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Mid 😎 check in: anecdotal state of VC/startup market, IT Spending data still strong for must-have products
We’re halfway through the summer, and I thought I’d share what I’m seeing based on on a number of conversations with investors and founders. None of this is surprising, but here it is in two tweets.
Assume things will be quite slow until September and even then this pause could last well into Q4. On the sales side, Gartner just released its latest IT Spending Report and while a downward revision, these are still enormous numbers, particularly driven by software spending which is still projected to increase by almost 10% from last year.
Global spending this year on enterprise IT is projected to grow 3% year-over-year to a total of $4.53 trillion, Gartner Inc. said Thursday, a drawdown from an estimated 10.2% increase in 2021.
But despite the slowdown in overall spending, a serious reduction in IT budgets is unlikely. “A lot of this spending is no longer considered discretionary,” John David Lovelock, Gartner’s chief forecaster, tells The Wall Street Journal's Angus Loten. “IT has moved to the front office to support revenue growth.”
Market volatility pushes CIO to cloud. Cloud computing, which offers the advantage of spreading out costs through ongoing subscriptions is one of the few areas where IT spending is expected to outpace 2021, according to Gartner. The firm anticipates $806.8 billion in spending on software, up 9.6% from last year.
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Pure gold from Lenny and quite the same for any PLG or dev first startup…have to zoom in to day of life of user and how to make life 10x better and expand from there…
Ideal for distributed/remote teams
More on what makes a great remote culture 🧵
Reminder for investors to remember their North 🌠 from one of our LPs + prolific investor in VC funds
👇🏼💯 especially on zero to one PM - founders should always play that role
Operating efficiently at scale - bringing the founder mentality back to Coinbase, how to empower individuals, ship product, not slides and more…
So we’re experimenting with banning slide decks in product and engineering reviews. Instead of a slide deck, you can show:
*A dashboard with your metrics — hopefully your team is looking at this at least weekly anyway
*But most importantly….show the product itself and use it live!
It’s fine to include a one page agenda to capture action items, or to link to any pre-reads like technical design documents. But the best use of time in product and engineering reviews is to share your screen and walk through the actual product on mobile or web. It could be the production version, or a staging version. The important thing is to get hands-on with the product, see what the customer is seeing (or is about to see), and make it better.
Great interview and case study of building an open source or developer first infrastructure company as told by the founder/CEO of Pulumi in the infrastructure as code marekt and Hashicorp competitor.Reminder: it takes a LONG time to build a developer first infra co. Patience needed. story Y1: build Y2: OSS Y3: first commercial version Y4-5: accelerate to almost 1000 commercial customers Who will emerge in next 2 yrs? protocol.com/enterprise/pul…
also wedge to bigger vision:
We started with infrastructure as code, but when it comes time to adopt cloud engineering in an organization, it goes well beyond infrastructure as code. You think of policy as code, you think of “How do I empower my developers with self-serve portals.” You think of observability, you think of all the management tasks — so compliance and auditing and security, enforcing best practices. How do we enable the cloud engineering team — that's developers, infrastructure teams and security experts — to just collaborate in the most seamless way?
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For OSS founders, how Jana helped build the Hashicorp community
How Slack went from local to remote development environments as it scaled (ht: DevOps Weekly). Many of the developer first startups we see are all building towards a cloud-first future and this is a great read on how Slack rolled this out and measured adoption.
As a developer productivity team, we noticed this pain through our user surveys and metrics, and desperately wanted to solve the problem. We explored moving the entire development experience to remote environments, from code intelligence to type-checking and builds. Engineers would no longer have to maintain code or dependencies on their local laptops. They could get a fresh isolated environment on demand, ready to be used within a couple of minutes.
What’s happening in the markets - risk on or risk off - great overview on how the asset allocators think - Risk Capital and Markets: A Temporary Retreat or Long Term Pull Back? Aswath Damodaran - NYU professor on valuations
🤯 First image from the James Webb Telescope and just a reminder of how big the universe truly is…
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