Hyperscale data centers reached over 390 worldwide in 2017


Hyperscale operators are defined as enormous companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google that need to provide computing on a massive scale. You would think that there would be a limited number of this type of highly specialized data center, but recent research from Synergy Research found that 2017 was actually a breakout year for…

Financial technology startups emerged as serious challengers to financial services in 2017


Dana Stalder Contributor Dana Stalder is a general partner at Matrix Partners and writes at forentrepreneurs.com. More posts by this contributor: New rules for hiring executive candidates The First Battle In The Mobile Payments War Is Over All the attention in financial services this year has gone to the newest kids on the block: cryptocurrencies. With bitcoin…

Facebook has a 100-person engineering team that helps advertisers build tools and infrastructure


Stories about Facebook’s advertising business tend to focus on the big numbers — its billions of users, millions of advertisers or its enormous lead over any competitor that’s not named Google. But Facebook says that one of its success stories in recent years involves a relatively small group of engineers — in fact, originally it…

Latin America’s Groupon Mafia


Nathan Lustig Contributor Nathan Lustig is an entrepreneur and managing partner at Magma Partners, a seed-stage investment fund in Santiago, Chile. More posts by this contributor: A new era for startup investing in Latin America The founders of PayPal and its employees have produced many highly successful companies over the years. In fact, PayPal’s founding team…