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Benchmark’s Fenton and New Relic’s Cirne Talk About Democratization of Data (Video)


App management in the enterprise is perhaps not the most lively of topics, but I did what turned out to be a very entertaining interview with New Relic’s CEO and co-founder Lew Cirne at its FutureStack13 conference last week.

As Arik Hesseldahl noted in a recent chat with Cirne about New Relic, it is: “the white-hot cloud-based software company that monitors the software performance to help its customers make sure it’s running right. And it does it in a big and granular way — a few billion events a day, from Web servers and smartphone apps and all kinds of other places where you find software running, are reported into its database. Customers can then comb through that data with relative ease to find any problems with their software.”

Cirne takes coding vacations where he comes up with the next big thing for his company. In the latest one to Mexico, it turned out to be a new product called Rubicon that aggregates and answers questions about data.

He talks about it here, along with Benchmark Capital’s Peter Fenton, one of the investors who has forked over $175 million to New Relic to help realize its data-wrangling dreams.

And, while you might not find enterprise riveting, it really can be (and somehow I got to tweak Fenton about Snapchat):

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work