Cloud at Scale – Is Google Ready for Enterprise Yet?


Google made a series of announcements today at its Google Cloud Platform GCPNext event in San Francisco, and, notably, recently signed up Spotify to run on its platform.

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Leadership Is About Being Fearless, But Also Constantly Scared: Insights from Sprinklr COO Carlos Dominguez

Following a successful 20-year career at Cisco, many people in Carlos Dominguez’s shoes would have hung up their jersey. However, Dominguez decided to do the opposite: he left the established technology giant and jumped into the startup arena, becoming president and chief operating officer at Sprinklr*, a social-media management company, where he previously served on the board of directors for four years.
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Veeva CEO Peter Gassner on Becoming an Industry Cloud Leader


As part of our SaaS Adventure series, focused on successful SaaS founders, we recently sat down with Peter Gassner, the CEO of Veeva. As many of our SaaS-focused readers likely know, Veeva was founded by Peter and Matt Wallach in 2007 to address the lack of purpose-built solutions in the cloud for the pharmaceutical industry.

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Building a Vibrant Community and Making Sales: How Open Source Can Be Profitable

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In early March, top enterprise-technology executives gathered for a panel discussion at the Structure Data conference in San Francisco to discuss how to build thriving communities of open-source developers–and create commercially successful businesses at the same time.

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From Bin Laden to San Bernadino: Insights on Security From Former Top CIA, DOD Aide Jeremy Bash

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Jeremy Bash, Founder and Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies, speaking at Battery Ventures’ RSA Dinner

Last week’s massive RSA conference in San Francisco plumbed many of today’s hot-button, cybersecurity issues, from encryption to malware to security threats posed by the newfangled “Internet of Things”. A roomful of executives active in the cybersecurity arena heard a related, but slightly different take on some of these topics last Tuesday at dinner hosted by Battery Ventures. Read More


Dining and Deep Learning

In early March, Battery Ventures hosted a dinner in Tel Aviv focused on the emerging topic of “deep learning”, a more-complex version of “machine learning” that is more akin to true artificial intelligence. The participants–including executives from big companies and startups, as well as academics–discussed deep learning’s potential in industries as diverse as cybersecurity, agriculture and medicine.

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A Personal Shopper at Your Fingertips: How Reflektion is Tapping Artificial Intelligence to Revolutionize E-Commerce

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Reflektion*–which delivers innovative “individualized commerce” technology for retailers–recently announced it has raised $18 million in Series B financing led by Battery Ventures. Here, Powered by Battery chats with CEO Sean Moran about the how the company is aiming to transform digital retail, partly by leveraging new types of artificial-intelligence technologies.

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Ragy Thomas on Making Customers Happy, Focusing on Culture and Taking a Contrarian Sales Stance

So you’re a software-as-a-service (SaaS) CEO who’s already developed a disruptive product with growing sales. This means you’re ready for the next stage of the SaaS entrepreneurial journey: Keeping customers satisfied, refining your sales model and building a robust culture to sustain revenue growth and, ultimately, build a category-defining enterprise. Read More


The Money In Open-Source Software

*This post originally appeared in TechCrunch

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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