Ray Dalio, Niantic, Adobe, Dropbox, remote work, Northzone, and Slack

Ray Dalio on the Extra Crunch stage at Disrupt SF 2019 This year at Disrupt SF, we will be hosting a special Extra Crunch stage focused on the issues that confront startup founders in building their companies. I am pleased to announce that Ray Dalio of Bridgewater fame will be sitting down for a fireside […]

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Three years after moving off AWS, Dropbox infrastructure continues to evolve

Conventional wisdom would suggest that you close your data centers and move to the cloud, not the other way around, but in 2016 Dropbox undertook the opposite journey. It (mostly) ended its long-time relationship with AWS and built its own data centers. Of course, that same conventional wisdom would say, it’s going to get prohibitively […]

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MailChimp’s Ben Chestnut on bootstrapping a startup to $700M in revenue

The well-known tech startup routine of coming up with an idea, raising money from VCs in increasing rounds as valuations continue to rise, and then eventually going public or getting acquired has been around for as long as the myth of Silicon Valley itself. But the evolution of MailChimp — a notable, bootstrapped outlier out […]

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GM Cruise raises $1.5B at a $19B valuation from Softbank and Honda

GM Cruise has raised another $1.5 billion in new equity from a group of investors that includes T. Rowe Price Associates, Honda, Softbank Vision Fund and its parent company GM as the self-driving vehicle company pushes to launch a commercial autonomous ride-hailing service this year. This investment increases Cruise’s post-money valuation to $19 billion, inclusive […]

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Dropbox adds cold storage layer to reduce cost of storing less frequently accessed files

Dropbox started shifting workloads away from AWS to its own data centers several years ago because it needed more control over how files were stored and accessed. It developed a storage architecture called Magic Pocket to help, but over time it recognized that most people moved files to Dropbox for backup purposes, then rarely accessed […]

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On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups

Today’s startups have a distinct advantage when it comes to launching a company because of the public cloud. You don’t have to build infrastructure or worry about what happens when you scale too quickly. The cloud vendors take care of all that for you. But last month when Pinterest announced its IPO, the company’s cloud […]

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How to handle dark data compliance risk at your company

Lisa Hawke Contributor Share on Twitter Lisa Hawke (@ldhawke) is VP of Security and Compliance at Everlaw, and Vice Chair of Women in Security and Privacy. Slack and other consumer-grade productivity tools have been taking off in workplaces large and small — and data governance hasn’t caught up. Whether it’s litigation, compliance with regulations like […]

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