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Main feature of a SaaS product

What is SaaS? It’s a term that’s been thrown around, but what is SaaS and what’s not SaaS? What does it mean to be “software-as-a-service”? Well, one thing that even the most non-technical investors know is that SaaS companies receive high revenue multiples, assuming they achieve “SaaS metrics.” …


by Deepak Jeevankumar and Frank Wang

Dell Technologies Capital is excited to announce our Series A investment in Remediant, a bootstrapped, fast-growing security startup in the privileged access management (PAM) space.

When we first met the founders Tim Keeler (CEO) and Paul Lanzi (COO), it was one surprise after another. Despite being bootstrapped for 3+ years, they had 5x revenue growth last year, a combination that is very rare for a startup, especially one in the security space. Not only was Lockheed Martin their first customer, but they were also in production in many F100 companies.

As we dug more…


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I discuss my random thoughts as a recovering academic (mostly about research and tech). I am currently an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley. You can follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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This week, I will be discussing one of the paper awarded best paper from this year’s NSDI, the premier academic networking and systems conference. It is…


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I discuss my random thoughts as a recovering academic (mostly about research and tech). I am currently an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley. You can follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This week, I’m going to discuss a cool paper from OSDI 2018 about running trusted execution environments on GPUs. This is work out of Microsoft Research and University of Lisbon, and you can find the full paper here.

Problem

Accelerators are playing a more pivotal role in the cloud. CPUs are becoming less popular, and dedicated hardware…


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I deep-dive on a cool technology. I am an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley, and occasionally reminisce about my previous life in academia. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In lieu of my normal blog post, I will discuss “work” as a venture capitalist. I was inspired by my friend Jean Yang, who wrote an interesting post about her “evolution on work” where she described her transition from PhD to professor to startup founder.

In the past, I blogged about what “work” is for a PhD student. As…


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I deep-dive on a cool technology. I am an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley, and occasionally reminisce about my previous life in academia. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

To add variety to my blog, I’m trialing some new content. I am interviewing researchers to get their perspectives on emerging industry trends.

This week, I sat down with Stephen Tu, a last-year PhD student at UC Berkeley studying machine learning. He has an interesting background. …


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I deep-dive on a cool technology. I am an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley, and occasionally reminisce about my previous life in academia. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This week, I won’t be talking about security but instead about building scalable software. I really enjoy this work by a former labmate, Austin Clements, who now works at Google on Golang because it identified an important guiding rule for designing scalable software. …


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I deep-dive on a cool technology. I am an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley, and occasionally reminisce about my previous life in academia. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This week, I am discussing the work of another good friend, Taesoo Kim, a professor at Georgia Tech and a very prolific researcher. In his system, Poirot, tries to solve a common problem: I have found a vulnerability in my system. Has anyone exploited it?

Let’s start with an example. Say I’m using Github, which authenticates based on an…


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I deep-dive on a cool technology. I am an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley, and occasionally reminisce about my previous life in academia. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

This week, I’ll be writing about potential security issues that might occur in the code development cycle. This work was done by Xi Wang, who is an all-star computer science professor at University of Washington and a good friend. …


This is part of a week(-ish) blog series where I deep-dive on a cool technology. I am an investor at Dell Technologies Capital in Silicon Valley, and occasionally reminisce about my previous life in academia. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn.

In this post, I will discuss some cool work done by a good friend and former labmate David Lazar. For context, during our PhD, David was always the most privacy conscious person in our group, thinking that we were leaking too much data to big tech companies like Google and Facebook. …

Frank Wang

Investor at Dell Technologies Capital, MIT Ph.D in computer security and Stanford undergrad, @cybersecfactory founder, former @roughdraftvc

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