Vertical Software: One Industry which has bucked the trend

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Readers know I have been hounding software vendors on why they are not investing in vertical functionality. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

Verticals, the Uptake way

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Readers know I have lamented for a while that enterprise software has paid lip service to verticals. Two decades of cloud and in-memory computing and still most of the available functionality is around horizontal areas - accounting, HCM and CRM. Industry Commentary

Vertical Velocity

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I predicted 2016 will be the year of verticals in the enterprise software space. Industry Commentary Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc We are off to a good start. This morning Jose Duarte, CEO of Unit4 updated us about the Higher Education acquisition they made a few months.

IFS extends its vertical focus

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Readers know I think the software market is at a pivot point. I have always liked IFS’s focus on complex, Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc We have plenty of hr, financial and basic CRM functionality, but very little in the way of industry specific functionality.

Anaplan: The verticalization of analytics

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Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors I spent a few hours at Anaplan’s annual Hub conference in Vegas. It is my first time at an Anaplan event and I sensed the buzz of a vendor going through a phase of rapid growth and having to manage.

Verticals, the Uptake way

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Readers know I have lamented for a while that enterprise software has paid lip service to verticals. Two decades of cloud and in-memory computing and still most of the available functionality is around horizontal areas - accounting, HCM and CRM. Industry Commentary

The Fall and Rise of Verticals

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In the late 90s, Gartner used to grade outsourcers on a poster with scores for verticals, horizontals, geographies. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) Industry Commentary Outsourcing (IBM, Accenture, EDS) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

The Everyday Economy Is Not a Vertical Strategy

View from Seed

When describing the Everyday Economy, it is helpful to talk about some of the verticals that are seeing wholesale redesign and the opportunities within those verticals. We have blogged about a few of the verticals so far, including housing , food , entertainment , and others.

A Place To Call Your Own: Building Your Brand’s Vertical Social Network

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Here are the reasons why you should create a “vertical” social network for your brand: Create a more personalized social experience. Other companies focus their vertical networks on connecting customers with each other. By Vanessa Richardson.

3D printing expanding through the industrial world vertical by vertical – now dental crowns

The Equity Kicker

If software is eating the world then 3D printing is atomising its factories and production centres. The 3D printing trend is less advanced than the software trend, but it’s coming.

SapphireNowis SAP poised to lead the industry again?

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Analytics, Big Data Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP) SAP Nation Book Silicon Collar Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc I went to SapphireNow in Orlando last week. I am getting requests to write an update to SAP Nation. There is plenty I could write about – how thousands of SAP customers are trying out one or more of the.

Go Vertical

Seeing Both Sides

I have also seen the componentization of software and the shift to independent work agents, the latter of which has interesting policy implications for a jobs-obsessed policymakers. Yet, in my own work with various incubators, I am often struck by the lack of vertical focus.

Vertical Markets 3: Reducing Risk in Startups « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

Simulation to Reduce Invention Risk If you’re in a vertical where “invention risk” is dominant, then you want to do everything you can to manage and reduce those risks. For example, in the semiconductor business engineers spend enormous time, money and effort on simulation , the process of actually building the chip in software and running tests to see how well it will perform – well before they ever get to first silicon. This approach works for software.

UNIT4s expansive view of the services sector

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Enterprise Software (other vendors) Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc As part of a corporate re-branding exercise, UNIT4 hosted an analyst call last week – see replay here. While they have previously announced they would focus on the services sector, I thought that would mostly be around local government and.

Vertical Markets 4: Putting it All Together « Steve Blank

Steve Blank

In the last three posts, we drew the relationship of market risk and invention risk with vertical markets and pointed out verticals where customer development would be useful. would look in each of the verticals. Each vertical is, in fact, a functional culture.

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.

