What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #59

The Twittersphere was blowing up over Pitchbook data claiming a “seed slowdown” and loss of first check investors - glad we at boldstart own firstcheck.vc :-) - much of this is true and I’m a big believer that tremendous opportunity is coming in seed land; just came back from Pivotal Spring One - they are quietly becoming the platform of choice for Fortune 500 cos to go multicloud - keep an eye out for them; and I can’t forget to mention Cryptokittie and Bitcoin Mania as it hit 19k and now back down to 14k

Scaling Startups

The loss of first check investors | TechCrunch

agreed - and we own firstcheck.vc - no one wants to be first and lead the first check - “Victor Basta hit a nerve with his article on TechCrunch last week describing the “implosion” of venture capital over the past 36 months. Using PitchBook..”


The Seed Slowdown – Calacanis.com

I could not agree more with Jason Calacanis on this - best time to be doing seed when everyone is leaving, as for my fund, boldstart, all about first check for the enterprise - we are doubling down


Billionaire Michael Dell on success: Take risks, 'make stuff happen'

great point on the biggest risk is not doing something!


Enterprise Tech

The Morning Download: CIOs Must Integrate Growing Multitude of Clouds - CIO Journal - WSJ

and speaking of multicloud - in the WSJ today - question is it just using different cloud providers for different apps or true multicloud where one app is running on multiple clouds, 2nd more difficult -“That shift has left CIOs with a new challenge and added a new dimension to their role, that of cloud architect.”


Pivotal has something for everyone in the latest Cloud Foundry Platform release | TechCrunch

just came back from @pivotal #springone and I can tell you they are quietly building the platform of choice for enterprise app development and multi-cloud, much love from their customers and devs


Elon Musk finally admits Tesla is building its own custom AI chips • The Register

and Elon is now building his own AI chips - fully integrated company from hardware to software to chip


Ambient AI Is About to Devour the Software Industry - MIT Technology Review

as I’ve said before AI is not a category, it’s everywhere like the air we breathe - MIT calling it Ambient AI


New York Times CTO Looks Beyond Cloud to Serverless Computing - CIO Journal. - WSJ

heard at Re:invent - a number of enterprises are looking at skipping over from legacy to microservices and going right to serverless - prime example here….


The future is here – AlphaZero learns chess | ChessBase

this is game changing - “This completely open-ended AI able to learn from the least amount of information and take this to levels hitherto never imagined is not a threat to ‘beat’ us at any number of activities, it is a promise to analyze problems such as disease, famine, and other problems in ways that might conceivably lead to genuine solutions.”



Loveable Digital Kittens Are Clogging Ethereum's Blockchain - CoinDesk

Cryptokitties showing the lack of scalability of Ethereum - still a long way to go to be a platform for financial transactions which require some level of volume - this needs to be fixed


Coinbase: The Heart of the Bitcoin Frenzy - The New York Times

great read on hypergrowth from the crypto currency craze but most interesting is Wall Street banks coming to them now to talk about partnering



Mastercard Invests in Authentication Startup Hypr | Bank Innovation | Bank Innovation

Congrats to portfolio co Hypr! EXCLUSIVE - Authentication solution provider Hypr has received a sizable investment from Mastercard to expand its technology to Mastercard’s ecosystem as well


Interview: Why are open-source security vulnerabilities rising? (Includes interview and first-hand account)

Guy Podjarny from Snyk (an investment) on why Open-source vulnerabilities are increasing


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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