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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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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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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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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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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Seven Enterprise IT Trends to Watch in 2016

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Worlds created entirely of clouds. “Unicorns” racing through new landscapes. Data moving faster than the speed of light.

For those of you who don’t work in enterprise technology, this may sound like a fantasy world—or a little like the latest Star Wars movie. But based on my experience as an enterprise-tech investor, first at Intel Capital and now at Battery Ventures, I predict a few of these far-fetched scenarios could become reality in 2016. Here’s a closer look at seven enterprise-tech trends I believe will hit their stride in the coming year.

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Anatomy Of A Successful SaaS Company Founder

How do you build a billion-dollar SaaS enterprise software company? For one thing, you might start with a CEO who looks less like Box’s youthful Aaron Levie and more like Salesforce’s Marc Benioff—and stick with him for the long term. The current obsession with millennials running things doesn’t pencil out when it comes to one particularly important slice of the tech economy.

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