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Software Entrepreneur’s Playbook: Go Mobile-First or Die


A version of this post originally ran on TechCrunch.

Seven years ago, when the iPhone was first introduced, smartphones were a novelty. Now they’re the default method of computing for most people. As of late last year, Americans spent 34 hours a month on their mobile devices, compared with just 27 hours accessing the Web via a computer, according to Nielsen.

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Independence Pass

Aspen Dispatch: An Uncertain Future for Low-Wage Workers

The unemployment rate is at its lowest level in nearly six years. Services like Uber and TaskRabbit are providing new, Internet-enabled ways for people to work for themselves. Yet a recent discussion about “The Future of Work” at a major technology conference this week elicited concerns about a future bifurcation in the nation’s workforce, and potential troubles for lower-skilled workers unable to make it in a rapidly changing employment landscape.

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Smart People on Ice: Mike Shapiro and Adam Leventhal on their Early Days at Sun Microsystems

Alex Benik’s latest “Smart People on Ice” video interview is a double feature: Alex chats with both Mike Shapiro, co-founder of DSSD and vice president of software engineering at EMC/DSSD, as well as Adam Leventhal, chief technology officer at Delphix. In the video, Mike and Adam discuss their first fascination with technology, their early days working together at Sun Microsystems, and the lasting impact of technologies they developed, including Sun’s Solaris operating system.

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CEOs: Like It or Not, You’re Running a Software Company

What business is your company in? Chances are you’ll answer this question in a pretty focused way –your company is in financial services or telecommunications or transportation. I would argue that as a CEO, you should see your companies in a different light: Your company is, at its core, a software company. Or at least it should be.

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Going Cloud Native: Question Your Assumptions



Battery Ventures Technology Fellow Adrian Cockcroft headlined the latest Advanced Amazon Web Services Meetup in San Francisco last week, giving a talk on trends in enterprise cloud adoption and how companies can leverage the cloud to speed innovation and deliver services that will transform enterprise IT.

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Smart People on Ice: Adam Jacob on Open Source and Chef, Part 2

Here’s the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” interview with Adam Jacob, a co-founder and CTO of IT-automation company Chef. Alex and Adam continue their discussion about open-source software (which Adam compares to having a bunch of guys over to drink beer and fix up a classic car); Chef’s business model; and other topics.

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If you have too much money, you buy VMware. If you have too much time, you buy OpenStack.

Marten Mickos, CEO, Eucalyptus Systems, at GigaOm Structure, June 19, 2014

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