In addition to finding out why attendees were attending Startup Camp and whether or not they were getting anything out of it, ZDNet podcaster James Hilliard also checked in on their satisfaction with the unconference format.
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ZDNet podcaster James Hilliard showed up at Startup Camp last week with a recorder and a microphone and made the rounds amongst attendees to find out why they attended and what, if anything, they got out of the unconference. Whereas one attendee was looking to be right in the heart of Silicon Valley's buzz, others (including an angel round investor that James interviewed) had their checkbooks out.
So far, by the looks of Microsoft's official site for Zune (which will no doubt get activated with a full blown iTunes Music Store-like store come Zune's anticipated launch date of Nov 15), Microsoft's fashion strategy for Zune (which is it really what it needs to succeed) is to go with a bunch of no-name hipsters that redefine cool instead of someone that matches Apple's "deployment" of Bono (lead singer of the megaband U2). In a poll that asks "Who should be Microsoft's Bono?
Some big news came out of the Vodafone camp today. The wireless carrier has apparently selected Microsoft's Windows Mobile operating system for strategic deployment on its handsets.
PeopleSoft founder Dave Duffield and team officially unwrapped his new company Workday's strategy and first product this morning. Duffield called his company's Enterprise Business Services a new breed of on-demand ERP solutions.
According to a new FAQ on Red Hat's Web site -- one that's primarily designed to spin the bilateral legal protection that Microsoft and Novell have assured to each other as a net positive for Red Hat -- the North Carolina-based distributor of open source software will now offer indemnification to its Linux customers. Does it matter?
With APIs increasingly serving as a mechanism to enhance Web applications, Mashery has developed an on-demand service that provides management infrastructure and community building tools for API developers. Mashery's beta service, launching this week, includes API access control, rate limiting, usage tracking and metrics, interactive documentation, developer key assurance and community development tools, such as blogs, documentation, forums, wikis and about pages.
With hundreds of startups looking to become the next big thing, all parts of the ecosystem are trying to figure out how to have skin in the game and lower the cost of capital and services for entrepreneurs. For example, Charles River Ventures launched a QuickStart seed funding program and Amazon's Elastic Computer Cloud (EC2) and S3 offer a low cost, pay-per-use way to provision a hosted environment.
There's a bit of irony in the fact that Novell is the company that Microsoft made its legal pact with yesterday. Novell as a company is a shell of its former self.
This week on the Dan & David Show, I am joined by our Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley. David is busy hosting Startup Camp at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley.