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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Anand Rajaraman of rocketship.vc (Part 1)

Posted on Monday, Jan 20th 2020

Responding to a popular request, we are now sharing transcripts of our investor podcast interviews in this new series. The following interview with Anand Rajaraman was recorded in October 2019.

Anand Rajaraman, Founding Partner at rocketship.vc, was an early investor in Facebook. Among other things, we discuss how the quality of startups from India has been improving.

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Automattic Beefs up its Platform

Posted on Monday, Jan 20th 2020

According to W3Techs, WordPress is used by 35% of all websites and it dominates the content management system market with a market share of 62.3%. Automattic, the company behind WordPress, last year raised $300 million from Salesforce Ventures at a valuation of $3 billion.

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Catching Up On Readings: IT Spending 2020

Posted on Sunday, Jan 19th 2020

This report from Gartner forecasts the worldwide IT spending to grow 3.4% to $3.9 trillion in 2020 driven by the adoption of SaaS. For this week’s posts, click on the paragraph links.

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Thought Leaders in Cyber Security: Portshift CEO Ran Ilany (Part 3)

Posted on Sunday, Jan 19th 2020

Sramana Mitra: Going back to the ecosystem, where do you sit in the ecosystem?

Ran Ilany: We start with the vendors for container and security solutions that focus on scanning. We assume that what goes to the runtime is clean. Then we provide the runtime protection based on those signatures that we generate that are based on the artifact.

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Colors: Winter Forest, Monochrome

Posted on Saturday, Jan 18th 2020

Winter Forest, Monochrome | Sramana Mitra, 2018

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 – a painting, a poem, a piece of music, so forth – 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 – Winter Forest, Monochrome

Winter Forest, Monochrome | Sramana Mitra, 2018 | Watercolor, Pastel, Ink | 18 x 24, On Paper

Best of Bootstrapping: Bootstraps with a Paycheck to $15M from Tennessee

Posted on Friday, Jan 17th 2020

GreenPal CEO Gene Caballero shares a fantastic story of a founder duo bootstrapping with a paycheck, now growing from $5M to $15M in one year, with a virtual team of freelancers. Your classic 21st century internet business. No outside financing whatsoever!

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Gene Caballero: I was born in Lima, Peru. My dad’s side of the family are all entrepreneurs. My grandfather had his own propeller business. We made propellers for boats. My dad actually has that business now. I’m the black sheep. I’ve gone into the technology side as opposed to the manufacturing of propellers.

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1Mby1M Virtual Accelerator Investor Forum: With Francisco Jardim of SP Ventures (Part 5)

Posted on Friday, Jan 17th 2020

Sramana Mitra: Why did they choose to go in that direction? What was the draw for them?

Francisco Jardim: The same thing that drew us. First of all, it’s purpose-driven. It’s a representative part of our economy. At the same time, it’s a sector that is highly exposed and volatile to all these external issues.

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Cloud Stocks: Enterprise Bet Pays Off for SurveyMonkey

Posted on Friday, Jan 17th 2020

According to an IbisWorld research report, the US online survey market is estimated to grow 5% y-o-y to $1.2 billion in 2020, at a CAGR of 10% since 2015. San Mateo-based SurveyMonkey (Nasdaq: SVMK) announced its third quarter results recently that continued to surpass market expectations.

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