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    • June 23, 2014

    Aerospike: The Database for the “Time is Money” set

    When a VC doubles down on an investment, one can assume two things:  first, that the company’s execution is exceeding the investor’s expectations, and second, that the opportunity is now even bigger. Aerospike, the in-memory NoSQL database company that today announced a $20M Series C round of financing, the availability of open-source licensing and a marquee customer relationship, squarely fits the bill. The company’s solid execution coupled with a rapidly growing market…

  • Elasticsearch: achieving the analytics dream

    Analytics infrastructure has never been easy. As enterprise investors, we know this all too well—as data is generated from various applications and stored across disparate systems and databases, the barriers to translating all that data into insights can be massive. The rapid growth of data volume, variety, and velocity has only sharpened this pain point, and it’s no secret that delivering on the promise of analytics has proven to be an extraordinary challenge. Data scientists…

  • How Cloud Startups Are Changing The Face Of Innovation

    Note: this post was originally published as a guest blog on TechCrunch on May 25, 2014 After more than a decade of hype and billions of dollars of value creation, it would be reasonable to expect investors to start losing interest in cloud-related startups. In the venture business, me-too investors reap ever-diminishing returns compared to early entrants in a new sector. And while the sweeping transformation that began with the migration of non-critical applications from the data center…

  • Captora: Solving the Marketer’s Dilemma

    Today we are thrilled to announce our investment in Captora, which is revolutionizing demand generation with its cloud marketing solution. The role of marketing within enterprises has become more expansive and more critical than ever before, and marketers are under growing pressure to increase lead pipeline while lowering customer acquisition cost. Yet these two forces are largely opposed to each other, with increasing volume leading to higher incremental cost.  Marketers are demanding…

  • Opower IPO:  Big Data is a Big Deal for Climate Change

    “Give me a place to stand, and I shall move the world” – Archimedes, c250 B.C. Today we are excited to be a part of Opower’s IPO—an amazing milestone for founders Dan Yates and Alex Laskey, who shared the vision that a software company using big data and behavioral science could one day affect climate change.  We first met Dan and Alex six years ago when Opower was piloting a new kind of energy efficiency program to just a few thousand homes by a…