a16z Podcast: Voting, Security, and Governance in Blockchains

Andreessen Horowitz

It’s the natural human tendency for how to organize decisions, and in distributed systems without centralized middlemen, it’s the only … cryptocurrencies & blockchains online communities security & privacy a16z Podcast on-the-road governance hallway conversationsWhether in corporations, boardrooms, or political elections, voting is something we see in all kinds of social systems… including blockchains.

Tenure Voting and Rethinking What’s Fair in Corporate Governance

Andreessen Horowitz

One of the hardest problems in any organization, whether a democratic government or a corporation, is figuring out how to strike a balance between short-term interests and long-term goals. For some companies — especially product-centric tech companies led by founders … policy activist investors/shareholders syndicated pieces

The Equation that Governs Your Sales Team's Effectiveness

Tom Tunguz

Sales velocity is the equation that governs the effectiveness of your SaaS startup’s sales team. Often, sales teams use the word sales velocity to refer to the number of signed contracts in a given month or quarter. But sales velocity classically defined is a different concept. Sales velocity originates from operations research , field of study pioneered by Charles Babbage , one of the fathers of computing, and Georges Doriot , the patriarch of the venture capital industry.

SAP has designs on new government business

Network World

Steve Ballmer's latest hobby, USAfacts.org , cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of local, state and federal governments when it launched in April. Its easy-to-read dashboards allow ordinary citizens to compare government's performance of its core missions with spending at all levels.

SAP has designs on new government business

Network World

Steve Ballmer's latest hobby, USAfacts.org , cast a spotlight on the effectiveness of local, state and federal governments when it launched in April. Its easy-to-read dashboards allow ordinary citizens to compare government's performance of its core missions with spending at all levels.

Techstars and Starburst Announce Space-Focused Accelerator Program With U.S. Government And Corporate Consortium

TechStars

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, U.S. Air Force, Lockheed Martin, Maxar Technologies, SAIC, and Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) Unite to Disrupt Space Industry. LOS ANGELES and BOULDER, Colo.– Techstars and Starburst announced today their joint effort to help entrepreneurs succeed in aerospace.

Why a Rapidly Changing World Requires Boards to Innovate and Bring Corporate Governance into the Digital Age

OpenView Labs

You’d be forgiven for thinking this description is perhaps a scene from Mad Men or governance practices of a bygone era. What does this mean for the companies they govern? While any innovation in the board world should be welcomed, the Netflix practices are unlikely to revolutionize corporate governance. Starting with ourselves, those that can embrace a mindset that adaptability to change is the killer app will set the right tone for governance in the digital age.

Past, Present, Future: From Co-ops to Cryptonetworks

Andreessen Horowitz

Network effects are innocuous at first, but can cause … cryptocurrencies & blockchains online communities open source governance historyToday, some of the most valuable corporations in the world today are “network operators”.

Shareholders vs. Stakeholders? No: Customers

Andreessen Horowitz

As companies generally — and tech companies specifically — play a greater role in social and economic issues, the fundamental question that many consumers, politicians, and company builders are asking is, Do corporations exist only to maximize shareholder value … … cryptocurrencies & blockchains policy activist investors/shareholders ethics gig economy & sharing economy governance nature of the firm & evolving institutions

a16z Podcast: Cryptonetworks as Emerging Economies (Done Right?)

Andreessen Horowitz

Like not separating currency and capital, which accelerated and spread economic growth through the former… but also … cryptocurrencies & blockchains a16z in NYC roadshow a16z Podcast on-the-road data network effects economics governance hallway conversations historyWhen designing cryptonetworks — really, emerging economies — how do we avoid some of the monetary and fiscal policy failings of “real-world” economies?

Q&A with RTVision on Streamlining B2B SaaS Financial Operations

SaaSOptics

Since 1999, RTVision’s SaaS solution has helped local governments and their partners streamline complex operations, inspire public engagement and protect data integrity.

How to perfect sales operations: part 6 of Predictable Revenue’s outbound sales learnings from 2018

Predictable Revenue

We'll also cover the three main principles for governing day to day sales operations and Zendesk's sales stages! We'll discuss how the obsession with perfecting the Marketing Qualified Lead and the inside sales model has led to CQL(Conversation Qualified Leads), and to Drift using bots instead of traditional SDR's. The post How to perfect sales operations: part 6 of Predictable Revenue’s outbound sales learnings from 2018 appeared first on Predictable Revenue. B2B Blog Sales Process

The Economics of Term Sheets

Andreessen Horowitz

a16z Managing Parter Scott Kupor’s new book, Secrets of Sand Hill Road , is a guide to engaging with and understanding VC that covers everything from terminology and term sheets to the fundraising process, governance, and more.

