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  • Placester: helping real estate agents move to a vertical cloud

    Buying a home is the single biggest financial decision that most Americans make in their lifetime. And to guide them along this journey to find the perfect home, almost all Americans turn to real estate agents. As a result, the real estate agent profession is one of the largest in the United States with over 1.1M agents. However, real estate agents have had almost no purpose built software options even though they collectively manage a significant portion of the US economy. Instead, agents have…

  • FusionOps:  Moving the Modern Supply Chain to the Cloud

    Work It Harder. Make It Better. Do It Faster.  (Daft Punk, 2001) We are excited to announce our investment in FusionOps, the leader in cloud-based supply chain analytics.  Over the past several years we have watched waves of innovation crash upon the incumbents of traditional industries— since 2000, only 52% of the Fortune 500 have survived and the pace of disruption is accelerating.  Apple has not only become the largest mobile phone, tablet, and PC manufacturer, but it…

  • Reimagining The Network For A Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

    Note: this post was originally published as a guest blog on TechCrunch on March 14, 2015 You’re only as strong as your weakest link, and that’s the Internet’s biggest problem today. For more than two decades, the very backbone of the Internet — the network — has subsisted in the shadows, pinned beneath the weight of a fast-growing Internet economy and a powerful cohort of incumbents with much to lose. Since the early days of SaaS, the tech world has set an…

  • 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…