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Why Did Docker Catch On So Quickly, and Why Is It Interesting?

Docker has rapidly become “the new thing” for computing in 2014. Why did that happen so quickly, and how has a Linux application container become so popular? Broadly, I think Docker is a great example of how to build a viral, developer-oriented product.

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Breach Detection is Your New Must-Have, Cyber Security Tool

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Authors’ Note: Following the original publication of our post about breach detection on Sept. 6, Home Depot confirmed that hackers had broken into its payment systems and stolen up to 60 million credit-card numbers, making it the largest known security breach of its kind. By comparison, the breach at Target last year resulted in 40 million stolen credit-card numbers.

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Battery Ventures Hosts ‘Cocktails and Conversation’ at VMworld 2014

On August 26, Battery Ventures hosted its annual VMworld cocktail reception at Hard Water on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Attendees got a chance unwind after a long day on the show floor with flights of bourbon, fried chicken and other fare, all while catching up with peers in the cloud and virtualization sector. Click below to see photos from the event.

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Software Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Skip the Salesforce and Go Freemium to Build a $1 Billion Business

Can you build a billion-dollar enterprise software company without a sales force? Today, not only is that possible, it’s preferable – at least for some types of software companies.

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Smart People on Ice: Shapiro, Leventhal, Part Two–What Fosters True Innovation and Risk-Taking in Tech

In part two of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” video with Mike Shapiro and Adam Leventhal, the two discuss the culture of innovation at their former employer, Sun Microsystems, and which new companies are fostering the same type of innovation and risk-taking.

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“Own” Something, Whether You’re Killing Germs or Hosting Servers

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As a businessperson, my career has spanned many disciplines: Law, electronic publishing, cloud computing and, now, germ-zapping robots. (Really. More on that later.)  But each of these work experiences has convinced me of the value of one, overriding business lesson: Companies succeed when they have a very clearly defined purpose, and focus tightly on carving out a key differentiator that separates them from the rest of the market in an easy-to-understand way.

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Whitepaper: From Farm to Fork–Investment Opportunities in Food Safety

Food safety is a huge and growing global problem, one that is sickening millions and costing governments and industries billions of dollars.  In the U.S. alone, one in six people, or 48 million, are struck down each year from foodborne diseases; 128,000 are hospitalized and 3,000 die[i].

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Data wrangling is a huge--and surprisingly so--part of the job . . . It's something that is not appreciated by data civilians. At times, it feels like everything we do.

Monica Rogati, VP for data science at Jawbone, on the "janitorial" nature of much big-data work, in the New York Times, Aug. 17, 2014

Battery EIR Jonathan Sills Talks Mobile’s “Dirty Secret” at GrowthBeat Conference

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Mobile is still one of the hottest investing trends going. But how can mobile companies flourish when so many users don’t generate any revenue?

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