What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #66

Great summary of Infosys survey on 1000 enterprises on use of AI; all about GDPR - best simple overview I’ve read yet from Natasha at Techcrunch; historical context of what blockchain looks like relative to Internet 1.0 days in NY Times; and huge congrats to portfolio co Front and Mathilde Collin for $66mm Series B round led by Sequoia/DFJ

Scaling Startups

How Front Founder Mathilde Collin Raised $66 Million From Sequoia In Five Days

congrats to portfolio co Front and Mathilde Collin - huge raise, amazing growth - “Mathilde Collin raised $66 million in just five days for her email app Front. Here’s how she did it – and what top VC firm Sequoia Capital did to win over the rising star entrepreneur.”

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Andreessen Horowitz's Spin Master Built Silicon Valley As You Know It | WIRED

great story how one of the best in PR do it and turn the tech into magic and founders into heroes - For decades Margit Wennmachers has quietly shaped the world’s hottest startups. Now Andreessen Horowitz’s secret weapon must reckon with the era of big tech.

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Enterprise Tech

Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble, New York Times

great article from @stevenbjohnson on future of blockchain with historical context from internet 1.0; as @mashinsky and I were discussing, it’s only 10x faster today in terms of adoption and change

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Digital Transformation Lags Davos Predictions, Studies Show - CIO Journal. - WSJ

this means much more spending on tech and infrastructure over next few years 😃 - While the world’s elites gather in the Alps this week to talk digital transformation, the view from lower altitudes is quite different, says CIO Journal Columnist Gary Beach.

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WTF is GDPR? | TechCrunch

Must read - fantastic overview from @riptari on #GDPR and why it matters. As I’ve said before it’s the next Y2K. @bigidsecure well positioned for a big year. “Within a matter of months, the General Data Protection Regulation will apply across the EU and business processing citizens’ data will need to be sure they’re..”

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Enterprise AI Moves Beyond Experimentation: Infosys - CXOtoday.com

Survey of 1000 enterprises by Infosys - interesting findings including the move from AI being used for automation to differentiation - “For example, 80 percent of IT decision makers at organizations in later stages of AI deployment reported that they are using AI to augment existing solutions, or build new business-critical solutions and services to optimize insights and the consumer experience.”

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Software Trends for 2018

Enterprise “Software Trends for 2018” from our friends @pivotal with @rahulvohra @SuperhumanCo on the workplace - “Productivity software will experience a long expected renaissance” - Some of the smartest minds in tech look ahead at what 2018 holds for software itself, as well as some of the industries it’s affecting.

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Blockchain will be the killer app for supply chain management in 2018 | Computerworld

track and trace on blockchain using sensors and distributed ledger is coming and big - “The distributed ledger technology that underpins cryptocurrencies is now poised to disrupt supply chain management – especially in the global shipping industry.”

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Markets

Amazon lost cloud market share to Microsoft in the fourth quarter: KeyBanc

Microsoft gaining market share! Leading the way on AI tool and more pre-built models - KeyBanc’s latest cloud market share estimates show that Microsoft has cut into Amazon’s lead.

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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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