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Cem Sertoglu's Blog I get pitched by a large number of Turkish internet startups, and none of them, not one, so far, have built their application using cloud computing. I wonder why that is. It seems to me that the cloud computing service providers like Google App Engine, AWS and 10gen, offer a solid, scalable solution. On top of this, all of the non-cloud Turkish alternatives are more expensive than their US counterparts. Yet, you read about companies like going 100% cloud and I can not name a single Turkish company following suit. Interesting. [This post appeared originally here. Republished in full by kind permission of the author. It is republished under the Creative Commons license.] This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License. ... (more)

Andreessen on Charlie Rose: “I Am Creating A Fund.” (Full Video)

Marc Andreessen appeared on Charlie Rose last night. (The entire interview is embedded above). He gave Rose a primer on everything from Facebook and cloud computing to the mobile Web. But he also tells Rose: “I’m creating a fund.” Actually, Andreessen is creating it with his investing partner Ben Horowitz, and it will formalize the angel investing he has been doing on his own for the past several years. It will be called Andreessen Horowitz. From the transcript: Charlie Rose: Why are you doing this? Marc Andreessen: Because of the nature and the scale of the opportunities. We’re actually been investing ourselves with our own money for three years and we’ve invested in 36 — he and I invested together in 36 deals in three years so about one a month. Charlie Rose: Yeah, but I’ve read that you think that the normal investment for you to make, this may have been prefun... (more)

Web 2.0 : “UGT”, quand l’utilisateur conçoit ses outils !

Nous connaissions l’UGC, User Generated Content, l’un des concepts fondateurs du Web 2.0.(Contenus Créés par les Utilisateurs). Blogs, Wikis, réseaux sociaux, Flickr, YouTube... tous les outils clefs du Web 2.0 sont enrichis par les utilisateurs, qui produisent l’essentiel des contenus. Cette prise du pouvoir par les utilisateurs du Web passe à la vitesse supérieure ! Ils se transforment en concepteurs, voire en constructeurs de leurs ... outils informatiques ! Je propose d’appeler ce mouvement UGT : UGT = User Generated Tools (Outils développés par les Utilisateurs) Deux exemples récents, présentés plus loin, me serviront à illustrer ce nouveau mouvement ! UGT : les origines, les principes Le premier mouvement “participatif” qui a profondément marqué le monde de l’informatique est lié au développement des logiciels “Open Source”. Aujourd’hui, plus de 3 millions de... (more)

Innovating our way out of the recession

An op-ed by my friend Reid Hoffman, in the Washington Post this morning about Startup Stimulus with some great concrete suggestions-- microlending for small businesses, and removing the cap on H1-B visas (hooray!), funding it through a payroll tax. It's absurd to think there is no "stimulation" being applied to the small businesses and startups struggling to get off the ground in the most capital efficient ways, while money is being plowed into enormous businesses that the market has already deemed dead. From out here in Silicon Valley and environs, it seems ludicrous. This is the time for President Obama to take a page from his campaign playbook. Why stop at tapping the grass roots to debate the stimulus? He should seek to fund innovation at the grass-roots level. Obama is familiar with using YouTube and social networks -- products of start-ups and tools of the pe... (more)

Re: xsd versioning

On 24 Mar 2009, at 04:29 , Andrew Welch wrote: > 2009/3/23 C. M. Sperberg-McQueen : >> >> On 18 Mar 2009, at 04:40 , Andrew Welch wrote: >> >>> Is this considered good practice: >>> >>> > ... > > I think I may have been getting confused - are they namespaces that > will be used in the XSD? Or is it purely to name a spec with a URI, > nothing to do with namespaces, and XML Schema authors won't really > need to know them? They are not namespace names, and I don't expect they will ever appear in schema documents as namespaces or in any other function (except perhaps in schema documents created in an effort to make the preceding statement look foolish). To be precise [ah OOOH ga ah OOOHH ga, pedantry alert! pedantry alert!] they don't name the spec, either, in the sense of naming a document. They name the langua... (more)

Red Hat Certified Technician Certificate

Red Hat Certified Technician Certificate: Red Hat is a company in the free and open source software sector, and a major Linux distribution vendor. The program is flexible and works on a hierarchical model. Choosing the right certification depends on your background, job role and on your goals. The Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) certificate exam is a performance-based test that measures actual competence on live systems. RHCT is the first step in establishing Linux credentials and is an ideal certification for those transitioning from non-UNIX/Linux environments. Advantages of Red Hat Certified Technician Certificate: The Red Hat Certified Technician Certificate is the basic certificate offered by Red Hat and requires no previous experience. It is thus excellent for those who are seeking to transfer from a non Linux environment, and for other start ups. Because the ... (more)

Two Ways to Enhance Employee Happiness During a Recession

I was once asked by Forbes to offer up some experience around some actions companies can take during tough economic times like these to maintain or even increase employee happiness and wellbeing. We all know that without a happy and thriving team, there's no growth, especially in a recession. At DotNext we strive to employ a two pronged approach to increasing team happiness and wellbeing during recession times like these. First Method: First, we immediately roll out substantial, structured and predictable performance based compensation in the form of bonuses and spiffs. Nearly anyone, including managers and directors, can earn additional compensation if they are able to perform above general standards on a challenge by challenge basis. As a result, regardless of economic slow downs, team members are still able to maintain control over their financial destiny. Second... (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)

Bluenog Awarded 'Red Herring 100 North America'

Bluenog has announced that it has been selected as a winner of the Red Herring 100 North America Award. The Red Herring editorial team deployed a detailed process to whittle down a pool of 1,000 eligible, promising companies to 200 finalists. Ultimately, 100 winners were chosen and recognized as the top technology companies of 2009. Evaluations are made on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, innovation, management, global strategy, and ecosystem integration. The winners, elite executives and venture capital leaders from North America, celebrated in San Diego from May 11-14, 2009. "Of the thousands of companies that have submitted their entries, we were tasked with choosing the technologies that are making the biggest impact this year," said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. "Bluenog is one of those exceptional comp... (more)

Five Keys to an Awesome M&A

In the interest of balance, today I'm waxing on about the awesome opportunities presented by M&As - and some of the lessons I've learned along the way to help things go a bit more smoothly. M&As are one of the most powerful opportunities for a Phoenix to rise; stronger, brighter, ready to soar into a leadership. After all, you're bringing two companies together who presumably have complementary skill-sets, products, market knowledge and customer bases. What could be MORE exciting?  Instead of investing time and dollars to build these assets  - we have the opportunity to blend the best of the best and keep running! But sometimes it's easy to forget that opportunity once the deal is complete. When the deal is signed and we roll up our sleeves as the true blending begins, it's easy to be overwhelmed by the day-to-day reality of these two completely unique business entiti... (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 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)