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By Jason M. Lemkin on October 25, 2012
… and hence the acquisition dies due to excessive capital requirements. It’s almost impossible to blend a profitable entity with a new acquisition that is burning tens of more millions per year, unless it’s a total make-the-company bet like Android.
By Krishnan Subramanian on October 24, 2012
AppSecute, the New Zealand based startup focussing on the PaaS space (disclosure: Fellow CloudAve blogger and friend Ben Kepes is an investor in the company but I have no relationship with them), recently launched in public beta with a changed messaging. AppSecute started out talking about federated PaaS which, even though was an interesting idea, [...]
By Ben Kepes on October 24, 2012
Just looking at the success that TechStars companies have post demo day is a real validation of the program – it creates amazing team building opportunities, awesome visibility for the startups involved and fantastic access to angels and early stage investors.
By Jason M. Lemkin on October 24, 2012
A friend of mine who heads business intelligence at a public web company taught me a little hack that does seem to work pretty well to figure out the revenues of any pre-public SaaS/web services company. Here is the formula: Take the # of employees the SaaS company has, as reported on LinkedIn’s Company profile [...]
By Adron Hall on October 24, 2012
All These Thoughts Derived at Seattle Coffee Works in Downtown Seattle, a good place to enjoy the use of an iPad or Windows RT Tablet. Ok, I’ll admit it, I have a soft spot in my heart for Windows 8. At least in the tablet form. I honestly prefer it over the iPad model of [...]
By Ben Kepes on October 23, 2012
Coming out of stealth today at Strata and Hadoop World is Continuuity, a company that is looking to position itself within the PaaS landscape as it gives organizations the ability to build, deploy and scale big data apps. All of which sounds dangerously like buzzword heaven so it’s worth taking a look at what Continuuity [...]
By Jason M. Lemkin on October 23, 2012
Recently, a good friend of mine asked me how much he should raise in his round. He was lucky enough to have a range of options. My simple advice was: assume you have to return a liquidity event (sale or IPO) of at least 10x the amount you raise. Valuations change from round to round. [...]
By Martijn Linssen on October 23, 2012
Are you -that is, your phone- suffering from the following symptoms? weeks or even months ago, “car mode” started to seemingly randomly get enabled ever since, that seemed to happen more often at some point, when you made or received a call, the speakerphone would sometimes be automatically turned on since a while, when you [...]
By Colin Berkshire on October 23, 2012
What is innovation? It’s a simple enough question, except that it is not. Most innovation is synthesis of other ideas. Rare is there something entirely new that is invented. (And even then the argument can be made it is just synthesis.) And, is something really innovation if five other people come up with it concurrently? [...]
By Ben Kepes on October 22, 2012
I’m not usually big on Gartner’s crystal-ball-gazing Magic Quadrant methodology – some people claim it’s pay-for-play writ large. I don’t know about that, it just seems to be a somewhat hokey, albeit scientifically-based, prediction of what might occur or, more often, hat already is. Anyway – with that said, the latest IaaS MQ is pretty [...]
Sorry, But Your Start-Up’s Team Isn’t Actually Any More Agile Than the Big Guys. Why You Really Still Can Win.
By Jason M. Lemkin on October 22, 2012
Perhaps the biggest misimpression/misunderstanding I had about Fortune 500 tech companies and start-ups was that start-ups are more agile at developing product. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Every tech leader has tons of talented engineers. In fact, every tech leaders has more surplus talented engineers — surplus — that you have in your entire [...]
By Ben Kepes on October 22, 2012
Icenium is today launching what would appear to be a very compelling proposition – an environment that enables cross platform mobile development that decouples development from a particular development environment, full suite of developer products and SDK. Icenium decouples the compilers from the platform and makes the SDKs available in
By Adron Hall on October 22, 2012
By Jason M. Lemkin on October 19, 2012
In the last 2 weeks, I met with two other CEO/founders whose companies had been acquired in the past 12-18 months. In some ways their experiences were different than mine. One was a consumer internet company acquired by an entertainment company. The other was a SaaS company, yes, but one that was basically pre-revenue. But [...]
By Randy Bias on October 19, 2012
Sometimes, when you see something sufficiently off-track, you need to respond, even when the person in question may be a personal hero of yours. Geoffrey Moore (yes *that* one), recently wrote an article about Cloud Computing that made me very sad. Besides being off-track, it felt to me as if Mr. Moore had spent more time looking [...]