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How Cloud Startups Have Reinvented Business Development with Piggyback Marketing A growing number of BDMs (business development) today have a technology or product marketing background. Their role - increase product reach through piggyback marketing. The job description of BDM is pretty straight-forward - find new opportunities for your business. They play an important role in the direction a company takes. This includes identifying new markets to venture into, new partnerships to build, identifying new products or services that the company could launch and finally figuring out new ways to reach existing markets. Traditionally, BDMs have always come from a sales background. Both these job roles require people to network with new partners and stakeholders and arrive at possible areas of partnership. In the case of cloud startups however, the role of BDM has been tak... (more)

B2B Startups and Open Source | @CloudExpo #Cloud #Security #Linux #AI

For a long time, Bill Gates and in fact the entire leadership team at Microsoft were vehemently against the open source community. Steve Ballmer had once called Linux “a malignant cancer” in reference to Linux allegedly violating nearly 235 patents that Microsoft owned. Even post-retirement, Bill Gates had once picked on open source claiming that this model creates a license that prevents anybody from improving the software. “I think if you invent drugs, you should be able to charge for them,” he had said. But Microsoft, and the entire gamut of B2B service providers, have come a long way since then. Today, the company has embraced open source and while Microsoft products are themselves not open-source, the company has been actively contributing to open source projects like Node.js and Hadoop. So why did Microsoft turn a corner with open source? And why is it importa... (more)

Is Modern Grid Computing Applicable to Business?

Grid computing is an impressive, confident, powerful technology model, winning high-profile admirers as it approaches full maturity. With the rise of Amazon Web Services, and, specifically, Amazon EC2, this style of computing is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The professional sector is increasingly adopting a distributed model for hosting and deploying applications that has become almost commonplace in Web 2.0 applications. The ability to deliver different elements of applications simultaneously over a cohesive network of servers essentially defines grid computing, also known as distributed computing. Grids embrace software or middleware, which enables a user community to make use of the combined power of networked hardware and access applications across the public Internet as services. It’s no longer relevant to define grid computing in terms of e... (more)

In Memory of Harvey Houtkin

http://twitter.com/fuatkircaali In July 1999, a man opened fire and killed 22 people at a day trading office in Atlanta. The firm was owned by Harvey Houtkin and that was the first time I saw him - on CNN during the news coverage. That day I realized Harvey's office was located in Montvale, New Jersey, the town next to Pearl River, New York, where SYS-CON's headquarters were located. Pearl River is a quiet little Irish town where many residents are cops and firefighters in New York City. We lost many of our neighbors during the 9/11 attacks, with countless funerals taking place in our churches. I remember seeing Bill Clinton one day attending one of the funeral services. When we moved our offices to Montvale, New Jersey, the buyer for our old office building in Pearl River happened to be Harvey. That's how we met for the first time. Today I drove to Pearl River, had a ... (more)

Cloud BI Guru Believes Great Companies Can Be Built in the Cloud

In the brave new world of cloud computing, what is the secret to building great companies? That was the question answered by Roman Stanek, pioneer of Business Intelligence (BI) in the Cloud, who on Monday keynoted SYS-CON's Cloud Expo Europe 2009. The first major Cloud event in Europe was co-located with Virtualization Conference Europe 2009, and took place May 18-19, 2009, in Prague, Czech Republic, ans was sponsored by Sun Microsystems, VMware, GoodData Corporation, and 3tera. Stanek delivered his Cloud Expo Europe keynote on May 18, 2009 at Hilton Prague In his presentation, titled: "Building Great Companies in the Cloud," Stanek - a technology visionary who has spent the past fifteen years building world-class technology companies - talked about what it means to be 'born on the cloud.' Specifically he shared with delegates his thoughts on how to use cloud com... (more)

SemBioSys Genetics Inc. Obtains up to $1.5 Million in Funding

SemBioSys Genetics, specializing in the manufacture of high-value proteins and oils in plant seeds, today announced that it has reached an agreement with AVAC Ltd. for a $1.5 million loan for the development of its Apo AIMilano candidate. AVAC is a private, not-for-profit company that invests in research initiatives and early stage commercial businesses that expand Alberta's value-added industry. The funds will be advanced with an upfront payment followed by two smaller installments based on the execution of short term Apo AIMilano development milestones expected to be completed by January 2010. The funds are repayable at the end of 18 months with interest. "This funding comes at a very important time as it will contribute towards the achievement of near-term objectives for our Apo AIMilano candidate and allow us to leverage additional funding opportunities," said J... (more)

