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Chengdu, China: city of spicy food, leisurely teahouses and … software parks

If you want to experience China's innovation boom, a good place to start would seem to be the Hi-tech Development Zone in Chengdu, a city known for spicy cuisine, riverside tea houses and panda bears. The zone, a 32-square-mile swath of gleaming office buildings on the city's outskirts, is home to …

China

Ideo’s CEO On How To Lead An Organization Creatively

Creative leadership is the only way for businesses to thrive in the face of rapid change, Tim Brown argues. Here’s how to master it.<p>It comes as no surprise that Tim Brown, CEO of the design consultancy Ideo, believes that all organizations should be run creatively. This philosophy has brought Ideo …

A Modest Proposal: Eliminate Email

HBR staff<p>In the early 1980s, IBM decided to deploy an internal email system. In typical careful IBM fashion, they began by measuring employee communication, so they could estimate how many messages would be sent on the new system. Based on this research, IBM provisioned a $10 million mainframe to …

Reinventing the Office: How to Lose Fat and Increase Productivity at Work

If you’re a white-collar worker, hacking your body isn’t limited to the gym. In fact, what you do outside of the gym might be more important that …

Tech start-ups waiting ‘way too long’ for IPO

Tech start-ups are waiting “way too long to go public”, the head of Google’s venture capital arm has warned, highlighting a widening rift in Silicon …

Metric of the Month: How Finance People Spend their Time

It’s 9 a.m. Do you know where your finance people are? Or more importantly, do you know how they are spending their time?<p>In a recent assessment of …

Atlassian files for IPO, plans to list under ‘TEAM’

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Atlassian, the enterprise software-maker, has filed to go public.<p>The company tapped Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to lead …

A Few Thoughts On Tech Stocks

Shares in technology companies have recently come under intense pressure, similar to other equities, markets, commodities and more. How far tech shops have declined, however, is worth digging into. After all, if the value of public tech companies has declined sharply, it could impact the value of …

Stock Markets

The SaaS Success Database

Neeraj Agrawal Contributor<p>Neeraj Agrawal is a general partner at Battery Ventures.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Build bridges instead of walls<br>• The SaaS Adventure<p>Logan Bartlett Contributor<p>Logan Bartlett is an associate with Battery Ventures.<p>What does it take to build a billion-dollar SaaS …

The Math Behind SaaS Startup Customer Lifetime Value

One of the most critical metrics for software companies — but also one of the most difficult to measure — is the lifetime value of their customers (LTV). The lifetime value dictates how a company should spend its marketing and sales dollars.<p>Unfortunately, many early stage startups struggle to …

SaaS

Slack Is Just The Tip Of The Iceberg For Enterprise Tech

Ross Fubini Contributor<p>Ross Fubini is a venture partner at Canaan Partners.<p>Slack’s valuation soared to $2.8 billion in less than two years, and has doubled in the past six months alone — all without any big marketing campaigns. The startup’s adoption curve and rave reviews are something many …

Here's Google's Secret to Hiring the Best People

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” was the tagline for a Head & Shoulders shampoo ad campaign in the 1980s. It unfortunately …

What Is DevOps?

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Daniel Greene is the director of advanced technology U.S. at 3Pillar Global.</i><p>As is evident from the increase in conferences, books and software tools, there is a growing emphasis on improving DevOps within all sizes of software development organizations. The question that follows is …

What To Ask About Hybrid Clouds

ScienceLogic provides key questions CIOs need to ask for hybrid cloud deployments. <i>By Christine Kern, contributing writer</i>

Hybrid Clouds

New Relic Jumps Onto The Container And Microservices Future

For quite some time now, people have been talking about a future for software which, rather than being based on monolithic IT stacks, is built up of microservices. Microservices are a simple concept. With microservices, complex applications are broken down from being monolithic and are instead …

Microservices

2-year-old Zenefits is now a $4.5 billion company that just raised a whopping $500 million

The company just celebrated its second anniversary by raising a massive infusion of capital: $500 million (yes, half a billion).<p>Zenefits is now valued at $4.5 billion, or 4 1/2 unicorns.<p>And that's up from a $500 million valuation less than a year ago when it raised $66.6 million. All told, the …

Venture Capital

Tesla’s $3,000 Powerwall Will Let Households Run Entirely On Solar Energy

You almost certainly associate Tesla with cars — very cool cars — but the company has an even grander vision beyond that. Today, CEO and founder Elon Musk unveiled ‘Tesla Energy’ — a new business arm that is focused on ending our dependence on grid power and switching instead to solar energy.<p>The …

From Near Failure To A $1.5 Billion Sale: The Epic Story Of Lynda.com

From fast success to near failure to a billion-dollar sale: The epic and inspiring story of how “the mother of the Internet” built her brand.<p>At times, Lynda Weinman seems almost stunned by her own success. Unlike many recent tech founders, Weinman didn’t enter the industry with dollar signs in her …

uBeam’s Ultrasound Wireless Charging Is Real, And About To Be Really Funded

What if wireless power at a distance actually worked? It does. uBeam invented a way to wirelessly send energy up to 15 feet away with ultrasound.<p>What if you could slap a wireless charging case on your phone and charge it while you move around or use it? uBeam invented that too. While early uBeam …

Amazon is about to break its silence on the company's most crucial piece of technology

AWS currently has over 1 million active customers, including well-known companies like Pinterest, NASA, Netflix, and Adobe, which use it for computing infrastructure like data storage and processing power.<p>Google, IBM, Microsoft, and others all have their own cloud computing platforms, but AWS is …

How to Build an Enterprise Software Startup

Every entrepreneur knows that starting an enterprise software company is hard. Jason Lemkin, Managing Partner with Storm Ventures and founder of EchoSign (acquired by Adobe), shares his secrets for how to start and run a successful SaaS enterprise software company. Jason is also one of the most …

Startups

Shopify IPO: A Comparable Peer Analysis

Commerce services provider Shopify filed for IPO last week to raise $100M in a valuation of $1B.<p>Shopify offers a combination of commerce and SaaS …

eCommerce