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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)

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)

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)

IBM Hardware Chief, Intel VC Exec Arrested in Insider Trading Scam

IBM senior VP Robert Moffat (pictured), the head of IBM's Systems and Technology Group - in other words the guy who runs all of its hardware as well its microelectronics unit - and Intel Capital's director of strategic investment Rajiv Goel, one of its VC people, were arrested Friday morning on insider trading charges. They were alleged tipsters. The $20 million scam, involving AMD, Intel, IBM, Akamai, Clearwire and Google stock as well as Polycom's and Hilton Hotels', is said to be the biggest ever pulled off by a hedge fund and had the US Attorney, the FBI and the SEC doing a televised press conference on CNBC this afternoon. US Attorney Preet Bharara said it was the first time court-authorized wiretaps were used to uncover insider trading. Authorities also arrested billionaire hedge operator Raj Rajaratnam, the founder of the big $3 billion Galleon Group and mana... (more)

Box.net Gets Another $48M to Jingle in Its Jeans

Box.net, the cloud-based content management company that's seen $29.5 million in VC funding since it was started in a dorm room in 2005 by a couple of soon-to-be college dropouts - well, $14.5 million if you don't count Mark Cuban's angel capital - has gotten another $38 million in equity financing plus $10 million in debt financing. The handsome D round came from Meritech Capital Partner, new investors Andreessen Horowitz and Emergence Capital Partners and existing ones Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Scale Venture Partners and US Venture Partners. The debt financing is coming from Hercules Technology Growth Capital. Box means to use the money to double its staff of 140 people over the next 12-18 months and expand internationally beyond the current 15% of its user base. It says it wants to use its "viral freemium" model to "redefine an industry, much as Salesforce.com h... (more)

Building Canada’s Cloud Identity Ecosystem

With the government promising delivery of the long-awaited Digital Economy strategy by the year end, this prompts a review of what role the Cloud industry can play in this strategy. This then further encourages us to identify what particular segments of the Cloud Computing industry we might specialize in, with a view to concentrating in areas where Canada has strength so that start-up ventures can be better focused towards niche opportunities. Best practices – Cloud Privacy By Design At the top of my list is the best practice known as ‘Cloud Privacy-By-Design‘, developed by the Privacy Commissioner of Ontario. This is such a hot topic. As Andrea talks about in this earlier blog the mention of Cloud Computing is usually quickly followed by concerns about the USA`s Patriot Act. Fears are that as soon as you upload your data to the Cloud the American Government will be... (more)

2014 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey By @BostonVC | @CloudExpo [#SaaS]

2014 Pacific Crest SaaS Survey – Part 1 For the third year in a row, we worked together with Pacific Crest Securities, an investment banking firm with a specific focus on SaaS, to survey 306 SaaS companies. This represents nearly double the # of respondents from last year, giving us deeper benchmarking data and insights to share on the growth and operations of the companies in this space. We also welcome this year the participation of OpenView, an expansion stage venture capital firm specializing in B2B Software, who brought additional support. I want to extend my personal thanks to the many readers of this blog who participated in the survey. My thanks also go out to David Spitz and his team at Pacific Crest Securities (@dspitz [email protected], respectively on Twitter) for their hard work on the survey. Part 1 of the results of the survey, which focuses on growt... (more)

Hummer Winblad to Present at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

Cloud computing is changing the ground rules for startup companies – both in their infrastructure choices and in the bar for technology development prior to funding. In a breakout session at SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo, Lars Leckie - a Principal at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners - will walk through the venture capital perspective of the cloud computing market covering both consumer and enterprise usage. Leckie's session will cover the tools for cloud computing as well as the leverage that portfolio companies are achieving with cloud computing. In the spirit of the event, Leckie notes that he will be presenting from slides served from Amazon Web Services. SYS-CON's Cloud Computing Expo (November 19-21, 2008) is a high-octane adjunct to the 4th International Virtualization Conference & Expo being held at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, CA. Leckie is a Principal at H... (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)

Red Hat-Oracle Rumors Move Stock

There was a flurry of activity in Red Hat stock Monday - up 17% at one point - on what were called "widely published" rumors Oracle might buy it. Remember how Oracle copped Red Hat's Linux for its own six years ago and how it was going to eat Red's lunch? There's been Oracle-Red Hat speculation off and on ever since. Anyway, Jefferies analyst Katherine Egbert waded in and said it made sense - and was even "eventually highly likely" - but the timing is all wrong in part because of the potential Sun-IBM deal and the "pursuant uncertainty around whether IBM would continue to be an advocate for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) once they owned both AIX and OpenSolaris development." Seems a bit farfetched but you never know. Oracle also doesn't have a history of buying companies that are still fast-growing, she said. What Oracle did buy Monday was Relsys, whose software is used ... (more)

Microsoft is Having Trouble Moving to Cloud Computing: Google CEO

According to a Dow Jones Newswire report, Google CEO Eric Schmidt is bullish about perhaps using M&A to grow Google's cloud computing business - in contrast Schmidt noted that Microsoft was in his view "having trouble moving to cloud computing." According to the report, Schmidt (pictured) expects the move globally from the personal computer era to the age of cloud computing to take the next 10-15 years. Google recently acquired On2 Technologies, and of course famously has in the past bought up giants like DoubleClick and YouTube. It has even been speculated that Eric Schmidt may have coined the term "cloud computing" though opinions differ. ... (more)