Monday Jan 18, 2010

La Startup du jour : Big5media

Bonjour Karim , peux-tu te présenter en quelques mots ?

Bonjour, je m'appelle Karim Zeroual. J’ai fondé Big5media en 2008, après avoir passé 12 ans chez Orange. J’ai occupé des postes marketing, vente et service client. J’ai aussi travaillé à de nombreux lancements d’offres, et à des projets internationaux. Toutes ces expériences dans le monde des télécoms et au contact des clients m’ont donné une vision terrain, utilisateur final. C’est sur ces bases que j’ai fondé Big5media. Les principes en sont simples : construire des offres multimédia utiles et pratiques, et placer l’utilisateur au centre des préoccupations.

Big5Media, c'est quoi ?

Un éditeur d’applications mobiles utiles et pratiques : les mobiciels®. Nous travaillons aussi bien sur Androïd, Iphone, que sur J2ME (Blackberry compris).

Nous avons une clientèle BtoB à laquelle nous offrons une gamme de prestations qui débute par du conseil en stratégie mobile, puis nous assurons la conception et le développement des applications, et, in fine, nous gérons la distribution, le suivi, et la mise à jour des applications.

Par ailleurs, en BtoC, nous développons notre propre catalogue d’applications pour le grand public. Les thèmes que nous retenons sont la santé, l’éducation, et la vie quotidienne.

Où en êtes-vous de votre développement aujourd'hui ?

Nous avons beaucoup investi en 2009, et sommes 5 personnes aujourd’hui.  Le développement de notre catalogue avance bien. Nous bouclerons en février « Mobi’life 2010 », un concours étudiant de développement d’applications mobiles. Les lauréats se verront proposer un contrat de distribution sur la France, puis l’Europe. Par ailleurs, Big5media a reçu le Prix Coup de Cœur du Concours Talents 2009.

Pourquoi avoir adhéré au programme Sun Startup Essentials ?

Je crois qu’il est essentiel de rester ouvert aux contacts, de fonctionner en réseau. De plus, nous sommes promoteur du J2ME et des technologies Java. Ce programme à aussi beaucoup d’avantages très concrets.

C'est quoi les prochaines étapes pour vous ?

Le 3GSM World, à Barcelone en févier 2010. Nous serons exposants, c’est une belle opportunité. De plus, nous allons conclure la première édition de Mobi’life 2010, le concours de développement d’applications mobile dont SUN est partenaire. Nous avons aussi quelques produits en développement, mais pour l’instant nous ne communiquons pas sur la R&D.

Merci Karim, et bon courage pour la suite !

Si vous voulez en savoir plus sur Big5media, vous pouvez envoyer un email à

Thursday Dec 17, 2009

Host Your Java Apps on the Java Store Beta

Java + You. Driving Great Experiences

New releases of both the Java Warehouse Developer Portal and the Java Store Beta are available now. 

What's New 
  • Improved version control – faster updates and shorter test time for your applications.
  • Enhanced Metrics – More information on your applications usage once installed.
  • More countries – Access the Java Warehouse from 14 countries.
  • Java Store Beta – The Java Store Beta Program is open again to U.S. consumers. The latest release of the Java Store Beta delivers an enhanced look-and-feel and easier navigation.
Learn More 

Visit the Java Warehouse to submit your free and for sale applications.To participate in discussions and hear from other developers, visit the Java Warehouse Forum

Download and test the new Java Store beta

Feel free to send feedback through this website.  

Wednesday Dec 16, 2009

Cool Gadget - Cool Prizes: LiveScribe Developer Challenge

Livescribe is Hosting a Developer Challenge

Submit your original smartpen app to the Livescribe Developer Challenge for a chance to win over $10,000 in prizes and special promotion within the Application Store and through media outlets. The contest runs worldwide December 7th 2009 – Feb 13th 2010. For official rules and to enter, please visit the Livescribe Developer Challenge website

Livescribe Developer Challenge

Livescribe Developer Day on Jan 12th 2010

We are hosting a Developer Day on the evening of Jan 12th 2010 in San Francisco, California [USA]. Highlights will include: An inside look at the future of paper based computing with Livescribe CEO, Jim Marggraff, a developer panel, the opportunity to mingle with other developers and get feedback from Livescribe engineering and app store teams. Please note this event will have a registration cap. If you are interested in participating, please email to get on the short list

Beta Launch of Livescribe Application Store

The Beta Livescribe Application Store launched on Thursday November 19th with more than 30 free and paid apps include a range of language apps that help users to read and hear translated phrases, educational apps that help users study geometry, organic chemistry, Hebrew chanting, as well as numerous games including Blackjack, Video Poker or Hangman.

Wednesday Dec 09, 2009

Tweetminster - New Search Engine - A great #sunstartupessentials customer

Tweetminster, the media utility that connects people to UK politics has recently launched Tweetminster Search– a sentiment engine to measure the pulse of UK politics in real time.

