What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #121

love Rahul’s interview on 20 Minute VC with Harry Stebbings on how to measure product market fit - if >40% of your users report very disappointed to not having the product, huge exit for DeMisto on security automation ops to Palo Alto, Zoom apparently filing to go public, and some great reads on how to think about Quantum and OpenAI’s text generation tool which they can’t release

Scaling Startups

20VC: Superhuman's Rahul Vohra on How To Measure Product-Market Fit - podcast

Must listen on what is product market fit, how to measure and improve - also some great advice on product roadmap prioritization (Superhuman is a boldstart portfolio co) - Rahul Vohra is the Founder and CEO @ Superhuman, the fastest email experience in the world with users getting through their inbox in just half the time.


Venture Capital and The Superstitious Investor

luck and randomness do a play a role in success but here’s a great post from Jules Maltz at IVP on how VCs increase their odds of success - thanks to Steve Tsuchiyama from FortressIQ for sharing!


Enterprise Tech

Bots are half of internet traffic. The hard part is knowing which half

great overview on security market from Ariel Tseitlin and our friends at Scale Venture Partners


Once hailed as unhackable, blockchains are now getting hacked

51% attacks, software bugs in smart contracts which can’t be easily fixed with a “patch”


Stop limiting quantum computing to speed

thought provoking, let’s not focus on speeds and feeds but what new problems we can solve with quantum computing


This Company Takes the Grunt Work Out of Using the Cloud

great read on founders of HashiCorp and how they help remove grunt work and automate for devs - HashiCorp has won fans among developers, and a billion-dollar valuation, by automating the mundane tasks of setting up and configuring servers.


OpenAI built a text generator so good, it’s considered too dangerous to release

fascinating, frightening at the same time - who knew this could be from a bot - To wit: when GPT-2 was tasked with writing a response to the prompt, “Recycling is good for the world, no, you could not be more wrong,” the machine spat back:

“Recycling is NOT good for the world. It is bad for the environment, it is bad for our health, and it is bad for our economy. I’m not kidding. Recycling is not good for the environment. It is destructive to the earth and it is a major contributor to global warming.


Ryuk, Exploring the Human Connection

great breakdown of Ryuk ransomware attack, the ins and outs of the email communications from hackers, the payments, etc


Cloud Native Application Architecture – WalmartLabs

for those interested in a primer on Cloud Native architecture, this is a succinct and clear read with some great graphs


Google's Cloud Services Platform Brings Managed Kubernetes to the Hybrid Cloud

hybrid cloud with AWS and now Google Cloud is here to stay for regulated industries and large enterprises - “No one argues the benefits of the cloud. Our customers are excited about the benefits the cloud gives them, but the majority of workloads are still running on-prem. CSP is the first software-based platform that really allows customers to leverage the cloud. It really brings the cloud to on-prem, but provides consistency with our cloud environment"



Palo Alto Networks to acquire Demisto for $560M

huge exit in security space after $69mm raised, automating security ops and incident response - what’s next - who’s doing this for dev ops and cloud orchestration?


$1 billion video-conferencing company Zoom is aiming for an April IPO

Zoom up next for IPO - Slack also coming - the unicorns in enterprise space are lining up…


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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