I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. I continue to remain opportunistic in my approach with a bottoms-up lens, but every time I share specific ideas, I end up meeting new people with similar interests. So, here’s a non-exhaustive list of ideas I’m currently researching and exploring.
Programming software robots. Use cases in infrastructure orchestration and biology.
Open source data protection and management. Focus on data migrations, replications, and disaster recovery. Even the new entrants in this old-school market (Rubrik and Clumio) have top-down strategies. Airbnb’s ReAir is interesting.
How do metrics become a first-class citizen in an organization? Keep data analysts and analytics teams as the last line of defense, and put BI environments in operators hands. Sisu is cool.
Automation tools for the help desk (IT, HR, customer service). Come at ServiceNow from the bottom up.
Kubernetes security. One of the biggest holes in this emerging ecosystem. Isovalent and Tigera take a network-centric approach.
What’s the economic complement to Ironclad? As more organizations use this digital contracting platform, what other opportunities open up in legal operations?
Developer hubs and extensibility. Make documentation, developer on-boarding, serverless functionality, testing dead simple for your API. Sperandio has some thoughts.
Linear for finance departments. Give startups ways to manage strategic planning with macros, templates, collaborative features, an intuitive interface & open platform.
Observability / monitoring pipelines for data science. Shoutout to Paari. Ultimately, could be a feature within a platform like Deepnote.
Fraud detection for marketplaces. They’re as complex as ever (B2B, cross-border, financial services integrated) — how can you give fraud teams maximum visibility into every transaction?
P.S. Stay on the lookout for a similar project in the near future I’m working on with my friend Mario Gabriele.
Looks like Runway https://a16z.com/2020/06/25/investing-in-runway/ will be the Linear for finance departments!
Any references on the fraud detection so far?