Innovation Archive

ZapThink Startup Insights: Sell “Bottoms-up” instead of Top-Down

ZapThink Startup Insights Week of June 21, 2010 Funding Insights Interview: Neill Occhiogrosso- Highland Capital Partners For this issue, ZapThink spoke with Neill Occhiogrosso, Principal at Highland Capital Partners, a venture capital firm focused on building companies in the communications, consumer, digital media, healthcare and information technology… Read More

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ZapThink Startup Insights: Few Opportunities for Startups in Cloud Infrastructure

ZapThink Startup Insights Week of June 15, 2010 Funding Insights Interview: Elon Bloms – LaunchCapital For this issue, ZapThink spoke with Elon Bloms, Managing Director of LaunchCapital LLC, a market-agnostic, early stage seed investment firm. The company doesn’t specifically focus on IT, but they do look at… Read More

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The Dangers of “Checklist” Architecture

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A Governance-Lite Open Source Method for Service Registration, Discovery, and Composition?

We discovered some interesting work going on at NASA re Service Casting (distributing WSDL, WADL, OGC GetCapabilities, and plain old URLs of user interfaces via Atom Casting); coupled with an intuitive graphical method of composing services using an extension to Drupal called Talkoot, with Apache BPEL under the covers. What… Read More

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ZapThink Startup Insights: Take a Page from the Energy Utility Industry

ZapThink Startup Insights Week of June 8, 2010 Funding Insights Interview: Adam Berrey – General Catalyst and the Startup Blender Blog For this issue, ZapThink spoke with Adam Berrey, entrepeneur-in-residence at General Catalyst Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm with $1.4B under management, and also… Read More

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ZapThink Startup Insights: Derisking IT technology is not a way to achieve any goal

ZapThink Startup Insights Week of June 1, 2010 Funding Insights Interview: Woody Benson, Prism VentureWorks For this issue, ZapThink spoke with Woody Benson at Prism VentureWorks, a venture firm founded in 1996 with over $1.25 Billion under management. Woody has been in Venture Capital for over a… Read More

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RIP Enterprise Software?

Our friends at Forrester Research recently published a report entitled Enterprise Apps Vendors Have Issues, which reported on a survey of business process and application professionals at 111 enterprises and their beefs about enterprise software. Their top answers in a nutshell: high cost of ownership (91%), difficult upgrades (87%),… Read More

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ZapThink Startup Insights: Find Strategies that Allow for Incremental Innovation

ZapThink Startup Insights Week of May 24, 2010 Funding Insights Interview: Richard Dale – Sigma Partners For this issue, ZapThink spoke with Richard Dale, Principal at Sigma Partners, a 25 yr old Venture firm with offices in Boston, Menlo Park, and San Ramon. The firm is an… Read More

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IT without the IT Department

Almost exactly a year ago, we wrote in a ZapFlash that the IT department would have to make significant changes to its structure and value proposition to prevent its inevitable demise as a core part of the enterprise. In our conversations with enterprise architects, and… Read More

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Announcing the ZapThink Startup Insights Newsletter

Announcing the ZapThink Startup Insights Newsletter ZapThink Startup Insights is a newsletter focused on three main audiences looking for insight into startup and innovation trends in the enteprise IT landscape: Enterprise IT startups – Looking for the latest information on what’s happening in the… Read More

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