Friday Jan 22, 2010

Project Management To Go

Looking for a project management tool?

Check out, a simple, yet powerful and secure project management tool that allows you to collaborate with as many people as you want, inside OR outside of your company intranet!

Best part: the tool is free to use and comes with 100MB accounts - try it out at:

A little background: 25,000+ Sun employees use a similar tool worldwide, so this is industrial-strength! The basic code of this tool was open-sourced in 2007 and became part of where it underwent severe security audits. Enjoy!

Monday Sep 21, 2009

Getting First Customers & Building a Sales Organization - Recorded Webcast

Live Webcast & local event from SSVN- Getting First Customers and Building a Sales Organization

Click here to view the recorded webcast

The program features Naeem Zafar, who successfully launched six startups, is a member of the faculty of Haas Business School at the University of California, Berkeley, and has extensive experience in mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs.

• Starting time of the webcast: Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 PM (19:00 hours) Pacific Daylight Time. 
• Duration - 1 hour, plus.
• Sponsors - Silicon Valley SSVN chapter and Sun Startup Essentials. 
For people who can attend in person, please register (2 days in advance) via The Startups & Societal Ventures Network / Silicon Valley page.

Tuesday Sep 01, 2009

Sun Startup Essentials EMEA Newsletter

Sun Startup Essentials Insider - September 2009
Sun Startup Essentials Insider - September 2009

Good morning Startup Essentials Members

I hope you are rested and well after your summer break, and I want to share with you all the exciting events and cool things that are happening across Europe over the coming month.

As usual if you have any questions drop me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as I can -- or find me on Twitter.

If you would like to promote your event out to the Startup Essentials members drop me a line and I'll put it on the Blog Calendar and in the next newsletter.

Member-Only Webinars: Scalable Architectures
An Introduction To Scalable Web Architectures,
Part 1, 2, and 3
We hope you'll be able to join us for a new series of free webinars open only to program members. This will be your chance to ask live questions directly to our Web Scale Architects.
More agenda details and to register
  Want to win a luxury weekend at a Marriot? Plus have lots of fun at FOWA London?
Sun's fast and cheap Nehalem-powered Sun Fire X2270 and Sun Fire X4270 promise to put some sizzle into Oracle's hardware business
Are VC's investing in Twitter focused business models?
Chubbybrain partnering with Sun Startup Essentials - claim your startup now

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Refer-A-Startup Promotion

Recieve Firebox Vouchers
You scratch our back and we'll scratch yours...

x86 Dual core servers
Enterprise class servers from £260/€300
More details and how to purchase go here now


Web Application training/Java training at Startup Prices
Remarkable savings on one year, company-wide site licenses to the Sun eLibrary. Giving you access to advanced training packages, including hundreds of web-based courses on key technologies.

  • Improve flexibility of learning through an easy-to-use web-based interface
  • Use courses all year instead of one-time classroom visit
  • Use courses as a reference tool that can be revisited while preparing for certification.

Exclusive course for Sun Startup Essential Members only...

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Friends of #140conf: London with Jeff Keni Pulver
The event offers a chance to catch up with #140conf creator & casting director Jeff Keni Pulver.
Jeff will be giving a talk about "The State of NOW" and will moderate the discussion.
3rd September - from 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Announcing a new Meetup for Startup Essentials UK!
Sun's UK Campus Open Day for Startups
September 3rd, 12:30 AM

Meet Us At:
Seedcamp week September 2009 - London
Media 140 London 26th October
Future of Web Apps Sept 30th - October 2nd
London Open Coffee Every Thursday from 10.00 am -12.00
Drinktank Various dates (and states)
Paypal  19-20th September - London
TedxTuttle 17th September - London

Our full calendar is posted on our blog (upper right hand corner)

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Startup Of The Month:

GigLocator, a live music aggregator, launches today in open beta. It promises to offer a large collection of gig listings worldwide, sourced from major ticket providers and a number of independents too.

Startup Of The Month

It enables users of keep track of their favourite artists and venues while offering a discovery mechanism to help you find more gigs you might like. It has a smart search engine which knows if you’re looking for artists, venues and so on. Enter multiple, Pandora or iLike usernames and the site will keep you informed about your favourite artists’ upcoming tour dates. You can then share the dates with friends via your social network of choice.

