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Cloud Stocks: The PaaS Landscape

Posted on Monday, Aug 10th 2020

At the end of 2019, I had published Cloud Stocks: Top 20 for 2020 with a summary of which SaaS companies are succeeding on the basis of a strong PaaS strategy, AI, and robust developer ecosystems. I now want to focus on how the PaaS landscape is evolving: who are the established giants, the top mature players, the promising players, and the potentials.

Cloud Stocks are doing exceptionally well through the pandemic. If you’re wondering which ones are likely to go further, please pay attention to their PaaS strategies. PaaS creates exit barriers, deep moats, excellent pipelines for new products, acquisition prospects, and overall multipliers that strong SaaS companies should all consider. Over time, I expect hundreds of PaaS eco-systems to develop, each spawning a thousand smaller companies.


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Bootstrap First, Raise Money Later from Houston: Onit CEO Eric Elfman (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Sep 21st 2020

Eric has built two sizable companies in legal tech from Houston. Great journey!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born and raised? What kind of background did you have?


Cloud Stocks: What Should Proofpoint Acquire?

Posted on Monday, Sep 21st 2020

Cyber security company Proofpoint (NASDAQ: PFPT) that specializes in email security recently reported its second quarter results that surpassed market expectations. However, unlike most other cyber security companies, its stock is down 23% over the last year.


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Thought Leaders in Financial Technology: Marwan Forzley, CEO of Veem (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Sep 21st 2020

Cross Border B2B payments is still a big opportunity in FinTech. Marwan discusses Veem’s work in this area.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by having you introduce a bit about yourself as well as the company.


Catching Up On Readings: Disrupt 2020

Posted on Sunday, Sep 20th 2020

This feature from TechCrunch covers the winner and five finalists of Startup Battlefield in this virtual edition of Disrupt 2020, an annual conference conducted by TechCrunch for startups and investors. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links.


501st 1Mby1M Entrepreneurship Podcast With Robert Weber, Great North Labs

Posted on Saturday, Sep 19th 2020

Robert Weber is Managing Partner at Great North Labs located in Minneapolis.

Rendezvous Online Recording from September 15, 2020

Posted on Saturday, Sep 19th 2020

Sharing insights and answering questions from entrepreneurs on building successful startups. Some audience questions answered by Sramana:
– What questions should entrepreneurs ask their mentors?
– How can I get feedback from you on my venture?

501st Roundtable Recording on September 17, 2020: With Robert Weber, Great North Labs

Posted on Saturday, Sep 19th 2020

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

Colors: Monsoon in Goa, White Church

Posted on Saturday, Sep 19th 2020

I’m publishing this series on LinkedIn called Colors to explore a topic that I care deeply about: the Renaissance Mind. I am just as passionate about entrepreneurship, technology, and business, as I am about art and culture. In this series, I will typically publish a piece of art – one of my paintings – and I request you to spend a minute or two deeply meditating on it. I urge you to watch your feelings, thoughts, reactions to the piece, and write what comes to you, what thoughts it triggers, in the dialog area. Let us see what stimulation this interaction yields. For today – Monsoon in Goa, White Church

Monsoon in Goa, White Church | Sramana Mitra, 2020 | Watercolor, Pastel, Brush Pen | 6  x 9, On Paper