What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #81

post-mortem from Fieldbook founder going bottom up with a complex business product; Microsoft Build Conference and Google I/O this past week was all about AI - mind blown by Google assistant making phone calls on your behalf, MSFT pushing FPGA vs custom ASICs for machine learning; Warren Buffet discusses threat of cyber and cyber insurance at his annual meeting, New Relic and Twilio crushing it in public markets!

Scaling Startups

What Happened at Fieldbook – The Fieldbook Blog – Medium

some lessons learned in a post mortem from Jason Crawford - “What I didn’t grasp until too late was that the product focus we chose early on, essentially relational data modeling, is too complex to fit easily with this model. In contrast to the utter simplicity of Slack (chat rooms), Trello (a board of cards) or Dropbox (literally just a folder), Fieldbook required people to learn a new paradigm in order to fulfill the promise that had hooked them in.”


Enterprise Tech

Google I/O 2018: How Google’s Duplex Demo Stole the Show | WIRED

Google’s new “Duplex” technology presents a significant tipping point for machine intelligence–powered virtual assistants.


Microsoft Charts Its Own Path on Artificial Intelligence | WIRED

Google and Facebook are building custom chips for AI. Microsoft is using Intel chips that can be reprogrammed for different uses.


From Tokyo to Tallahassee, Target to Ticketmaster, Slack is where work happens

amazing metrics from Slack and its growth!


Buffett warns of 2% chance of major cyber disaster

Warren Buffett on cyber risk and unknowns; only a matter of time before cyber security posture and metrics gets more board exposure - “CEO Warren Buffett warned that there’s about a 2% risk of a $400 billion disaster occurring as a result of a cyber attack of other issue. “This is uncharted territory and it’s going to get worse, not better. You’re right in pointing that out as a very material risk that didn’t exist 10 to 15 years ago, and will get more intense as time goes on,” Buffett said, replying to a question about how he prepares for a big cyber-related disaster.”


Kubernetes stands at an important inflection point – TechCrunch

where is Kubernetes today and what needs to be done to make it enterprise ready



New Relic and Twilio soared after reporting sales that beat estimates.

New Relic and Twilio soared on Wednesday after reporting revenue that topped analysts’ estimates.


Is Buying Crypto Assets “Investing” – AVC

Fred Wilson opines on crypto as an asset in reference to Warren Buffet’s comments from his annual shareholder meeting


Facebook reportedly plans to launch its own cryptocurrency - The Verge

time for FB to start paying users as well for access to data and putting our data on the blockchain and not on their servers - Facebook is reportedly planning to launch its own cryptocurrency with an eye towards facilitating payments on the social media site


In Canada’s cloud services market, venture investment opportunities abound, TechCrunch

we’ve known this for awhile at boldstart and excited about what’s ahead for Canadian tech



The Evolution Of Customer Service Metrics

great read from Brad Birnbaum, co-founder Kustomer (portfolio co) - “Your business has evolved, but your metrics haven’t—and it’s holding you back. Measuring Customer Lifetime Value is essential to all customer experience focused business. Focusing on the right metrics can help take your business to the next level and encourage repeat business.”


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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