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Managing Your Startup In 2016: New Rules For A New Environment

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Note: This post was originally published on TechCrunch on February 6, 2016. It’s a new environment for startups in 2016. Financing will get harder. Valuation inflation will dissipate. Profitability will be in vogue again. And old-fashioned business fundamentals will balance out the disruption frenzy of the past five years. Given the new investment climate, what’s an entrepreneur to do? To answer […]

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The Next Wave Of Enterprise Software Powered By Machine Learning

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Note: This post was originally published on TechCrunch on July 27, 2015. Enterprise software is about to undergo radical transformation — a substantial change that will make the shift to software as a service (SaaS) look like a simple facelift. This transformation is being powered by machine learning. With machine learning, computers can process and mine data in real time to automatically […]

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There’s A $10 Billion Opportunity As Marketing Hits The Big Time

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Note: This post was originally published on TechCrunch on April 3, 2015. Marketing is no longer the forgotten stepchild of enterprise software. Traditionally underserved and under-penetrated, marketing is finally receiving its fair share of attention by technologists, founders and investors alike. Gartner famously predicted CMOs would spend more on IT than CIOs by 2017. IDC estimates $32.4 billion in marketing technology […]

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Data science and mobility: The trends that will transform the next decade of CRM

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Announcing our newest investment in Clari I spent my first eight years in the enterprise software business during the birth of the CRM industry beginning in 1994. Prior to companies like Siebel, Aurum, and Vantive who were all started in this era, “sales force automation” consisted of a CD-ROM used by an individual salesperson to track their contacts and opportunities. […]

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