Powered by Battery: Your Reading Guide


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Why Hasn’t the Traditional Banking Industry Been “Amazon-ed”?

This post was written by Battery team members Roger Lee, Ben Johnston and Jeff Lu.

In the last two decades, dozens of traditional industries have been “Amazoned”—turned upside down by new business models made possible by the Internet.

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Four Secrets to Giving a Speech Worthy of a Standing Ovation


We all know a great speech when we hear one. Your breath catches in your throat; you forget the world beyond the auditorium’s walls. You don’t check your phone or fidget. You just listen.

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A Bubbly Late-Stage Market? The Data Tells the Story


So: Are we in a late-stage, private-market tech bubble or not?

It’s the talk of Silicon Valley today. Many investors and executives are fretting about the rise of pre-IPO company valuations, while the IPO markets themselves—and the stock performance of newly public companies—have been less than robust. True, a select few technology companies have managed to go public over the last few months. But most of their IPOs have been valued at levels very close to their last private-market rounds—meaning many late-stage investors in these companies aren’t making much money.

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Oct. 3, 1965: The Day that Changed the U.S. Technology Landscape

The 50Th anniversary of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 just occurred earlier this month. Not many people talk about this act today, but it has had a dramatic impact on the nation’s immigration and ethnic composition, as well as on U.S. technology and innovation more broadly.  And of course, I would have lived a totally different life without this groundbreaking legislation.

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Survey Says: Not All Millennials are Hooked On Social Media


More millennials than you might think are abstaining from social media, though Facebook– thought by some to be losing younger users to newer social networks—actually boasts significantly more engaged, younger users than newer outlets like Snapchat, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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Are You a Good Negotiator?

Lots of business people think they are. But many are going about the process all wrong—viewing it as a win-or-lose proposition, or using incendiary language and sneaky tactics to try to drive the best deal, even though those gambits usually don’t work.

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SaaS Success Database Q3 Update: APPTUS In; Castlight, Rally Off – And Dealertrack Officially Acquired

It’s been a little over a month since we unveiled our SaaS Success Database, a 66-company list of private, public and acquired SaaS-company standouts.

The reaction to this list, and the accompanying data we revealed about each company and its founders, was very gratifying. We heard from scores of people who said they learned a lot from our analysis and gleaned lessons that may help them as their build their own SaaS enterprises. Which is great!

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BigPanda–Analyzing the MonitoringScape, the Explosion of IT Data and the “Tragic Quadrant”


There are so many monitoring products that it’s hard to keep track of them all.  And the scale of information that these tools generate can be difficult to keep up with.

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