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  • 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…

  • Why NGINX is the New Foundation for Modern Web Applications

    A striking consequence of today’s cloud-enabled, SaaS-based world has been the development of highly demanding websites. Modern consumer and enterprise applications must serve richer media, to more users, and at faster speeds than was imaginable just a few years ago. It’s no surprise that existing web infrastructure software (much of which was developed in the 1990s) is struggling to meet modern needs. Scalability is a central concern for developers, who are on the front lines…

  • The Big Power of a Niche Focus

    “Stay focused.” It’s a mantra for many in the startup world, and possibly the most frequently dispensed advice in the Valley when it comes to startup strategy. To build a successful business on scant resources, founders are encouraged to concentrate all their company’s energy on a specific target, usually a single market or narrow customer need. The flip side of that coin, however, is that a market too narrow will deter venture investors and limit a company’s…