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Dropbox Picks up Enterprise Sales Vets — The Information
Dropbox has quietly hired two enterprise sales veterans, part of a broader push to gain big corporations as customers.
DropBox  Box  Microsoft  Amazon  Cloud  Drive  Google  Inc  Google  Drive  Google  Docs  Enterprise  added  value  Enterprise  2.0  PAAS  IAAS  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
APIs Are The New FTEs | TechCrunch
In The New World, FTEs (Full-Time Employees) Will Become APIs. Much has been made about how the dropping cost of website infrastructure has spurred a boom in startup formation, with Amazon Web Services held up as the prime example. The capital cost of servers has been eliminated, but even more important is the plummeting human cost. (<< Netflix has no own data center) [...] Companies and products like Heroku, Celery, RabbitMQ, Mandrill, Fastly, Chartio, Chargebee, Shipwire, Docker, Codeship, Rainforest QA, Replicated and Chartbeat have changed the nature of tech development. [...] Sure, there is a shortage of talent today, but developers are rapidly finding ways to put future developers out of jobs.
API  Blue-collar  Worker  White-collar  Worker  knowledge  domain  knowledge  knowledge  economy  Why  Software  Is  Eating  the  World  augmented  intelligence  AI  artificial  intelligence  Software  Is  Eating  World  Software  Development  Open  Source  marginal  cost  economics  of  abundance  Mobile  Creatives  Future  of  Work  Start-Up  advice  Start-Up  lesson  Platform  SAAS  proprietary  disrupting  markets  disruption  bottom-up  innovator  innovation 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Microsoft Will Never Give Up On Mobile | TechCrunch
It has other bullets left [shooting at mobile] in the chamber including Windows 10 and the cross-platform mobile apps too. Whatever happens, Microsoft can ultimately never walk away from mobile because giving up would essentially be ceding a massive portion of the future of computing, and it simply can’t afford to do that. [...] Microsoft wanted to go after phone market share in the long term, and selling Windows at its old price points would limit broader Windows 10 adoption, eroding at the company’s larger value proposition of having one platform across all your devices. Put another way, the company is foregoing some identifiable revenue to prop up Windows mobile. [ diminishing price of Software! is one big mover in tech for the next years coming, see SAAS & PAAS + consulting and on-site with OpenSource and Subscription Plan Model using SW through browser. ] &! wrd.cm/1eNXKr4 The Death of the PC Has Not Been Greatly Exaggerated
Microsoft  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Android  iOS  Windows  10  user  behaviour  Google  Apple  mobile  computing  phablet  Tablet  mobile  strategy  corporate  strategy  technological  progress  Windows  Phone  business  model  Open  Source  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Free  Software  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiate  differentiation  Branding  public  perception  GNU  Platform  Open  Platform  business  strategy  economics  of  abundance  marginal  cost  cloud  paradgimshift 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
Mark Surman: Non Profits in the Digital Age
The heart of social change is collaboration around a common goal, which the shift to the connected age offers in spades. The Mozilla Foundation's Mark Surman sits down with Steve Paikin to discuss applying open source principles to philanthropy and Mozilla's initiative to boost global web literacy. // Internet. You don't need permission. (book by alexis ohanian, without their permission) // is there more trolling, bullying and hate? or is it because it's so much easier to surface and less friction and non-facing confrontation. // Internet = more agency. not just consuming. linear programming. // digital literacy! resources for teachers! >> digital-literacy.org !? //
Mozilla  Non-Profit  Mozilla  Foundation  Firefox  Thunderbird  Open  Source  education  policy  Year  of  Code  STEM  democracy  Internet  gate  keeper  Silicon  Valley  Creative  Commons  Politics  destruction  Wikipedia  crowd  sourcing  wisdom-of-the-crowd  crowdsourcing  Clay  Shirky  Mark  Surman  Mechanical  Turk  cognitive  surplus  Middle  Class  ProAm  leisure  time  discretionary  free  time  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  SAAS  PAAS  business  model  civic  society  civic  life  civic  good  Charity  digital  literacy 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
The Future Of Marketing Automation | TechCrunch
A key contributor to the current state of marketing automation is the fact that its roots stem from email blasting. As these systems layered in landing pages and forms, web activity data [tracking ie Chartbeat], triggers, etc. over time, they became bloated from trying to do too much and began to over-promise and under-deliver. [...] A Lack of Automation in Marketing Automation The biggest problem is that these rules are hard-coded to specific user actions based on an aspirational understanding of what constitutes a good lead, versus based on what the data says. [...] Rather than trying to house everything in one monolithic marketing automation system, tomorrow’s platforms will be more intelligent and thinner, plugging in many smaller specialized applications. They’ll use a wealth of data to deliver relevant recommendations across your key customer touchpoints.
