This week, nine top executives from Battery’s buyout portfolio gathered in Boulder, Colo. for a two-day retreat focused on cultivating best practices in today’s somewhat unpredictable—but mostly favorable—global economic climate.
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One of the perennial marketing conundrums facing start-up CEOs is picking the best industry conferences to attend to boost their companies’ brands and expand their networks. This week, some lucky entrepreneurs dropped in on what may be the gold standard for tech-industry confabs: The Code Conference.
Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick (third from left) with members of the Battery Ventures team.
Deval Patrick, governor of Massachusetts, led an “innovation mission” to Israel in late May that included over 100 leaders in industry and academia. One stop was a breakfast at Battery Ventures’ office in Herzliya, at which the governor spoke with leading local venture capitalists and entrepreneurs about the growing ties between innovative Israeli companies in Massachusetts.
Two Battery Ventures companies–predictive-analytics engine 6Sense Inc. and Duetto, a SaaS-based, revenue-strategy company for the travel and hospitality industry–swept the DataBeat Innovation Showdown awards during the conference in San Francisco in May. 6Sense, which launched at the conference, took the early-stage award, while Duetto won the midstage category. Above are 6Sense CEO Amanda Kahlow and Marco Benvenuti, Duetto’s co-founder and chief analytics and product officer.
Last week, Battery Ventures General Partner Roger Lee joined Ajay Agrawal of Bain Capital and Harrison Miller of Summit Partners for a keynote panel at the Pulse 14 Conference, hosted by Gainsight. Moderated by Rich Karlgaard of Forbes, the panel, “How to Make Customer Success a Board Priority” discussed the tectonic shift of software companies from a “sell it and forget it” mindset to the customer success-centric approach of today.