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InformationWeek Daily - Monday, June 2, 2008
Startup Incubator Opens In Pittsburgh
A new facility for startup software and Internet companies is about to open in Pittsburgh. The new AlphaLab is affiliated with Innovation Works, a seed-stage investor that has pumped $37 million into more than 100 Pittsburgh-area startups over the past eight years.
InformationWeek's Startup City visited AlphaLab on May 27, just one week before the first tenants were scheduled to move in. The paint was still wet and there wasn't a stick of furniture in the place when I met and interviewed AlphaLab director Jim Jen, a veteran of Silicon Valley.
AlphaLab has an impressive list of advisers and partners, several of whom I met with on the same trip to Pittsburgh. In the next few days, we will be posting video interviews with AlphaLab advisers Sean Ammirati, co-founder of mSpoke, and Ed Engler, partner in new VC fund Pittsburgh Equity Partners.
AlphaLab invests $25,000 in the startups it accepts and takes a 3% stake in return. The lab gives participating companies office space, expert advice, and a supportive, collaborative environment. Newbies have six months to get their act together at the lab. Then it's time to move out and see if they can make it on their own.
Watch a video of my interview with Jim Jen, read the rest of my blog post, and let me know what you think.
An Evening in the Cloud Sponsored by Amazon, BungeeLabs
Monday, June 9, 2008, 5:30-8:30pm – Boston
The organizers of Enterprise 2.0 invite you to join them for a FREE evening event during which Amazon and other purveyors of cloud-based computing will publicly pitch you and your peers on the idea of running all of your IT -- yes, all of it -- in the cloud. RSVP here.
Midmarket Heroes: A Rocker Girl's Journey to Tech CEO
Cyndee Sugra took a chance developing technology that no one else wanted. That leap of faith paved the way for her evolution from indie rock musician to CEO of a tech development and design firm. Now she's singing all the way to the bank.
SLIDESHOW: Unified Communications Puzzle Smaller Companies Unified Communications holds the promise of boosting productivity -- and dramatically transforming business processes. Yet this exclusive new bMighty Research Report reveals that many small and midsized companies still don't know much about UC. Find out what SMBs are looking for in their next generation communications solutions, where UC is likely to appear first, and how to overcome the fears and concerns keeping smaller businesses from adopting UC.
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
Google Shows First Android GPhone Prototype
Sure, Google engineer director Steve Horowitz says "I'm here to tell you there is actually no GPhone" in this interesting Android demonstration video I've linked to. But then he goes on to show off a GPhone prototype he's been working with for the last six months. So let's go to the videotape.
Cell Phones' Newest Feature: Avoiding Speeding Tickets
Trapster is a new service that allows cell phone users to alert one another about the location of speed traps. Alerts are sent in real-time to Trapster users as they approach a tagged trap. Never mind the fact that using a cell phone while speeding is probably not a good idea.
Live Search Cashback Invites Company Troubles
My first look at Microsoft's new Live Search Cashback mentioned some concerns about its potential for abuse by employees. It would be easy for someone to buy products with company money and pocket the cashback rewards. As I've been doing a few more searches and purchases with the service, it seems like some merchants may be counting on this sort of behavior.
Obama's Tech Outreach Betrays Small Glitches
While Sen. Barack Obama unveiled an impressively broad technology policy plan last November, his campaign still has a few glitches to work out in terms of its own use of online technology for outreach.
Google's Android To Offer Up App Store?
Another gem to come from Google's I/O conference is news that Android-powered phones will be able to access some sort of centralized store to find and download applications to the handset. This will be great for developers looking to distribute their applications, as well as users seeking new functionality for their phones.
In my recent article on data deduplication on InformationWeek's sister site, Byte and Switch, a question of speed impact came up. As we talk to customers throughout the storage community about backup priorities, a surprising trend continues: the importance of shrinking the backup window has become less of a priority for disk to disk backup solutions. Why?
Firefox Or Flock? Or Both?
With a release candidate of Firefox 3 upon us and the final version set to drop sometime in June, I'm finding myself a bit torn: Do I upgrade to FF3 once it's fully baked, or stay with my current browser? What makes the dilemma all the tougher is that my current browser isn't Firefox 2 -- well, it is, sort of, but not really. It's Flock, which serves as great proof of how open source can allow the creation of excellent derivative products.
ClickFree Makes Backup Stupid Simple
Like many other members of the geek brotherhood, I provide informal tech support services for my friends and neighbors. In return they take care of Dr. Humphrey D. Dogg, DCS (Doctor of Canine Studies), when I fly off to Interop or TechEd. A few weeks ago one of my dog-run buddies was lamenting the lack of a good backup program for his Mac that would save his data to recordable DVDs. Given that he had an older PowerPC-based Mac and couldn't run Time Machine, I didn't have a better answer for him than to run Carbon Copy Cloner to a USB drive. This morning he told me the drive in his machine died. Of course, he was planning on running a backup today.
MEDgle: Symptoms Ending In 'gle'
You know that rash, that one you don't want to talk about but that you keep scratching and wondering about but you're afraid to go to the doctor and get it checked out? I'm kidding -- but seriously, if you did, you could go to MEDgle first and find out how seriously to take it. This self-funded startup is yet another interesting way to exploit the expansiveness of the Web to create a new business opportunity.
Die, Comment Spam. Die
Blogging software and services provider Six Apart (known for MovableType and TypePad) has unleashed a new anti-comment spam filter, creatively dubbed TypePad AntiSpam. Now how will I get the latest stock-trading tips, body-enhancing drugs, and pharma deals?
Forrester Consulting: Unified Communications Delivers Global Benefits This Forrester Consulting study shows how Unified Communications (UC) makes it simpler to contact others over any device in any location, enhancing business agility, cutting costs, and boosting employee productivity. Forrester finds that UC is already delivering major savings for organizations around the world in retail banking, manufacturing and education. Download the full report for free.
Software as a Service Research Report No longer a niche software delivery model, software as a service (SaaS) can help small and midsize companies get access to enteprise-class software functionality without having to commit enterprise-level capital resources. Download the full report for free.
The Internet & the Developing World The evolution of the Internet has been full of surprises - surprises that have sometimes resulted in radical changes in the commercial landscape, such as the arrival of Amazon, eBay, Google, YouTube, and Skype. Could one of the next big surprises turn out to be linked to developing countries? Read the full report for free from InternetEvolution.com
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