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Distribution Advantage

Rob Go

As a seed fund, we tend to layer in “ capital efficient beginnings ” to the mix given our investing model and belief about the best way to build internet and software businesses. But this time, I gave a different answer.  We tend to favor companies that have a “distribution advantage”.  This tends to be pretty hit-or-miss, I find. 

Software Inventory

www.joelonsoftware.com

Joel on Software. Software Inventory. The software production process has several major “inventory” accumulation points, itself.

Distribution – A New Foundry Group Theme

Feld Thoughts

We’ve put up a post on the Foundry Group site about a new theme of ours we are calling Distribution. There’s a software layer that “glues&# this together. Protocol : Many protocols – both formal and informal ones – support extensive software ecosystems. Foundry Group distribution theme

Why product now trumps distribution – a framework

The Equity Kicker

Back in 1999 when I got my first job in the venture industry I remember having a debate with my boss about the relative importance of product and distribution for startups. Since then the internet has changed everything and for most industries product is now far more important than distribution. Distribution must still be mastered.

The Ultimate Guide to Starting a Software Company

Up and Running

Since the term “cloud computing” was coined in 1996—at least as we have come to understand its meaning—the software as a service industry has exploded.

The Power of “In Person” – Why Distributed Teams are Less Effective

Both Sides of the Table

Outsourcing is when somebody else builds your software. Been there. And from all the office chatter come norms and beliefs. Yeah, in some cases.

a16z Podcast: Software Programs the World

Ben's Blog

“All of a sudden you can program the world” — it’s the continuation of the software eating the world thesis we put out over five years ago , and of the trajectory of past and current technology shifts. So

10 Characteristics of Successful Distribution Networks - NextWala

NextWala

Compete with CLOSED-LOOP DATA, not software. 10 Characteristics of Successful Distribution Networks. NextWala. About Me. Dev Khare.

You Can’t Spell Hardware without H-A-R-D

K9 Ventures

Computing and software came a few years later for me as access to computers wasn’t as easy or affordable. Hardware is different.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

million in team costs to code, launch, manage, market & sell our software. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing. Rewind.

KKR to Buy Austin-based Epicor Software

SiliconHills

KKR, a global investment firm, has entered into a deal to buy Epicor Software Corp. Austin-based Epicor provides software to customers in the manufacturing, distribution and retail industries in more than […] The post KKR to Buy Austin-based Epicor Software appeared first on SiliconHills. from Apax Partners. Austi

Highlights On The Business of Software (2012)

OnStartups

It has been a great week and thus, I was inspired to share my experience at the conference, Business of Software, or BoS for short. Day 1.

Intel’s Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software To Help Process Big Data

YoungUpstarts

The new software offering expands Intel’s extensive portfolio of datacenter computing, networking, storage and intelligent system products.

The birth of a new Foundry theme – Distribution

Seth Levine's VC Adventure

This theme – distribution – involves companies leveraging the inherent scalability of the Internet and it’s key platforms in targeted, but extremely large markets. The journey to our distribution theme has been an interesting one, but one that’s typical of how we work at Foundry. We should definitely do that!&#.

PernixData Heralds a New Era in Software Defined Data Center

Lightspeed Venture Partners

The enterprise storage market is experiencing a tectonic shift led primarily by virtualization and storage media disruptions. Well done!

Flash 21

SaaS & the Art of Software Pricing. A decade of AWS & Twilio experience in one hilarious hour.

Business of Software Blog

It doesn’t stop him giving one of the sharpest  talks on Software Pricing we have ever seen at last year’s Business of Software Conference. Jeff Lawson – Business of Software 2011 talk transcript. Uh but he’s one of our favorite doers as well, he’s a one man software machine. Beware! Laughter]. Sorry.

Resistance is futile. Paul Kenny at Business of Software.

Business of Software Blog

Whenever I hear Paul talk I hear two things: Some of the best, most straightforward advice on selling in the software business you’ll ever hear. And why has Paul distributed 450 balloons around the room? So, just stick with me now that you’ll also notice the team, the business software team I’m bringing some balloons right down.

“We don’t have a women in technology problem at Business of Software Conference”

Business of Software Blog

Write up of this talk by Stephen Kellet at Software Verify here). Nothing could be further from the truth. It is not perfect. Trigger Warning.

It’s An Agile World

Feld Thoughts

One of the emails reinforced the challenge of “traditional software development” vs. the new generation of “Agile software development.” ” I started experiencing, and understanding, agile in 2004 when I made an investment in Rally Software. just read your post on Fixing the Obamacare site.

Agile 96

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

In addition it is much easier to get distribution than it was in the pre Facebook, pre iPhone world. This led to an explosion in startups.

