2015

Framework Benchmarks Round 10

TechEmpower

Round 10 of the Framework Benchmarks project is now available! It has been a little less than a year since the previous round and in that time, approximately 133 contributors have made 2,835 git commits. These contributions have improved the project''s toolset and added many new framework test implementations. We retired our in-house i7-2600K hardware environment for Round 10, and we changed our Amazon EC2 environment to c3.large instances.

Hasso: its as simple as A,B,C

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Dear Dr. Plattner: I read your latest rant about Oracle and I felt vindicated in writing in SAP Nation that Oracle is Moby Dick to SAP’s Ahab. You are obsessed with that whale – in the past you would complain. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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The VC Meeting Map: What to Expect After a Successful First Pitch

View from Seed

Nearly all of the guidance for meetings with VCs is centered on the very first meeting: how to get it, how to prepare a pitch deck , how to run the meeting , etc. But then the tactical advice stops. What about the rest of the VC fundraising process? How should an entrepreneur approach the full set of meetings and emails during a fundraise? The purpose of all VC meetings is to get another meeting. It’s not to push a decision.

Organizational Debt is like Technical debt – but worse

Steve Blank

Startups focus on speed since they are burning cash every day as they search for product/market fit. But over time code/hardware written/built to validate hypotheses and find early customers can become unwieldy, difficult to maintain and incapable of scaling. These shortcuts add up and become what is called technical debt. And the size of the problem increases with the success of the company.

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Building Healthy Innovation Ecosystems for Your Projects

Speaker: Nick Noreña, Innovation Coach and Advisor, Kromatic

In this webinar, Nick Noreña will walk through an Innovation Ecosystem Model that he and his team at Kromatic have developed to help investors, heads of product, teachers, and executives understand how they can best support innovation in their own ecosystem. He'll also go over metrics we can use to measure the health of our ecosystems as we build more resources for innovators.

Entrepreneurs Who Improve Society Make More Profit

Startup Professionals Musings

Many entrepreneurs still don’t understand that building a business culture today of doing good, like helping people (society) and planet (sustainability), is also a key to maximizing profit. Employees and customers alike are looking for meaning, not simply employment and commodity prices. Every company needs this focus to attract the best minds and loyalty in both categories.

Why I F **g Hate Unicorns and the Culture They Breed

Both Sides of the Table

Something is rotten in tech startup land. Don’t call me a hater for saying so. It’s not that I’m anti innovation or a disbeliever in disruption or calling it a full-scale bubble or saying every darling startup is going to fail. None of those. Still. Somebody posted too many party fliers. The uninvited crowds have all turned up.

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One Lean Startup Experiment Per Week

Grasshopper Herder

The faster we can go around the Build-Measure-Learn loop, the faster we validate our business model. So how fast is fast enough? Lean Enterprise Lean Startups Managing Entrepreneurship lean-enterprise

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Oracle HCM World: Fracking for Talent

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Thomas Smouse, VP of Administration and HR at Newfield Exploration, an attendee at Oracle’s HCM event this week in Washington, DC, appropriately framed for me the rapidly changing talent market. The oil and gas industry has been transformed with innovations. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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SAP Nationthe nightmare scenario

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When I wrote SAP Nation, I built several economic models on the size of the economy. In the book, I presented one which runs about $ 200 bn a year. The most expensive model showed close to $ 400 bn. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Plex Systems: Celebrating Makers

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During a plant tour on Wednesday, I was asked if most vendors organized such visits for analysts. I had to confess I have been to data centers, call centers, R&D labs but not to many factory visits. Most ERP vendors. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

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The Hardware behind the Results of Framework Benchmarks Round 10

TechEmpower

By Jeffrey Papen, CEO and Founder, Peak Hosting. At Peak Hosting , we're big fans of TechEmpower's Framework Benchmarks, an open source project the company has been coordinating since early 2013. Covering a wide variety of web application frameworks, this project gives developers useful data that can help them find the framework that will provide the performance and features they need for their application.