Giglocator is a partner of Sun Startup Essentials and James Proud our youngest SSE partner at 18 will be talking at FOWA about their technology and how they work with Sun.
More details

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What's Cool:
How to reach a large Enterprise audience for startup money

"System News for Sun Users"
System News for Sun Users/ has been published since 1998. The current 45,000+ subscribers include:

What's Cool
  • 30,000+ end-users who work at 8,000+ Enterprise/SME accounts
  • 9,000+ people who work for Sun -- including most of Sun's field sales organization
  • 5,000+ people who work for Partners (System Integrators. Channel Partners, Service Partners)
  • 1,000+ members of the press or analysts (low cost marketing)

The news portal,, serves about 1.5 million page views to about 600,000 visitors each year.

Find out more and costs by emailing Stewart.Townsend@Sun.COM


So do you want to get more traffic to your startup?
Do you want to gain more attention for what you are doing? Are you a Sun Startup Essentials member? Answer YES to the above and now you can.

Check out the details here:
Startup Traffic
See how quickly Tweetmeme is growing

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  If you have any questions or feedback, please send a message to Stewart.Townsend@Sun.COM

Thank you
Sun Microsystems
Sun Startup Essentials

\* In order to qualify for the Sun Startup Essentials program, your company must meet the following criteria:
- In business six years or less
- A maximum of 150 employees, including any affiliates
- Based in a country in which the program is offered
- A verifiable company presence (company name, street address [no post office boxes allowed], etc.).
- Agree to accept the program's terms and conditions

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Tuesday Jul 28, 2009

Free Startup Webinar: Architecting Your Website for Scale and Availability with the AMP Stack and GlassFish

Reserve your seat today for this free webinar where you'll learn about a high performance, reliable AMP stack to run your web applications.

Specifically, this webinar will focus on how the Sun GlassFish Web Stack can:

  • Provide a low cost enterprise-grade support for popular open source applications such as Apache Web Server, Apache Tomcat, PHP and lighttpd among others
  • Run web applications at a high volume and scale
  • Easily manage updates and security patches to your AMP deployments
  • Monitor and manage your AMP components

Webinar Title: Architecting Your Site for Scale and Availability with the AMP Stack & GlassFish

Date: 08/11/09

Time: 9:00 am PDT / 12:00 pm EDT / 5:00 pm UK / 6:00 pm CEST / 9:30 pm India (Delhi) (check my timezone)

Speakers: Murthy Chintalapati, Engineering Lead, Web Tier Product Line, and Jyri J. Virkki, Chief Architect, OpenSolaris Web Stack, and Sun GlassFish Web Stack

Register today!

Saturday Jul 25, 2009

Get 50% Off Your Ticket for Summit at Stanford

We have a 50% discount for Summit at Stanford (July 28-30, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA), presented by AlwaysOn and Stanford Technology Venture Program. Just click on this link and the discount is applied automatically.

If you plan to attend the AlwaysOn conference , we hope you'll stop by the Sun Startup Essentials & Visuvi table.

The keynotes and panels are really impressive: 

Don't miss the panel with Juan Carlos Soto, VP of Cloud Computing at Sun, and the keynote with Visuvi's CEO, Christopher Boone, both on Wednesday, July 29th.  Visuvi will show off their impressive image-based search engine.

The Rainmakers in Cloud Computing 

12:45: Ballroom 1

Will tech giants or startups leverage "the cloud" best? As big firms ramp up offerings and startups offer mgmt & delivery solutions, who's creating the most value for investors? 

Moderator: Rafe Needleman, Editor, CNET

Ken Comee, CEO, Cast Iron Systems 

Monica Lam, Co-founder & Chief Scientist, MokaFive

Juan Carlos Soto, VP, Sun Microsystems

Chip Hazard, General Partner, Flybridge Capital Partners

Michael Stein, CEO, Darkstrand

Michael Peachey, Chief Architect & Dir. Engineering-Cloud Computing, TIBCO

CEO Showcase session

2:35 Ballroom 1

Christopher M. Boone, CEO, Visuvi 

Thursday Jul 16, 2009

Sun Startup Essentials Insider - July 2009

What's Cool

Startup Essentials debuts live streaming video thru
Techcrunch's Real Time Stream Crunchup marked the beginning of a new page in SSE events. We streamed live on our channel and so far have had 20,029 Views. If you want to get a sense of the events Startup Essentials is participating in, definitely check this out! Our next live feed will be from Twiistup on July 30 & 31.

