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In 2012, Nicolas Dessaigne founded Algolia, a company that provides ‘Search as a Service’. Algolia works with companies that build apps. It provides those companies with the building blocks to make their apps easily searchable. Algolia is also a star player in the emergence of the SaaS based API business — along with scale-ups like Twilio (telco infrastructure), Stripe … Read More

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“At least I won’t have to buy Windows 95” said Anita upon hearing she had a terminal condition. Anita was my first boss a very long time ago. Way back then I would never have imagined that I’d write an article to help her name be remembered. The death of Roger Bannister at the weekend had… Read More

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“I’m a mobile gamer. I’m always addicted to one game. You play very differently when you have only one life left ….I had an imaginary competitor. So when I was doing my homework, this imaginary competitor always did better than me. And that was what motivated me.” Mada Seghete, Co-Founder Branch, speaking on 14 Minutes of SaaS…. Read More

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Intro Reflections on a business software and services review platform, a blue ocean strategy scale-up that just completed a $30M series B round. The Ballad of G2Crowd Along came a G and a 2. “O”, said Gartner. “Ow”, said Forrester. “Row”, said IDC. “Crow”, said all 3. Then they said it again and again and… Read More

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“I never think of the future — it comes soon enough.” Einstein Salesforce (the world’s most innovative software company according to Forbes) and IBM (the world’s most inventive company according to number of successfully filed patents) signed a monumental agreement in the last 24 hours. Exactly two years ago today I wrote an article predicting that Salesforce… Read More

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“The idea is to go from numbers to information to understanding.” Hans Rosling I didn’t write ‘Throwing Rocks at the Cloud’ twelve months ago for investors, but anyone (with significant funds to invest) who took my advice would have made a fortune. I wrote it to accelerate the righting of a wrong. At the time… Read More