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Posts By: Robin Vasan

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The Rise of the Quants

I graduated from Stanford in the late 1980s with a dual degree in engineering and economics, and, like so many others of my day, I was drawn to Wall Street. Reaganomics was in full swing, Bloomberg terminals were still in their early days and popular culture was full of colorful characters like Gordon Gekko. Wall…

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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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Artisanal Cheese, Cocktails … Now the Artisanal VC?

Most venture investors say they are hands-on, but now some are taking it a step further and calling themselves “artisanal” VCs. What does this term really mean? Is it just a pretentious moniker that fits into today’s world of “handcrafted” $5 coffee and $4 toast? Or is there actually a new movement happening in the…

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The ‘Smart apps’ explosion is happening
right now

There are over a billion smartphones being used around the world today, but most apps running on them are still quite dumb, in that they throw away a lot of valuable information that could be harnessed to serve users better and to provide a better overall experience. Don’t believe us? Just look at the highly…

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Business process API-ification: The LEGO promise fulfilled

My previous post on the API-ification of software focused on the ecosystem of infrastructure-level APIs. Today, I want to discuss companies providing APIs that operate at the business process or application layer, which brings a whole new level of productivity and revenue potential to businesses. Amazon has clearly been leading the way in API-fication by…

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The API-ificiation of software – and LEGOs

Today everything has an API. Facebook has hundreds of APIs across such social areas as friends, photos, likes and events. Google has thousands of APIs across search/AdWords, Web analytics, YouTube, maps, email and many more. Amazon has APIs that cover the spectrum from Alexa Web traffic rankings to e-commerce product and pricing information and even…

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The Big Deal On Big Data

In tech circles, the new paradigm of handling massive volumes of information has dominated the discussion about the future of enterprise for a while now. Two years ago, a cover story in The Economist offered tips on how to prepare for the “new world” of Big Data. As recently as February 12, the New York Times reported…

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