Tuesday Mar 09, 2010

Web 2.0 Fundamentals

Web 2.0 Fundamentals

I just got a copy of the Web 2.0 Fundamentals book by Oswald Campesato and Kevin Nilson. It nicely outlines collection of technologies, tools, products and services to help with delivery of Social Networking and Social Media applications. The book is written in such a way that allows users to quickly get familiar with jargon de jour and to pick the best of breed components for your application stack.[Read More]

Thursday Aug 13, 2009

Why Amber Road for Startups

Many of the SSE members are utilizing Sun's Amber Road storage system, while many other startups wonder what it can do for them. The answer is if you have an application that has a heavy use of data such as accessing or operating with the large volume of media files, or an application that requires instant accesses of the persistent data, you may want to consider Amber Road storage systems. Get some insights on the Amber Road functionality and check out the snapshots of the storage management console that is based on DTrace and provides real time analytics of your application storage usage. [Read More]

Wednesday Sep 17, 2008

VLAB Event - Lifestreaming: The Real-time Web

While I've been busy attending local events and working with startups, I finally got a minute to blog about some of the events that stood out. Last night's VLAB EVENT - Lifestreaming: The Real-time Web event had quite interesting and colorful set of panelist. Panelists included Bret Taylor, Co-founder of FriendFeed, Loic Le Meur, Founder of Seesmic, Jeff Clavier, Founder of Softtech VC, Leah Culver, Co-founder of Pownce. Kara Swisher, Wall Street Journal editor, did a great job moderating the event. She was entertaining and quite provocative. Here is her capture of the event if you're interested in watching the entire panel discussion.

Some of the questions and topics were popular and you hear them all the time, such as what's the success criteria for a startup and how do you define your business model. There was a hot debate over whether we continue to see proliferation of the chat sites, video streaming sites, and other similar sites, or whether there will be consolidation of similar ones and major industry players will win over the smaller ones, and there will be just a handful of sites, same as we see with search engines today. Kara was of the opinion, and I tend to agree, that the latter paradigm wins. But Leah brought up the point that every site has its own flavor and depending on user preferences and interests, many of them can co-exist.

Last thing I want to mention is an interesting thought Bret shared with the audience around how to turn your application into a killer app, or what should people consider when building open a social application. The key success factor, highlighted by Bret, lays in ability to measure a product feature in a quantitative or other way, e.g. Google AdWords. I think this is a fundamental criteria that doesn't implicitly come to mind when rolling out an open social app - being able to implement an application feature in such a way that you can go back at any given time obtain a quantitative statistics on it, a very interesting concept, and sure makes a lot of sense.

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Marina Fisher is a member of Oracle ISV Engineering team, posting blogs around industries, technologies, and applications she is working with.

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