It’s not just the likes of Google, Facebook, and Amazon that lean on a massive and growing corpus of data, today every company is a data-driven company. In this world, access to data — and how you manage it — is what matters, says Ash Ashutosh, founder and CEO of Actifio.
In this segment of the pod, we get in the weeds with Ashutosh and a16z’s Peter Levine on how this data-driven world is changing the technology infrastructure that is the engine behind it, and the companies that use it. MORE
I think the main mistake people can make is losing sight of what’s the point of it all? So the open-source-ness and the free-ness of the software become the end instead of a means to an end. This leads to ideological decisions that aren’t really based in any kind of engineering or market reality. It leads to building software that doesn’t work as well, but “we’re going to do it anyway because it’s more free or more open source that way”.
Saying “You should use bitcoin because it’s decentralized,” is like saying, “You should use Linux because it’s open source.” That doesn’t mean anything to people. They care about what they can use it for, what can they do with it. MORE
Biology startups have been around for a long time. But the world has changed since that first wave of bio startups, and especially more recently, due to the “peace dividends of the smartphone wars”. So what happens when you combine those cheap sensors and compute power — and apply it to bio? Cheaper costs and Moore’s Law-like effects may mean lower barriers to entry, the ability to experiment more often and more easily, and other AWS-like effects for a new wave of bio company founders. But is all this just about cost … or about something more? And how do we know if this time is really different when it comes to bio startups? MORE
Big Data is evolving. It’s moving from the sole domain of the high priests of data science, to something that practically every organization — big and small — and every group within that organization can get its hands on. So what happens now? The implications of the democratization of Big Data are bigger than just big, says Prat Moghe, CEO and Founder of Cazena. MORE
The CEO/leadership team needs to make up its mind about what it is they want most because they can’t have it all. This is really key and can’t be ignored. It’s also very counterintuitive for many founders since it’s the opposite of the entrepreneurial mindset, where you believe everything is an AND not an OR…
If you know (or think you know) what you want to incent the sales rep for — but actually incent them for something else — then they will do that “something else” and not what you thought you were incenting them to do. Here’s how to avoid that. MORE
Regulation always lags behind technology, but by 80-plus years?! U.S. Representatives Fred Upton and Greg Walden — of the Energy and Commerce Committee including the subcommittee on Communications and Technology that oversees almost every technology — join this segment of the a16z podcast to discuss what government can do to help (or hurt) innovation. MORE