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Video: Brad Silverberg on CNBC on Windows 8 Release, click here to watch.
When: Monday October 29th,10:10am–11am
The Conference Center at the Washington State Convention Center
Eighth Avenue at Pike Street Room 301
Panel: Women Leading the Way in Venture Capital: Funding Interactive Tech and More
Shauna Causey, Decide (Moderator)
Jan Hendrickson – Denny Hill Capital
Julie Sandler – Madrona Partners
Michelle Goldberg – Ignition
Take a look at just about any interactive technology company in the US—There’s a good chance they’ve either been funded or evaluated at some point by a Venture Capital (VC) firm. Nationally, women have been comparatively absent in a VC field traditionally dominated by males. However, here in the Northwest, there are notable exceptions and you can hear from a panel comprised of some of this region’s sharpest and most accomplished venture capitalists…all of whom happen to be women.
Video: Michelle Goldberg from WTIA Tech NW 2012: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYjFp5Jb_zk
Silicon Angle 10/22/12 -
DAMA International, the global association of professionals in data management, states that “Data Resource Management is the development and execution of architectures, policies, practices and procedures that properly manage the full data lifecycle needs of an enterprise.” In today’s information driven world, the data needs of an enterprise are very important. Some enterprises are built around providing information to external customers, and others have information of value that is used only with internal customers. In either case, the way data is managed is of great importance. While traditionally an internal IT department is responsible for this data management, now there are enterprises looking at external vendors to provide this management via cloud computing.
In a sit down conversation with Izenda founder and CEO Sanjay Bhatia, we had the opportunity to discuss several topics including cloud computing, cloud vendors, ad hoc reporting, and IT infrastructure. When discussing the direction of data management and cloud vendors, Bhatia noted that it is about “survival of the swiftest”. When an enterprise is seeking the best way to manage their data, the speed that the data can be provided is key. That speed can translate into profit for an enterprise whether it is because it provided an external customer some timely information, or it provided an internal alert to make enterprise operations more efficient.
So what is the common method used by enterprises to manage their data currently?
Current Data Management Methods
Most enterprises utilize various applications that run on their database to manage data. The applications are usually geared towards the various departments and needs of the organization. So there would be applications used by accounting, marketing, human resources, operations, and other parts of an organization to fulfill their role in driving efficiency internally and increasing profitability. While it is great for each facet of business to have a tool geared towards their function, what value would the data they collect and generate add to another part of the company? Can that data be shared with another application that runs on the same database?
Data has always been a supply chain
Often times the communication between the applications within an organization is limited. If that communication is opened and data is made freely available within an enterprise, then a data supply chain is being formed. According to Frank Artale, Managing Director at Ignition Ventures, “Data has always been a supply chain. Now it is just being acknowledged as such since the depth and breadth of the data combined with technologies to enable analysis can be made available to the hands of the business owners and decision makers.”
A supply chain consists of all parties involved, directly or indirectly, in fulfilling a customer request. The supply chain not only includes the manufacturer and suppliers, but also transporters, warehouses, retailers, and customers themselves. Within each organization, such as manufacturer, the supply chain includes all functions involved in receiving and filling a customer request.
That is defining a physical supply chain, but the same concept can be applied to data management. With multiple applications serving as the manufacturers and suppliers generating a data stream within an enterprise, you can see how a supply chain approach would be beneficial. Once these streams are linked to a common pipeline with ease of flow, the data instantly becomes an item of value to all that are tapped into that pipeline.
The decision makers within an enterprise will be able to see the internal workings better, and in turn be able to determine areas of improvement to increase efficiency. If an enterprise functions as an information provider to external customers, the supply chain will mean more information on hand for their access. Not only will a supply chain management approach create more efficiency for an enterprise with their existing data, it will also allow for growth.
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GeekWire 10/17/12 -
Microsoft is bolstering its cloud storage business, acquiring Santa Clara, California-based appliance maker StorSimplein a deal of undisclosed size.
In a blog post, StorSimple’s Patrick Phonsakkhwa says they “are thrilled about the scale and business agility that we’ll now be able to deliver for our customers and partners.”
In a press release, Michael Park, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Division, said that customers are turning to the cloud for their storage needs.
“StorSimple’s approach helps customers seamlessly integrate on-premises storage with cloud storage through intelligent automation and management,” Park said. Microsoft and StorSimple inked a deal earlier this year in which StorSimple became a hardware partner for the Microsoft Technology Center alliances program.
Backed by Ignition Partners, Index Ventures, Mayfield Fund and Redpoint Ventures, StorSimple raised $13 million in 2010, bringing total funding to $21 million.
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MarketWatch 10/16/12 -
CORTE MADERA, CA, Oct 15, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — Message Bus, the first to provide a cloud-native application service enabling and powering messaging across email and mobile channels, today announced that it has closed $11 million in growth funding. The round was led by North Bridge Venture Partners and included True Ventures, Ignition Partners, James Lindenbaum, Tim Young and Jesse Robbins. Message Bus plans to use the funding to accelerate its hiring and product roadmap.
Message Bus, founded in 2010, was born out of a long time frustration of configuring and administering email and other messaging servers; as a result the founders created the first cloud-native application service to enable and power messaging across established and emerging channels. The technology greatly reduces CAPEX expenditures associated with building, running and maintaining enterprise messaging applications while increasing customer engagement through improved message deliverability.
