Software Is The New Oil

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

It makes sense to me that software is the oil of the information revolution. Companies that control the software infrastructure of the information revolution will sit back and collect the economic surplus of the information revolution and that will be a path to vast wealth and economic power. It has already happened but I think we are just beginning to see the operating leverage of these software based business models. We are long software.

The Dentist Office Software Story

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I’ve been telling this fictional story about Dentist Office Software for years to describe why we are so focused on our “networks” investment strategy. Since I’ve never told the Dentist Office Software story here at AVC, I will do that and then I will add Albert’s alternate (and better) ending. Around this time, an open source community crops up to build an open source version of dental office software. mobile VC & Technology Web/Tech

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Software Patents

Gust

I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation. Yes, the software patent process is a mess. I say this with conviction even after I survived the process, and have a software patent pending.

Rally Software Acquired By CA Technologies for $480 Million

Feld Thoughts

Congrats to my friends at Rally Software on the announcement that they’ve signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by CA Technologies for $480 million. Rally started out life as F4 Technologies. I remember my friend Ryan Martens sitting down with me and Chris Wand around 2001 and walking us through his idea for changing the how he approached managing the software development process.

The Academy For Software Engineering

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

A number of years ago, I wrote a blog post talking about the need to teach middle school and high school students how to write software.  So began my quest to see more computer science and software engineering in the NYC public school system.  In a speech that was largely about the intertwined nature of education and the economy , he announced that the city is opening The Academy For Software Engineering this fall in the Union Square neighborhood of New York City.

Startups Need To Build Solutions, Not Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Technical entrepreneurs love their technology, and often are driven to launch a startup on the assumption that everyone will buy any solution which highlights this technology. Customers buy solutions, not technology. New technology does not necessarily make better solutions.

Fundamental Software Problems That Haven’t Been Solved Yet

Feld Thoughts

Since I don’t really celebrate Christmas, I end up playing around with software a lot over the holidays. This year my friends at FullContact and Mattermark got the brunt of me using their software, finding bugs, making suggestions, and playing around with competitive stuff. We have a long list of fundamental software problems that haven’t been solved. The word software didn’t even exist.

Magnitude Software Acquires Simba Technologies

SiliconHills

Austin-based Magnitude Software announced Tuesday plans to buy Simba Technologies, a data and analytics firm. “This acquisition furthers our strategic vision to enable enterprise-wide visibility and insights for corporate performance management,” Chris Ney, Chairman & CEO of Magnitude Software, said in a news release. “As As data heterogeneity […] The post Magnitude Software Acquires Simba Technologies appeared first on SiliconHills.

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

Both Sides of the Table

Put simply Chuck is amongst the smartest and most knowledgeable leaders in the CRM industry and in the components I consider the future of enterprise software — voice driving input/output, chat-based computing and mobile-first design. Chuck as a software visionary understood this.

Procore Technologies Expands Austin Office

SiliconHills

Procore Technologies, which makes construction management software, has expanded its operations in Austin. Procore […] The post Procore Technologies Expands Austin Office appeared first on SiliconHills.

2016’s Small Business Technology Trends

Up and Running

Continuous innovation around cloud-based software solutions and increased competition for market share have made sophisticated technological tools available and affordable to smaller businesses. When integrated into your app, this technology can be your business’s customer service.

5 Technologies Here Today That Will Change Your Life

Startup Professionals Musings

As a new business advisor and technologist, I often think about the large array of opportunities for entrepreneurs as technology seems to be evolving faster and faster. Amazing progress is being made in underlying hardware and software, and costs have plummeted.

Free Software, Paid Support

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

I have always found the free software approach to be instructive. But there is a very vibrant community of software developers that build things and then make them available to anyone who want to use them for free. If you dissect the model, you'll see that the one time effort of building something is something many software creators are willing to do for free. Build software, give it to the community to maintain, and charge for ongoing support.

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.

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.

Five Business Technology Trends for 2017

Up and Running

If one of your rituals for the new year is looking forward, here are five business technology trends you should consider as you make your adjustments. You no longer need to use complicated and overbearing software created for big businesses, like Hadoop, to use big data now.

10 Companies Making Enterprise Software Actually User Friendly

Inc Startups

10 companies making enterprise software more user friendly. Technology

Software Eats Software Development

Peter Levine

They had a vision for a new way to develop software and created a new kind of company to pursue it. They took an old technology category and turned it on its head. At a16z, we share this vision and I am honored to be joining the board and partnering with the company as they continue to build one of the great software success stories of our time. We just invested $100M in GitHub.

Accelerating Technology Change and Continuous Learning

Feld Thoughts

At dinner last week, my long time friend Dave Jilk (we just celebrated our 30th friendship anniversary) tossed a hypothesis at me that as people age, they resist adopting new technologies. People working in information technology tend to take a producer perspective. The following is an observation more purely from the perspective of the consumer of information technology. Discrete technology advances are giving way to continuous technology advances.

Putting technology at the core

Chris Dixon

Most businesses today believe that technology can dramatically improve the way they operate. But they embrace technology with varying levels of enthusiasm. For them, having a technology department would be like having a business department – redundant and strange.

