About Powered

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 Reading Guide


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

http://www.battery.com/powered/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gifAt 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. Adrian Cockcroft, Battery’s first-ever technology fellow, offers his thoughts on the growing popularity of Linux application- container Docker, currently the rage among many IT professionals. IT managers might also want to read our post about “breach detection”, a hot new area of cyber-security–apparently, many companies have already been hacked, and they just don’t know it. And if you’re a software entrepreneur, don’t miss Roger Lee’s latest “Software Entrepreneur’s Playbook” post, in which he analyzes the benefits of the freemium business model for B2B software outfits.

On a broader level, Morris Miller, currently the CEO of Xenex Disinfection Services and the co-founder of cloud-computing powerhouse Rackspace Holdings, offers insightful commentary about the imperative for companies to truly differentiate themselves from competitors and “own” something important, whether it’s customer service, safety or overnight delivery. (Or, in the case of Morris’s latest venture, Xenex, germ-zapping robots for hospitals.) Morris’s thesis has implications for all aspects of a business, from sales and marketing to operations. And check out some great photos from Battery’s recent cocktail party at bourbon joint Hard Water in San Francisco, held alongside the recent VMworld technology conference.

Finally, we’ve got video! We recently launched our new video-interview series “Smart People on Ice” with Battery Partner Alex Benik. The series features Alex interviewing leading industry technologists and entrepreneurs about their own technology influences and offers musings about current enterprise-IT trends. Check out part two of Alex’s chat with two former Sun Microsystems technologists: Adam Leventhal, now the CTO of Delphix, and Mike Shapiro, formerly VP of engineering at DSSD, which was recently acquired by EMC.

The site is also 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.


Rebecca Buckman

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

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  • Adriana Dunn - 5 months ago

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