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. We tend to favor companies that have a “distribution advantage”. So what are some examples of distribution advantages? Legacy Distribution Power : Quite a few successful companies got a nice head start because of legacy traffic.

Software Inventory

www.joelonsoftware.com

Joel on Software. Software Inventory. The software production process has several major “inventory” accumulation points, itself. How is software like a factory?” Operating systems, or anything where software has to be installed by every user, is usually batched up.

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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. I started UpKeep after seeing and using traditional enterprise software. Noah says, “Agile is what most software companies use.

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. It was in the context of software companies and as a naive young meritocrat I was arguing that having a great product was most important whilst my boss said it was better to have a great sales team. Indeed, the companies who controlled distribution were often the most profitable of all.

Getting A Software Patent Is Valuable But Frustrating

Startup Professionals Musings

For a software startup, a patent can be the intellectual property providing the key competitive advantage, or it can be an expensive non-defensible bureaucratic nightmare -- or both. Some argue to simply eliminate software patents, while others put their hopes in U.S.

Why Resource Planning Software Is Necessary For Small Business Success

YoungUpstarts

Among them is the presence of a resource planning software for use in the management of various resources. But why would a business need this kind of software? A good resource planning software will go a long way in ensuring proper management of the numerous complex operations.

Software Eating Industries

Mucker Lab

The global trend for software powered innovations to permanently impacting every part of our lives and every part of our work is unstoppable and just at the beginning. Instead of funding or founding enterprise software companies – these new startups are increasingly hybrids.

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

Both Sides of the Table

In the era of Skype, web conferencing tools and collaboration software conventional wisdom says that distributed startup teams can be just as effective as those that are in person. He gossips with the office manager who tells 3 software developers.

10 Characteristics of Successful Distribution Networks - NextWala

NextWala

Compete with CLOSED-LOOP DATA, not software. 10 Characteristics of Successful Distribution Networks. Photo by Nick Saltmarsh ) Over the past few months, I've looked at many startups that are focused on distribution of content in the digital media & mobile space. 

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. Software is awesome as it gives you instant gratification. It requires a higher level of discipline than software does. I started my tinkering with hardware first.

Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing.

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. In the News Apache Hadoop big data Hadoop Intel Intel Distribution for Apache Hadoop Software

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. We all know Joel from his popular blog, Joel on Software, his company, Fog Creek, and as the CEO of Stack Overflow. When software and people mix.

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. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Bloomberg News is reporting the deal is worth about $3.3 billion.

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. I thought the history of how we evolved our thinking around distribution – basically the birth of the distribution theme – would be illustrative both around how the group dynamic works in the Foundry partnership as well as how we think about our thematic investing approach.

PernixData Heralds a New Era in Software Defined Data Center

Lightspeed Venture Partners

PernixData introduces a software-defined “Flash Virtualization Platform” that aggregates and virtualizes flash storage distributed across servers into a scale-out data tier for enterprise data centers to provide low cost, deterministic high performance to any out-of-box application.

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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. Speakers include Professor Noam Wasserman, Dan Pink , Jason Cohen, Gail Goodman, Mikey Traft, Adii Pienaar, Joel Spolsky, Dan Lyons, Peldi, Paul Kenny, Noah Kagan, Bob Dorf, Dharmesh Shah and others who spend their lives at the sharp end of software businesses around the world. Beware!

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. Well, it’s a bunch of software entrepreneurs”. So, we’ll stick with the business of software.

“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). Someone reported back to me that one of the discussions in the lunch line at the conference was between two guys who couldn’t understand why this was relevant to software, that was about the gaming industry.

Changes in Software & Venture Capital – Part 2 of 3

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote Part 1 of the series on the changes to the software industry over the past decade that has led to changes in the venture capital industry itself. In addition it is much easier to get distribution than it was in the pre Facebook, pre iPhone world.

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

Business of Software Blog

And the reality in their case and in our case as software creators, as makers of products and services is that yesterday’s assumptions don’t work in today’s realities. And we can adjust what we’re doing to make sure that our software business is far more successful.

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. Practically every VC Ive talked to has told me that hardware is awful and that software and internet is much better as an investment. For a long time, internet/software startups had a distinct advantage over hardware startups.

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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. We are excited about this acquisition, as ShopVisible has spent several […] The post Epicor Software Buys ShopVisible appeared first on SiliconHills.

How Project Management Software Can Help Your Startup

YoungUpstarts

The right project management software can help a growing team focus on just that: growing. So, when you have more team members that must begin taking on tasks, you have even more new tasks that must be distributed across employees.

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 to price my software product? You can pretty much guarantee that every software entrepreneur has asked these questions at least once.

Open Sourced Software Differentiates Vaadin from closed source dinosaurs

ArcticStartup

Open source software has been brought to wider public attention by brands like Linux and Firefox, both of which who have thrived to gigantic proportions due to their open nature. Why would a software company reveal their source code though?

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

Quietly spoken, Tobias offered one of the most thought provoking talks of Business of Software 2011 by asking the question, “How we can build businesses that people won’t be embarrassed by in 100 years ?” It’s like, it looks like they’re never really distributed right.

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. At the time it was an idea in Ryan Martens brain; today it is a public company valued around $600 million , employing around 400 people, and pacing the world of agile software development.

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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. Take software engineering. And it’s very exciting to see that actually the software world is at the forefront of using these kinds of tools.

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

Business of Software Blog

Giacomo ‘Peldi’ Guilizzoni is the founder and CEO of Balsamiq, makers of Balsamiq Mockups, the instantly-useful, forever-loveable wireframing software.

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. Failure to Update Software Computers are often used for both automated and employee-driven assembly stations.

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. AfterDownload is essentially like an AdSense solution for software related products. We created a targeted adsense solution for software publishers.

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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. AfterDownload is essentially like an AdSense solution for software related products. We created a targeted adsense solution for software publishers.

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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. AfterDownload is essentially like an AdSense solution for software related products. We created a targeted adsense solution for software publishers.

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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. Determine which software you’ll use to record/edit your podcast.

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. In two minutes explain what your business model of your company or Software Company is. In software we have software designs, a little bit of design there.

Automation and Jobs - Unevenly distributed

deal architect

Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary I have been reading plenty of stories recently about how technology and automation are killing jobs. And my usual reaction is to think of William Gibson and his quote "The future is already here — it''s just not very evenly.

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.  And trying to be a sponge and understanding how software is sold and marketed and all that it takes. This is a software for people who need to make Bingo cards.

Avoiding Monolithic Regret

Launch Any

Therefore, the code interacts within the same process, removing the need for network latency and failures common with distributed architectures. The majority of teams experience monolithic regret as a result of a lack of clear software architecture and boundaries.

Book Review: Remote by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

rosskimbarovsky.com

Among other accomplishments, Jason and David have created phenomenally useful software for better collaboration and project management (we’ve used Basecamp and Campfire at crowdSPRING for many years). Business Marketing Startup Tips Strategy Technology distributed teams entrepreneur remote startup I’ve long admired Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson of 37signals.