Zooppa Contest ends next Tuesday! is running a contest to create the most inspiring ads for our Sun Startup Essentials program. We're looking for videos, posters, and banner ads that communicate the value of this program. Total prize money is USD$5,000, and people from around the world can participate.

Can't get enough of the little blue bird? Wanna get all the hottest tweet news about startups? Then check out the Sun Startup Essential's Tweetmeme Channel

Offers & Resources

On-Demand Webinar: MySQL Performance Tuning Step-by-step 
Learn the basic steps the MySQL Consulting pros follow to tune a MySQL database server. Each step will be covered at a high level with one or two of the most critical parameters covered in detail for each step. Register here.

Unified Storage White Paper
Learn how to utilize open, simple, and scalable storage at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. Read about the architecture of systems that can bring you ten times faster installation than competing systems, and require no special training to configure and use. Download here

Training: MySQL High Availability (3 Days)
This course is designed fro experienced database administrators and system architects who want to analyze and form a basis of understanding with different high availability options, including clustering and replication solutions within MySQL. Offered in Paris, Lyon, Hamburg, among others. Details here.


Facebook Developer Garage July 22, 2009

This month we're looking at Facebook Pages. We've got talks from two of the most successful UK case studies of successful Facebook Page use; the agency VCCP will be coming in to speak about their Compare the Meerkat campaign and how they reached almost half a million fans for a fictional character promoting a financial comparison website; and ITV will come in to discuss how they've used Facebook pages to promote all of their major TV shows, and the lessons they've learnt about using social media effectively. Register.

Also check out:
Twiistup: July 30 & 31. Streamed live.
London Open Coffee: Every Thursday from 10-12.

Our full calendar is posted on our blog (upper right hand corner).

Startup Of The Month

SearchForce is a Web software as service provider focused on maximizing ROI on search engine marketing (SEM). By offering to secure each client the best price per keyword to obtain a desired position on a designated search engine, and delivering real time data on cost-per-click metrics, SearchForce has developed a devoted customer base. Its innovative business model helps customers detect unanticipated surges or drops in online traffic, which in turn also creates a need for the company to commit to high-performance systems to help it lead in the burgeoning search engine marketing sector.

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Thursday Jul 09, 2009

The Scoop on Web Stack

Attention San Francisco Bay Area Startups!

We have two fabulous presenters at the upcoming Bay Area LAMP Meetup: Murthy Chintalapati, Senior Engineering Manager, and Jyri Virkki, Chief Architect. 

Presenting on: Sun GlassFish/OpenSolaris Web Stack - The Next Generation Open Web Infrastructure.

If you're interested in attending, the registration link will be live soon on the LAMP Meetup page:

Light dinner will be provided.

Date: Thursday, July 16
Time: 6:30-7:15pm
Sun Microsystems, Inc., 4030 George Sellon Circle, Auditorium building (2nd floor), Santa Clara, CA 95054   

Short abstract of presentation:

The OpenSolaris Web Stack is an open source project consists of popular open source web infrastructure (known as LAMP or SAMP) technologies, such as Apache HTTPd, PHP, Python, MySQL, lighttpd, as well as GlassFish and Tomcat. As a fully integrated in the OpenSolaris operating system, Web Stack delivers close integration with OpenSolaris innovations such as DTrace, ZFS, SMF and RBAC. OpenSolaris also provides a fully integrated PHP development environment with NetBeans. The Sun GlassFish Portfolio is the companion product offering which features the Enterprise Manager to manage and monitor diverse set of components. The Web Stack is optimized for scaling on modern multi-core systems. This session presents a technology overview of Web Stack, its ease of use, performance and monitoring.

Short bio of presenters:

Murthy Chintalapati (cvr) is a development engineering leader with two decades of building, leading and developing high performance teams in the fast-paced global environment. He specializes in infrastructure software products for enterprises deploying web 2.0 and open source technologies. He is responsible for Sun's web tier products, viz., Sun Web Server and the Web Stack. Murthy holds five U.S. patents and received Sun Microsystems Chairman’s Award for Innovation. He holds a M.S. in Computer Science and Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.

Jyri J. Virkki is the chief architect and lead of OpenSolaris Web Stack project and the Sun GlassFish Web Stack product line. He specializes in server software security technologies and performance. Jyri holds M.S. in Information Networking from Carnegie Mellon University.

