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For Sale – delidded 9900k and Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master

I’m considering having a go at team red so thinking about getting rid of my delidded 9900k and Gigabyte Z390 Aorus Master mb, my chip is good for 5.1ghz @ 1.315v and is in the board with frame so direct die, i will include the EK-Supremacy EVO with the bundle, I’m not looking to split so please don’t ask.
I’m looking for £600 inc delivery

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Newcastle
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For Sale – Oculus Rift VR headset

Hi

Selling my Oculus Rift as it’s just not getting used that much. I have only used it to play the occasional game of Beat Sabre and Project Cars VR and so the condition is very good, it comes boxed with everything apart from the lens cleaning cloth.

If anybody is looking to get into PC VR then this is still a great starting point.

Pictures below.

Thanks for looking.

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St.Helens
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£190
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Differentiation key for BI startups when attracting investors

BI startups, like all companies when they’re getting started, need money to get off the ground.

BI startups need to show that they have a good idea, and are not simply repackaging analytics software platforms already on the market. They need to show that they can build a strong product, and that their founders have the expertise to build and sustain something commercially viable.

And with that, they need to attract investors to fund the company in the years it takes between the time an idea forms and a company becomes financially solvent.

Vanessa Larco is a partner at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm with over $20 billion assets under management. NEA was an early investor in companies such as Tableau and Salesforce when they were tech startups, and, among many other types of companies, continues to invest in BI startups. Recently, NEA was part of an investment round in Sisu, a startup BI vendor founded in 2018 and based in San Francisco.

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Larco, meanwhile, has an extensive background in computer science, and before joining NEA was director of product management at Box. Prior to that, she worked in the gaming industry, leading the speech recognition experience team at Xbox Kinnect v1. She leads deals investing in tech companies, including BI startups, and participates in others led by colleagues.

Larco recently took time to answer questions about investing in BI startups.

In Part I of a two-part Q&A, she discusses what she looks for in a BI startup and what she loved about Sisu. In Part II, Larco talks about the process of investing in BI startups, including the warning signs that arise that may keep her from investing.

When you’re considering investing in BI startups, what are some of the characteristics you want to see in a vendor that tell you it might make a good investment?

Vanessa Larco: I think every partner has their own journey when trying to figure out where to invest. For me, I draw a lot on my experience having been a product manager. When I think about what the challenges were that I had or that my team had in building, launching, supporting, maintaining products and then when you see a solution — whether it’s in data or any other vertical — that makes sense and you can say, ‘Wow, if this had existed when I was doing things it would have made my life easier, my team’s life easier,’ it’s something that resonates right off the bat.

I think every partner has their own journey when trying to figure out where to invest. For me, I draw a lot on my experience having been a product manager.
Vanessa LarcoPartner, NEA

You then validate it against actual teams that are still building things and ask them if this would be helpful, and that validates the real need for it.

In the case of Sisu, what stood out about them and led NEA to decide it was a company worth betting on?

Larco: Every process, as much as we like it to be standardized, turns out to be its own unique snowflake, and in the case of Sisu, Pete Sonsini led the deal team and I joined the deal team, meaning I helped him evaluate the opportunity and spent time with the team. I am super excited about Sisu. I ran it by some of my portfolio companies, particularly the ones who [complain that] board meetings take forever because they show a bunch of data and people ask, ‘Well why did this happen, why did that happen?’ And to get those answers it takes at least week. So when I saw the Sisu value proposition I wondered if this will solve that problem.

Even back when I led a product team in the past and we would present to CEOs, we’d show numbers going up and down and they’d ask, ‘Well, why did that happen?’ We’d have to get back to them. It’s just super painful when you know they’re going to ask you why, and that is what takes forever. Sometimes you spend all that time trying to figure out why, and then nothing comes of it, so when I saw the Sisu value proposition I thought that if this actually works it could be game changing.

What happened after you saw Sisu’s value proposition?

Larco: I took it to a good friend at a portfolio company to kick the tires, and they were like, ‘Yes. Yes, this awesome. Thank you so much.’ They said their data person would be so happy they wouldn’t be bogged down answering some very simple questions and doing the manual work to answer why, so from that perspective it was super exciting.

Once NEA invests in BI startups, how much influence does it want going forward — does it seek a spot on the board of directors, leave the company alone or something in between?

Larco: Each case in venture is different. It’s not a high-volume type of industry — we’re not doing hundreds of deals a year — so each deal is very unique and each financing round is unique. But in general, the earlier in the company’s lifecycle you invest in, the founders want you on their board because they want the attention and support, the advice, the feedback, the connection. VCs, in most cases, have been on many boards and seen a lot of stories play out, and you have a lot of connections to potential customers, and so to be able to understand what a company’s needs are as they change is really valuable. Most of the time, both parties want a seat on the board.

