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Smart People on Ice: Raj Patel of Pinterest Talks Being a Perpetual Student of Technology

In this week’s “Smart People on Ice” video, host Alex Benik sits down with Raj Patel, the head of cloud engineering at Pinterest to discuss his career in tech. Spanning companies such as Pacific Bell, Exodus, Yahoo! and Cisco, Raj’s work has intersected with some of the most notable technologies and trends of our time. Read More

Software Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Don’t Make the Mobile Web a Stepchild

Catchpoint1GraphicToday’s business-software entrepreneurs must start out mobile-first, building an elegant, simple mobile app before dealing with the desktop. (It’s a topic I wrote about in a previous “Playbook” post.) And while it’s always preferable to access a product via a company-specific, mobile app—instead of a mobile-optimized website found through a  browser on a phone or tablet—that doesn’t mean entrepreneurs should ignore the mobile web altogether.

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From Mad Men to Math Men: Battery’s Marketing-Tech Thesis

The following is a re-print of an interview recently conducted between Scott Brinker, founder of the Chief Marketing Technologist blog, and Neeraj Agrawal, a Battery general partner who has invested in many mar-tech companies.

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Smart People on Ice: Twitter’s Andy Gross, Part Two—Lessons Learned Professionally and Personally

Here’s the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” interview with Andy Gross, staff software engineer at Twitter. Alex and Andy continue their discussion about the evolution of Andy’s career in building distributed systems, and Andy shares lessons he learned both professionally and personally by providing advice to the next generation of distributed-systems engineers and entrepreneurs. Read More


A Modest Proposal: Merge the Yankees and Red Sox (In Tech, That Is)

What is it that makes people so quick to pit New York against Boston—in sports, politics and, lately, technology?

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The Crazy 72-Hour Dash To A New Venture Round


Emboldened by the success of our unconventional reverse auction-style approach to raising our third round of venture capital for Coupa Software, there was no question we would follow the same process for our next round, only faster, in four weeks instead of five.

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