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)
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
(Omissions to this Top 150 list sh... (more)
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
@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)
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
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
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
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
“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)
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)