But if it’s super, super early and someone else leads the financing round and you’re just participating, someone else takes the board seat. Or if it’s the late stages then the board is already pretty filled out and it has less unknowns than in the early formation years, in those cases you may not take a seat on the board. If an investor is acquiring a significant amount of equity and you’re between 15 and 30 percent, they will typically take a board seat. Anything less than that, it may not make a ton of sense to take a board seat — there’s a limit to how many board seats we can take.

Besides Sisu, who are some startups in the BI/analytics space NEA has recently invested in?

Larco: My colleague Julia Schottenstein led the investment in Metabase, which is in the data space in the open-source project world. I was on the deal team and attended the board meetings for a company called OmniSci. The real value proposition there is they do some really cool geospatial [analysis], and it’s lightning fast. If you need data and need to visualize it across any type of map, I haven’t seen anything like it. From my gaming and advertising days that would have been a massive help. It’s a category that historically if you were investors in Tableau and other data companies that have done really well — it’s a category NEA has performed really well in in the past. It’s a massive category for IT spends, so it’s an area we actively invest in year over year.

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Grafana Labs observability platform set to grow

Data resides in many different places and getting observability of data is a key challenge for many database managers and other data professionals.

Among the most popular technologies for data observability is the open source Grafana project, which is led by commercial open source database vendor Grafana Labs. The company leads multiple open source projects and also sells enterprise-grade products and services that enable a full data observability platform.

On Oct. 24, Grafana Labs marked the next major phase of the vendor’s evolution, raising $24 million in a Series A round of funding led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with participation from Lead Edge Capital. The new money will help the vendor grow beyond its roots to address a wider range of data use cases, according to the company.

In this Q&A, Raj Dutt, co-founder and CEO, discusses the intersection of open source and enterprise software and where Grafana is headed.

Why are you now raising a Series A?

Raj Dutt: We just celebrated our five-year anniversary earlier this month and we’ve built a sustainable company that was running at cashflow breakeven.

So the reason why we’ve raised funding is because we think we’ve proven phase one of our business model and our platform. Now we’re basically accelerating that to go well beyond Grafana Labs itself into a full stack, composable observability platform. So it’s mainly around accelerating what we’re doing in the observability ecosystem.

We’re thinking about building this open and composable observability stack with the larger ecosystem that doesn’t just include our own open source projects. You may know us obviously as the company behind Grafana, but we’re actually the company behind Loki, which is another very interesting, very popular open source project. But we also participate in other projects that we don’t necessarily own. We are one of the driving forces behind the Prometheus project and we are actively involved in the Graphite project

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Grafana itself has a history since it was started of being database-neutral. So today, we’re interoperating natively and in real time with 42 different data sources. We’re all about bringing your data together, no matter where it lives.

While Grafana Labs as a company works with a Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) project such as Prometheus, have you considered contributing Grafana to the CNCF, or another open source organization?

Dutt: Not really, I said we work with some CNCF projects like Prometheus, but there’s no desire on our part to put our own projects such as Grafana or Loki into the CNCF.

We are an open source observability company and this is our core competency and our  core brand. Part of our strategy for delivering differentiated solutions to our customers involves being more in control of our own destiny, so to speak.

We very much believe in the power of the community. We do have a pretty active community, though certainly more than 50 percent of the work is done by Grafana Labs. We have a habit of always hiring the top contributors within the community, which is how we scale our engineering team.

If you look at the Grafana plugin ecosystem, of which there are close to 100-plus plugins, the majority of those have been contributed by the community and not developed by Grafana Labs.

What are your plans for the next major release with Grafana 7?

Dutt: Grafana 7 is slated for 2020. We’ve generally done a major release of Grafana every year that normally coincides with our annual Grafana user conference, which next year will be coming back to Amsterdam.

The major theme for Grafana 7 is really about it becoming more of a developer platform for people to build use case specific experiences with and also going beyond metrics into logging and tracing. So we’re really building this full observability stack and that is our 2020 product vision.

We think that the three pillars of observability are logging, metrics and traces, but it’s really about how you bring that data together and contextualize it in a seamless experience and that’s what we can do with Grafana at the center of this platform.

We can give people the choice to continue to use, say, Splunk for logging, Datadog for metrics, or New Relic for APM (application performance management), while not requiring them to store all their data in one database. We think it is a really compelling option to customers to give them the choice and flexibility to use best-of-breed open source software without locking them in.

What is the intersection between open source and enterprise software for Grafana Labs?

Dutt: With Grafana Enterprise, we take the open source version and we add certain capabilities and integrations to it. So we take Grafana, the open source version, and we add data sources, and we combine it with 24/7 support. We also add features generally around authentication and security clients that are generally appealing to our largest users.

