What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #113

While the stock market is in official negative territory for the year, I’d like to turn our attention to building a great business. Many of the best businesses were built during downturns and my advice to startups is to hoard cash and build for balanced growth, not growth at all costs. Hear from 2 of boldstart’s founders including Guy Podjarny from Snyk on SaaStr podcast about scaling a dev first product and from Mathilde Collin at Front on her secret to success, discipline. Happy Holidays!!!

Scaling Startups

Must listen from @guypod @snyksec on @saastr with @HarryStebbings some serious knowledge dropped on what it takes to build a truly successful dev first product + love the framework for multiple office communication, been amazing to see all done in 3.5 yrs ( a boldstart portfolio co)

Harry Stebbings

@HarryStebbings

Excited to release @saastr ep with friend and phenomenal founder @guypod @snyksec on why successful freemium requires giving away your secret sauce and a framework for successful communication across offices and functions thanks to Qs @edsim @etdurbin! https://t.co/iB4tM3i3ao #vc https://t.co/zAkS8pT5oW

10:20 AM - 17 Dec 2018

The Founder’s Guide to Discipline: Lessons from Front’s Mathilde Collin

amazing interview with Mathilde Collin (Front - also a boldstart portfolio co) on her secret to success - it’s not vision - “Her quiet focus and obsession with efficiency has been the propellor beneath the surface, helping to power Front’s impressive trajectory. From her pristine email templates and clockwork communication habits to her insanely fast fundraise process and carefully crafted calendar, discipline is the current that runs through all aspects of this founder’s life.”

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words of wisdom below from former Chief Growth Officer Marketo on the difference between 200 automated reaches per day or 30 or so personalized touches and why the former has to go…

Jill Rowley

@jill_rowley

We haven’t “probably” swung too far; we’ve unequivocally swung too far! Generic, scripted cadences, sequences, series are unwelcome. @markroberge @Drift Buyers don’t want to be bothered or bombarded. https://t.co/g6Wxu8U7wK

5:41 PM - 22 Dec 2018

Exclusive CEO Interview: Satya Nadella Reveals How Microsoft Got Its Groove Back

In four years, CEO Satya Nadella has transformed Microsoft from tech has-been to high-flier – and the most valuable company in the world. In an exclusive interview, he shares his secret: a new-look culture that has radically changed how Microsoft operates, inside and out.

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Enterprise Tech

The business case for serverless

interesting take on serverless, not from infra side, but from business side

techcrunch.comShare

The Changing Role of the CIO - CIO Journal

solid insight into what CIOs are prioritizing for 2019

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Blythe Masters Marks the End of the Blockchain Bubble

spectacular title and I agree with most of this, blockchain not savior to our problems and implementing in banks is the worst place to start, however, if you are a believer, now is the time to build a real business when everyone is running for the hills

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Markets

As Markets Tumble, Tech Stocks Hit a Rare and Ominous Milestone

Technology companies are dragging stocks into an ominous territory that the market hasn’t seen in nearly a decade: a severe decline known as a bear market.

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These 10 enterprise M&A deals totaled over $87 billion this year

big year for large scale enterprise tech acquisitions - what will 2019 bring?

techcrunch.comShare

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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