ERP Excitement

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In the last couple of weeks, in very different settings I have seen the future of ERP. Invited to be part of UNIT4/FinancialForce’s sales kickoff in Madrid, Spain and that of Plex Systems in Troy, MI, I saw wildly enthusiastic. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Flowchart: How a Seed VC Makes Investment Decisions

View from Seed

note: In 2013, Rob Go published a flowchart articulating his VC decision making process. Below, we’ve updated that graphic with new information in order to stay current and provide more context and transparency around each node. At NextView, we hold regular team offsites to step back and think about how we do everything from invest in seed-stage companies to create better platform initiatives in support of the Boston and New York startup ecosystems.

Why Build, Measure, Learn – isn’t just throwing things against the wall to see if they work

Steve Blank

I am always surprised when critics complain that the Lean Startup’s Build, Measure, Learn approach is nothing more than “throwing incomplete products out of the building to see if they work.”. Unfortunately the Build, Measure, Learn diagram is the cause of that confusion. At first glance it seems like a fire-ready-aim process. It’s time to update Build, Measure, Learn to what we now know is the best way to build Lean startups. Here’s how. Build, Measure, Learn sounds pretty simple.

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6 Startup Strategies That Turn Off Most Investors

Startup Professionals Musings

Don’t bash the competition. Every investor knows how vulnerable a new startup is to competitors, so investors always ask about your sustainable competitive advantage in the marketplace. How an entrepreneur answers this question speaks volumes about their knowledge of business realities, customers, confidence, and their ability to handle investor funding.

What I’ve Learned About Venture Funding

Both Sides of the Table

VC funding. Our perspectives on the topic wax and wane with market cycles. We love capital efficiency until we love land grabs until we abhor over funding until we get huge payouts and ring the bell for more funding until we attract every non-VC on the planet to invest in startups until it crashes and we start the cycle all over again none the wiser. Amnesia sets in and we get back on the merry-go-round. I saw this great image on Twitter courtesy of Simon Wardley , CC3.0 by SA. blog here ).

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$1 Million At 25: How My Business Made Someone A Millionaire

YoungUpstarts

by Paul Scolardi is the CEO of Super Trades LLC. When it comes to finding financial success, so many people focus on having to build their financial portfolio for years and years and to wait decades until they can make the money they want and live the life they have always wanted to have. However, there is a young man by the name of Matthew Owens that is proving that philosophy wrong. Matthew was 24 years old when he started my program in 2013.

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Work Life Balance Tip: Go for Flow Instead

Grasshopper Herder

Forget work life balance, it's a bad concept. Work is a subset of life. It isn’t separate. Here's a work life balance tip: Forget balance and go for flow. The post Work Life Balance Tip: Go for Flow Instead appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Miscellaneous Productivity

Celebrating vendor AR

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Analyst relations at vendors is never an easy job. Sitting between big egos of analysts and just as big egos of their executives is always uncomfortable. They are supposed to be mind readers: “Why did he write this?” or even. Industry analysts (Gartner, Forrester, AMR, others

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S4HANAthe morning after

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I caught up on some morning reading of reaction to yesterday’s SAP event in NYC and posted this comment on Dennis Howlett’s post Dennis, I saw it from afar and two things stuck out a) very little discussion of economics. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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The Art of the Analyst Summit

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In the 90s, SAP used to fly a handful of Gartner analysts to Walldorf, Germany for several days of briefings. It allowed analysts “full immersion time” with executives and product development/strategy folks. It required significant investment on both sides, and. Industry Commentary

Framework Benchmarks Round 11

TechEmpower

Round 11 of the ongoing Web Framework Benchmarks project is now available! We'll keep this blog entry short and sweet. The highlights for Round 11. Three new languages are represented in Round 11: Crystal , D , and Rust. Meanwhile, the total number of frameworks has increased by 26. The new frameworks are: silicon (C++). aleph (clojure). pedestal (clojure). crystal-raw (crystal). moonshine (crystal). vibed (d). jawn (java). mangooio (java). koa (js). sails (js). clancats (php). limonade (php).

The Real Deal: Bruce Richardson on Why Salesforce Nation is very different

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This continues a series of columns from practitioners I respect. The category "Real Deal" describes them well. This time it is Bruce Richardson who joined Salesforce in 2011 as the Chief Enterprise Strategist. He may be best known for his. The Real Deal: Guest Columnist

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Startup PR: A Journalist’s Advice for Seed-Stage Companies Seeking Press Coverage

View from Seed

Editor’s note: Unlike the Ubers and Airbnbs of the tech startup world, seed-stage companies don’t typically have the valuations, awareness, or traction typically associated with press coverage. That said, coverage is important, and early-stage companies would be wise to work with local press in addition to national. Below, we interview Lauren Landry, a journalist who covered the Boston innovation economy for four years prior to her recent move to Northeastern University.

