Industry 4.0: Finding software gold in heavy industrials

“Industry 4.0” is a classic buzzword frequently paired with grandiose statements and trillion dollar prognostications. The term is meant to describe the increasing digitalization of manufacturing, driving increased connectivity between machines, devices, sensors, and people to enable even greater levels of productivity. But mention any of this to a grizzled industry veteran and be prepared … Continue reading Industry 4.0: Finding software gold in heavy industrials

Re-imagining a massive enterprise SaaS category: our investment in Astound

The biggest transformation to enterprise software in the past 15 years has been the move from on-prem enterprise software to SaaS. Most of the customer value from that move has accrued not to end-users of this software but to enterprise IT departments managing and maintaining them. IT teams that previously operated the jenga stack of … Continue reading Re-imagining a massive enterprise SaaS category: our investment in Astound

Announcing Testlio: A partner for agile development teams

Today I’m pleased to announce our investment in Testlio, a mobile app testing service tackling the ever-increasing demand for world-class quality assurance. QA has for some time been an underinvested (and always underappreciated) segment of the workforce. Much of it has to do with the adoption of web-enabled technologies and processes, which downplayed the importance … Continue reading Announcing Testlio: A partner for agile development teams

Hello World

10 PRINT “HELLO WORLD”
20 GOTO 10
That was probably the first program I ever wrote, circa 1982, on a commodore PET computer – the only computer in our elementary school at the time. It was fascinating to watch the text scroll endlessly as the program ran. From there I improvised and learned all sorts of commands, logic, and data structures. Looping, branches, strings, arrays, etc. I was hooked.