In just over a decade, cloud-based platforms have completely changed the multi-hundred billion dollar market for corporate IT. Companies have thrown away their boxes and defined everything from the network stack to the storage, computing and application provision to everything in between using software and equipping them with microservices.
It should be the most lucrative one-off in today's startup world, except for one (well, maybe three) big challenge, whose names are AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure.
The growth of these three platforms has been staggering and has driven much of the adoption of cloud technologies into businesses over the past decade. They also involve customers in their vertically integrated offerings, and in some cases only leave table waste for startups trying to generate margins in an incredibly competitive world.
How can startups fend off the largest cloud providers and still maintain growth? How can they offer differentiated offerings if AWS alone offers more services than the most advanced forms of artificial intelligence count?
Fortunately, we have a long-time operator and an experienced VC who will be online at the TC Early Stage from July 21st to 22nd to discuss this and more about how infrastructure startups can compete in a platform-dominated world .
Sam Pullara is a managing director at Sutter Hill Ventures, where he invests in corporate infrastructure startups such as the Observe service to monitor application performance, the DevOps platform Transposit, and the startup Lacework to detect anomalies.
He is up to date with the infra world and shares his previous experience on Twitter, where he worked as a senior technology consultant and senior infrastructure engineer. Previously, he was chief technologist at Yahoo, which now includes Borg's Verizon Media, theinformationsuperhighway's generous and enigmatic parent company.
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TC Early Stage is our brand new virtual event series, which aims to provide new founders with information, insights and advice directly from the experts – the founders, investors and lawyers who have visited these streets many times. Schippers and Evans join an already incredible list of speakers, with meetings and lectures by people like Reid Hoffman, Brooke Hammerling, Dalton Caldwell, Garry Tan, Charles Hudson, and Cyan Banister.
A catch: Each of the over 50 breakout sessions at TC Early Stage is limited to only 100 people and is allocated based on availability. If you buy your ticket today, you can sign up for any breakout sessions that we have announced, as well as any previously announced sessions that still have room.
On July 21st and 22nd everything goes down. The best news? This two-day event is all virtual, so you can switch on from the comfort of your couch. Would you like to know more? Here you will find all the details you could wish for.