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  • Matroid: Bringing the Future Into Focus with Computer Vision

    Software may have eaten the world, but artificial intelligence has rapidly climbed to the top of the technology food chain. Its appetite is enormous, and its application will be universal. These days it’s rare to see a company pitch that doesn’t talk about how they are (or will be) using AI or machine learning, often across many aspects of the business and usually focused on making an ever-growing volume of data more accessible, insightful and actionable. Many of the world’s…

  • Smartcar: Driving a New Standard for Automobiles

    It may come as no surprise that we at NEA are big fans of APIs (see MuleSoft and Plaid examples). APIs have become the fundamental backbone of every business as the technology helps cut costs, lower barriers to entry, and brings new products to market faster. Over the past decade we’ve witnessed an explosion of connected devices – from phones to homes and everything else in between – creating a fertile ground for app development. At NEA, we've been searching for the…

  • NEA & MuleSoft: The Rise of Application Networks

    The largest transformations in the world economy have often been the result of network effects. Throughout human history, remarkable progress has been made by networks: railway networks in the 1800s; telephone networks in the 1900s; computer networks in the 1980s; internet networks in the 1990s; and social networks in the 2000s. Networks are so powerful because every new node within a network increases the value of the entire network since the data and capabilities of that new node are…

  • You Should Make an App for That

    I remember listening skeptically to a talk at MIT by a young Mitch Kapor describing how he was going to take on VisiCalc with an even better “graphical spreadsheet” that was going to be so fast and expressive that people would go beyond way bookkeeping and “build really interesting models and do all kinds of business analysis.” It was late 1981—IBM had just introduced its first PC to compete with the Apple II—and just a few months later, Mitch and Jonathan…

  • Data Performance Management: Unlocking the Enterprise’s Greatest Asset

    As buzzwords go, “Big Data” has jumped the proverbial shark. The term is so rampantly overused (and misused) that it has virtually no meaning at all. That’s not to say, however, that there aren’t some highly compelling investment opportunities if you can manage to cut through the bull. We’ve backed a number of “big data” plays in recent years, both in infrastructure (e.g. MapR, Databricks) and applications (e.g. Lattice Engines, Conviva). And today we…