What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #69

catch my interview with friends at Heavybit on how we work with enterprise founders and what founder market fit is; more on rise of GDPR for 2018; Walmart building out own data centers to go cloud native vs. using others; and IBM cranking on enterprise blockchain

Scaling Startups

Venture Confidential | Ep. #14, Building Community with Boldstart's Ed Sim | Heavybit

Enjoyed sharing our views on mission-driven and technical founders, #firstcheck, getting deliver love and budget elsewhere, and how and why NYC and enterprise makes sense - In the latest Venture Confidential, Peter is joined by Boldstart’s Ed Sim to discuss community-building between founders and investors, and more.

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Enterprise Tech

Rise of the data protection officer, the hottest tech ticket in town | Reuters

#GDPR #PII - it’s coming and everyone bracing for it - I keep saying, it’s the next Y2K problem on the horizon - “They may not have the cachet of entrepreneurs, or geek chic of developers, but data protection officers are suddenly the hottest properties in technology.”

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Gil Kalai’s Argument Against Quantum Computers | Quanta Magazine

Fascinating read against quantum, it comes to removing noise and error correction - “All physical systems are noisy, he argues, and qubits kept in highly sensitive “superpositions” will inevitably be corrupted by any interaction with the outside world. Getting the noise down isn’t just a matter of engineering, he says. Doing so would violate certain fundamental theorems of computation.”

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Walmart goes to the cloud to close gap with Amazon | Reuters

Walmart taking a different approach, building own data centers to take on Amazon - “One of Walmart Inc’s best chances at taking on Amazon.com Inc in e-commerce lies with six giant server farms, each larger than ten football fields.”

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How Cloud Computing Is Changing Mgmt

one of our investment themes in its most basic form - enterprise move to cloud native …“It’s speeding up product life cycles and fostering more customer interaction.”

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IBM’s Blockchain Infusion — The Information

great read on IBM blockchain growth in enterprise and use cases - A year and a half ago, the IBM blockchain business was just a piece of paper. Now, Bridget van Kralingen has assembled a team of 1,500 people, all tasked with figuring out how blockchain technology can be applied to many types of businesses. That’s a big question to answer. Blockchain technology …

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Amazon is reportedly designing AI chips to improve Alexa

the AI chip race is on, Google and now Amazon to speed up Alexa queries - Amazon has begun designing its own AI chips, according to an exclusive report from The Information. The hardware is designed for anything powered by Alexa, incl…

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Markets

Cisco to Repatriate $67 Billion. Investors Set For Windfall | Fortune

lots of money coming home, $44b back to investors and I’m sure the other $23b will be for some massive acquisitions, likely in cloud area

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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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