Theres gold in them thar piles of contracts

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The category of Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) software has been rapidly evolving from its document management and audit roots to automation of complex legal language and sophisticated measurement of exposure to risk. Silicon Collar Vertical Markets (Banking, Retail etc

TechStars Like Accelerators Outside of Software / Internet

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Over the past few months I’ve had a number of people ask me if I know of any TechStars like accelerator programs for people creating non-software / Internet products and services. Some of the obvious vertical markets have been around cleantech and bio / life sciences but some of the more subtle ones have been around government services and non-profits.

Scaling Techstars Horizontally

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There are two common ways to scale a system – horizontally or vertically. If you are a software engineer, you probably get this instinctively. Scale Vertically (or “scale up”): Add resources to a single node in a system, typically involving the addition of CPUs or memory to a single computer. Scale Horizontally (or “scale out”): Add more nodes to a system, such as adding a new computer to a distributed software application.

Inforumpeeling an onion

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I wrote last week that I was looking forward to getting an update on Infor’s verticals – hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing, logistics, retail and others. At Inforum in Washington this week, I only got a detailed briefing about the Retail vertical. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP

Unit4 Update

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Some highlights: a) Heightened vertical focus Unit4 has narrowed focus to 4 major verticals – professional services, public services, higher education and. Enterprise Software (other vendors I had a chance to catch up with Ivo Totev, Chief Product Officer and get a Unit4 update.

Vertical Markets 1: Bad Advice – All Startups are the Same « Steve.

Steve Blank

Verticals Are Different I began to realize that entrepreneurs (and their professors) act like every vertical market and industry has the same set of rules. The guidelines I had originally proposed to my students worked for enterprise software or Web 2.0 So the first heuristic is: do not assume the startup rules are the same for all vertical markets. Now when my students begin their team projects, I list 13 vertical markets on the whiteboard.

Entrepreneurs Bring Propriety Software to Influencer Marketing

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The largest ad agencies and brands are going to acquire influencer software companies and managed services, and the majority of other players will amalgamate or go out of business trying to compete. Influencer marketing is here and it’s not going anywhere soon.

Infor: Design+Value

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I have written in past about Infor’s micro-vertical strategy and its quest with its internal design agency Hook +Loop to make enterprise software “beautiful”. Cloud Computing, SaaS Enterprise Software (other vendors

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CES 2013 Preview: What Happens in Vegas, STAYS in Vegas

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This week marks the annual orgy of PR excess known as the Consumer Electronics Show. More than 150,000 (mostly male) visitors, many sporting T-shirts with mysterious acronyms like “4K in HD3D”, will. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

A founder’s advice on hiring a VP of Sales

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News Recruitment saas Sales Software as a service vertical SaaS VP Sales One of the best parts about having a strong portfolio filled with smart people is the wise advice that founders share with each other. In this case, one of V1’s portfolio companies has been looking to hire a VP of Sales and I asked Jon Zimmerman ( @jpzimmerman ), CEO of Front Desk , to share his experiences and insight on the matter.

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Announcing our latest investment: Clio

Version One Ventures

At version one, we are big believers in the vertical SaaS opportunity. A mobile-first approach, combined with a laser-like focus on a specific vertical, can create the right toolset to help SMBs achieve huge productivity gains ( I wrote about this nearly a year ago for TechCrunch). Clio is the leader in providing legal practice management software in the cloud. News Bessemer Venture Partners Clio Jack Newton mobile practice management Rian Gauvreau Vancouver vertical SaaS

More MSM Enterprise Gossip

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Instead of focusing on Infor’s micro-vertical and other investments, Jon Swartz chose to focus on beanbags at HQ and the gossipy aspect of Charles Phillips versus former boss, Larry. Enterprise Software (IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, SAP Last month I wrote about a USA Today story on Infor.

Google’s Acquires ITA: Will Deeper Vertical Integration Lead to Higher Revenues?

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“It’s funny how fallin feels like flyin, for a little while…” - Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart Soundtrack On July 1st, Google announced its intention to acquire ITA Software. ITA owns a primarily B2B airfare search and pricing system called QPX. Several of the leading online travel sites, like Orbitz, Kayak, and Bing Travel, use information [.]. advertising Internet Uncategorized Web/Tech CPA CPC Google ITA LTV

Is Freemium Compatible with Enterprise Software?

