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  • 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…

  • MongoDB and the rise of developer driven enterprise IT

    At NEA, we have been involved in enterprise technology companies since our founding 35 years ago. Traditionally, the formula for enterprise technology involved a top-down selling process. That is, startups would have to build out technology, create sophisticated pitch decks, and then reach out to the CTOs and CIOs of large corporations. The sales cycle was often eight to ten months long and involved pilots, alphas, betas, and generally a massive amount of sales and marketing spend to land an…

  • 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…

  • Seeing the Future When Video Clouds Collide

    We are excited to be a part of today’s $50 million financing in Blue Jeans Network, the world’s fastest growing cloud-based video conferencing service.  NEA invested in Blue Jeans over 2 years ago and has had the privilege of watching the service grow from a proof-of-concept to a disruptive product now serving over 2,000 customers and 3 million participants.  The premise behind Blue Jeans is very simple – make video conferencing as pervasive and easy to use as audio…

  • Cloud Service Architecture Will Power New Era Of Intelligent, Automated Applications (Expanded)

    Following is an expanded (longer) version of Pete Sonsini's recent guest post on TechCrunch, highlighting several companies that are (or could be) playing an early role in the shift to automated, intelligent applications. The new way of the world for most web software development is the assembly of applications from cloud based APIs. Developers are saving loads of time by pulling in various cloud services and focusing their attention on the novel business logic of their solution.…