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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. To the extended Rally Software family past and present – congratulations. It has been a rocket ship from there.

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. 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. anymore.

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


I always advise software startups to file patents to protect their “secret sauce” from competitors, and to increase their valuation.

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. The word software didn’t even exist.

Software vs Hardware

A VC : Venture Capital and Technology

One of the things I am noticing is the trend to try to solve problems with software instead of dedicated hardware. That makes sense for a whole bunch of reasons, but the biggest ones are that the marginal cost of additional user is almost zero with software and that you can iterate your product much more quickly with software.

Magnitude Software Acquires Simba Technologies


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

Procore Technologies Expands Austin Office


Procore Technologies, which makes construction management software, has expanded its operations in Austin. Austin

The Coming Shift in Enterprise Software

Both Sides of the Table

Consumer product companies have to be “user centric” to survive and yet most enterprise software companies fall short on this front. Why Invest?

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.

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. They have grown up in a world where technology changes rapidly.

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. We just invested $100M in GitHub. In addition to the eye-popping number, the investment breaks ground on two fronts: It’s the largest investment we’ve ever made. The No.

2016’s Small Business Technology Trends

Up and Running

This type of technology allows even small startups to perform on the global stage in a way that has never been seen or even imagined before now.

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. Following is his story.

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.

Getting A Software Patent Is Valuable But Frustrating

Startup Professionals Musings

Some argue to simply eliminate software patents, while others put their hopes in U.S. That’s more than a lifetime in today’s technology.

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? How does it differ from any other off –the-shelf software?

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. Martin Fowler, a software developer, had a well thought out article titled SoftwarePatent. Patents abolish software patents software patents

5 Restaurant Technologies to Have Before Your Grand Opening

Up and Running

Technology is indeed essential to modern restaurants. Employee scheduling software. But where does the technology come in?

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. But the ongoing time and effort of supporting and maintaining the software is not something that can be done for free.

Putting technology at the core

Chris Dixon

Most businesses today believe that technology can dramatically improve the way they operate.

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.

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. Technology

New Study Reveals Business Owners Investing in Technology in 2015

Up and Running

“Where Main Street Meets Technology” – a study. For the modern business owner, cloud-based software is crucial.

The End Of “Build It Yourself” Software


Today in the tech industry, we’re entering an era of Levittown software, and the change is important for all businesses. Sound familiar?

Software Is Eating Marketing

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

One VC argues that software is disrupting several industries in the 21st century, including marketing. software industry we could carve out.

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.

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 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. Nothing could be further from the truth.

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. Marty Zwilling.

Is Free Intranet Software Really Free?


Image credit: Software from Shutterstock. Take intranet software. Most free intranet software vendors adopt a one-size-fits-all approach.

Software Eating Industries

Mucker Lab

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

How Technology Can Help Your Business Get Funded

Up and Running

Technology is intertwined with eCommerce funding. Using technology to promote your eCommerce startup. See Also How to Fund Your Business.

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.

The Future of Recruiting and Hiring Technology

Fresh Inc.: The Staff Blog

Still, in the eyes of some HR thought leaders, recruiting technology hasn''t quite gotten where it needs to be. And so on.

Microservices Essentials for Executives: The Key to High Velocity Software Development

For Entrepreneurs

Software is eating the world” – Marc Andreesen Companies thriving in the new world order have technology as a core competency. And despite the constant iteration and updates to their cloud application, their software is rock-solid reliable. They build complex cloud applications. How do they.

Cloud 39

Is Your Business Making The Most Of Modern Technology?


It seems that every other day there’s some new software or gadget that the whole world raves about.

How Technological Advances Can Help Your Business Succeed


Most companies cannot afford to create or manage software that can help make these make-or-break decisions. Others business growth technology

An epic time for enterprise technology

deal architect

Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry CommentaryLike most, I have watched many a “One more thing” announcement by Steve Jobs. While it made many run out and line up for blocks when Apple introduced that shiny new thing, it inspired the author in me to write.

Rocket Software Opens Office in Austin


Rocket Software, a Waltham, Mass.-based Rocket Software also recently opened offices in Japan and China. Austin

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