Paul Santinelli, Partner at North Bridge Venture Partners and Message Bus Board Member, said: “Companies are realizing the benefits and efficiencies of highly elastic, redundant cloud-based systems. Message Bus was started by experts of the cloud computing movement; they are approaching the problem of messaging by solving it in the cloud where they can leverage their experiences and knowledge of building systems that scale to meet enterprise needs.”
Jon Callaghan, Founding Partner at True Ventures, said: “Internet messaging is becoming more complex through channel proliferation. What was once a complex problem has been confounded now that customers interact with companies through email, mobile and social messaging. Each channel requires a unique message type which forces companies to spin up more and more costly messaging servers. Message Bus is poised to solve the messaging challenge across channels by creating a single platform to enable messaging in the cloud.”
Frank Artale, Partner at Ignition Partners, said: “Cloud-native is the future. Enterprises are taking the step of deploying critical systems in the cloud. Messaging is critical to every company’s ability to do business by enabling them to engage with a global customer base. Every consumer action on a company’s website or application translates into an email, a text or a mobile message — that’s a huge volume of messages that needs to be sent and able to grow over time. Only a cloud based system allows for this kind of rapid growth and scalability.”
Jeremy LaTrasse, CEO and Co-Founder of Message Bus, said: “We couldn’t have assembled a better team of luminary advisors and investors in the cloud computing space along with our existing team. Message Bus is poised to become the leader in messaging with the industry’s first truly cloud-native application service for email, mobile and social messaging.”
For LaTrasse’s blog on today’s news, simply go to: http://news.messagebus.com .
About Message Bus Message Bus provides a cloud-native application service for enabling and powering messaging across email and mobile channels, helping to ensure deliverability of critical communications, transactional messages, and marketing messages. The company removes the burden and cost of deploying multiple messaging servers with a service available via SMTP or through a programmatic API. Market leading companies rely on Message Bus to manage the trust relationship between senders and recipients, increasing their message deliverability rates and revenues. Key benefits include lower cost to market, compliance to industry regulations, and protecting brand reputation. More information is available on the company’s website: http://www.messagebus.com .
Facebook: http://facebook.com/MessageBus Twitter: http://twitter.com/MessageBus
About North Bridge Venture Partners North Bridge Venture Partners is an active, bi-coastal, early-stage venture capital firm based in Boston, Massachusetts and San Mateo, California. Established in 1994, North Bridge provides seed-to-growth financing and company-building expertise. Together with North Bridge Growth Equity, North Bridge manages over $3 billion. Working in concert with entrepreneurs, North Bridge adds value by providing strategic guidance, sharing operating experience, industry specific knowledge, team-building skills and an in-depth understanding of both private and public financings. For more information about North Bridge, go to: http://www.nbvp.com .
About True Ventures Founded in 2006, True Ventures is a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that invests in early-stage technology startups. With three funds and approximately $600 million in capital under management, True provides seed and Series A funding to the most talented entrepreneurs in today’s fastest growing markets. True encourages each founder’s vision and helps entrepreneurs achieve higher levels of success and impact. With more than 100 companies funded and multiple companies acquired, the True portfolio has created over 1,900 jobs. To learn more about True Ventures, visit: http://www.trueventures.com .
About Ignition Partners Ignition Partners, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, is a premier venture capital firm dedicated to creating powerful partnerships that bring together software, wireless, communications and the Internet. Founded by former Microsoft and McCaw Cellular Communication senior executives, Ignition’s partners and principals all have operational leadership experience in the software, Internet, communications and wireless industries. Qualcomm, Softbank Venture Capital and Madrona Venture Group are prominent investors and strategic partners. For more information, please visit: http://www.ignitionpartners.com/existing .
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Android apps on your Windows box? Now you can, say AMD and BlueStacks.
BlueStacks is a software company that specializes in getting Android apps to run on x86 devices, like PCs and notebooks. The companies have partnered to produce the AMD AppZone Player, free software that allows AMD-powered Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems run Android apps, paving the way for seamless tablet-to-PC Android app experiences.
AMD AppZone Player is based on BlueStacks App Player. Currently in beta, the software allows Windows PC users to run thousands of Android apps (a Mac version is also available). The company’s “LayerCake” technology enables full-screen, responsive user interaction with apps originally designed for smartphones and Tablets.
The startup emerged from stealth in May 2011 following the completion of a Series A funding round totaling $7.6 million. The company is backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Helion Ventures, Ignition Partners, Radar Partners and Redpoint Ventures.
“Consumers can now enjoy their favorite mobile apps on the larger, more immersive screen of their PC,” states BlueStacks CEO Rosen Sharma. The software also leverages BlueStacks Cloud Connect, a cloud-based service that syncs apps between Android devices and Windows-based PCs.
AMD’s Manju Hegde, corporate vice president of Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions, hints that the AppZone Player is more than a way to play the Android versions of Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja on a Windows desktop. There’s also the potential for Android developers to expand their reach.
“BlueStacks’ cross-platform innovation bridges the Android and x86 application ecosystems, providing new opportunities for developers and better experiences for users,” said Hegde in a statement. Sharma echoes that sentiment, stating, “With BlueStacks technology, app developers can rest assured their Android apps will run directly on Windows without any code change. We’ve made it easy for all.”
AMD is also working with OEMs on bundling the AppZone Player with new Windows systems powered by the company’s chips. AMD AppZone is available now.
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