With Grafana Labs, the company is all about creating these truly open source projects with communities under real open source licensing, and then finding ways generally under non-open source licensing to differentiate them.

If you want to have something be open source, then make it really open source, and if it doesn’t work through a business model to make a particular thing open source, then don’t make it open source.
Raj DuttCEO, Grafana Labs

You know, if you want to have something be open source, then make it really open source, and if it doesn’t work through a business model to make a particular thing open source, then don’t make it open source.

So our view is we have a lot of open source software, which is truly open source, meaning under a real open source license like Apache, and we also have our enterprise offerings that are not open.

We consider ourselves an open source company, because it’s in our DNA, but we really don’t want to play games with a lot of these newfangled open source licenses that you’re seeing proliferate.

How is Grafana being used today for data management and analytics use cases?

Dutt: We have gone from seeing Grafana demand driven primarily from the development teams and the operations team. What’s happened recently is, particularly with the support of things like SQL data sources as well as support for things like BigQuery and other data sources, we’ve seen a lot of business users and business metrics being brought into Grafana very organically.

So we’re at this interesting intersection now where we’re being pushed into business analytics by our developer centric customers and users. But we don’t claim to compete head on with say, you know, Tableau or Power BI. We don’t consider ourselves a BI company, but the open source Grafana project is definitely being pulled in that direction by its user base.

The Grafana project itself has always been use case agnostic. There’s nothing in Grafana that is specific to IT, cloud native or anything like that, and that has been a deliberate decision. We’re kind of excited to see where the community organically takes us.

This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: cash on collection
Location: DEWSBURY
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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: cash on collection
Location: DEWSBURY
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: cash on collection
Location: DEWSBURY
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Mac Pro (2008)

Getting rid of some “pre-loved” stock as company is provided renewed some hardware for me. I’ll get more detailed specifications up here once back in office, but for now, this is advertised to make space.

Mac Pro (2008) (8-core) 3,1
32GB RAM (fully populated) DDR2 667MHz
ATI 5770 graphics card (original 2600XT also provided)
Non-wireless (but I have a wifi/BT card lying around, purchased off the “bay” but not plugged in or tested)
HDD for testing but not provided (you will prefer to add in a SSD plus modern drives of your own). All 4 bay brackets present.

Slightly dusty but well cared for. No box, etc. hence must be collected after shown working state.

Some people out there are able to convert it (with considerable effort) to run the recent OSes but YMMV.

Thanks for looking.

Price and currency: 100
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Payment method: Cash
Location: Cambridge
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For Sale – Mac Pro (2008)

Getting rid of some “pre-loved” stock as company is provided renewed some hardware for me. I’ll get more detailed specifications up here once back in office, but for now, this is advertised to make space.

Mac Pro (2008) (8-core) 3,1
32GB RAM (fully populated) DDR2 667MHz
ATI 5770 graphics card (original 2600XT also provided)
Non-wireless (but I have a wifi/BT card lying around, purchased off the “bay” but not plugged in or tested)
HDD for testing but not provided (you will prefer to add in a SSD plus modern drives of your own). All 4 bay brackets present.

Slightly dusty but well cared for. No box, etc. hence must be collected after shown working state.

Some people out there are able to convert it (with considerable effort) to run the recent OSes but YMMV.

Thanks for looking.

Price and currency: 100
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: Cambridge
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – HTCP / GAMING COMPUTER- i5 3570, 16GB RAM, RX560 4GB

IT’S TIME TO PART WITH MY HTPC/GAMING PC, IT’S JUST NOT GETTING USED

CONSISTS ON FOLLOWING PARTS:
CASE: LIAN LI PC-A01
MOTHERBOARD: GIGABYTE GA-H77M-D3H
CPU: i5 3570 QUADCORE (3.8GHZ)
RAM: 16GB DDR3 (2 X 8GB) CORSAIR 1600MHZ
GPU: MSI AeroITX RX560 4GB
PSU: TAGAN TG480-U01 480W
STORAGE: 80GB INTEL SSD (CAN UPGRADE TO 240GB SSD FOR EXTRA £15)
HAS A BRU RAY DISC DRIVE, PLUS A MULTICARD READER


NOT THE LATEST, BUT VERY CAPABLE MACHINE, HAVE BEEN PLAYING WORLD WAR Z RECENTLY, RUNS IT FLAWLESSLY

I AM WANTING £240 COLLECTED, WILL THROW IN A TV CARD WITH REMOTE ALSO

NOT LOOKING TO SPLIT

Price and currency: 240
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: cash on collection
Location: DEWSBURY
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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