A collection of ideas, themes and developments that we can't stop thinking about.


Cloudera's IPOWW

Reflections on Cloudera's origins -- from startup to public company.WWW


Accel Origins Series: Cloudera Co-Founder & CTO Amr Awadallah


Reflecting on 2016 and Looking Ahead to 2017WW

Synthesizing a year’s worth of our own thinking: what’s happened in the markets, what trends caught our attention, and how have our own theses evolved.WWW

Artificial Intelligence

Machine Learning a Key Ingredient for StartupsWW

The Wall Street Journal reports on a recent panel discussion on current areas of interest in venture capital.WWW


Accel Origins Series: Qualtrics Co-Founder & CEO Ryan Smith


Flipkart raises $1.4B from Tencent, eBay & Microsoft and acquires eBay IndiaWW

Three global tech giants make the largest investment in India’s internet sector; also largest investment in Flipkart’s 10-year historyWWW


Open Adoption Software: 2016 Year In ReviewWW

A recap of key developments in the category over the past year some predictions for 2017.WWW


Latest State of Hardware Report from FictivWW

Fictiv's State of Hardware Report aims to help engineers and designers deepen their understanding of their fields, careers, and industries and also democratize information around product development and manufacturing.WWW


Millennial money myths: The truth about homes, cars and ownershipWW

CNBC reports on the findings from the Qualtrics and Accel survey of thousands of millennials to debunk some myths.WWW

APX Economy

The API-ification of businessWW

Uber isn’t just Uber. It’s Google Maps, Checkr background checks, Braintree payments, and Twilio texts. The best way to do business isn’t to build it all in-house. Top companies are increasingly piecing together a composite of APIs from specialized startups. That lets them concentrate on their unique value-add rather than reinventing the wheel.WWW


2017 Global Cybersecurity Assurance Report CardWW

A groundbreaking report with data from around the world that quantifies how security professionals rate their enterprise’s ability to both assess cybersecurity risks and mitigate threats.WWW

Open Adoption Software

The Next Wave in Software: Open Adoption Software (OAS)WW

There’s a big shift happening in how enterprises buy and deploy software. In the last few years, open technology — software that is open to change and free to adopt — has gone from the exception to the rule for most enterprises. We’ve seen the IT stack redrawn atop powerful open source projects, with developers opting for an “open-first” approach tWWW

Artificial Intelligence

The Future of AIWW

It’s hard to think of a single technology that will shape our world more in the next 50 years than artificial intelligence. As machine learning enables our computers to teach themselves, a wealth of breakthroughs emerge, ranging from medical diagnostics to cars that drive themselves. A whole lot of worry emerges as well. Who controls this technologWWW

Intelligent Machines

DJI's New Mavic Pro Drone Fits in the Palm of Your HandWW

Over the last year, the clearest trend in the drone industry has been a move toward units that are smaller and more portable. The Mavic Pro, DJI’s latest offering, follows this same trend. Unveiled today, it is about half the size and weight of DJI’s flagship unit, the Phantom. But it’s much slimmer, because the props holding the rotors fold in oveWWW


Qualtrics' CEO Ryan Smith's Big Life HackWW

How do you juggle a growing family and a rocket-fueled tech company? If you’re Qualtrics founder Ryan Smith, it takes detailed self-analysis—and a whole lot of Mountain Dew.Plenty of executives, especially parents, are hyper-prescriptive with their time as they organize their nonstop days. But few if any engineer their hours with Smith’s attentWWW


RelateIQ founder Steve Loughlin on joining Accel as an investorWW

All early stage companies start as incredible possibilities. From this beginning, the journey that entrepreneurs and their teams experience is a truly unique set of moments​ — some good, some challenging​, but always different paths to greatness.​Having been an entrepreneur myself, I experienced the twists, turns, and euphoria of this journey fWWW


Intelligent Machines


Selecting your next launch countryWW

People have more opportunity to capitalize on their talents, wherever they are in the world. Cloud services, internet commerce and viral marketing offer entrepreneurs the means to build disruptive companies from just about anywhere , from New York City to Bangalore and London to Helsinki.WWW

The Social Graph

Re-orienting How People InteractWW

The social graph continues to reorient how people interact. We’ve long believed in the Facebook-led narrative that change and opportunity come from expansive social networks. We see this through companies like GoFundMe, which in 2016 reached a $2 billion milestone of crowdfunded donations, or in Spotify and its use of the social graph to power a glWWWWWW

The Future of Work

Enterprise CollaborationWW

Facebook’s human-centered approach has also inspired how enterprise-grade tools change the way businesses collaborate, communicate and innovate. Platforms like Slack, InVision and HipChat are resetting expectations for workplace software.WWW

Video Technology

The Golden Age of VideoWW

We’re in the golden age of video as consumers demand new and faster ways  –  from professionals and amateurs alike  –  to fill their appetite for mobile content (powered by new mobile broadband video capabilities).WWW


Securing the Modern EnterpriseWW

Hardening security was top-of-mind and will remain a focus throughout 2016. CIOs need new systems and processes in a world where we’re constantly defending against new threats and neutralizing those that have already breached our systems.WWW

Intelligent Machines

A Quantified Autonomous FutureWW

The march towards a quantified, autonomous future continues thanks to the confluence of predictive analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and computer vision technologies. These areas will continue to revolutionize how businesses figure out the best way to serve the needs of their customers. It will give people access to all sorts ofWWW


You Hear One Thing About Millennials. The Data Says Another.WW

Older generations have historically despised the younger ones as frivolous, good-for-nothing, and responsible for ruining the world. The perception of millennials today is no different. One telephone survey found that 71% of Americans believe millennials to be selfish, while another 65% find them entitled. People make sweeping generalizations aboutWWW