Lean Innovation Management – Making Corporate Innovation Work

Steve Blank

I’ve been working with large companies and the U.S. government to help them innovate faster– not just kind of fast, but 10x the number of initiatives in 1/5 the time. A 50x speedup kind of fast. Here’s how. —– Lean Innovation Management. In the last five years “ Lean Startup ” methodologies have enabled entrepreneurs to efficiently build a startup by searching for product/market fit rather than blindly trying to execute.

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8 Battle Strategies Every Business Startup Needs

Startup Professionals Musings

Winning customers as an entrepreneur in a startup has many parallels to a young army trying to penetrate some formidable new and unfamiliar territory. You need a strategy as well as a goal, and you need to pick your battles well. Even in this age of purpose before profits, a business won’t survive by pretending there are no competitors out there to worry about.

Why Successful People Focus on the Bottom End of the Funnel

Both Sides of the Table

Business leaders have many tasks to accomplish and prioritizing stuff can be hard. Yesterday I wrote about the need to “ do fewer things, more often ” in which I described that frenzied world we live in and why the shiny objects and distractions stop us from living up to our true potential. Today I’d like to give that advice in more tangible terms and with a framework to think about your tasks – the funnel.

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Top 7 Soft Skills Of Successful Entrepreneurs

YoungUpstarts

by Lewis Robinson. In the United States, successful entrepreneurs come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and therefore bring different skill strengths to the table when viewing the overall contribution that they make to an organization or effort. Just the same, it is possible to look at soft skills and find commonalities where executives that have the requisite tool set will typically outperform others. Here are 7 soft skills that can make a difference in your business: 1.

Concierge vs. Wizard of Oz Test

Grasshopper Herder

There are two lean startup methods that are often confused with one another. As a result, they're often misused: Wizard of Oz and Concierge The post Concierge vs. Wizard of Oz Test appeared first on GrasshopperHerder.com. Lean Startup User Experience & Research Evaluative Product Experiment Experiment Design & Template Generative Product Research Minimum Viable Product Product Management

Bill McDermotts toughest sale

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A competing sales executive recently paid the SAP CEO the ultimate compliment: “I pray he is too busy to get personally involved in deals I am chasing. We seem to lose those often” Bill is one smooth salesperson, but he. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

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Manufacturing: The STEM cells of the enterprise

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I am always invigorated when I spend time with Plex executives and customers as I did at its PowerPlex event in Nashville last week. There was a blue collar excitement to the event. Accounting had an industrial engineering flavor with. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

What starts in Vegas today, will not stay in Vegas

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A US District Judge will preside over a trial starting today in Las Vegas related to a $209 million copyright lawsuit Oracle has filed against Rimini Street. Having been an expert witness in a few software cases, I know both. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Why does every sector underestimate Amazon?

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Amazon finally broke out AWS revenues – it has an annual run rate of $ 5 billion with growth accelerating, and that is profitable. Lots of people are shocked Amazon has built a solid business in yet another sector –. Cloud Computing, SaaS Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS

Death of a (software) salesman?

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BusinessWeek had two recent stories – one was how quickly the bubble around rare earths has burst. Molycorp has filed for bankruptcy just a short couple of years after the world was fretting that China had a stranglehold on that. Cloud Computing, SaaS Industry Commentary

What Is Venture Debt and How Should Startups Use It?

View from Seed

There’s been a lot of digital ink spilled around the various types of capital available to startups today. At NextView, for instance, one of our more popular posts centers on atypical seed rounds to know. Today, we wanted to share some basics of another source of capital: venture debt. What is it, and how should founders think about it? As a startup grows, venture debt becomes a viable option to continue that growth. It can be lower cost and can either buy more time or accelerate growth.

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Hacking a Corporate Culture: Stories, Heroes and Rituals in Startups and Companies

Steve Blank

I’ve spent this year working with corporations and government agencies that are adopting and adapting Lean Methodologies. I’ve summarized my learnings in this blog post , and here , here and here and here and put it together in the presentation here. One of the interesting innovation challenges I’ve encountered centers on a company’s culture.