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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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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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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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