What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #60

Cryptokitties and currencies the rage this week - read my post below on why cryptokitties is killer app for enterprise decentralized apps; @Benedict Evans with a solid read on the Amazon machine; great post on searching for product market fit; solid summary on digital transformation at largest enterprises (goosebumps for SpringOne), and a deep dive into how a 135 yr old shipping company went from legacy to serverless

All Platforms Need a Killer App - Cryptokitties is the one for blockchain - BeyondVC

from my blog, BeyondVC - time to get your cryptokittie - will get you exposed to the world of blockchain and asset tracking, truly the first killer app on ethereum


Scaling Startups

The Never-Ending Journey: In Search of Product-Market-Fit | For Entrepreneurs

solid framework for getting to PMF co-authored by Guy Cohen (with portfolio co @askwonder) - “This post introduces a framework and checklist for founders to use when searching for product/market fit and exploring the early phases of finding a repeatable sales process.”


The Amazon machine — Benedict Evans

solid read on how Amazon structured as series of small teams to constantly innovate - sounds a lot like how engineering structures teams around microservices - Amazon is a machine to make a machine, and the machine it makes is more Amazon.


Box CEO Aaron Levie is 'really happy' his company is public - Business Insider

counterintuitive thought on why being public helped Box - one big one is financial viability discussion from large enterprise customers - “Many public company executives complain about the burdens they face. But Levie thinks Box has benefited greatly from being public.”


Enterprise Tech

IBM Adds JPMorgan, Barclays, Samsung to Quantum Computing Project | Fortune

still the challenge - “Despite the potential for more efficient data crunching, quantum computers don’t easily work with today’s software. These are fundamentally different kinds of computers, and therefore require new software using different mathematical tricks to make them compatible with modern apps.”t.


Can Parents ‘Robot-Proof’ Their Child’s Job Future? - The New York Times

food for thought - what impact will automation have on our children??? - Robots may make half of today’s jobs obsolete in 20 years. What careers will be left when our children grow up?


Goosebumps @SpringOne

great post on Pivotal SpringOne event in SF last week - lots of great anecdotes on cloud transformation at Fortune 500 enterprises



Bitcoin Just Surged on Futures Trading. Here’s How That Actually Works | Fortune

for those folks buying bitcoin but don’t know how futures work - Bitcoin surged higher on futures trading. How will futures impact bitcoin prices?



Voyage into the World of Serverless Computing — with a 135-year-old Shipping Company

great story, nice shoutout to @IOpipes (portfolio co) for serverless APM and alerting system - “After completing a 10-year effort to migrate systems from mainframe to a modern Java stack in 2015, Matson, Inc., a 135-year-old leading U.S. shipping carrier in the Pacific, spent the next year…”


A Decentralized Future in 2018 and Beyond | HuffPost

great interview with George Avetisov, cofounder/CEO of hypr (boldstart investment) - An estimated 30 billion devices are expected to be connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) by 2020. Now more than ever, it’s critical to ensure all dev…


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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