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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…

  • Databricks makes venture seem easy

    What I love most about being an investor—well, there are two things. One is building relationships with amazing entrepreneurs, many of whom humble me daily with their brilliance and courage to change the world.  The second is having a lens through which all the pieces of the vast tech landscape take shape to form one big picture, and the industry’s evolution seems as natural as it does novel. Databricks, the big data analytics company behind Apache Spark that just raised a…

  • 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…

  • Acquia: Transforming Digital Business by bringing together Content and Commerce

    Today, enterprises are faced with the reality that customers want to engage in an end-to-end, cohesive buying experience through the web, across devices and platforms. However, the conventional formula to date has been to build massive marketing operations to create content and equally massive commerce operations to manage transactions. This has created an ecosystem of confusing and fragmented digital experiences that perplexes customers and leads to lost revenue for companies. Acquia is the…