Warbling Like It’s 1989: Gainsight Video Highlights Gaping “Blank Space” in the Software Stack

Wondering what’s missing from your customer-lifecycle management software stack? Well, software company Gainsight—via Taylor Swift—has a new idea: It’s customer-success software! Read More

The SaaS Adventure: Helping Entrepreneurs “Triple, Triple, Double, Double, Double” to a Billion-Dollar Company

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“What does it take to build a billion-dollar, SaaS enterprise-software company?” I hear this question a lot in my work as a tech investor, and it’s incredibly tough to answer. I bet mountain climbers feel the same way when they’re asked how they conquered a major summit.

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More on Midas: Analyzing VC Winners Over Time In Terms of Background, Diversity and Geography

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Forbes magazine’s annual Midas List ranking of top VC dealmakers will be out next week—and Forbes writers, as well as a few ambitious quants, will undoubtedly slice and dice the data to analyze every possible angle.

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Your Mileage May Vary: How Often You Should Post to Social Media

Have you ever woken up in a cold sweat in the middle of the night wondering exactly how many posts you should be making to Pinterest to get the most engagement, or why you shouldn’t make more than three tweets per day? Read More

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Was 2014 the End of Enterprise Computing?

It’s been just over a year since I left Netflix and joined Battery Ventures. So it seemed appropriate (if a couple of weeks late) to take a look back at some technology and cloud themes that bubbled up in 2014 and offer a few predictions for the coming year.

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Capital One: Disrupting Banking for Good

As a technology fellow at Battery Ventures, there are many cool things I get to do as part of my job: These include diving into the technology infrastructures that enable cutting-edge startups to disrupt the enterprise, and working with early adopters of these bleeding-edge technologies—and disruptors in their own right—as they transform their organizations.

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Super Bowl Ads: Worth it for Web Companies? Ask Google

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If you’re interested in something, you generally Google it–whether it’s a product, a recipe or life advice.  So last weekend’s Super Bowl ads are no exception.

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The Third Wave: Enterprise-IT Opportunity in the Age of Mobile Apps, Hyperscale Cloud and Big Data

I am excited to join the Battery Ventures team this week to double down on our enterprise-infrastructure practice and West Coast presence. More broadly, I believe there could not be a more exciting time to build an enterprise- software company today as three macro trends – mobile apps, cloud services, and big data–converge to potentially disrupt over $150 billion in annual enterprise-IT spend and over $1 trillion in market cap.

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Smart People on Ice: JR Rivers and Nolan Leake On Founding Cumulus Networks, Part Two

In the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” segment with JR Rivers and Nolan Leake, the co-founders of Cumulus Networks discuss the company’s genesis, the current ecosystem they are building and advice for young entrepreneurs.

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