Field Mobility News Weekly

Kevin’s Field Mobility News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to field mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends. Also read Mobile Money News Weekly Also read Mobile Retailing News Weekly Also read Mobility News Weekly Also read M2M News Monthly An Indiana man has developed a smartphone application that may make the war effort safer and more efficient.  Capt. Jonathan Springer created Tactical NAV last year with the help of his wife to provide soldiers with more precise logistics for delivering mortar strikes and artillery fire. http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/9a3b94a4c9ea4da386e7bd3ae8ee02e6/IN--Soldier-Smartphone-App/ ******** The total market for finished barcode scanners (dedicated handheld and fixed position devices) reached an estimate... (more)

Salesforce to Buy GoInstant

Salesforce.com is going to buy a two-year-old Nova Scotia start-up that just launched last September called GoInstant for a reported $76 million. The outfit does real-time shared web browsing, a slick answer apparently to the cumbersome WebEx. The start-up's page on CrunchBase says, "All participants that join a co-browse session can click, scroll, type and browse at the same time. Co-browsing does not require any downloads or plug-ins to work; all users need is a web browser. A co-browse session can be used to co-browse any web site for customer support, sales, e-commerce and training." It has 14 people and got $1.7 million in seeding from Freestyle Capital, Baseline Ventures, Greylock Partners, Social Leverage and folks like LinkedIn chair Reid Hoffman. Its web page says Joyent and Formspring use it for sales pitches. The widgetry works on mobile devices as well ... (more)

Aryaka Closes $25 Million C Round

Aryaka, the cloud-based WAN Optimization-as-a-Service start-up, has secured a $25 million C round. The financing was led by InterWest Partners with Sumitomo and Presidio Ventures kicking in along with existing investors Nexus Venture Partners, Trinity Ventures and Mohr Davidow Ventures. It makes $54 million altogether. The new money is earmarked for market penetration and global reach. Aryaka figures it's redefining the multibillion-dollar global WAN optimization market and changing the way enterprise consumes the technology. The company claims 500 customer sites on six continents and a billion connections for a hundred thousand business users including Aruba and Radware. The widgetry is supposed to increase application performance up to 100x, reduce WAN traffic 98% for better user experience, improve the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) 99%, reduce bandwidth utilizat... (more)

Workday Discloses Its Financials Ahead of IPO

Workday, the cloud-based HR company started by the guys who built PeopleSoft, is inching closer to going public. The company filed to go public in July but took advantage of a provision in the regulations to postpone disclosing its financials. As it happens it lost $46.9 million in the six months ended on July 31 on revenues of $119.5 million, double its sales year-over-year. It lost $36 million in the same period last year. It's looking to raise at least $400 million, presumed to be a placeholder figure. It's likely to be much bigger. The start-up raised a total of $175 million since 2005, culminating last year with an $85 million round that valued it at a reportedly $2 billion. In the fashion of Google and Facebook, Workday's co-founders Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri mean to have a dual-share structure that will keep them in control, a situation you can bet they... (more)

BitYota Start-Up Launches Data-Warehouse-as-a-Service

Another one of Andreessen Horowitz's seemingly endless supply of gold-tinged start-ups whose future is supposed to be theirs to lose has come out of start-up hiding to proclaim the existence of its newfangled SaaS-style data-warehouse-as-a-service for Big Data analytics running initially on Amazon. It's called BitYota - a name derived from the combination of the smallest element of computer storage and the yotta, the biggest number, or 1024 - and besides Andreessen Horowitz BitYota's $12 million in seed and Series A funding comes from Globespan Capital, the Social+Capital Partnership, Dawn Capital, Crosslink Capital, Morado Ventures and individual investors like Yahoo founder Jerry Yang; Yahoo board member and former eBay COO, angel investor Maynard Webb; investor and financial writer Graham Summers; and MapReduce BitYota-like start-up ClearStory Data founder and M... (more)