The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly Of Software Patents

Startup Professionals Musings

I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation. Yes, the software patent process is a mess. I say this with conviction even after I survived the process, and have a software patent pending.

How bespoke software can improve the process flow in your company

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Does your organization have the right software to help it reach its end goals? You might be surprised as to how a normal software can create redundancies within the workforce, and waste up a considerable portion of work time. How does it differ from any other off –the-shelf software?

New Study Reveals Business Owners Investing in Technology in 2015

Up and Running

“Where Main Street Meets Technology” – a study. In January 2015, Palo Alto Software surveyed approximately 500 small business owners and entrepreneurs from across 18 different industries. For the modern business owner, cloud-based software is crucial.

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The End Of “Build It Yourself” Software

YoungUpstarts

Today in the tech industry, we’re entering an era of Levittown software, and the change is important for all businesses. Technology companies now build Levittown-style products that are appropriate for a wide range of industries. This Levittown model is the future of payments software.

The Right Way To Do A Software ROI Analysis

Feld Thoughts

The “enterprise sales software ROI analysis” as a selling tool comes up over and over and over again. After spending nearly 20 years selling startup software and services to big companies, I can safely say I’ve seen thousands of “Return on Investment” (ROI) slides.

5 Restaurant Technologies to Have Before Your Grand Opening

Up and Running

But aside from all the necessary talk about tables, kitchen equipment, food suppliers, menus, employees, and everything else that goes on behind the scenes of your restaurant, there’s one aspect of modern operations that your business cannot afford to ignore: restaurant technology.

Time Tracking Software and Startup Success

The Startup Magazine

For you to monitor and ensure your business’ efficiency , it’s highly recommended that you get a time tracking software. What’s great about using a time tracking software is that you’re able to keep track of your employee’s performance.

Time To Really Deal With The Broken Software Patent System

Feld Thoughts

I’ve been railing against software patents for a number of years. I believe software patents are an invalid construct – software shouldn’t be able to patented. While a bunch of software engineers I know thought software patents were bogus, I had trouble getting anyone else to speak out against software patents. Martin Fowler, a software developer, had a well thought out article titled SoftwarePatent.

Software Development Estimates, Where Do I Start?

Diego Basch

For some reason many people discuss the problem of estimating software development timeframes without properly understanding the issue. To put this in context, let’s forget software for a second and look at a few tangible problems of different magnitudes.

Technology to Improve Efficiency and Scale Your Business

The Startup Magazine

Technology is also helping business owners run leaner operations to trim expenses while boosting profits. Here are four ways technology can help you increase your efficiency and scale your way to a more profitable business. Technology

How Software (Apps) have Made Things Easy for Entrepreneurs

Blogtrepreneur | Entrepreneur Blog

Fortunately, technology has made it easier for them to accomplish so many things that would have been difficult years back. For example so many software apps are making it possible for more people to engage in entrepreneurship. Technology

Thinking of Marketing Automation Software? Think Again.

Inc Startups

Technologymarketing automation. marketing. marketo. hubspot. eloqua. pardot. salesforce. microsoft dynamics. oracle.

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

Business of Software Blog

But we sure as heck have a woman in technology problem and we sure as heck have a diversity problem. Write up of this talk by Stephen Kellet at Software Verify here). It starts with the small stuff… Sexism starts in technology at the ’10,000 small cuts’ level.

Startups Must Tout Market Needs Before Technology

Startup Professionals Musings

Even though I love technology, I always cringe when an entrepreneur starts his pitch by touting his new technology. He has forgotten that new technologies are perceived by most customers as causing more pain than the problems they hope to eliminate.

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.

Is Free Intranet Software Really Free?

YoungUpstarts

Image credit: Software from Shutterstock. This concept is extremely relevant and important to understand today in a world where large numbers of businesses proclaim to peddle their software products for free. Take intranet software. Intranet software is personal by nature.

How Technology Can Help Your Business Get Funded

Up and Running

However, there are plenty of new technologies, apps, and websites that aim to help business owners build connections, find investors, and grow their brands—and it just takes perseverance and the ability to tell a story and choose the right platform for your product or service.

The spotty technology globalization record

deal architect

My reaction was technology vendors, not just SAP, are actually inconsistent when it comes to global matters compared to companies like Unilever or. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP I read a few tweets today about how SAP does “global well” and how SuccessFactors reflects it.

Procore Technologies Hosts Summer Solstice Kick-Off Party for Austin Tech Community

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Procore Technologies, which makes construction management software, is hosting a Summer Solstice Kick-Off party next Thursday. It’s not often that we […] The post Procore Technologies Hosts Summer Solstice Kick-Off Party for Austin Tech Community appeared first on SiliconHills.

Potential Progress On Dealing With Software Patents

Feld Thoughts

Nick does a great job of describing the software patent problem, suggesting several solutions, and explaining how the Patent Quality Improvement Act helps the increasingly dismal situation around software patents. ” Regarding functional claiming, Mark says: “This is a problem that is unique to software. We wouldn’t permit in any other area of technology the sorts of claims that appear in thousands of different software patents.