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Learning IoT in Emerging Markets What are the successful IoT innovations from emerging markets? What are the unique challenges and opportunities from these markets? How did the constraints in connectivity among others lead to groundbreaking insights? In her session at @ThingsExpo, Carmen Feliciano, a Principal at AMDG, will answer all these questions and share how you can apply IoT best practices and frameworks from the emerging markets to your own business. Speaker Bio Carmen Feliciano is a Principal at AMDG. She is a venture advisor and investor focused on connecting US and emerging markets and start-up eco-system players. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here All major researchers estimate there will be... (more)

The Top 150 Players in Cloud Computing

Cloud Expo Early Bird Savings A robust ecosystem of solutions providers is emerging around cloud computing. Here, SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Journal expands its list of most active players in the fast-emerging Cloud Ecosystem, from the 'mere' 100 we identified back in January of this year, to half as many again - testimony, if any further were needed, to the fierce and continuing growth of the "Elastic IT" paradigm throughout the world of enterprise computing. Editorial note: The words in quotation marks used to describe the various services and solutions in this round-up are in every case taken from the Web sites cited. As ever we encourage software engineers, developers, IT operations managers, and new/growing companies in every case to "suck it and see" by downloading or otherwise sampling the offering in question for themselves. (Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)

How Sales Complexity Impacts Your Startup’s Viability

There is no question that success for the entrepreneur starts with a breakthrough (or at the very least great) product or service. Yet too often, entrepreneurs fall into the "field of dreams" mentality (in the words of Terence Mann, AKA James Earl Jones: "build it and they'll come"). But the truth is that defining the product is just the beginning. Entrepreneurs must spend significant time thinking about the complexity of their sales process and the cost of customer acquisition, as these factors will strongly impact a company's ability to make money and attract investors. An obvious requirement for a successful startup is that they are able to make more money from a customer than they spend for a customer, i.e. Lifetime value (LTV) should be greater than cost of customer acquisition (CAC) (see my prior blog post, Startup Killer: the Cost of Customer Acquisition). In ... (more)

OpenStack Start-up Raises $4.5 Million

Piston Cloud Computing Inc, a San Francisco software company developing a commercial version of the OpenStack open source software for business, has raised $4.5 million in funding. The money is coming from Hummer Winblad and True Ventures, with Divergent Ventures and some unidentified others participating. Piston's co-founders came from the technical teams at OpenStack parents NASA and Rackspace, and helped to create the OpenStack project last year. Piston CEO Joshua McKenty was the cloud architect of NASA's Nebula Cloud infrastructure, the precursor of OpenStack's cloud computing component, and is on OpenStack's policy board. Piston CTO Christopher MacGown was a technical lead at SliceHost, acquired by Rackspace in 2008. The start-up has recruited core contributors from NASA and other OpenStack participants. Piston's widgetry is currently in limited beta, with a pu... (more)

Online Learning Pioneer Picks Up $103M in Funding

Online learning company Lynda.com has gotten $103 million in funding from Accel Partners and equity investor Spectrum Equity. Meritech Capital Partners also participated. It's the first money Lynda has taken from the outside and is meant to push the 17-year-old company into the international arena, which will mean localization, and add to its curriculum. It expects to scale its web and video platform. Its video learning platform, available in monthly and annual subscriptions, teaches computer skills such as 3D and animation, audio, business, design, development, home computing, photography, video and web and interactive design to individuals as well as corporate, government, school and university accounts. It claims more than half of the Fortune 100, all branches of the US military and all cabinet-level departments of the federal government. It has upwards of 200... (more)

Loggly Delivers Extension to New Relic for DevOps Efficiency

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/15/14 -- Loggly, the world's most popular cloud-based log management service, today announced a new context-aware integration of its product with the New Relic SaaS-based solution for the performance monitoring of modern software. The one-click access to Loggly from New Relic enables a holistic view of log events from the application and relevant devices and infrastructure. With the holistic view, joint customers can trace transactions across multiple applications, or even from client side to server side, which helps developers and DevOps staff research issues and resolve problems measurably faster. Many of Loggly's customers rely upon New Relic to help manage applications and develop software for highly complex, distributed, cloud-based IT environments. When an issue is detected in New Relic, such as a user error on the web... (more)

BlueStripe emerges from stealth-mode; launches factfinder & ASM for Virtual Infrastructure!

