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Happy New Year! #2014

Happy New Year! #2014

The Bet-the-Company Pivot That Led to Nimble Storage’s IPO

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In July 2009, Varun Mehta—a first-time founder—was driving toward a courageous decision: giving up a sure success for a long shot at disrupting a major category.

Nimble Storage, the company he started 18 months earlier with Umesh Maheshwari, was testing its product, a flash-based caching appliance, or “cacher,” that sat on top of existing storage systems and dramatically improved I/O performance. Beta customers loved the cacher and it looked like a hit. Shockingly, Varun and Umesh wanted to kill it. Instead, they proposed building a primary-storage system that incorporated flash, a much bigger opportunity, but a far riskier one.

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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela

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"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."

—Henry David Thoreau

"You can’t connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something: your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well worn path."

- Steve Jobs