Hewlett Packard makes a $100m bet on startups in big data, security and cloud space

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Meg Whitman, chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, sat down with her top lieutenants last month at the Palo Alto headquarters to evaluate a technology storage company and a data-center-tools startup. She analyzed product details, asked about capital expenditures, and wondered about energy efficiency. The businesses, though, aren’t the billion-dollar acquisition targets that her company has been known for. They’re startups hoping to win investments from HPE’s venture capital arm.

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