It’s All About the Network

TechStars

She values them so highly that her own company, Avisare, is itself a network, connecting small business owners with government contracts, and building diversity and inclusion into the process. Governments need small businesses to work with.

Interview with Captain Steve Lauver, Director of Technology Accelerators, AFWERX

TechStars

We had a tendency to—and this is [common] across the world, not just in the government—see a problem and then to say what we think the solution is, instead of just saying the problem. [H]ere’s Advice for Other Government Innovators.

Techstars and 43North Partner to Grow Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Buffalo

TechStars

Together, Techstars and 43North will build a self-sustaining coalition of entrepreneurs, corporate partners, local and national investors, government and academic leaders, and startup enthusiasts within the community.

Growing a Startup Ecosystem in Louisville, KY

TechStars

Techstars and LEAP will build a self-sustaining coalition of entrepreneurs, corporate partners, local and national investors, government and academic leaders, and startup enthusiasts in the community to collaborate on accelerating the growth of the ecosystem.

Blockchain: Renewing Trust in Charities

TechStars

In addition, charities will no longer need to depend on institutions like banks or various government agencies that may apply shady practices while handling the donated funds. By Matej Michalko, Founder and CEO of DECENT.

Sherri Hammons on staying humble and staying strong

TechStars

She’s done for-profit, non-profit, and government—and brought technology, strategy, and humane leadership to each role. . As a successful woman CTO, Sherri Hammons is well known for being both humble and strong.

Who are Asia’s SaaS VCs?

SaaStock

It is owned by the Hong Kong SAR Government and provides seed investments through its Cyberport Creative Micro Fund and Incubation Programme. Temasek Holdings is an investment company founded by the Singapore government in 1974.

IBM preps Watson AI services to run on Kubernetes

IT World

IBM is delivering these local Watson services atop IBM Cloud Private for Data , a combined analytics and data governance platform that can be deployed on Kubernetes. Two of IBM’s Watson-branded collection of machine-intelligence services will be available to run as standalone applications in the public or private cloud of your choice.

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IBM preps Watson AI services to run on Kubernetes

IT World

IBM is delivering these local Watson services atop IBM Cloud Private for Data , a combined analytics and data governance platform that can be deployed on Kubernetes. Two of IBM’s Watson-branded collection of machine-intelligence services will be available to run as standalone applications in the public or private cloud of your choice.

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Microsoft touts its first managed blockchain service: JPMorgan’s Quorum

IT World

Now, however, Microsoft will handle not only the installation of the Quorum permissioned platform but software patches and updates, a full suite of application development tools as well as a template to govern the ledger, such as who can join a Quorum blockchain. Microsoft today announced its first Azure-based, managed blockchain platform using JPM's Quorum enterprise-class distributed ledger technology.

Want to Solve a Social Problem? Turn It Into an Economic Opportunity

TechStars

Want to get people, businesses, or governments to change? Katica Roy is on a mission to close the gender equity gap—in her lifetime. And she has a formula for how to do it. It’s a formula that other entrepreneurs can use to tackle other large, seemingly intractable social problems.

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The top SaaS companies ruling the East Coast

SaaStock

Collibra provides a cross-organizational data governance and catalog platform that helps companies maximize the value of their data. Thanks to RoadBotics, governments can plan and repair roads at the right time, while saving taxpayer money.

Techstars Partners with LaunchVic, Tennis Australia and Victoria University to bring SportsTech Accelerator to Melbourne

TechStars

In partnership with government-backed Victoria startup agency, LaunchVic , Australia’s governing body for tennis, Tennis Australia and leading sports science Australian University, Victoria University , the mentorship-driven accelerator will run for 13 weeks and accept 10 startups on an annual basis.

Atos to modernise WA Health in $124M Oracle deal

IT World

The $124 million-project will see Atos work with the WA Government-owned IT services provider Health Support Services (HSS) to deploy a pay-as-you-go hybrid digital cloud service. Global IT services provider Atos has won a five-year contract to overhaul the Western Australian Department of Health’s (WA Health) legacy infrastructure.

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The new French digital tax: Do SaaS companies need to worry?

