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.
Carmen Feliciano is a Principal at AMDG. She is a venture advisor and
investor focused on connecting US and emerging markets and start-up
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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
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
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)
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
Piston's widgetry is currently in limited beta, with a pu... (more)
Online learning company Lynda.com has gotten $103 million in funding from
Accel Partners and equity investor Spectrum Equity. Meritech Capital Partners
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
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
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)
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 Software Unveils Industry’s First Solution Dedicated to Bringing
World-Class Application Service Management to Virtual Data Center
BlueStripe, founded by systems management professionals from Wily Technology
IBM/Tivoli, emerges from stealth mode to solve the “next big problem” in
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)
"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
"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
The company has tw... (more)
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,
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
"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)
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)