Tweetminster Search is a new way to find, interact with and make sense of information that matters.

The search engine shows users how people feel about the issues of the day - as expressed through the thousands of messages posted to Twitter by politicians, news sources, journalists and the public.  Tweetminster Search works in real time, it shows what people think now, and tracks how their sentiment has changed over time.

Once entered a search term (eg. Iraq Inquiry) or up to three multiple terms (eg. Labour, Conservatives, Lib Dems) – users are provided with:

    \* The number of relevant tweets about the subject over time (frequency)
    \* How these tweets break down into positive, negative and neutral opinions (sentiment)
    \* How many people have been reached through tweets about the topic/s (visibility)
    \* The individuals with the most impact on the subject (influencers)
    \* Plus lots of related information - associated terms and issues, links to relevant URLs and a location breakdown for where the terms are being discussed the most.

Alongside terms, users can also analyse Twitter usernames or a combination of elements. For example one can analyse the correlation between a topic (e.g. Tax cuts) and user (EricPickles).

The search engine also allows users to view and filter the tweets behind the results by party, source, politician, time, and also uses Twitter Lists to display livestreams of tweets by MPs, PPCs and journalists, bloggers, news sources and key influencers.

Tweetminster Search is designed to only analyse relevant content which is what makes Tweetminster Search different.  The technology defines relevance by determining the originality (for example a tweet may generate many RTs, Tweetminster includes the original tweet in its analysis), influence and reach of a tweet - so it doesn’t try to analyse all of Twitter, but only the content it determines that matters.

Tweetminster Search is currently in beta. Alongside tuning its performance, we will be adding new features, including more granular control of the data, additional data and content sources and more advanced filters, plus will soon release an API to allow anyone to access, use and manipulate the raw data.

On Twitter: @AlbertoNardelli

Tweetminster is a Sun Startup Essential customer and is hosted at everycity on Sun hardware and the Solaris OS, to enable it to scale and give real time speed.

Wednesday Dec 02, 2009

Do friends make good business partners ?

When it comes to picking partners, many see their friends as the obvious choice to share in making your dreams into reality. Business isn't all sunny days, however, and the best way to weather the storms with your friendships intact is to start out with a good umbrella.

If necessity is the mother of invention, then assumption is the wicked stepmother of doom. The most sure-fire way for a group of friends to become bitter enemies is to go into a partnership under the assumption that friendship conquers all. Friends, and business partners, are only human, and when cash and control enters the equation, friendship can quickly fall by the wayside. What, then, can be done about it?

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Monday Nov 23, 2009

Roll up, Roll up Servers from £260 - MySQL, Virtualization, Windows, Linux and Solaris - 1RU and all for £1050 - Startups we love you

X4150 Server for Startups - Roll up, Roll up now - Clearance Remanufactured stock for you at silly prices.

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Thursday Nov 05, 2009

A big Hand for your business ideas

Sun Startup Essentials - A big hand for your business ideas from stewart townsend on Vimeo.

How can Sun Startup Essentials help you? Watch this and see how Sun can help your small business with its Sun Startup Essentials programme

BTW, this cool video was created by the community for the Sun Startup Essentials contest that ran earlier this year. 

Tuesday Nov 03, 2009

SmallBizPod - The untapped resource for Small Businesses Globally

SmallBizPod is a podcast, blog, news and community site for small businesses, start-ups and entrepreneurs. This is how it all happened.

Back in March 2005, Alex Bellinger became one of only a handful of people in the UK to start podcasting.

Looking around for a subject he realised there were no British-based podcasts on business. Since he had just set up his own business and had spent many years focusing on the small business sector, a podcast on entrepreneurship seemed like a good way to go.

SmallBizPod was born. The podcast, blog and website now attract tens of thousands of listeners and readers a month from all over the world.

Inspire, Inform, Entertain

From the start SmallBizPod has been there to inspire, to inform, and to be fun to listen to and read as well. I think thanks to some wonderful contributors and interviewees, it's achieved just that.

Over time, the site has grown to become one of the most visited sites for SMEs in the UK. It's also developed into a wonderful free audio resource to provide inspiration and advice from business people with real experience and real insight.

Take the time to listen to some inspiring interviews from some renowned people on subjects such as marketing, business advice, funding and many more, the beauty is that these are free and really insighful and great to hear that not just you in that Startup boat alone.

Visit  now and keep an update on the latest podcasts.

Also if you really love what you hear and see then Vote for them in the European Podcast Awards -

Sun Startup Essentials helps one of James Caan's small businesses reduce its carbon emissions by 85%

Sun Startup Essentials helps small business reduce carbon emissions by 85%

Monday Nov 02, 2009

Sun Startup Essentials - Breakfast Briefing

...The CRASH you haven't seen yet...

This time we go behind the scenes of the worst financial calamity that flooded our TV screens last Christmas...

What lessons have we learned? 