Thursday Jul 02, 2009

One Million Dollar Media Prize for DEMOfall 09

The DEMO conference announced today that they will award an advertising package valued at one million dollars to the top enterprise and consumer technologies presenting at DEMOfall this coming September. The media package will consist of a six-month advertising campaign running from October 2009 through March 2010. 

Find out more at

Reminder: Deadline to apply for the launch or AlphaPitch programs at DEMOfall is July 30. Companies interested in participating in DEMOfall should visit to get application information. DEMOfall will take place September 21-23 in San Diego, CA. Register at

Wednesday Jul 01, 2009

Only 3 Weeks Left to Create Your Best Ads

There are only 3 weeks left to submit Sun Startup Essentials funniest, most exhilarating, heart breaking and motivating print, banner and video ads. More at:

Please let your creative friends know about this great opportunity! The deadline to submit your ads is July 21, 2009. Some fantastic ads have already been submitted on the contest website. Check them out!

P.S. Sun employees and contractors can compete, but they are not eligible for the Sun prize. They can win the community and Zooppa awards.


Friday Jun 26, 2009

Vote for TWiki on

Among 230,000 open source projects on, the TWiki project got nominated as one of 10 finalists in the "Best Project for Enterprise" category at the Community Choice Awards 2009. Please vote for TWiki at - and spread the word! 

TWiki is a flexible and easy to use enterprise wiki and collaboration platform. TWiki is one of the most popular wikis used behind corporate firewalls; it gets downloaded 8,000 times a month and is in use by the majority of Fortune 500 companies. Some TWiki deployments behind corporate firewalls have over 400,000 pages and more than 20,000 registered users.

Wednesday Jun 17, 2009

Clay Shirky: How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history

More Free Accounts For Facebook Development


About a year ago, Sun Startup Essentials - in partnership with Joyent launched a program that provides developers of Facebook applications with a free piece of the Joyent Cloud. This program was so successful, the waiting list was very, very long.

Joyent is expanding this program to better handle the ongoing massive demand, and is now in the process of eliminating the waiting list. Very soon, new sign-ups will be accepted to the program immediately. Joyent also plans to expand the infrastructure that runs the Free OpenSocial and Bebo programs in the same manner, in the near future. More about these programs is at

If you are ready to create the next great Facebook application, please sign-up here.

Tuesday Jun 02, 2009

Introducing Micello... and a lot more!

Sun Startup Essentials member -- Micello makes its debut today at JavaOne. Fireworks please!

All JavaOne attendees with a Blackberry or an iPhone can navigate the Moscone conference center, enter a room to show what’s going on here – agenda, speaker’s bio, enter exhibit area to show exhibitors, search for people, run polls, and a more very useful stuff. Micello uses almost all Sun in their software stack from LWUIT to Glassfish and MySQL.  

Download the Micello app from your phone at, and visit their kiosk at the Startup Row on the Pavilion floor.

Java SE 7 and Java EE 6 are also available for early access.

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Specially Discounted $1,000 Training Packages for Sun Startup Essentials Members

Our web-based eLibrary packages are exclusively priced at $1,000 per package, which includes a company-wide site license, and are only available to our Sun Startup Essentials members. Enable your business and empower your employees with more advanced knowledge through training packages such as:

To take advantage of these great training courses, fill out the registration form.

Free Training Courses for Sun Startup Essentials Members

Sun Startup Essentials members get free company-wide, unlimited access to select web-based courses, including:

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To take advantage of these great training courses, fill out the registration form.

MySQL On Demand Web Seminars

MySQL is pleased to make available the following on-demand web seminars. They are recorded replays of our most popular live web seminars and cover a wide range of topics.

Learn more

Please note all courses are available worldwide and are in English only.

Tech Mission London - 8th June @ Sun Microsystems

Tech Mission London 2009 (#TechML09) provides a dynamic environment for Northern Tech community (tech entrepreneurs, investors, deal makers and service providers) to engage with their counterparts from London. Key objectives of this mission are to build new relationships and partnerships, share knowledge and best practices, and explore investment opportunities. The Mission includes a 3-hour workshop and a Dragon's Lair, where 8 tech startups will pitch to 6 Dragons. 

Come and meet Michael Birch, Daniel Waterhouse and Paul Walsh to hear their stories of pain, laughter and growing a business and gaining investment.

For more details on the agenda, Ticket Prices and how to pitch to the investment panel GO HERE NOW


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