Maker Governance: Multi-Collateral Dai

Andreessen Horowitz

MakerDAO’s first stablecoin, which is backed only by Ethereum, will be replaced by Multi-Collateral Dai, which will be collateralized by … The post Maker Governance: Multi-Collateral Dai appeared first on Andreessen Horowitz.

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.

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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?

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….

How to Overcome the Pain Points of Your CRM

When used effectively, a CRM can be the life blood of your sales team – keeping everyone organized, efficient, and at peak productivity. However, as a company, sales stack, and database grow, it becomes difficult to uphold structure and governance to keep a CRM up-to-date. The result? Less organization, more confusion, and fewer deals closed. Leveraging leading industry research from industry analysts, this eBook explores how your sales team can gain back valuable time.

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.

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.

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.”

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?

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.

The Next 30 Years of Geopolitics - What Could They Look Like

Tom Tunguz

These scorecards discuss four main pillars of healthy economies and governments. To govern itself? In exchange, friendly countries would adopt democratic governments. With all the breaking news every hour, I found myself looking for a longer-term perspective on the world.

Small Businesses Depend on the Stimulus Package. The Stimulus Will Depend on Fintech.

Andreessen Horowitz

There are 30 million small businesses in America, and in the face of government-ordered quarantines, many are on a death spiral as their revenues approach zero and expenses accumulate.

How to distribute cash to 200M Americans; the calculus behind pandemic insurance; and more

Andreessen Horowitz

Fintech tackles the government’s distribution problem. This first appeared in the monthly a16z fintech newsletter. Subscribe to stay on top of the latest fintech news. . IN THIS EDITION. 23 fintech companies aiding in coronavirus relief.

16 Minutes on the News #31: The Security and Privacy of Contact Tracing

Andreessen Horowitz

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 Startup Sectors Most Impacted by the Coronavirus

Tom Tunguz

Startups facing difficult choices should research the PPP (Paycheck Protection Program) to determine if they are eligible for forgivable government debt to help them manage through these turbulent times. Which startup sectors are most affected by coronavirus?

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.

RBS automates away £7 million in manual server provisioning tasks

IT World

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) Group – which will soon be rebranded as Natwest Group under new CEO Alison Rose – has been on a big technology modernization drive since its government bailout after the 2007 banking crisis.

Questions about Returning to Work

Tom Tunguz

Is it when the government declares it safe? When will a start up’s management team feel comfortable telling employees there safe to return to work? Or schools re-open? Or customer prospects agree to meet in person? Or when we each record a positive antibody test?

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

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

What is the typical timeline for selling a company?

SaaStr

Note: closing takes longer because you need government approvals, etc.). Q: What is the typical timeline for selling a company? For both my start-ups as a founder, the timeline was 5 years. And also 60 days.

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.

Observations about Silicon Valley Two Weeks into Quarantine

Tom Tunguz

The Federal government has become an important target for new business, particularly for enterprise companies because the budgets are stable. What’s going on in Startupland? Venture rounds are closing. We’ve seen seeds, As, Bs, and growth rounds in the past few weeks.

Facebook changes its Libra plans to include more cryptocurrencies

IT World

It is now expected to be just one digital payment method for Facebook, whose plans now include the support of government-backed fiat-money, such as the U.S.

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.

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.

How blockchain will kill fake news (and four other predictions for 2020)

IT World

As blockchain's hype cycle continues to befuddle many about its potential beyond cryptocurrencies, businesses and governments are moving ahead with projects involving everything from digital identities to voting and supply chain tracking. Blockchain has slipped into the "Trough of Disillusionment" (see Gartner Hype Cycle ), because it got ahead of its technical and operational maturity.

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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5 Questions with Todd Deacon

TechStars

Here is a link to a report our government partner LaunchVic recently released to prove it: [link]. Meet Todd : Todd Deacon is the Managing Director of the Techstars SportsTech Melbourne Accelerator.

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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