4 key areas SaaS startups must address to scale infrastructure for the enterprise

Prashant Pandey Contributor Prashant Pandey is the head of engineering at Asana, a leading work management platform for teams. Prior to Asana, Prashant started and led the Bay Area team building Amazon DynamoDB, a fully managed NoSQL database service. Startups and SMBs are usually the first to adopt many SaaS products. But as these customers […]

The CockroachDB EC-1

Every application is a palimpsest of technologies, each layer forming a base that enables the next layer to function. Web front ends rely on JavaScript and browser DOM, which rely on back-end APIs, which themselves rely on databases. As one goes deeper down the stack, engineering decisions become ever more conservative — changing the location of […]

What does Red Hat’s sale to IBM tell us about Couchbase’s valuation?

The IPO rush of 2021 continued this week with a fresh filing from NoSQL provider Couchbase. The company raised hundreds of millions while private, making its impending debut an important moment for a number of private investors, including venture capitalists. According to PitchBook data, Couchbase was last valued at a post-money valuation of $580 million […]

Seed is not the new Series A

Andy Stinnes Contributor Andy Stinnes, general partner at Cloud Apps Capital Partners, leads early-stage investments in cloud business companies and serves as active board member and adviser, offering operational support for portfolio companies based on his 20+ years in executive roles in business software. The incredible success of the cloud business applications space in recent […]

For SaaS startups, differentiation is an iterative process

Jason VandeBoom Contributor Jason VandeBoom is founder and CEO of ActiveCampaign, a customer experience automation (CXA) company. Software as a service has been thriving as a sector for years, but it has gone into overdrive in the past year as businesses responded to the pandemic by speeding up the migration of important functions to the […]

5 investors discuss the future of RPA after UiPath’s IPO

Robotic process automation (RPA) has certainly been getting a lot of attention in the last year, with startups, acquisitions and IPOs all coming together in a flurry of market activity. It all seemed to culminate with UiPath’s IPO last month. The company that appeared to come out of nowhere in 2017 eventually had a final […]

As UiPath closes above its final private valuation, CFO Ashim Gupta discusses his company’s path to market

After an upward revision, UiPath priced its IPO last night at $56 per share, a few dollars above its raised target range. The above-range price meant that the unicorn put more capital into its books through its public offering. For a company in a market as competitive as robotic process automation (RPA), the funds are […]

UiPath raises IPO range, still targets lower valuation than final private round

Robotic process automation unicorn UiPath is set to go public this week, concentrating our focus on its value. The well-known company was last valued on the private markets at $35 billion in February when it closed a $750 million round. Living up to that price as a public company, however, at least when it comes […]

Time-strapped IT teams can use low-code software to drive quick growth

Tim Heger Contributor Tim Heger is the CTO/CISO of HealthBridge and an experienced IT veteran, having guided companies like Harley-Davidson, Kohl’s and ASICS on digital and e-commerce transformations. Many emerging and mature organizations survive or die based on their ability to scale. Scale quicker. Scale cheaper. Scale right. Typically the IT team bears that burden […]