What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #89

AI is top of mind again this week, we have the State of AI from Nathan Benaich, similar to Mary Meeker’s Internet trends in scope; Arif from Lightspeed Ventures shares his framework on “real AI which learns with more data and another RPA vendor raises significant cash with $250mm for Automation Anywhere

The State of Artificial Intelligence in 2018: A Good Old Fashioned Re…

must read overview - Artificial intelligence (AI) is a multidisciplinary field of science whose goal is to create intelligent machines. We believe that AI will be a force multiplie…

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Commentary: How to Know If an 'AI' Company Actually Uses AI | Fortune

well said @arifj @lightspeedvp - we see this all day long, I’m an AI company for X but most don’t have true learning systems that get smarter with more data - Artificial intelligence (AI) companies utilize deep or machine learning, not just basic data analysis.

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Silicon Valley’s giants take their talent hunt to Cambridge

some amazing pockets in the world with concentrated AI talent; Toronto and Montreal and UK - A boom in artificial intelligence research has drawn the tech industry’s biggest companies and their checkbooks to the storied English city.

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Google is Reportedly Looking to Take Over Call Centers With Its Duplex AI Assistant

another example of the large tech cos taking their AI models and moving into enterprise use cases - the value for new startups will be to build new applications leveraging this infrastructure as it’s tough to compete with the number of researchers and amount of data

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Automation Anywhere raises $250 million to make business processes self-running| VentureBeat

RPA bot space has been on fire over last 12 months with @uipath @workfusion and now @AutomationAnywh raising boatloads of money, still need cognition though + move to #Intelligentautomation - Automation Anywhere (formerly Tethys Solutions), a San Jose, California-based robotic process automation (RPA) startup, announced that it raised $250 million in a recent funding round led by New Enterprise Associates and Goldman Sachs.

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The U.S. Air Force learned to code—and saved the Pentagon millions

how the US Air Force became agile - In partnership with Pivotal Labs, a pilot program is out to remake how the Pentagon acquires weapons systems.

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Blockchain beyond the hype: What is the strategic business value? | McKinsey & Company

framework for impact of blockchain in enterprise, think permissioned and cost reduction first

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Markets

Dell to Return to Public Markets With Stock Deal - The New York Times

amazing bet and move to take Dell private and rebuild as an enterprise software co and now that it’s complete, coming back again to public markets - solid read on financial engineering and how this bet played out

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equifax data breach boosts cybersecurity stock

Since the Equifax hack last year, cybersecurity stocks have quietly outperformed amid market turmoil

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boldstart

Big Blockchain: The 50 Largest Public Companies Exploring Blockchain

great to be partnered with Comcast Ventures on Mstate, our enteprise blockchain accelerator - 22) Comcast Corporation [CMCSA] Location: United States Sales: $86.85 billion Blockchain Play: The telecommunications giant that ranked number 34 of the Global 2000, backs Boldstart Ventures, which invests in enterprise blockchain startups. Photographer: Christophe Morin/Bloomberg

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Slack didn’t kill email — and it might have made it stronger - The Verge

why email is still killer app for work - great interview with @frontapp (boldstart is investor) Mathilde Collin says the workplaces of the future ought to take a different approach. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Front, which makes tools for sharing inboxes with your teammates.

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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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