What do you do when your whole world has SUDDENLY collapsed, the rug has been pulled out from under you, the regulators are circling and the media spotlight is focused on you?

We are doing business in unpredictable times - impacted by the collapse of the financial systems.  And experts are predicting another down surge...

How do you lead your team, your employees, shareholders and family who are all looking to you for inspiration?

As we get closer to the 1st anniversary of one of the darkest winters the finance markets had ever seen, we bring to you our next breakfast...[Read More]

Tuesday Oct 20, 2009

Social Media 09 - 12th November - Sun Startup Essential Members 20% discount

 Do you want to attend Social Media 09 ? -

More details below, but with 

6 speakers
14 case studies
8 demos & 1 tools overview

with Sarah Beeny and Chris Thorpe on the agenda its going to be an informative interesting discussion based event.

Make sure you are a Sun Startup Essential Member and get a 20% discount on this great event now -

Saturday Oct 17, 2009

Twitter Devnest 5

Tuesday November 10th 6.00 PM till late

Sun CBC London

Tickets are free and are available here:

Tuesday 10th November at Sun Microsystems’ Customer Briefing Centre in London. 6pm for pizza and beer kindly provided by Sun Microsystems Startup Essentials team. The event will be developer and startup-centric with the content best suited to people who are already developing applications on top of Twitter or who intend to start building a Twitter application in the near future. At 9pm we head down to the pub conveniently located directly underneath the briefing centre.

Nest Building

    \* What next for devnest? What we can do in between meetings, to foster community, to lobby for governance, and to build great products and services (Angus Fox, Multizone Limited, @nuxnix)

140 second demo/presentation

Show and tell, 140 seconds countdown. Dont go over!

    \* @ollieparsley - Hootmonitor
    \* @benoitx -
    \* @rem - Snapbird

      Sign up on the night or DM @nuxnix to secure your slot

A special Guest industry luminary in person or via hi tech real time high definition conferencing

    \* We could tell you who, but we’d be lying..

Friday Oct 16, 2009

Hatchery - 12th November NY - Are you Serious

Hatchery opens its doors to a fast paced New York style pitch event.

Hatchery style honesty. In ways others may be too polite to share. It will be what you need to hear about your startup covering marketing, finance, technology, business, presentation.....

This has been the Hatchery Dry Run process initiated to all Hatchery companies chosen for the main event. We are opening to everyone.

Review committee:
David Blumenstein - Managing Partner, Hatchery
Jay Levy - Principal, Zelkova Ventures
Bill Reinisch - XIV River Consulting
Scott Gingold - CEO, Power Feedback

What's the point?
1. A chance to pitch at the main event
2. Pitching practice
3. Honest feedback about your company


VIP Breakfast with Greg Dyke

VIP Invitation to the exclusive Insider Secrets breakfast with Greg Dyke

We are pleased to be a host to an unusual breakfast session and I am delighted to invite you to it.

The breakfast setting is going to be interactive, challenging, stimulating and driven by the audience.


Date:             Thursday, 22nd October 2009
Time:             8 am to 10 am
At:                 Sun Customer briefing Centre

To get tickets at SSE Member rate please go here now  - SSE MEMBERS ONLY PRICING

There's no room here to list in detail what Greg did that prompted literally thousands of BBC people to take to the streets in protest when he had to resign from the BBC, causing "men, women and even journalists to cry" and flooding his inbox with 6,000 emails from BBC people, most of which said how upset they were that he was going.

Greg was Director General of the BBC and is now the Chairman of the British Film Institute, Chairman of Brentford football club and also Chancellor of York University.  He also was one of the original architects of the Premier League in his days with LWT.  He has changed the face of British Television and British football whilst introducing a new no-nonsense direct style of inspirational leadership.

In his typical direct no-nonsense, impatient style Greg will take on the challenges from the audience and share his nuggets of insights. 

These are the 5 areas he will span:

1.             The "Berlin Wall" moment for Democracy - His unique perspective on Public service reform and transformation of Democracy is that we are heading to a "Berlin Wall" moment that will change the course of politics
2.             Leadership in a crisis - is the outlook less bleak?  he has his own brand of leadership advice for entrepreneurs, corporate and public service leaders as they prepare to come out of the current crisis.
3.             Learning from shambles - the ITV mess provides a number of fabulous lessons for the choice of Board, the relationship between CEO and Chairman
4.             GAME changing innovations: Greg created BBC Freeview that changed British television and 20 years ago created the Premier League which has transformed the face of British football. 
5.             What next for the British Film Industry -  how can new technologies like the internet be monetised to the advantage of the film industry and not just the pirates.

It is an unusual opportunity as Greg does not do sessions like these very often.  He does get called to do his set speeches but speaking directly from what he is passionate about and responding interactively to the challenging and confronting questions in public will be the juicy part of this breakfast. So definitely, keep your questions ready.

There are only a few spots still available as we like to maintain the intimate interactive style of these breakfasts. 

We look forward to seeing you there.


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