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The Dawn Of The Age Of The Software ‘Infrapreneur’

The software-defined data center should be a call to all entrepreneurs focused on enterprise infrastructure that the past does not predict the future, but it can be undone by it. And the past was great. It was great for entrepreneurs and VCs. Categories for hardware-based servers, storage, networking and security were created in the past…

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Lyft Pioneers the Ridesharing Movement

  We first met Logan and John, Lyft co-founders, in August 2011 when we led the Series A financing.  Many things were different about the company then – it was called Zimride, the value proposition was that of an electronic billboard for short-term ridesharing, the business model was to offer it as a SaaS service…

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Our Answer to the Why India Now Question

I started investing in the technology and tech-enabled sector in India in 2000. I’m a generalist who follows entrepreneurs, rather than sectors or markets. As a result, my investments span across early and growth-stage companies focused on the consumer, enterprise, and infrastructure sectors in India. Some of my notable investments include IL&FS Investsmart, MakeMyTrip, Persistent…

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Start-Up Opportunities in Infrastructure

As we wind down 2014, a wave of innovation is sweeping infrastructure software and providing outsize opportunities for startups. From the introduction of Amazon Web Services in 2006 and the beginning of infrastructure-as-a-service, to the unveiling of Github in 2008 and the continued expansion of open source software, infrastructure technologies have evolved at a frenetic…

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Our View on the Reasons for Optimism During Bubble or Bust

Articles these days are filled with talk of the upcoming winter, caution about start-up spending and tweetstorms advising us to worry. I respect the authors of these points of view, as vanity investing can be a trap in bull markets. It’s also highly valuable to advise entrepreneurs to ask themselves if they are being capital-efficient and if…

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Changing The Rules Of E-Commerce

In late summer, Mayfield and CRV co-hosted a dinner for entrepreneurs at e-commerce 2.0 companies, including Brit& Co, Dolls Kill, Dropship, Indiegogo, Kiwi Crate, LeTote, Massdrop, Pebble, Peek, Poshmark, The Hunt, Tophatter, Touch of Modern, Trendalytics, Udemy and Urban Remedy. These executives discussed the factors making e-commerce cool again for investors and founders, focusing on how evolving…

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Five Factors in Building Giants of the Big Data Era

As we enter the second half of 2014, it would be fair to say that big data has gone mainstream, attracting coffee table books, multiple industry landscapes, consumer applications, and large amounts of funding. Having seen many technology cycles during our 45 years in venture capital — including the birth of the PC era, the transition…

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Start-ups are finally hacking healthcare

New companies are going around the traditional “front door” of FDA approval, insurers and healthcare institutions by launching ‘Healthcare 2.0’ companies that target consumers and self-insured employers, upending the health sector through the use of innovative digital and social technologies. At a recent forum we hosted for founders and leading industry execs playing in Healthcare…

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Tech’s next most powerful role will be dominated by women

No, this is not another pessimistic rant about the lack of women in the tech industry, especially in leadership roles. I am an optimist, and, as a partner to several marketing technology and SaaS companies, I would like to draw attention to an observation staring us all in the face. There are thousands of women…

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