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.

Data Governance: Salesforce Objects in a Lead-to-Cash Process

Sales Hacker

Data Governance & Salesforce Objects. In reality, salespeople today are technologically adept and spend up to 30% of their time dealing with the results of inconsistent data governance. Is data governance a priority in your org? Reliable data is everything….

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

How well do Governments Buy Catalog Items?

Software Platform Consulting

Government Catalog Spend. According to the General Services Administration (GSA) the federal government buys at least $5 billion in commercial catalog items annually (see here ). Think of the GSA as the federal government’s GPO for indirect goods and services.

B2G sales: How tiny startups can sell to government agencies

Close.io

Here's how a tiny company started closing huge deals with federal government agencies—and how you too can get started in B2G (business-to-government) sales. B2G stands to business-to-government. What kinds of companies are selling to the government?

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.

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”.

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.

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?

Joining the Profisee Board of Directors

Kellblog

Board Data Science Database Master Data Management Private Equity Startups Strategy data governance data quality data stewardshipWe’re announcing today that I’m joining the board of directors of Profisee, a leader in master data management (MDM). I’m doing so for several reasons, mostly reflecting my belief that successful technology companies are about three things: the people, the space, and the product. I like the people at both an investor and management level.

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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.

a16z Podcast: What to Know about FedRAMP

Andreessen Horowitz

The government wants to get onto the cloud! But how do they assess the levels of risk in adopting specific cloud products, and which “cloud service providers” (aka “CSPs”) to work with? That’s where FedRAMP — the Fed eral R … enterprise & SaaS security & privacy compliance certifications and authorizations

Sprint, T-Mobile & The End of Phones

Zuora

Sprint and T-Mobile got the go-ahead from the government to merge last week. The third and fourth largest cell phone […]. The post Sprint, T-Mobile & The End of Phones appeared first on Zuora. Subscription Economy

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.

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.

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.

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.

Have you ever had a manager that was threatened by you?

SaaStr

I wasn’t very good at going to meetings I didn’t want to go to, or supporting investments I didn’t believe in, or really going back in time to in essence being a VP and not really being part of governance. Yes, every time after I was a CEO. And that was my fault. The first time was after being acquired. It’s tough. Going from CEO to a VP is a challenge. I didn’t mind having a boss. But, I was deeply passionate about growing the business. I needed my sales team.

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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What are the biggest mistakes first-time startup founders make, and how can they be avoided?

SaaStr

But if you hoped to sell to cool tech companies, and you end up selling to government somehow — embrace it. Here’s my list in SaaS: Being reluctant to go up-market. Not everyone should go up-market.

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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What The Downturn Will Probably Look Like in SaaS

SaaStr

The Fed’s Repo market had to essentially be bailed out by the government.

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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.

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.

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

Since 2016, Techstars Startup Weekends have been introducing entrepreneurship to the Bhutanese people—with strong support from the government—and little by little, this agrarian economy is changing to make space for innovation. .

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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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.

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.

What is revenue collection & how to collect revenue on time

ProfitWell

Revenue collection frequently refers to a government agency billing the public or a member of the public for fines, taxes or any other fees. While revenue collection is mainly associated with government agencies, it is also essential for businesses as a means to collect revenue for any kind of owed asset. Government Agencies. When talking about government agencies , revenue collection means collecting outstanding financial obligations from the public.