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The Second Coming of Big Data

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It was data, data and more data at the DataWeek Conference & Expo held Sept. 16-17 in San Francisco. Battery’s Roger Lee participated in a panel discussion offering investors’ perspectives on funding for, and potential acquisitions of, big-data and infrastructure start-ups; other panelists included Deborah Magid of IBM, Chetan Puttagunta of NEA and David Beyer of Amplify Partners.

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Chinese Internet companies have not captured the imagination of a mass business audience in the U.S. Alibaba is a coming out party for the whole of the Chinese Internet.

Rich Barton, co-founder Expedia, Zillow and Glassdoor, in the Wall Street Journal, Sept. 19


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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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