-ever technology fellow, Adrian Cockcroft, summarizing the main takeaways from his widely tweeted presentation last month at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco. If you have questions about where cloud computing is going, and how your company can remain on the bleeding edge, Adrian probably has answers.

Finally, the site is sprinkled with Tweets, quotes and other, shorter material meant to keep our community updated about what we’re doing at Battery. We’re excited to share our knowledge, and that of our portfolio companies, with you, and we hope you find the material on the site a powerful engine to fuel your company’s growth. We’ll be updating it regularly.

So thanks for visiting! And please come back any time you need some re-charging.

–Becky

 

 

Rebecca Buckman

Rebecca is Battery's vice president of communications and content.

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  • Adriana Dunn - 3 months ago

    Looks great! Congrats on the launch from the team here at StellaService.