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Some enterprise products are not appropriate for freemium models but almost exclusively the result of high COGS and/or specific industry vertical issues (e.g. In summary, freemium works for enterprise software if you: Carefully consider all of the consequences of various packaging and metering models. Enterprise Software Marketing business models customer acquisition freemium

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

SaaS Wars: Europe Awakens

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Accel Euroscape: The 100 most promising Software-as-a- Service companies in Europe and Israel -This article was co-authored with my colleague Pia d'Iribarne and published initially on Tech.eu. Europe is underrepresented in vertical SaaS solutions – 17% of the companies vs. 23% in the US.

Mentors 12/18: Know What You Don’t Know. Say I Don’t Know When You Don’t Know

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My business and technology experience is deep in software, where even the hardware companies we are investors in (Fitbit, Sphero, Makerbot, Glowforge, littleBits, and some others) are what we like to refer to as “software wrapped in plastic.” ” At the essence of it all is software and that’s what I know best. But I don’t know all software. And I especially don’t know vertical markets. Techstars Boulder Demo Day is this week.

Cloud Europe 2017: The Factory is Cranking

Cracking the Code

You can see the full presentation here - Europe is fertile ground for Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) companies, as shown in our comprehensive look at SaaS last year, “SaaS Wars – Europe Awakens”. AI Cloud Computing SaaS software Venture Capital

Key investment themes

Version One Ventures

Vertically integrated commerce (investments: Julep , Frank & Oak ): Last September, I wrote an article for TechCrunch outlining why vertically integrated retailers represent the next wave in e-commerce. Vertical SaaS (investments: Frontdesk , Jobber ): In the new era of enterprise software, the winners will be purpose-built, vertically sliced tools.

Why is node JS the best framework to launch a Multivendor Ecommerce marketplace Store?

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script is one of the most ideal strategies incorporated for software builders as it is utilized with the motive of improving real-time applications. They can use both Horizontal Scaling and Vertical Scaling, which help enhance the performance of your application.

Bitesize Tuesday: Tracx, Innovid, Kenshoo, uTest and More Investment Rounds [recap]

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uTest has established itself as the world’s largest marketplace for software testing services, with over 25,000 testers in over 160 countries. A number of investment rounds and acquisitions took place in recent weeks and it’s worth taking note.

Going Down? Q3 VC Investments in US Tech Drop 14%

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eCommerce is the smallest vertical in the US tech venture investments, with only $39 million invested in Q3, in eight companies. uTest created a crowdsourced software testing marketplace that uses a “Pay per Bug&# business model.

Thoughts on SaaS in 2017

BeyondVC

pick a vertical, say old archaic tech and SaaS-ify it?—?my my friends at appfolio have done a great job of this rearchitecting property management software, secure documents, and legal case management and they are growing nicely. Enterprise Software SaaS enterprise software saas startupsWhen we started boldstart in 2010, a core thesis of ours was to invest in next-gen SaaS which we called SaaS 2.0 at the time and best highlighted in our end of 2015 review: SaaS 2.0,

What type of market are you operating in?

Version One Ventures

As a result, the tool can grab a large market share in a certain market segment or vertical. Think Mailchimp , Dropbox , Hightail or Unbounce for horizontal solutions or Clio , Jobber or Frontdesk for vertical products (disclosure some of those are portfolio companies). In particular, we see a winner takes almost all dynamic happening in vertical SaaS plays where word of mouth can quickly travel within one industry.

How we can improve the odds of finding unicorns

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This makes it laboriously difficult to identify rising stars and make comparisons within a specific vertical. At Version One, we have 6 investment themes (and more to come – stay tuned): Vertically integrated commerce. Vertical SaaS. News data e-commerce investing Investor marketplaces Software as a service venture capital It was my first day at Version One when I realized that finding “ VC-fundable ” startups would not be easy.