At a Churchill Club event on September 14, a gang of venture capitalists participated in a panel, "Small is Beautiful: Building a Successful Company with Less Capital." It's part of the new culture of startups, which are taking far less capital investment than the first round of Web startups.
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Just prior to things getting kicked off here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, I thought I'd rope in some attendees to find out what was on their minds this year and what they were hoping to come away from the conference with. The first person I found who was willing to talk was Carl.
It's early on Monday morning here at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo where thousands of IT personnel have gathered to tap in to the expertise of Gartner's analysts in hopes of reality checking the alignment of their IT strategies with overall trends in IT. At 8:00 a.
Salesforce.com is taking another step in its quest to become a dominant platform for enterprise applications with the announcement of Apex, which opens up its multi-tenant, on demand infrastructure and an enhanced programming language to any developer.
For companies looking to speed up integration between new and legacy systems (or, just new and new systems), I've seen a lot of products out that there that use Web services standards (namely XML) to (1) give everything that needs to be integrated a common XML interface and (2) provide the graphical app dev environment for stringing everything together in rapid fashion. But what many of these XML soaking rapid app dev solutions have no concept of is scalability.
I just went to make a phone call with the Motorola Q smartphone that I'm testing and, when I activated the sleeping display (by the way, there's no single button that does this without doing something else too.... something else you may not want to do), here's what I saw: I'm not sure what exactly went wrong.
Dovetailing my blog post from yesterday about why an Intel acquisition of Nvidia makes sense (answer: appliance innovators need a flexible platform that's not a PC motherboard that gets them 95 percent of the way "there"), this post gives an example of the sort of appliance I was thinking about.
Back when I first started complaining about how a 99 cent song (purchased at the iTunes Music Store) couldn't be played back on my $20,000 whole-home entertainment system (a shining example of the problem with DRM technology), a bunch of people suggested that I could legally buy music that would work from a Russian-based source of unprotected MP3 files called AllofMP3.com.
This week on The Dan & David Show, we listen to the California Attorney General grandstanding as he brings down the indictments of Patty Dunn and others. Dunn, who is seriously ill with cancer, allows her lawyer to claim that she is the victim of a "well financed and highly orchestrated disinformation campaign.
Launched today, Google is making the rounds talking about it's newest search product: Google CodeSearch. To find out more about it, I interviewed Google product manager Tom Stocky.