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The biology of The Cloud

December 11, 2011


Here’s the way I think of “The Cloud” – If I don’t have to worry about my data when I spill coffee on my laptop, then I’m using is The Cloud. In that vein, I’m in general agreement with Urquhart’s definition – “Cloud computing is an application-centric operations model.” (After my visit to the Silicon […]

Only in Silicon Valley: OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project

December 8, 2011


Seeing that I’m in the data business, thought it’d be interesting to check out the new Silicon Valley CloudCenter at a Meetup event – OpenStack Swift – The State of the Project – organized by Dave Nielsen, et al.   Only in Silicon Valley can you pack a room with 60+ engineers to learn about these things. […]

Why Wesabe Lost to Mint

October 3, 2010


Came across this post on Marc Hedlund’s blog – “Why Wesabe Lost to Mint.” I’ve never heard of until reading his post this week.  It’s a look at why his company – Wesabe – failed to beat out for market supremacy.  Wesabe shut down earlier this summer, while was acquired for $170 mln […]

Funding 2.0 – SVASE

February 15, 2008


Last Thursday, I attended an SVASE event – “Funding 2.0 – How To Build A High Growth Startup Fast And Cheap.” It’s always interesting to check out the mindset of the Valley’s newest entrepreneurs and hear what its successful members have to say. Panel members were: Mike Cassidy, Entrepreneur in Residence, Benchmark CapitalMatt Mullenweg, Founder, […]

Using Salesforce

February 14, 2008


I’m in process of migrating to for our company’s CRM. Here’s what I know so far: 1. Salespeople there are meticulous during the sales process. I’m hoping this is because they’re using Salesforce for their CRM. 2. You can get a user “seat” for about $65/month, and set up billing quarterly, semi-annually, annually, or […]

Venture Capital – late vs. early stage

July 19, 2007


An interesting article in the San Jose Mercury News by Mark Boslet discusses the higher valuations of venture capital deals – “Venture capital funding, valuations rise.” (links to PDF file of the article on the Saints Capital website).Some thoughts on the article to consider: 1. The investors that compose the continuum of private equity, ranging […]

Sales Incentive Programs

July 10, 2007


I am currently working with Altos Research, a real-time real estate information service based in Mountain View, CA, in a part-time role. Currently, the sales force consists of the CEO, me, and well, that’s it. My role with Altos is to develop the overall sales strategy and long term organization. We were discussing the longer […]