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How to fundraise in August

How to fundraise in August August is often considered the black hole of venture capital fundraising. Everyone is on vacation (well, everyone who’s not a founder anyway), while half of Silicon Valley is slogging down to Black Rock City for Burning Man. It understandably can just seem like an exercise in futility […]

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Salesforce closes $15.7B Tableau deal

Salesforce closes .7B Tableau deal In an amazingly quick turn-around for a deal of this scope, Salesforce announced today that it has closed the $15.7 billion Tableau deal announced in June. The deal is by far the biggest acquisition in Salesforce history, a company known for being highly acquisitive. A deal of […]

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Dreading 10x engineers, virtual beings, the fate of Netflix, and Salesforce’s acquisition

Dreading 10x engineers, virtual beings, the fate of Netflix, and Salesforce’s acquisition The dreaded 10x, or, how to handle exceptional employees The reality (myth?) is that there are engineers who are ten times more productive than other engineers (some would argue 100x, but okay). Jon Evans, who is CTO at HappyFunCorp, dives […]

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Do VC associates matter, women’s fertility, online auto marketplaces, and Salesforce + Tableau

Do VC associates matter, women’s fertility, online auto marketplaces, and Salesforce + Tableau Editor’s Note: New feedback buttons You might have noticed at the top and bottom of this newsletter that we have added new feedback buttons. These are a quick way to express your happiness (or unhappiness, as it were) about […]

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Qubole launches Quantum, its serverless database engine

Qubole launches Quantum, its serverless database engine Qubole, the data platform founded by Apache Hive creator and former head of Facebook’s Data Infrastructure team Ashish Thusoo, today announced the launch of Quantum, its first serverless offering. Qubole may not necessarily be a household name, but its customers include the likes of Autodesk, […]

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With Tableau and Mulesoft, Salesforce gains full view of enterprise data

With Tableau and Mulesoft, Salesforce gains full view of enterprise data Back in the 2010 timeframe, it was common to say that content was king, but after watching Google buy Looker for $2.6 billion last week and Salesforce nab Tableau for $15.7 billion this morning, it’s clear that data has ascended to […]

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Salesforce is officially making Seattle its second headquarters with its Tableau acquisition

Salesforce is officially making Seattle its second headquarters with its Tableau acquisition Here’s an interesting by-product the news today that Salesforce would be acquiring Tableau for $15.7 billion: the company is going to make Seattle, Washington (home of Tableau) the official second headquarters of San Francisco-based Salesforce, putting the company directly in […]

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