BlueStripe Software Unveils Industry’s First Solution Dedicated to Bringing World-Class Application Service Management to Virtual Data Center Environments BlueStripe, founded by systems management professionals from Wily Technology and IBM/Tivoli, emerges from stealth mode to solve the “next big problem” in application management RTP, N.C. – September 8, 2008 – BlueStripe Software, the industry’s first provider of Application Service Management (ASM) solutions for virtualized data center environments, today announced the official launch of operations and its first commercial product, FactFinder. FactFinder is the industry’s only solution to enable enterprises to stage, deploy, and manage business-critical applications in virtual data center environments with the same degree of confidence and control as traditional environments. FactFinder gives IT departments t... (more)

RightScale Snags $13M in Boost for Cloud Computing Management

"We’re very excited to be working with RightScale's experienced team to guide the company's growth, including its expansion into the European market," said Index Ventures partner Danny Rimer as it was announced today that RightScale has secured $13 million in its second round of venture capital funding, led by Index Ventures. RightScale CTO Thorsten von Eicken interviewed by SYS-CON.TV's Jeremy Geelan at the 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo recently in San Jose, CA. "With RightScale's platform, organizations can quickly realize the benefits of cloud computing without the risks commonly associated with cloud deployments, such as vendor lock-in and loss of IT control," Rimer continuied, adding “Having looked at this space in great detail, we believe that RightScale will continue to be the clear leader in cloud computing services." The company has tw... (more)

eBay Sued by Skype Inventors for Infringement

The Internet’s terrible twosome, Skype and Kazaa inventors Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, have thrown a monkey wrench into eBay’s plans to sell off 65% of Skype to an investor group led by Silver Lake and involving Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen for around $2 billion. Zenstrom and Friis were clever enough to keep the P2P Global Index IP underneath Skype so they could reuse it for other ventures. As Joltid, which holds the IP, they sued eBay and the members of the investment group in federal court in California Wednesday charging copyright infringement and asking for damages and an injunction. The suit claims damages are mounting at the rate of more than 75 million a day. Joltid, which has a case against Skype pending in the UK, has already pulled its license to the software. The Silver Lake consortium includes Michelangelo Volpi, the ex-CEO of Joost, another... (more)

Bruce Chizen Joins Voyager Capital as Venture Partner

VC on Ulitzer Voyager Capital, a leading West Coast venture capital firm, announced that Bruce Chizen, former CEO of Adobe Systems, has joined the firm as a Venture Partner. Previously serving on Voyager's Advisory Board, Chizen is expanding his role to bring his strategic insight and leadership experience to technology entrepreneurs offering innovative solutions in digital media and software. "Bruce possesses a rare combination of valuable market insight and senior business experience," said Bill McAleer, managing director at Voyager Capital. "His strong industry reputation, connections and background in digital media and software will benefit our ventures as new applications and services redefine how businesses and consumers engage with information." Well-known as CEO of Adobe Systems, Chizen transformed the company into one of the world's largest and most diver... (more)

Value of M&A Deals Plummets 46%; Next - Predators Seek Prey

If the trend of the first six months of 2009 holds, the overall number of M&A deals this year will have plunged to a level last witnessed in 2004. That is the painful truth, according to a report published today by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The world's largest and most active investors who took part in the BCG survey nonetheless want companies to be ready to capitalize on M&A opportunities when they arise - on the basis that the financial crisis will provide opportunities for game-changing acquisitions by companies that are ready to make the right strategic moves when the M&A market returns to growth. "We expect a window of opportunity offering attractive takeover prospects to open soon," says Alexander Roos, a BCG partner and coauthor of the report. "But only those companies that have prepared themselves for action will be able to benefit from these favora... (more)