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We missed the tablet. We missed that transition . . . We have to move where the market's moving.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, at the Code Conference, May 28, 2014

We see folks at traditional computing companies, and we can’t even have the same conversation anymore . . . They’re just not learning what we do about power and software when we get past one million servers.

David Campbell, CTO, Server & Tools, Microsoft, in the New York Times, June 11, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick Headlines Mass. Business Delegation Visiting Israel

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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.

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6Sense, Duetto Sweep DataBeat Awards

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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.

A View from the Boardroom: Reducing Churn and Focusing on Customer Success

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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.

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Geek Alert: Battery Sponsors SDN Meetup

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Battery recently sponsored a meet-up on the Stanford University campus for a software-defined networking interest group known as the “Control Freaks.” Given Battery’s interest in next-generation network architectures, it was a fantastic opportunity to converse with this community, and socialize Battery’s investment thesis around this area. The night culminated with a keynote from Carter Bullard, CEO of Quosient, one of the leading experts in cybersecurity for large-scale data center networks.

 

Q&A: How Chatty Pigeons Yona and Yoniel Became the Flo, Gecko of the Israeli Insurance Market

A year-and-a-half ago, IDI Insurance of Israel introduced two animated characters into its advertising that have become hallmarks of the firm’s brand. Powered by Battery recently interviewed IDI’s deputy CEO and head of marketing, Raanan Saad, about these characters—two chatty pigeons named Yona and Yoniel—and the lessons IDI’s bird-centric advertising campaign hold for other marketers.

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Q&A, Over Dinner: Tips on Smartly Leveraging the Cloud, Big Data, BI and Open-Source Networking

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Last week, Battery brought together six of the industry’s top global enterprise-IT CEOs and founders with a group of noted technology journalists for a dinner in San Francisco. The topics ranged from big data to cloud storage, mobile apps to cloud computing, and “bare-metal networking” to disaster recovery. Not everyone agreed on where enterprise technology and buying trends are going in this market environment. But all were unanimous in their support of the great food, conversation and lovely views of the Bay Bridge.

After the dinner, we sat back and posed some questions to the participating executives about enterprise-IT trends affecting growing companies today. Here are their answers.

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Video: HotelTonight’s Sam Shank on “Mobile Only”, and the App Store as the New SEO

HotelTonight’s Co-Founder and CEO Sam Shank sits down with Battery’s Jeff Lu to discuss HotelTonight’s recent growth, international expansion and “mobile only” business strategy.


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