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The Rewarding Journey of Championing a Serial Entrepreneur

The Rewarding Journey of Championing a Serial Entrepreneur

Rehan Jalil is a serial entrepreneur whom I first met in 2007. At that time, he had an innovative idea to build a wireless equipment company with product excellence and a capital-efficient model.  Our partnership lasted for 2.5 years, during which Wichorus pioneered the new category of smart wireless 4G infrastructure, impressed customers & partners…

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Robin Vasan The Lens Of Time InfluxData

The Lens of Time

As an industrial engineering student at Stanford in the 80s (they didn’t yet have an undergraduate Comp Sci degree!), we were taught about time and motion studies and the pioneering work of Frederick Taylor. In order to assess and improve industrial efficiency it was critical to capture detailed time-based measurements. For my final project, I wrote a…

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The Attention Economy and the War Over Measurement

The Attention Economy and the War Over Measurement

Content that gets delivered digitally should be measured digitally. This sounds obvious, but it’s not that easy: Ad blockers, infinite scroll design and auto-load/auto-play videos all make it harder than ever to determine what has actually been viewed and what has successfully captured the consumer’s attention. We’re in a new era of content, with an…

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The Final Frontier: Democratizing Access to Stocks

The Final Frontier: Democratizing Access to Stocks

Software and the Internet have transformed and democratized many industries over the last two decades, but the financial services industry remains in the dark ages. The Great Recession was just a reminder that despite the “brilliance” of the global financial complex, most people suffer from a lack of access, transparency and independence when it comes…

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The Tao of Modern Application Delivery

The Tao of Modern Application Delivery

The recent AWS outage again raises the question of public vs. private cloud technologies. How do I architect my systems in such a way to provide maximum flexibility with regard as to where they run? Microservices are one step towards this goal, but the workflow for deploying and managing microservices across public and private clouds…

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Surfing the Data Tsunami in IT Ops

Surfing the Data Tsunami in IT Ops

It is a massive understatement to say that IT infrastructure has changed in recent years.  Developers have been empowered and they are choosing from a veritable smorgasbord of technologies. So, IT and DevOps teams have more options to work with, technology is getting cheaper and more powerful, tech is more flexible and more scalable, and…

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Does the world need another professional social network?

  It does, especially for small business owners, which haven’t had a social network built specifically for them until now. Small business owners have it tough – they’re 50% of our GDP and the lifeblood of our economy, but they don’t get to access sophisticated technology that larger corporations have, they wear many different hats,…

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Navin Chaddha Shares Mayfield View on Containers

The DockerCon user conference recently concluded in San Francisco, and the evidence of the container movement gaining momentum was clear — 2,000+ attendees, 70 sponsors and more than 40 exhibitors. Add to this the approximately $500 million of VC investment in container-related companies to date; the lists of hot startups that are beginning to appear;…

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