Facebook and others think messaging as a platform is the next big thing. Are they right?

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As investors in the mobile ecosystem, we are constantly working to better understand and predict how the unique aspects of the mobile computing platform will allow entrepreneurs to build new and lasting businesses across industries.  Inspired by recent industry developments and conversations we’ve been having with friends and founders creating mobile-first services, we decided to … Continue reading

So, You Want to Go Cloud-Native? First, Ask Why

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Over the last couple years, the term “cloud-native” has entered the collective consciousness of those designing and building applications and the infrastructure that supports them. At its heart, cloud-native refers to a software architecture paradigm tailored for the cloud. It calls that applications 1) employ containers as the atomic unit for packaging and deployment, 2) … Continue reading

Is AWS The Most Important Enterprise Company?

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As Amazon wrapped up its 4th annual AWS re:Invent Conference last week, it became clear to me that the company is no longer just a developer platform; but rather a full-fledged enterprise company serving the needs of small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. AWS is dominating the public cloud market, and it is increasingly clear that this market represents … Continue reading

There’s a Dragon at the Door

All eyes are focused this week on Alibaba. The Chinese-based ecommerce powerhouse will make its debut as the largest technology initial public offering in history. By the time of the closing bell on its first day of trading, Alibaba could be the fifth most valuable Internet company in the world, sandwiched tightly between fellow behemoths … Continue reading

Redpoint Backs BitGo

At Redpoint, we are strong believers in the potential of bitcoin to change the way transactions are conducted, both online and offline.  But this promising system of digital currency is still in its infancy, a reality that has been underscored by a spate of security troubles. In numerous cases, bitcoins have been lost or stolen … Continue reading

Data-Driven Applications: The Next Generation of Big Data by John Walecka, Scott Raney and Chris Child

In a sign of things to come, a few months ago startup RelateIQ announced that it has raised $40 million in venture financing, the largest amount to date for an emerging class of enterprise applications driven by big data.  These applications combine the flexibility of SaaS with intelligence gleaned from big data that help users … Continue reading