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  • Open for Business:  Company Building in the Age of Open Source

    When it comes to open source business models, the rules of engagement have changed—and it’s good news for entrepreneurs. For years the concept of an “open source business model” was largely aspirational. The reinvention of software as we know it has been fueled by communities, not corporations. Passionate, creative, and intensely averse to software monopolies, these communities are accelerants and advocates for technological innovation. Yet it’s become clear over…

  • The Last Mile of Enterprise Applications

    At NEA we’ve been privileged to help fuel the evolution of enterprise software from on-premise to the cloud by working with category-defining SaaS companies such as WebEx, Salesforce.com, and Workday. We continue to invest in the SaaS transformation of the enterprise, from emerging big data applications (check out our colleague Scott Sandell’s take on this shift) to the rise of industry-specific or “vertical” SaaS—think utilities (Opower) or education…

  • IIX: Network Interconnectivity for the Enterprise Masses

    In today’s anytime-anywhere business world, we expect instantaneous response whenever we access a file from Box, search for a new recruit on LinkedIn, or launch a video conference on Blue Jeans Network. And in today’s mobile first, real-time data, video-centric, everything-as-a-service world, the costs are high when a business fails to deliver.  A widely quoted calculation when it comes to B2C applications is that a page load slowdown of just one second could cost Amazon $1.6…

  • 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…