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.

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.

The fundamental lesson of the forces governing scaling startups

A Smart Bear

Idealistic founders believe they will break the mold when they scale, and not turn into a “typical big company.”

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.

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?

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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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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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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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.

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 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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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.

ChurnZero Named to the 2018 NVTC Tech 100 List

ChurnZero

ChurnZero has been named to the 2018 NVTC Tech 100 list by the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC), the membership and trade association for the technology community in Northern Virginia and Greater Washington.

5 Revolutionary Applications of Blockchain Technology

The Marketing & Growth Hacking Publication

Governance The use of blockchain technology will make the results of any poll-taking like an election, transparent and easily accessible. After two years of testing, the Swedish government is soon to conduct its first blockchain property transaction.

The Future of Fintech and the importance of payments to a SaaS business: WePay’s Week in Payments

wepay

The influential political blog, The Hill, has an extensive piece about what Fintech is and what the US Government is and should be considering around supporting and regulating the industry.

Growth, Globalization and AI: WePay’s Week in Payments

wepay

The news is based on a report from the UN-based Better Than Cash Alliance which reports that “the growth is at least in part because the government has been actively looking to boost financial inclusion and growth, and the role of digital payments are a pivotal focus for the increase.”.

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Prioritizing Your Startup's Roadmap

Tom Tunguz

One typical Friday morning in 2004, I walked into a government building and headed to work. I was a junior Java engineer and part of a hired team building an internal system for a government agency. We were a few days behind on schedule, and a technical issue arose. During the morning team meeting, we made a plan to refactor a small key part of the codebase - an effort that should have taken just the morning. And I made a classic mistake.

Timing Cashflows of Your Sales Commissions and Your Customers

Tom Tunguz

Sales commission plans govern how and when your startup pays account executives. Your sales team is starting to close some terrific accounts. As your startup grows, your sales team will experiment with different sales techniques. For example, qualification, pricing, positioning, incentives and contract structure. This is a wonderful phase for a startup. However, there’s a common mistake to avoid. Your VP of Finance should model the impact and approve each experiment.

A Surprising Source of Traffic for Breakout Content Marketing

Tom Tunguz

I’ve plotted the distribution of traffic by post above; it’s clearly governed by a power law. This aggregate analysis works in the case of normal or Gaussian distributions, but it breaks down when the data is governed by a power law. Each year, I do a retrospective analysis of this blog. This year, I found something unexpected. Like many other content sites, just a handful of posts on this blog generate the majority of the traffic.

Beyond Lip Service: Attracting Women in Sales with Policies that [Really] Support Their Success

Sales Hacker

They want to see actual policies that govern the operation in multiple areas, from office culture, to advancement, to pay. The policies and procedures that govern a company are, too often, left to sit in a dusty binder on some manager’s dusty shelf.

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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The Bewildered User at the Center of the Legal Firestorm

Tom Tunguz

Given the upheaval happening at the intersection of technology and government, the best thing we can do as a society is to educate the electorate and actively participate in the creation of legislation and regulation of the tech industry and work to create laws that reflect the values of the people.

When “fits and starts” is the most efficient path

A Smart Bear

Nothing is exempt: teams, processes, products, sales motions, branding, interviewing, culture, office space, customer interactions, architecture, security, finance, governance, hiring, … It is certainly difficult to jerk around.

The idea factory

Tom Tunguz

Bell Labs was able to focus on long-term empowering innovations for one reason: they were a government sanctioned vertically and horizontally integrated monopoly that benefited from massive guaranteed cash flows for decades.

The Parallel Between Cryptocurrency and Continentals

Tom Tunguz

In 1775, the US government issued $241M worth of Continentals, the currency of the Revolution, to finance the war. There’s a parallel between cryptoassets today and the British colonial period predating the US. In the late-1600s, colonies began to print their own money. Today, we’re seeing many startups coin their own money, creating an explosion in the number of new (crypto)currencies. States printed colonial money to pay debts to citizens.

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.

Improved merchant onboarding rolling out now

wepay

Additionally, businesses and nonprofit organizations must have proper paperwork filed with the government (ie: Articles of Incorporation or 501(c)(3) designation letter). We’ve also added support for sole proprietors – people who have an EIN and wish to use it for tax reporting purposes, but don’t have proper paperwork filed with the government and therefore don’t qualify with WePay as a business or nonprofit organization.

The Biggest M&A Multiple in Software History

Tom Tunguz

If the government permits repatriation of overseas capital, and if the IPO schedule is as busy as projected, then 2017 is going to be a sensational year for acquisitions Cisco announced yesterday it would acquire AppDynamics for $3.7B. We’ve analyzed AppDynamic’s growth and key metrics, because the business had filed its S-1 to go public. However, the management team and board changed plans and made history.

Social network design and urban design

Tom Tunguz

In Durban, where crime rates soared at nighttime, the government built tall buildings along a common path with lots of light and the path became a safe place. “Facebook has built the cities, they’ve built the town squares”. Dave Morin , founder of Path.

For clues to messaging’s future, look no further than its past

Inside Intercom

It spread in universities, governments and military, financial institutions, and after ICQ launched in 1999 it went mainstream to friends and family. Like many great inventions, messaging wasn’t born out of necessity.

Subscription60: Thursday, March 14th

ProfitWell

Accountability U As artificial intelligence finds its way into practically every major tech company and, increasingly, into government programs, transparency is key to keeping singularity at bay. Good morning subscription nerds, and happy Pi Day. I’m talking March 14th (3.14) but let’s skip the math and splurge on some real pie. Apple, blueberry, cheese, you name it and I’m all about it. But before we binge, let’s jump in to the subscription news and resources you need to keep it rolling.

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