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How the Dotcloud Affects the Need for Startup Funding When you decide to launch a startup company, business advisors, counselors, bankers and armchair know-it-alls will tell you that the first thing you need to do is get funding. While there is some validity to that boilerplate piece of wisdom, the availability of and need for startup funding has gone through a dramatic transformation over the past decade, and the next few years will see even more of a shift. A perfect storm of events is causing this seismic shift. On the macroeconomic side this storm includes the still-persistent repercussions of the Great Recession, historically low interest rates, and uncertainty about global commerce and trade. On the technology side, still more realities add to the perfect storm, including the increasing popularity of as-a-service options, which make it easier for startups to l... (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)

[session] #IoT in Emerging Markets | @ThingsExpo #IIoT #M2M #ML #BigData

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)

Cloud Expo Sponsor SOASTA Makes WSJ's Hottest VC-Backed Firms List

SOASTA Session at Cloud Expo SOASTA, a Bronze Sponsor of 5th International Cloud Expo cloud computing conference, upcoming next month in New York (April 19-21, 2010), has been named by the Wall Street Journal as one of the fifty "hottest" VC-backed firms in the US - the only Cloud player among the seventeen IT companies  listed. The WSJ rankings were calculated based on how each company scored in the following components: the track record of success for the venture-capital investors who sit on the company's board (Board Ranking); the amount of capital raised by the company over the last three years, in comparison to its peers (Total Equity Ranking); the track record of success for the company's founders and chief executive (Executive Ranking); and the recent growth in the value of the company (Valuation Ranking). SOASTA, Inc. CEO Tom Lounibos talks to Cloud Expo Co... (more)

PR on Ulitzer: Strategies for B2B Social Media

PR on Ulitzer Carabiner Communications, a public relations firm serving start-up and fast-growth technology companies, has made available a new white paper to help business-to-business (B2B) companies launch social media programs to connect with prospects and customers. Entitled "Social Media: How B2B Companies Can Connect," the new paper explores the evolving social media landscape and explains in detail how companies can launch their own social media campaigns. Also discussed in the paper are key questions executives should ask before starting, how their companies can participate, and how to measure results. This follows Carabiner's March launch of its social media and video service, SocialConnector(SM), which helps clients build and integrate social media tools and content into their online communications campaigns. Since launching its new service, the firm has be... (more)

Andreessen Turns VC

Netscape wunderkind Marc Andreessen, now about to turn a demographically middle-aged 38, has officially turned venture capitalist, a counter-culture move since the dot.com bust trashed the sport. Andreessen and fellow Netscape veteran Ben Horowitz have raised a relatively modest $300 million – which seems to be considered a goodly sum in these dire times – and have set up Andreessen Horowitz as they’ve been publicly threatening to do since February. Andreessen told the Financial Times they could have raised $500 million or $600 million but felt a twosome couldn’t handle that kind of money. They reportedly only intended to raise $250 million. Andreessen and Horowitz have been playing angel investors for about five years now and have spread their personal wealth around some 40-odd start-up including Twitter, Digg, Ning, Rightscale and Linkin, some of them famous nam... (more)

Twitter Shows Its Real Value

Twitter on Ulitzer Google's CEO Eric Schmidt refers to Twitter as a "poor man's email." For millions of individuals, small business owners, and even emergency services organizations, Twitter is rapidly becoming an integral part of their business strategies and personal lives. That fact is not lost on the private equity and investment communities. Twitter confirmed a large investment on Friday, estimated at $100 million dollars, with a posting on their website: "Yesterday we closed a significant round of funding with a group of investment firms that we're excited to publicly thank: Insight Venture Partners, T. Rowe Price, Institutional Venture Partners, Spark Capital, Benchmark Capital, and Morgan Stanley" Social media is touching all of our lives. Even in the early stages of social media development, it is hard to talk with any network or tech-savvy person without ... (more)

Enterprise-Based Applications in the Cloud Are Next

Ed Sim's "Beyond VC" Blog One thing is pretty clear to me from an investment perspective. I am not going to invest in the next hot cloud computing infrastructure service that will compete against Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, and every other large tech vendor in the world. This is suicide and far from capital efficient. Cloud this, Cloud that - the word cloud is clearly an overhyped word and reminds me of the beginning of the hype around hosted models and ASPs (application service providers) in the late 90s and the term SAAS today. Anyway, as I look at announcement after announcement released about cloud computing platforms, one thing is pretty clear to me from an investment perspective.  First, I am not going to invest in the next hot cloud computing infrastructure service that will compete against Amazon, Rackspace, Microsoft, and every other large tech vendor in the ... (more)

Share Advertising Revenue With Your Mobile Phone

MoadCast brings the consumer and the advertiser closer together in a more meaningful, cost-effective and targeted manner with a revolutionary permission based mobile phone community. MoadCast offers its members a guaranteed revenue share of the advertising revenue generated through MoadCast's mobile phone advertising platform. Members join for free and have the ability to earn up to GBP45 per month. Members receive advertising messages to their mobile phone based on their lifestyle, interests and hobbies to offer advertisers large and small the opportunity to send targeted marketing messages based on selected demographic profiles via the MoadCast online advertising platform. Founded by Darren Briggs, Internet entrepreneur who previously launched BigOil.net in 2004, which was awarded Best Business Start Up using Technology by the Technology Wales Awards in 2004, which... (more)

Telcos Will Rule Cloud Computing in 2010 -Yankee Group

Early Bird Savings for Cloud Expo Yankee Group today unveiled its annual predictions, projecting that 2010 will be a year of rebuilding for the communications sector. While the economic crisis has permanently changed how consumers, enterprises and network builders approach connectivity, the report, “From Crisis Comes Opportunity: Yankee Group’s 2010 Predictions” forecasts opportunities in key areas including cord cutting, devices, cloud computing and network innovation. “We cannot all remain scarred by the economic events of the last 16 months and miss out on the first fruits of the recovery,” urges Chris Collins, Yankee Group senior analyst and report co-author. “Companies that continue to adapt and innovate are best positioned to prosper in the new decade.” To read the full report, including our list of winners and losers, register as a Guest at http://www.yanke... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Disdain For Developers Will Reach A Tipping Point ChromeOS Proves To Be Another Of Google’s Failures The Final Season Of Lost Will Not Be Seen Foundations For The Repeal Of Sarb-Ox The Venture Business, As We Know It, Is Dead Oil Trading Draws Legislative Scrutiny Windows Mobile 7 Will Impress ... (more)