What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #112

a hodgepodge of different news for the week from what is a super founder to replacing a sales funnel with the flywheel and changing of open source licenses to not allow free SaaS offerings - also interesting Gartner slide on evolution of RPA inquiries from what is it to how to scale and secure

Land of the “Super Founders“— A Data-Driven Approach to Uncover the Secrets of Billion Dollar Startups

super interesting stats on unicorn companies, not causation but interesting data - some I find of interest, superfounders and idea that over 50% of startups were competing with multiple incumbents at time of inception


Scaling Startups

Replacing the Sales Funnel with the Sales Flywheel

from cofounder hubspot, Brian Halligan, article advocates for product led growth and focus on marketing, sales and customer success finding the right long term customers and incentives around doing so - “Today, it’s shifting again. Now, delighted customers are the biggest new driver of growth.”


Enterprise Tech

Three Things to Take Away From re:Invent 2018 – tecosystems

from Andy Jassy, head of AWS - remember devs rule and he attributes growth to early focus and next challenge to build the sales infrastructure to make it simple for enterprise - “When we got started, we noticed that developers were being ignored – I’m not sure why, maybe it’s because they didn’t have money, and they were largely constrained in terms of what they could use.”


trending on hacker news…Mike Malone (smallstep, portfolio co) waxes poetic on PKI, certificates and TLS and of course, his new dev first product…



step certificates: automated certificate management made easy, so you can use TLS to access stuff from laptops & across clouds & ditch VPNs! Check it out! #cloud #websecurity https://t.co/qauP7POtbU https://t.co/LyDr25ESrI

1:36 PM - 11 Dec 2018

Microsoft Putting Edge on Chromium Will Fundamentally Change the Web - why this is big

great read on web as platform, why MSFT baking Chromium into Windows will web as platform forward faster - “With this shift, it’s easy to imagine a single shared thread for Chromium on top of Windows, which can be accessed by any Electron-based instance. Such a change would allow Electron apps to be more efficient, stable, and friendlier on system resources (particularly memory and battery.)”


Concerned about cloud providers, Confluent becomes latest open-source company to set new restrictions on usage – GeekWire

Another open-source enterprise technology company is walling off parts of its software from cloud infrastructure providers. Confluent announced Friday morning that it is changing the terms of the licenses around several of the real-time data streaming open-source projects it has developed. Several…


crypto winter is here on the coin side, but still some long term use cases being worked on with the Hyperledger platform



Yesterday, we were excited to welcome more than 700 members of the Hyperledger community to our first ever Global Forum. Some highlights of real blockchain use cases from Day 1 can be seen below.
You can view the full agenda of #HyperledgerForum here: https://t.co/ReiExAZNai https://t.co/q28XCDqycp

3:23 AM - 13 Dec 2018

How 'subtle changes' to flight paths will save Qantas millions a year

great example of how cloud ML is helping Qantas to cut its fuel bill by as much as $40 million a year thanks to a radical overhaul to how it plots flights across the globe.


The 30 Fastest Growing Business Apps in 2018

congrats to portfolio co Front as the #2 fastest growing business app on Zapier - all about emails and integrations and automations on top


Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret

the data actual is not anonymous as you think and the NYTimes does a great job showing how easy it is to find individuals - privacy is and will be the hot topic of 2019


great slide on how inquiries on RPA has evolved on 2 years

great slide on how inquiries on RPA has evolved on 2 years

Chase for Talent Pushes Tech Giants Far Beyond West Coast

as I’ve said before startups need to embrace distributed teams from the start as it will get harder and harder to scale with the large tech cos coming to all markets outside of core valley



Twilio's 300% surge this year has been a windfall for 107-year-old venture firm Bessemer

conventional wisdom in VC land is to distribute shares back to investors after lockup; Bessemer made bold bet to hang on to Twilio and Sendgrid, resulting in massive returns


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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