Chargify

When governments originally wrote tax codes, they were designed to tax brick and mortar businesses. These companies did most of their business within specific cities and towns where they maintained a physical presence, and governments could easily draw sales taxes from every transaction.

What Makes a Great Leader?

Tom Tunguz

We have limits, values, goals and drive that comes from within, and those govern our leadership. It’s very difficult question to answer. How do you judge a leader? Is it financial success? The loyalty they engender? Their ability to inspire?

My 10 Favorite Books of 2018

Tom Tunguz

American Kingpin - the true story of an Eagle Scout became one of the US largest drug runners in about five years; and how three government agencies captured him in a public library in San Francisco. These are my ten favorite books from 2018.

AI Superpowers - A History of Chinese Startups and the Implications for the Future of Startupland

Tom Tunguz

One has a government that has embraced - until recently - laissez faire policies toward technology, while the other has a government investing enormous sums to accelerate technology and entrepreneurialism. I remember the first time I visited China.

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Best practice for sales team performance tracking

Teamgate

The best governance for tracking and measuring the success of your sales team can be achieved by the following: Use your CRMs reports wisely, but use your people just as wisely. Measuring and tracking the performance of sales teams is imperative for the overall well-being of any company.

Improved Know Your Customer (KYC) Document Upload Process

wepay

However, if there is an issue, WePay asks merchants to securely upload scans or images of specific physical documents, such as a passport or government issued ID, to help verify the merchant’s identity as quickly as possible.

How to Measure the Maturity of Your Finance Operations

SaaSOptics

We derive our assessment from the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) which was originally created by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in the 1980s to assess the ability of government contractors to implement software projects. For a B2B SaaS or subscription business, finance operations are no longer just a back office function. Finance executives are playing a larger role in their businesses' strategic direction and growth.

The Three Strategic Questions Facing AI Agencies

Tom Tunguz

There is no pattern primarily because each industry has its own evolution and dynamics that govern it. Since writing The AI Agency: A Novel GTM for Machine Learning Startups , I’ve been meeting many companies who operate this way. These startups use machine learning to disrupt an industry traditionally dominated by agencies: law, accounting, recruiting, translation, debt collection, marketing…the list is long. I will publish a landscape soon on the area.

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18 investors fueling Latin America’s SaaS superstars

SaaStock

The DGF team provides valuable support to businesses in crafting their strategy, operations, governance, and finance. As we showed you in the list of SaaS companies coming out of Latin America, the region has no shortage of SaaS superstars. How did this come about, though?

6 Things to Consider When Choosing a Data Provider

InsightSquared

As anyone with a sales or marketing operations background is all too well aware of, it takes a small army and an arsenal of tools to combat the ongoing challenges of data cleanliness, accuracy, and governance.

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A lesson in arithmetics, the German way

The Angel VC

These two parties form a governing coalition. Here's a quick test, taken from real-life here in Germany: One political party wants to increase the VAT from 16% to 18%. Another party wants to keep it where it is. Question: Where do they meet? If you guessed 17%, you're wrong. Right answer: 19%. politics

The SaaS superstars of the East Coast

SaaStock

Collibra provides a cross-organizational data governance and catalog platform that helps companies maximize the value of their data. Thanks to RoadBotics, governments can plan and repair roads at the right time, while saving taxpayer money.

Gründerserie: Die Welt-Checker

The SaaS Garage

It did not take long to excite some early investors including a local Government Fund. A nice article about two experienced founders, who I met first time in 2012, just when they started to kick of riskmethods.

The Perimeter Has Vanished. Here’s a 90-Day Plan to Help You Adapt

BetterCloud

Like a kingdom ruled by an absolute monarchy, our great IT leader, the CTO, could deploy rules that would govern the perimeter of our castle. Drive governance for immediate high risks and how these risks might be resolved. It was easy once.

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Rebecca Lovell on career ‘nudges,’ karaoke, & how to be an ally

TechStars

Currently Director at Create 33, a resource center for tech entrepreneurs, Rebecca teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Washington and has held a number of roles in Seattle city government, from Startup Advocate to Acting Director of the Office of Economic Development. .

38 Bright Asian SaaS Stars

SaaStock

The service is currently targeted at new employee enrollment, which traditionally requires a hefty stack of paperwork carted back and forth between government offices. When we announced a few weeks ago that we would be bringing our leading SaaS conference to Asia, and running it in Hong Kong, many locals thanked us for choosing the city.