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Recent articles by Ron:

Canalys: Worldwide PC shipments soared in 2021 to 341 million units –

It would be easy to think PC sales dropped worldwide last year amid chip shortages, but that conventional thinking would be wrong. As it turns out, Canalys reports that PC shipments grew 15% year over year in 2021 and were up 27% over 2019, with a whopping 341 million units sold. While the fourth-quarter numbers […] → Read More

Merit grabs $50M Series B to expand digital credentials platform –

When we think about identity in the digital world, it usually involves a username and password, but Merit (originally called Sigma) wants to help governments issue digital credentials that link back to a government license database with the goal of bringing an end to flimsy paper cards. Today the company announced a hefty $50 million […] → Read More wants to help women thrive in tech jobs through mentorship –

Monica Sarbu, co-founder and CEO at, has more than 15 years of experience working at tech companies. She never had a mentor to help her navigate her way inside the organizations where she worked, but she saw how some women and other historically underrepresented people struggled to find their way. She began thinking about […] → Read More

IBM looks to sustainability with acquisition of emissions data company Envizi –

IBM announced this morning that it has acquired Australian startup Envizi to add to its package of ESG (environmental, sustainability and governance) offerings to help measure environmental impact up and down the supply chain. The companies did not share the terms of the acquisition, but with Envizi Big Blue gets a platform for measuring, managing […] → Read More

Assemble scores $5M seed to bring order and equity to compensation –

Every company has to decide what to pay their employees and track that compensation in some way, often in spreadsheets and across disparate payroll, finance and HR systems. Companies also need to ensure that they are paying people with comparable experience a similar amount for the same job. Assemble, an early-stage startup, wants to bring […] → Read More

With more data available than ever, are companies making smarter decisions? –

Baseball is like a laboratory for advanced statistical analysis, and businesses could learn a lot from watching how the sport deals with expanding datasets. → Read More

IBM reportedly shopping Watson Health just as healthcare gets hot –

IBM could be looking to sell the Watson Health division for a mere $1 billion, according to an Axios report. The question is why is IBM running away from the healthcare vertical just as it seems to be heating up, and for such a low price? Just last month, Oracle spent $28 billion to buy […] → Read More

Peter Reinhardt leaves Twilio to run his carbon mitigation startup –

Peter Reinhardt spent the last decade as CEO at Segment helping to build the customer data platform, selling it to Twilio for $3.2 billion along the way. Today, Reinhardt announced he was leaving Twilio to be full-time CEO at Charm Industrial, a carbon mitigation startup he co-founded in 2018. Reinhardt expressed mixed emotions about leaving, […] → Read More

Xage snags $30M Series B to help secure critical infrastructure –

Xage (pronounced Zage) is a startup working to keep critical infrastructure like oil and gas pipelines, water supplies and electrical grids up and running securely. Today, the company announced a $30 million Series B. Piva led the round with participation from Momenta, Valor Equity Partners and OurCrowd, along with existing investors March Capital, City Light […] → Read More

AWS will buy a SaaS company, and other 2022 enterprise predictions –

It's always a sticky business predicting what's going to happen in tech, because who knows what's going on behind the scenes or what's coming next. → Read More

BlackBerry phones once ruled the world, then the world changed –

It’s easy to forget now in the age of Apple and Android, but at one time, BlackBerry once owned the business smartphone market. You could have your Motorolas and your Nokias and your Samsungs, but for business, BlackBerry was it. Stalwart. Secure. Functional. As TechCrunch reported this morning, BlackBerry is shutting down its remaining services, […] → Read More

Five stories that shook up the enterprise in 2021 –

There is often a mistaken impression that covering the enterprise is kind of dull when compared to the consumer side of the house, but having followed the space for a couple of decades now, I can tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. For one thing, there’s big money in the enterprise […] → Read More

Founders First Capital Partners brings a different approach to diversity investing –

Kim Folsom came up through the engineering ranks in the 80s and 90s before founding the first of six companies, three of which successfully exited. Today, she is the founder and CEO at Founders First Capital Partners, a San Diego startup investment firm that invests in historically underrepresented founders with a non-traditional approach to funding […] → Read More

2021’s top 10 enterprise M&A deals reached $121B –

There was a lot of action in 2021 in enterprise M&A — once totaled, my top 10 deals came in at just under $121 billion. → Read More

Automation Anywhere expands into process discovery with FortressIQ acquisition –

Automation Anywhere, which is best known for its robotic process automation (RPA) software, plans to expand the platform. This morning, the company announced that it intends to acquire process discovery startup FortressIQ. The companies did not reveal the purchase price. FortressIQ gives Automation Anywhere this missing process discovery component, which enables AI-fueled software to map […] → Read More

Oracle joins Microsoft in spending big to dominate healthcare vertical –

Enterprise software companies are focused firmly on healthcare. If you want proof, look at how Oracle and Microsoft both backed up trucks loaded with money to buy health tech companies this year. → Read More

Oracle snags Cerner in $28B mega deal to make a big move into healthcare –

Who says the holiday week is a slow news week? Oracle was kind enough to help tech journalists weary from working on year-end stories with some big news today when the database giant announced it was buying electronic healthcare records company Cerner in a deal pegged at $28.3 billion. “Oracle Corporation and Cerner Corporation today […] → Read More

CarbonChain helps automate carbon accounting across supply chains –

Supply chains are made up of a web of carbon-intensive activities, and trying to nail down which company is contributing pollution along the way has been difficult to parse. CarbonChain, an early-stage startup based in London from some supply chain veterans, wants to make it easier to account for carbon every step of the way. […] → Read More

Cockroach Labs keeps rolling with $278M Series F on $5B valuation –

Cockroach Labs, makers of CockroachDB, has been raking in money this year. It started the year with a $160 million Series E on a $2 billion valuation and ended it with a $278 million Series F on a $5 billion valuation, more than doubling the company value in less than 12 months. Greenoaks led the […] → Read More

Forethought nabs $65M Series C to improve customer service with AI –

In 2018, Forethought, a startup looking to put AI to work across customer service, won the TechCrunch Disrupt Battlefield and soon after landed a $9 million Series A. Well, three years later that company just landed a $65 million Series C, and it’s rolling along. Steadfast Capital led the latest round with participation from existing […] → Read More