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The Startup CEO Who Quit to Be a Dad Is Back to Work in Silicon Valley

The Wall Street Journal--Max Schireson, the startup executive who became a poster child last year for efforts at better work-life balance, is making a comeback, of sorts.

Battery adds Schireson as EIR

PE HUB--Battery Ventures announced today that it has hired Max Schireson, the former CEO of open-source database company MongoDB, as an executive-in-residence.

Max Schireson, family guy and former MongoDB CEO, goes back to work

Fortune--As executive in residence at Battery Ventures, Schireson will look for promising enterprise IT-focused startups

Funding the Cloud: Top VCs Aim for the Silver Lining

eWEEK--Venture capital execs discuss where they see opportunities in the cloud and container space. They believe investors should take a long-term view, not chase hype.

The SaaS Success Database

TechCrunch--What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise-software company? We gave a 30,000-foot answer to this complex — and fascinating — question in a recent TechCrunch post, The SaaS Adventure.

Exclusive: Venture capital to make diversity pledge

USA Today--Venture capitalists will pledge concrete measures to bring greater diversity to their predominantly white male profession during a high-profile event at the White House.

This Israeli acquisition could make tracking suspects at airports that much easier

GeekTime--Boston’s Battery Ventures acquires smart surveillance solutions NICE Systems’ PSBU for up to $100 million: Here are its applications

How big data is transforming real estate

CNBC--Assessing a storm's damage to a house; responding to a prospective buyer's concerns about a property; designing offices that suit the needs of its tenants—all are key tasks of the real estate business that are rapidly being made faster and less expensive as the industry adopts lessons from technology, lessons that have already dramatically changed industries such as finance and health care.

Israel’s Nice Systems sells video surveillance unit for $100 mln

Reuters--Israeli software provider Nice Systems is selling its video surveillance technologies unit to private equity firm Battery Ventures for up to $100 million, its second divestment in three months as it focuses more on its analytics business.

Press Release: Battery Ventures Acquires Nice Systems’ Physical Security Business Unit for Up to $100 Million

MarketWired--Battery Ventures, a global technology investment firm, has reached an agreement to acquire the Physical Security Business Unit (PSBU), part of the security division of publicly listed NICE Systems, in a transaction valued at up to $100 million. Under the deal, PSBU, which provides video- management, video-analytics and situation-management solutions, will be spun out into an independently operating business.

Rising Star: True Grit Helps Battery’s Chelsea Stoner Land Deals Far From Silicon Valley

Private Equity Analyst--The pioneer spirit runs in Chelsea Stoner's blood. The first female partner at Battery Ventures credits her career success partly to traits passed down through her family, starting with her great-grandparents. The pair first settled in Montana as homesteaders in the early 1900s.

Have A Hot Technology Start-up Today? Thank Comrade Gorbachev — And Liberty

Forbes-- It has now been 25 years since Mikhail Gorbachev, with his Soviet Union crumbling, decided to open the emigration gates and allow 1.6 million Jews to leave for Israel, Germany and the United States.

Don’t Just Ask Investors For Money, Ask For Advice: Lessons From 5 Top Fintech VCs

Forbes--There were more than 12,000 financial technology startups worldwide at the end of 2014, according toMcKinsey & Co., and the sector is still booming.

‘Container’ Software Is at Center of DockerCon

The Wall Street Journal--The hottest technology in Silicon Valley isn’t from Uber Technologies Inc. or Instagram. It is from a startup called Docker Inc. that is charming the coders behind the world’s websites and apps.

Three FinTech Startups You Should Know

Forbes--Here are three FinTech startups that are already making their mark in 2015 and are worth keeping track of in the upcoming future.

Survey asks: How are people actually using the Apple Watch?

The San Francisco Chronicle--Apple Watch owners use their devices most frequently for the same old things their smartphones and Fitbits can do: fitness tracking and e-mail, according to a survey commissioned by Battery Ventures.

Protections for Late Investors Can Inflate Start-Up Valuations

The New York Times--Warning: Some unicorns may be smaller than they appear.

Docker Is Changing the Way Big Companies Develop Apps, CEO Says

The Wall Street Journal--Docker, one of the fastest-growing open-software projects ever, has swept through enterprise IT during the last 18 months, making an impact on the way many companies develop applications.

Tech Investors Need to Pick Their Spots Amid Rising Valuations

The Wall Street Journal-- As technology deal valuations continue to rise, private equity investors must pick their targets carefully and seek to be useful agents of change for the businesses they back to avoid shocks when the market turns.

Palo Alto startup HomeSuite aims to overhaul rental market

San Jose Mercury News--Tucked away in a warehouse here is a startup working to overhaul one area of the housing market not already shaken up by Airbnb and Zillow.

Battery’s Roger Lee Talks HP Split on CNBC

CNBC Squawk Alley--Shares of Hewlett-Packard topped analyst estimates, saying it expects lower expenses after the split. Roger Lee, Battery Ventures partner, thinks a split makes sense for the company's operations.

Battery’s Roger Lee Talks Potential Uber IPO on CNBC

CNBC Squawk Alley--According to a report by the WSJ, Uber is seeking a $1 billion credit line from banks. Roger Lee, Battery Ventures partner, discusses a potential IPO.

Meet the 2015 CNBC Disruptor 50 companies

CNBC--In the third annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC features private companies in 16 industries—from aerospace to financial services to cybersecurity to retail—whose innovations are revolutionizing the business landscape. These forward-thinking upstarts have identified unexploited niches in the marketplace that have the potential to become billion-dollar businesses, and they rushed to fill them.

Credifi Scores $8 Million to Mine Commercial Real-Estate Data

Wall Street Journal--Credifi Corp. has aggregated data and analytics on more than 10 billion square feet of commercial real estate across the U.S.  

How women VCs are working to make the tech industry more diverse

CNET--Battery Ventures General Partner Chelsea Stoner: "The forced-mentor relationship doesn't work. You have to seek folks with whom you have some commonality ... even if they're not from one of your portfolio companies."

How fear and self-preservation are driving a cyber arms race

CNET--When a man was fired from his job in Minneapolis, Minn., last May, he inadvertently touched off a boom in Silicon Valley.

Amazon to Offer Window Into Web Services Business

The Wall Street Journal--When Inc. reports its quarterly earnings Thursday, it will, for the first time, provide financial information on an important division: Amazon Web Services.

How Amazon Swooped in to Own Cloud Services

Bloomberg--In 2004, Sun Microsystems revealed a radical plan to shake up the computing industry. It would build a series of large data centers and sell access to the computers inside them for $1 per hour.

On-Demand Food Delivery Service Sprig Has Raised $45 Million

TechCrunch--Sprig, a food delivery service that specializes in healthy on-demand meals in San Francisco, has raised $45 million in a funding round led by Social+Capital and Greylock Partners.

PrimeRevenue rings up $80M in funding, plans to add 100 jobs

Atlanta Business Journal--Atlanta-based PrimeRevenue Inc. has raised $80 million in a financing round led by private equity firm BBH Capital Partners. The supply chain finance firm plans to add about 100 jobs in the next several months.