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John Foley is director, strategic communications, for Oracle Corp. and a former editor of InformationWeek Government.
Articles by John Foley
posted in January 2008
In the process of reinventing itself, Flypaper Studio wants to reinvent the way people create online presentations. And its ambitions go beyond merely giving users the tools to do that; the company plans to host multimedia presentations for everyone to see.
We often hear that business technology must look and feel more like personal technology, and Demo's kick-off presentation came from a company that's moving in that direction. TimeTrade Systems, whose enterprise scheduling software is used by 300 companies, demonstrated an innovative scheduler for individual users.
At the Demo conference this week, dozens of entrepreneurs will vie for the attention of investors, customers, and the media. Microsoft is none of those things, yet it's a platinum sponsor of the event. Why? Microsoft is looking to bring more up-and-coming companies into its fold.
While Juniper Networks closes down its DX line of load-balancing appliances, market newcomer A10 Networks is closing deals. A10 president and CEO Lee Chen says his company has signed four new accounts in the past month.
A visit to the software giant's Redmond, Wash., campus reveals a crew working hard to get Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 out the door.
U.S.-based venture capital firms invested $29.4 billion in 2007, the highest level of investment since 2001, according to a new report from PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association. The IT sector, led by software companies, was the biggest single area of funding. The fastest growing: clean tech.
Freepath, spun off last year from a company that specializes in software for houses of worship, has secured $1.5 million in Series A funding. Its software can be used to create multimedia business presentations in conjunction with--or as a potential alternative to--Microsoft's PowerPoint.
Wired magazine editor Chris Anderson got so fed up with unsolicited e-mail that he blacklisted dozens of PR professionals from his in-box. Barracuda Networks CEO Dean Drako has contemplated removing the e-mail address from his business card. Extreme measures? Not to those of us swamped with quasi-spam.
Salesforce.com users are targets of a phishing attack that employs malware disguised as Salesforce's Identity Confirmation feature. It's just one of several new techniques being used by spammers.
Barracuda Networks was founded five years ago as an anti-spam specialist. The company grew last year through acquisition and by selling appliances outside its sweet spot. Look for Barracuda to expand its line further in 2008 and push deeper into international markets.
David Hirsch, a sales veteran in Google's New York office, is leaving the company to advise and invest in Web startups. Hirsch was one of Google's earliest New York-based employees and the first manager of its business-to-business vertical markets team.
FreshBrew is preparing to introduce software that turns business presentations into rich Internet applications. The company has characteristics of a startup--a new name and Web site, soon-to-be-released software application, and financial backers--though its roots go back 20 years.