Building successful in house innovation teams. Jeff Gothelf at Business of Software Conference USA 2013

Business of Software Blog

And we can adjust what we’re doing to make sure that our software business is far more successful. Software is different. Transcript.

The Case for Hardware + Software + Internet Startups - DShen's Blogs

Dshen

The Case for Hardware + Software + Internet Startups. Design software costing thousands of dollars per seat is freely available (or very cheap). The time is ripe for startups working on products combining hardware, software, and the internet. Competition in internet/software startups is way too fierce. Archives. Search.

Epicor Software Buys ShopVisible

SiliconHills

Austin-based Epicor Software has bought ShopVisible, which makes cloud-based retail order management software, based in Atlanta. Epicor Software makes software for retail, manufacturing and distribution businesses. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Austin

How Project Management Software Can Help Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

The right project management software can help a growing team focus on just that: growing. Why you need it. What it looks like. Bonus perks.

Jim Geisman on Software Pricing. When work trumps rocket science

Business of Software Blog

How to price SaaS software? How to price enterprise software? How How to price my software product? Recommended. Right? Right?

Open Sourced Software Differentiates Vaadin from closed source dinosaurs

ArcticStartup

Why would a software company reveal their source code though? Imagine you’re a kid, your friend is building a brick house made of Legos.

Tobias Lutke, CEO, Shopify at Business of Software 2011: “How we can build businesses that people in 100 years won’t be embarrassed by?”

Business of Software Blog

It’s like, it looks like they’re never really distributed right. He maintains a popular tech weblog at [link]. Tobias Lutke. Music, (Applause)….

Where Time is Most Often Wasted in Manufacturing Processes

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Creating a product, distributing it, and reaping the profit rewards is the goal of any manufacturing process.

Business of Software Video and Google Hangout: Alex Osterwalder – Tools to Help You Run Your Business

Business of Software Blog

Alex is one of the world’s leading experts on the subject of business models and business modeling though these days he is focused on building a global software business of his own from his mountain lair in Switzerland. Join the Business of Software Community. Get the latest updates from Business of Software free to you. Great.

Software Eating Industries

Mucker Lab

Instead of funding or founding enterprise software companies – these new startups are increasingly hybrids.  Software is eating industries.

Peldi (@balsamiq), Balsamiq at Business of Software 2011: Interview with John Nese of Soda Pop Stop.

Business of Software Blog

And then I remembered what happened to us in the grocery business when the chain stores bought the distribution channels and they closed them down.

Exclusive: AfterDownload, The Israeli Ad Network that Serves 15 Million Ads Daily [Interview]

VC Cafe

The company is focused on re-thinking software advertising, in particular download software and plugins. I found a hidden gem in Israel.

Exclusive: AfterDownload, The Israeli Ad Network that Serves 15 Million Ads Daily [Interview]

VC Cafe

The company is focused on re-thinking software advertising, in particular download software and plugins. I found a hidden gem in Israel.

Exclusive: AfterDownload, The Israeli Ad Network that Serves 15 Million Ads Daily [Interview]

VC Cafe

The company is focused on re-thinking software advertising, in particular download software and plugins. I found a hidden gem in Israel.

The Case For Creating A Podcast For Your E-Commerce Or Software Company

ConversionXL

What’s more is that with podcasting you have an established platform to distribute your podcast to the world. What Does This Mean For Me?

Alex Osterwalder on Business Model Innovation at Business of Software 2011.

Business of Software Blog

BUSINESS OF SOFTWARE – FOR PEOPLE BUILDING GREAT SOFTWARE BUSINESSES. “If you’re a serious software entrepreneur in any stage, it will change your life to attend Business of Software.” ” Jason Cohen, Smart Bear Software and WP Engine. What does it has to do with software?

Automation and Jobs - Unevenly distributed

deal architect

Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary

Do Worry, Be Happy! Peldi's brilliant talk about keeping sane as a software CEO. Video & transcript

Business of Software Blog

We will give the person that offers the best answer a guest pass to this year's Business of Software.  Transcript of Peldi's talk.

Italy 19

It’s back! Avangate’s BoS scholarships to support innovative software vendors.

Business of Software Blog

Great news – the nice people at Avangate are once again funding Business of Software scholarships for innovative software vendors who would benefit from BoS but would otherwise not be able to finance it. Applications are open to application by Software, SaaS and Cloud Services vendors of all sizes. About Avangate.

Professor Clayton Christensen and the job your product does at Business of Software 2011

Business of Software Blog

It was the opening talk at last year's Business of Software. Registration for  Business of Software 2012 , (October 1-3rd October) is now open! Trust us, you just don't want to miss this talk.The first of our talks from Business of Software 2011. Take the time to watch the whole 90 minutes if you get a chance.