Happy New Year! This is a longer list of stories but some phenomenal reads on scaling your company, the tech used in an Amazon cashierless store, the Israeli security ecosystem, security for our electric grid, and a review on privacy and ML in 2018
resurfacing one of my posts from 2012 on why everyone in a startup should learn how to sell - inspired by a conversation I had with a CRO from a portfolio company and we both realized we were Cutco Knives Alumni
I couldn’t agree with this more and thanks to Rich Wong at Accel for spreading the gospel - also nice to have them lead the Series B in Snyk this past year which is, wait for it, not in Silicon Valley, and based in London and Israel
glad to see Elad Gil, prominent angel, is on same trend as us - he calls it Devsumer Products and we call it Low Code, No Code or Citizen Developers, but either way keep an eye out for platforms to allow business analysts to do light coding work without waiting for engineering
third party vendor security risk is one of largest holes, no matter how secure your systems are, if a contractor gets hacked and they have access to your systems, you are done - A WSJ reconstruction of the worst known hack into the nation’s power system reveals attacks on hundreds of small contractors. The hackers then worked their way up the supply chain.
it gets even worse with our privacy and location data - T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T are selling access to their customers’ location data, and that data is ending up in the hands of bounty hunters and others not authorized to possess it, letting them track most phones in the country.
don’t be fooled, lots of buzz around this now but still a ways off - IBM has unveiled its latest quantum device: the Q System One, a beautifully polished 20-qubit machine. However, it’s still an experimental device, and not ready to delivery on the biggest promises of quantum computers.
great read from portfolio co Dropout Labs on all things privacy and ML from 2018 - From public awareness of data breaches and privacy violations to breakthroughs in cryptography and deep learning, we now see the necessary conditions for investment in privacy-preserving machine…