e-mail  marketing  marketing  content  marketing  lead  generation  Sales  Funnel  SAAS  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  landingpage  tracking  Chartbeat  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  complexity  friction  machine  learning  deep  learning  augmented  intelligence  Big  Data 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
Cloud HR Startup Zenefits Is Looking To Raise A Giant New Round Of Funding | TechCrunch
Aims 2 raise up2 $500M at $3B+ valuation; Zenefits prev said it expected $100M ARR by '15; expects GAAP rev of $50M+ this yr; prev raised $83.6M // Free SAAS, makes money by receiving commissions from insurers. [NEEDS SALES & MARKETING hires to sustain growth trajectory and justification of valuation multiple.] By the end of 2014, Zenefits had around 500 employees, according to sources, but that number is expected to quadruple by the end of 2015. Last year, the company said it wanted to hire around 1,300 employees over the next 3 years. [Capturing Marketshare USA/Canada - hitting it with the baseball bat.] // youtu.be/KporpXG0XK8 min6 direct marketing/e-mail/hustle/hands on sales pitch > COO/Accounting/HR // youtu.be/7KmjzfK3f38 min 11 Start-up struggle, figuring it out along the way but having a sense // (2015) youtu.be/8DwlS_6jLAo "Hyperscaling Inside Sales" &! YC W2013 application video - youtu.be/-S83fysRwn4
valuation  Silicon  Valley  Zenefits  HR  Unicorn  growth  round  enterprise  2.0  SAAS  SPV  business  model  customer  acquisition  user  churn  customer  churn  user  acquisition  marketing  Box  DropBox  Salesforce  ZenDesk  user  experience  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  operations  freemium  scaling  LTV  scale  human  resources  hiring  Core  Product  Value  Proposition  sales 
april 2015 by asterisk2a
A Farewell To Jobs | TechCrunch
[the downside of making yourself hard to replace is, that its equally hard to move upwards the career ladder] the gig economy tends to reduce workers to fungible, replaceable cogs. Workers devalued in that way inevitably make less money and receive fewer benefits. When you can be more easily replaced, you become, pretty much by definition, less valuable; and technology is making the process of replacing one laborer with another increasingly frictionless. [...] in principle, both nurses and engineers are reasonably fungible. Short-term nursing contracts are plentiful, as are short-term engineering projects. One good iOS developer can easily replace another; good developers write code that’s easy for others to understand, maintain and expand. [...] an excess of supply relative to demand. [... thus the need for universal basic income / welfare state.] [...] spreading work more evenly among those who want it. [Borderless Flat World] - http://techcrunch.com/tag/peak-jobs/
Zero  Hour  Contract  Precariat  precarious  work  working  poor  minimum  wage  on-demand  squeezed  middle  class  contractor  outsourcing  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Future  of  Seth  Godin  marginal  cost  Jeremy  Rifkin  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Open  Source  SAAS  IAAS  PAAS  Services  Industry  Service  Sector  Jobs  economy  Share  marketplace  marketplace  efficiencies  freelance  labour  economics  labour  market  algorithm  AI  augmented  intelligence  competitive  competition  oligopoly  oligopol  monopoly  Peter  Thiel  welfare  state  Universal  Basic  Income  flat  borderless  globalisation  globalization  crony  capitalism  capitalism  exploitation  self-employment  Wall  Street  social  cohesion  fairness  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  Industrial  Revolution  economic  history  Career  Politicians  No  Representation 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Collaboration Summit 2015 - Software at Scale - Stephen O'Grady, RedMonk - YouTube
http://youtu.be/5iW8GNL09E4?t=20m50s >> software becomes free, hardware cost lower and lower. "Software becomes harder to sell." Like Microsoft ... still businesses buy Windows and other Proprietary software. Microsoft can't compete with Apple on Mobile Software. Still Oracle (proprietary) still grows it's headline number. But now, less then half of it comes from selling new licences to businesses (38c/dollar, rest is revenue from support of existing licences). [X]aaS is an emerging business opportunity to sell SW that is fully or partially Open Source. Talk about portability; Google App Engine and its DB schema. // &! Book - The New Kingmakers Paperback – 7 Apr 2013 by Stephen O'Grady (Author) - The New Kingmakers documents the rise of the developer class, and provides strategies for companies to adapt to the new technology landscape. From recruiting to retention, it provides a playbook to work more efficiently and effectively with the most important members of your organization.
Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Why  Software  Is  Eating  World  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Software  Software  Development  GitHub  Open  Source  Free  Software  Foundation  Developer  globalization  globalisation  marginal  cost  SaaS  IaaS  PaaS  DBaaS 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Breezeworks >> Work. Smarter.
Run your entire service business from your phone. // but again, it is a silo, data silo ... what you do when you want to change platforms? could transform it into a wordpress.com/org model.
Software  Is  Eating  The  World  SaaS  frictionless  Platform 
december 2014 by asterisk2a
Box’s updated S-1 contains onerous hidden penalties if the company is late to IPO | PandoDaily
As I’ve written time and again, Box’s destiny is hardly certain at this stage and drawing such rigid lines in the sand could easily come back to burn the company. Levie, it seems, had no other choice than to accept these onerous terms. It’s not altogether uncommon for late stage investors to request downside protection when a company’s performance is in question. Early stage investors do the same by way of liquidation preference and discounted, capped notes. But the very extent of TPG and Coatue’s protections suggest that Box was in a particularly bad negotiating position. With just eight months of runway left when filing its S-1 in March, this is indeed the case. [...] +++ insert price war from Google and Amazon. Rackspace not able to compete with companies that can feed Zero Margin Offerings through cashcows (AdSense) - http://youtu.be/8uMEjg9vVQA / Or the other way around; VC firms buying into an IPO for 2-3x return and the name of the company on its homepage http://bit.ly/1jpyZTm
Box.com  Box  IPO  S-1  Venture  Capital  hunt  for  yield  late-stage  funding  growth  round  Why  Software  Is  Eating  the  World  Software  Is  Eating  World  SAAS  Cloudstorage  cloudcomputing  Amazon  Google  Rackspace  multi-product  company 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Aaron Levie of Box - TWiST #224 - YouTube
min 35:40 - Freemium in the business space is even cooler than in the consumer space. min 39 - Marc Andreessen "how much do you need to win in this space? how fast do you need to grow, to win." [cost of customer acquisition (freemium, and or Bounty Model from Paypal) and retention]. and define what is winning, what scenario? what measure? ... key accounts long-term commitment? ad spend from key accounts? customer happiness - retention? resellers, dominating sales channels to a vertical of business type and SME/SMB's? min 53 - new playbook is now Get Big, then turn on revenue. disrupt the ecosystem/existing business model, winner takes all. min 54 - how you go from a small shop with profit to raising $+100m round telling than that they get multiples back in their investment, that comes when you live a time here in Palo Alto/Silicon Valley. (crunchbase.com/organization/box) + follow-up "having a playbook." + war for talent: 1 disenfranchised 2 ppl wnt 2 create value, 3 business model
freemium  business  model  Box.net  Dropbox  Google  Docs  Google  Drive  Microsoft  Enterprise  Consumer  friction  frictionless  Evernote  Slack  Gmail  Marc  Andreessen  Venture  Capital  Flickr  Yammer  enterprise2.0  Enterprise  2.0  Bounty  Paypal  SAAS  Why  Software  Is  Eating  the  World  Software  Is  Eating  World  Silicon  Valley  Salesforce  value  creation  added  value  war  for  talent  Top  war-for-talent  Cloudstorage  paradgimshift  paradgim  paradigm  shift  Google  Jive  Software  Jive  Netflix  cloudcomputing  Zappos 
may 2014 by asterisk2a

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