Powered by Battery: Your Reading Guide

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Welcome to Powered by Battery, a new source of ideas, insights and introductions for entrepreneurs seeking to smartly grow their businesses.

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The Money In Open-Source Software

It’s no secret that open-source technology — once the province of radicals, hippies and granola eaters — has gone mainstream. According to industry estimates, more than 180 young companies that give away their software raised roughly $3.2 billion in financing from 2011 to 2014.

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Battery SaaS Success Database–Q4 2015 Update

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It’s time again to update our SaaS Success Database, our proprietary Battery list of private, public and acquired SaaS-company standouts.

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A Mantra for SaaS Success: “Triple, Triple, Double, Double, Double” (The SaaS Revolution Podcast)

What does success really look like when building a disruptive SaaS business? This is a question Neeraj Agrawal, a general partner at Battery Ventures, receives a lot.

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May the Marketing Force be With You, Says Battery to Vidyard

Yes—that is really Battery Ventures General Partner Michael Brown wearing a Jedi robe.

Brown donned the Star Wars-themed garb to play a role in a video released today by video-marketing company Vidyard to mark its just-announced, $35 million Series C funding round led by Battery. The video depicts Brown as a Jedi knight who extends 35 million “galactic credits” to rebel Vidyardians intent on disrupting traditional sales and marketing techniques with new video tools and analytics.

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Why You Don’t Need Five Refrigerators: JFrog’s One-Stop Shop for Developers To Store Software “Packages” and Quickly Churn Out Software

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JFrog, which makes widely used tools for software-development management and distribution, recently announced it had raised $50 million from investors including Battery Ventures. Here, Powered by Battery chats with Co-Founder and CEO Shlomi Ben Haim about the company’s technology, its role in the broader DevOps market and opportunities for growth.

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Sprinklr CEO Ragy Thomas on Building Value at a SaaS Startup

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How do you turn an idea into a billion dollar SaaS company? Battery General Partner Neeraj Agrawal continues his SaaS Adventure video series–in which he explores the ins and outs of building a breakout company–with Ragy Thomas, CEO and Founder of Sprinklr, a social media management platform for brands.

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We can’t control the destiny of how the social channels will play their game. But when it comes to engagement and publishing and response, we can be the centerpiece.

Ragy Thomas, CEO of Sprinklr, in Forbes, Jan. 20, 2016

5 Predictions for Artificial Intelligence in 2016

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At Narrative Science, we love making predictions about innovation, technology and, in particular, the rise of artificial intelligence. We may be a bit too optimistic about the timing of certain technologies going mainstream, but we can’t help it. We are wildly optimistic about the future and genuinely believe that we have entered a dramatically new era of artificial intelligence innovation.

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Should You Shift Your Enterprise Software Company’s Fiscal Year?

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Do twelve sequential months always add up to one fiscal year? Technically yes, but we’ve recently observed that not all sequences seem to be created equal.

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