weekly readings - all things enterprise saas and infrastructure from a seed VC

Some great reads this week; the story on dropbox is interesting in thinking about how the bottom-up sales model works and the big bet on creating apps on top of a commodity file storage platform; equally interesting is the note on Salesforce and how hard it is just buy it and use it = vulnerability from new startups

Scaling Startups

Don’t Get Trampled: The Puzzle For “Unicorn” Employees

Employees, esp. at later stage well financed startups, need to understand cap table to know risk/reward

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When Times Are Tough Show Support When Times Are Great Inject Stress

great advice from Netapp Vice Chairman Tom Mendoza on how to keep your team motivated and performing

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Enterprise Tech

Dropbox Could Have One of 2017’s Most Interesting IPOs

storage is a commodity, adding app layer on top is key for dropbox but moving into hyper competitive space for collaboration, etc - can they pull it off

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Dear Marc Benioff, Can we Talk about your Sales Force

case in point on why we believe the larger, old school SaaS vendors can be taken out from bottom up

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Markets

Bot Check-In: A Year of Disappointment — The Information

are bots living up to hype - platforms and tools review, where are opps for startups

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5 DevOps predictions for 2017 - TechRepublic

spreading in enterprise, more security, and automated code

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boldstart

Klipfolio raises $12 million Series B to help SMBs get smarter about metrics | BetaKit

huge milestone for klipfolio from seed to series B!

Klipfolio today raised a $12 million Series B in a round led by OMERS Ventures, with participation from its seed and Series A round investors.

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By Ed Sim

Ed Sim's weekly readings and notes on VC, software, and scaling startups - #enterprise #seed #DeveloperFirst #IntelligentAutomation #DataInfra #CloudNative #Cybersecurity

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