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By Jason M. Lemkin | The web's leading community for SaaS founders and execs

Have you ever made a very risky investment that paid off big time?

Yes.<p>In my first start-up, the VCs pulled our term sheet between signing and closing. They had a legitimate reason — our COO had pulled out of the …

SaaS

How GitHub Employees Use GitHub For Projects Beyond Coding

Hubbers found that their online tool, designed for managing large software projects, works for any collaborative process.<p>You may not know about GitHub if you’re not a programmer. To those in the software business, GitHub or rival products like Atlassian Jira, are essential for dividing up coding …

GitHub

How Checkr built scalable data infrastructure in a few months

<b>Tongbo Huang</b> <b>| Software Engineer,</b> <b>Checkr</b><p>Quest for data<p>In quickly becoming one of the preeminent companies in the background check space, Checkr (YC …

Big Data

The State Of The Unicorn

So far, 2017 is shaping up as a pretty good year for technology unicorns. Private investors are minting about one new unicorn a week this year, …

Venture Capital

MailChimp Wants To Solve Every Small-Biz Marketing Challenge (Even Snail Mail)

A company that made its name helping small businesses with email is staking its future on the “small business” part of that proposition.<p>MailChimp did not start out as an enterprise obviously destined to help millions of small companies market themselves via email.<p>Actually, the company was …

Marketing

Construction tech company Aproplan closes €5 million Series A

Not so long ago the administration needed to run a major construction project relied almost entirely on pen, paper, excel spreadsheets and faxes. That has provided a huge opportunity for startups to take a stab at digitising the construction industry.<p>Brussels-based Aproplan, which bills itself as …

Construction

Oracle hits record $200 billion market value as cloud revenues soar

Some sabre-rattling at Salesforce and a strong use case in AT&T - Oracle's cloud fortunes impress Wall Street.The post Oracle hits record $200 …

SaaS

Red Hat - A Brace Of Strategic Choices Now Bearing Fruit

Red Hat reported the results of its fiscal Q1 Tuesday evening.<p>The results were considered to be a blow-out with revenues, earnings, bookings and …

Oracle Surges 10%: Well On Our Way to Passing Salesforce, Says Ellison

Shares of <b>Oracle</b> (ORCL) traded up by $4.77, or 10.3%, at $51.10, in late trading, adding to initial after-hours gains, after the company comfortably …

Women in Tech

Plato Event #1 (part 2/6)— Managing people is hard, you can’t code to tell them what to do

<b>Shivani Sharma</b><b>’s (Sr Engineering Manager at</b> <b>Slack</b> <b>and</b> <b>Plato’s</b> <b>mentor) keynote about her transition from Engineer to Engineering Manager during the</b> <b>Plato</b> …

Pacific Standard Time

Navigating the long, slow SaaS ramp of death

<i>Founder's Journey is a weekly podcast where we take each article we write and record an audio version with commentary. A rating on iTunes goes a long</i> …

Grow B2B Sales By Adding One Vertical Market After Another

Different markets have different needs. In the B2B space it’s rarely possible to be all things to all customers, especially if those customers are in different vertical markets. You can, however, master one vertical at a time. Instead of simply casting the net as widely as possible and hoping for …

Target Market

Oracle's Profits Jump 15% As Big Companies Migrate To The Cloud

Oracle reported better-than-expected earnings in its latest quarter on Wednesday, as big corporations like AT&T migrate to the cloud.<p>Shares of Oracle, which are up 20% this year, added another 8% in after-hours trading.<p>During the fiscal fourth quarter, net income rose 15% to $3.2 billion, or 76 …

Markets

Oracle shares jump as much as 9 percent after earnings top estimates

Oracle shares jumped as much as 9 percent in extended trading on Wednesday after the company beat earnings estimates for the fiscal fourth …

Adobe shows how to transition to the cloud

With an eighth consecutive quarter of double digit growth and subscription revenues now accounting for 84% of the total, Adobe’s cloud transition can …

Microsoft Dynamics

Our Playbook and What We’ve Learned

In February, CircleCI (and basically half of the Internet) was severely affected when AWS experienced an S3 outage. Although outages are never fun, …

learned

How Battling Brands Online Has Gained Urgency, and Impact

Until last week, Travis Kalanick, a founder of Uber and its chief executive, ruled his company absolutely. That was the Silicon Valley way; ever since Steve Jobs was ousted from Apple in the 1980s, tech founders have demanded, and been awarded, enormous deference by investors and corporate boards. …

Julius Caesar

Chicago Startup Yello Snags $31M To Help Businesses Treat Job Candidates Like Humans

On a fortuitous flight a few years ago, Jason Weingarten found himself seated near billionaire Fred DeLuca, the late founder of Subway restaurants. Weingarten and his college roommate, Dan Bartfield, were working on a startup that helped universities connect employers with students. “I had a check …

Startups

Textio gets $20 million to expand its AI-powered writing platform

Textio announced today that it has raised a $20 million series B round of funding to expand its AI-powered augmented writing platform into fields beyond improving job descriptions.<p>The company’s product offers automated guidance so that people writing job descriptions are able to maximize their …

Startups

Wal-Mart to Vendors: Get Off Amazon’s Cloud

To do business with Wal-Mart, the retailer requires some tech providers to build the services on AWS cloud rivals<p>The battle between the King Kong and Godzilla of retail has moved into the cloud.<p>Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is telling some technology companies that if they want its business, they can’t run …

Walmart

Follow Two Don'ts and Five Dos When Speaking With Today's Customers

Little in life has changed as much as how we communicate, so the way we talk with customers has to change dramatically, too. Two don’ts and five dos will help you stay on top of your marketing game.<p>In the 1990s, email was hip, cell phones were a premium product for a privileged few, faxes were an …

News (U.S.)

Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be …

Internet of Things

SoftBank Invests $100 Million in Cybersecurity Startup

Deal values Boston-based Cybereason at about $1 billion<p>Japan’s SoftBank Corp. is investing $100 million into a Boston-based cybersecurity firm run by former Israel counterintelligence members, the latest high-profile cash injection into a bustling industry offering newfound defenses against global …

Cybersecurity

4 Reasons To Buy Adobe Systems Before It Hits $200

As an Adobe Systems shareholder, its earnings announcements always get my attention.<p>Indeed I watched nervously to see whether the provider of creative cloud services would exceed expectations for revenue and earnings when it reported its results after the market closed on June 20.<p>While Adobe does …

Stocks

Monitor Akka-based applications with Lightbend + Datadog

Monitor your Akka-based Reactive applications with Lightbend and Datadog for real-time insights into application health, availability, and …

Analytics

The Best Advice We Overheard at First Round's CTO Unconference

Our second annual CTO Unconference brought together 160+ of the sharpest technical leaders we know. Here's a rundown of some of the best tactics we …

Real-Time Data

Cisco Bets on Security to Drive Switch Sales

Networking giant reveals security service it says can identify and stamp out malicious software cloaked by encryption<p>Cisco Systems Inc. is placing a major bet on security to revive sluggish sales of networking switches, its biggest business, as part of a multiyear effort to fend off competitors and …

Security

Skype outage causing connectivity issues, company says it’s a “global incident”

Microsoft’s recently updated communications app Skype has been suffering connectivity issues which began on Monday, June 19th, and are continuing today. After hours of downtime on Monday, the company confirmed the issue via a blog post and tweet, which stated that an incident was causing users to …

Microsoft

This Salesforce Ally Is Gearing Up to Take on Microsoft and Oracle

FinancialForce, a business software company closely aligned with Salesforce (crm), is teaming up with payroll software leader ADP (adp) to offer that …

Marc Benioff