What's Hot in Enterprise IT/VC - Issue #94

another week and more discussion on automation and jobs from the NYTimes and Harvard Business Review; solid reads on distributed teams when scaling startups and CEO transparency; deep tech with story on Rigetti computing in quantum space and an elightening discussion on serverless in production in Hacker News

Slack and Microsoft Teams: Is Enterprise Collaboration a Two Horse Race?

Sharing some of my thoughts here on the enterprise collaboration market with a plug for portfolio co Front


Scaling Startups

Why this CEO makes everything she does transparent to all employees

how Mathilde Collin, CEO of Front (full disclosure, a boldstart portfolio co) tracks her time and uses transparency to foster culture and efficiency


Changing the narrative on distributed teams in Silicon Valley - Version One

The predominant narrative among Silicon Valley start-ups has been: don’t open a second office until you have reached 100+ employees. Yes, there are tremendous advantages when everybody works out of one headquarters. However, the pressure of sky-high housing costs, salaries and competition for suitable candidates is causing start-ups and investors to rethink their approach to distributed teams.


Enterprise Tech

‘The Beginning of a Wave’: A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace - The New York Times

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the rage these days but not as intelligent as one may think - “Artificial intelligence software is making its presence felt in subtle ways, in an unglamorous place: the back office.”


Tony Saldanha VP, IT and Global Business Services Procter & Gamble on working with startups

must see from our friend Tony Saldanha VP, IT & GBS on how P&G thinks about innovation, thinking like a VC, taking on 10x only projects, rapid iteration, fail fast, + build from there; super thoughtful working with startup


90 Companies Join IBM and Maersk's Blockchain Supply Chain - CoinDesk

it’s alive, global supply chain tracking with Maersk and IBM - a simple use of blockchain but need many players to coordinate, problem is IBM and Maersk own this and will be interesting to see how participants respond to this, also a big win for Hyperledger Fabric


Why Even AI-Powered Factories Will Have Jobs for Humans

as I’ve always believed, human in the loop, is wave of the future, enabling superhuman capabilities for employees rather than pure replacement as #automation #AI takes hold across the global 2000 - “The greatest gains come when machines and people work together.”


Ask HN: Have you shipped anything serious with a “serverless” architecture? | Hacker News

great hacker news thread on who has shipped on serverless


Rigetti Computing in Bloomberg article. "128 qubits in the next 12 months" : QuantumComputing

Rigetti discusses their approach to releasing the most powerful quantum computer in 12 months; however, still unclear the best use cases for quantum and still lots of challenges like error correction


Oracle launches autonomous database for online transaction processing – TechCrunch

lots of DBs for analytics, etc but a true autonomous OLTP for transactions in cloud is truly interesting



Twilio earnings Q2 2018

Twilio hits breakeven on $147.8mm revenue in Q2, which means the company can start investing in growth again


The Stock Market Is Shrinking. That’s a Problem for Everyone. - The New York Times

Since the 1970s, the market has changed radically. It has fewer companies, and just 200 account for all of the profit in the entire stock market.



smallstep - Step: A New Zero Trust Swiss Army Knife from Smallstep

congrats to Mike Malone at portfolio co Smallstep - “Psyched to announce a new open source security tool that makes it easier to work with zero trust tech like TLS, OAuth/OIDC, JWT, OATH OTP, etc. ”


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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