What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #140

what does it mean to be “Superhuman”, email is not dead, state of AI for 2019, what’s Apache Kafka in 15 minutes, and the Internet is more fragile than we think - cloudflare, facebook, and apple cloud services down for parts of this week - for those US readers, Happy 4th 🎆

Scaling Startups

The "Superhuman of X"

Great post from @Superhuman co-investor on what Superhuman of X will look like - but not every founder can pull this off, need to be mission driven, insanely product focused, incredibly patient - make every professional brilliant at what they do was @rahulvohra 10 yrs ago


​How Gender Neutral Job Descriptions, Remote Opportunities, and Empathy Help Manifold Thrive

how you write and present your job descriptions is super important when building an inclusive culture; hear from Manifold (a portfolio co) VP Eng Gary Poster on some of their tips


Enterprise Tech

State of AI Report 2019

must read on current state of AI tech, great to have portfolio co Dropout Labs highlighted as well on privacy preserving deep learning training/predictions


Email is broken, but it’s not going to die anytime soon

email is not dead and so agree - Front (boldstart portfolio co) cofounder and CEO Mathilde Collin argues that while the way we use email is inefficient, email remains a necessary tool for workplace communications. “Tools like Slack don’t replace email, they complement them. Email and team chats (not to mention other communication channels like SMS, web chat, and social media) are in separate tools. As a result, there isn’t a central place to search for communications. Email doesn’t integrate with other business-critical apps. As a result, consulting a customer record, project plan, or knowledge base requires switching to another app where it’s easy to get distracted from the task at hand.”


Learn the 'whats' and 'whys' of Apache Kafka in 15 minutes

short listen for those of you who don’t know what Kafka is and why event streaming of data matters, especially as it grows in the enterprise - In this podcast, Apache Kafka co-creator and Confluent co-founder Neha Narkhede explains the benefits Kafka can bring to your data analytics, application architecture, and overall business strategies.


Huawei staff CVs reveal alleged links to Chinese intelligence agencies

Huawei staff admitted to having worked with Chinese intelligence agencies in a “mass trove” of employment records leaked online, according to an analysis of the files.


Your Regular Reminder That the Internet Is a Fragile Place

Deploying software at scale is super hard to do - much room for improvement as Cloudflare was down this week along with Apple and Facebook - there’s systemic risk here with 77% of internet traffic going through a few providers - Google, Azure, AWS


Open Source Battle Over AWS Intensifies

continued saga of open source and the cloud providers, namely AWS - “Amazon Web Services appears to be making as much money from a type of open source software called Elasticsearch as the firm that developed the software in the first place. That’s adding fuel to a debate over whether open source companies have the right to try and limit how AWS uses their software.”



Broadcom Is Said to Be in Advanced Talks to Acquire Symantec

does combining 3 has been companies make a better one overall? - Broadcom on heels of buying CA is now in advanced talks to buy cybersecurity firm Symantec Corp., according to people familiar with the matter, seeking a further expansion into the more profitable software business.



AI and machine learning dominate World Economic Forum's list of 2019 Technology Pioneers

Congrats to BigID - The World Economic Forum announced 56 companies selected as be Technology Pioneers, many using AI and machine learning across a broad range of sectors.


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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