Monday Dec 07, 2009

Startup of the Day : UShareSoft

Can you introduce the team ?
UShareSoft has been created by 3 former Sun employees. After a one-year incubation period in the GRAIN organization, UShareSoft was officially created in August 2008. That same year, the technology developed inhouse received an award by the 10th national contest for the support of innovative start-ups organized by the French ministry of research and universities (OSEO).

What is UShareSoft?
UShareSoft delivers a software appliance factory, formally named UForge and a set of enterprise-class tools allowing users to create high quality business-ready software images. Our mission is to make it easy for developers, communities and professionals to deliver their software into easy to use physical, virtual or cloud images. We  enable users  to  visually  in  a  few  simple  clicks,  create,  assemble,  customize  and maintain  high quality  IT pre-configured software stacks,  including all you need  to automatically generate  ready-to-run  software  images. UShareSoft is helping users to make their IT software solutions very simple, consistent and predictable to install and deploy in the field. This factory helps reduce costs and accelerate the time to market for software.

Where are you in terms of development?
UShareSoft is currently in a development and public launch phase. Muliplying strategic partnerships and  developing a large community of users are key objectives for the coming months. Headquarters are located in France, with an R&D Center in Argentina (Buenos Aires) and offices in the USA (San Fransisco).

Why join the Sun Startup Essential program?
UShareSoft wanted to join the program to leverage Sun's network and participate in co-marketing initiatives.

What are your next steps?
UShareSoft is willing to develop its partner network with the main customers, ISVs and System Integrators, as well as virtualization actors and Cloud Providers. In parallel, a community and ecosystem of users including individual developers and open source communities will be developed. A first parnership with the OW2 Open Source community has already been signed.

Thanks and good luck!

For more information, you can send and email to

Monday Nov 16, 2009

OpenCoffee Club Sophia

Réunion de l'OpenCoffee de Sophia le jeudi 19 novembre de 18 à 21h00, aux Terrasses d'Antipolis, 300 route des Crêtes.

Tuesday Nov 03, 2009

Open Coffee et BarCamp à Sophia Antipolis

La deuxième édition du BarCampSophiaAntipolis se tiendra le jeudi 5 novembre à l’Agora Einstein - Sophia Antipolis, de 16h30 à minuit. Les participants ont opté pour le thème du Ecommerce. L’OpenCoffee Club Sophia sera partenaire de cet événement majeur des nouvelles technologies de la Côte d’Azur, a tel point qu’il aura lieu au sein même du Barcamp spécialement à cette occasion.

Le thème du Ecommerce, présenté aujourd’hui comme le nouvel eldorado des commerçants, sera débattu sous plusieurs angles de réflexions, aussi bien techniques que commerciaux. Il y a d’ailleurs déjà plusieurs sujets très pragmatiques proposés par les futurs participants :

  • Le Ecommerce est-il toujours un eldorado ou une affaire de professionnels ?
  • Quelle solution pour se lancer dans la vente en ligne ?
  • Les différentes méthodes de communication et leurs retombées en terme d’audience.
  • La place du mobile dans le Ecommerce de demain.
  • Les outils communautaires : Facebook, Twitter, …
  • Les moyens de paiement et la difficulté de convaincre les banques.

L’entrée est gratuite, mais l’inscription est obligatoire afin de faciliter l’organisation de cet événement. Pour ce faire, il suffit simplement de se rendre sur le wiki et d’éditer la page pour rajouter son nom. Il est également possible de contacter Sandra Bayer par email (à si vous rencontrez des difficultés pour vous enregistrer.

Vous pouvez commencer à discuter avec les autres participants ou suivre le déroulement du BarCampSophiaAntipolis grâce aux sites suivants :

Wednesday Sep 09, 2009

Startup of the day: Teambox

Pablo, can you introduce yourself?

I am a 23-year old spanish entrepreneur, aerospace engineer and programmer. In the past I managed two start-ups for e-learning and helicopter drones. Today, I'm a passionate Ruby on Rails programmer working full-time for Teambox.

What is Teambox?

Teambox is an agile project manager. It's an open-source collaboration application for groups that takes a different approach at teamwork.

In Teambox, collaboration is project-centric, rather than document-centric (like Google Docs). Inside each project, members can share group messages, task lists and pages.

You can use it for free at, and enjoy unlimited collaboration: Any number of projects, and unlimited uploads.

At what stage are you in your project?

Teambox has been self-funded and Business Angel funded. We are currently looking for a round B of capital to fund the growth and expansion of the startup.

Teambox 1.0 has been online and running for almost a year. Teambox 2.0 is already in the works, featuring a group-twitter collaboration approach and many mobile apps: Android, iPhone, light version and XML and JSON APIs.

The whole project is open-source, and available as a free hosted service at We have, to the moment, three quite active open-source contributors, five people in our staff and some freelancers. We are currently based in Barcelona, Spain.

Why did you join the Sun Startup Essentials program?

We joined, introduced by Manuel Jaffrin, to benefit from the support program. Every technology we use is open-source: Ruby on Rails, MySQL and servers for our background processes. We've been interested in scaling and new key-store database technologies, and we felt a partner like Sun could be interesting for the future of our app.

What are the next steps for you?

After some weeks, Teambox 2.0 will be released as a major breakthrough in collaboration software. It will then be time to market and start offering the first premium services: invoicing integration and installation support.

In the financial side, we're looking for our next round of funding and looking forward to offering live support to paying users.

Pablo, thanks for your testimonial and good luck for the future!

To get more detailed information, you can send an email to

Tuesday Aug 25, 2009

UK: Campus Open Day for Startups!

Sun Startup Essentials  - Campus Open Day

We invite you to join us at our UK headquarters on the 3rd of September as we open our doors for an insight into Sun's operations, the staff, as well as see the environment including our exciting technologies and eco-datacentre (with some refreshments & networking time thrown in of course ;-) )

Set in the Surrey/Hampshire border, a short distance from London and off the M3 motorway, the award winning campus consists of three buildings, "SPARC house", "Solaris House", & "Java House", interconnected by glass passages.  Many of the European-level activities are conducted on site, and it is home to many, if not all the organizations that make up Sun, including the services, sales, and software teams.  Onsite facilities include a restaurant, gym, a shop, massage/therapy rooms, hairdressers, coffee shops, and much, much more!

The agenda kicks off at 12.30pm:

- Arrive for a Welcome Briefing
- Lunch (courtesy of Sun Startup Essentials)
- Tour of the campus
- Tour of the datacentre (restricted numbers)
- Drinks reception

We hope you can join us!

Contact: or Twitter @scoobeesnac if you are interested and we will send you further information.


The campus is located here: Google Map There is a direct train to London and a free shuttle service to/from the station.

Startup Essentials is a free program that offers services, support and many opportunities to drive your business forward, and is open to individuals or companies that are less than 150 people, and less than 6 years in operation.  see

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

Tuesday Jun 30, 2009

Guns for Hire......

 Linux systems administrator: gun for hire

I'm a contract Linux systems administrator with 9 years of experience
working with startup companies. My main areas of expertise are in
scalability, high availability and monitoring. Most recently I've been
working with to put in place a new architecture on which we
launched the new version of their site. Before that, I was with Trutap
where we built a scalable platform for mobile social networking.

I'm looking for new challenges with interesting companies. I tend to add
the most value to companies who have an established website built, and
who are expecting a period of growth - taking an existing site, and
building a systems architecture which is fault-tolerant and scalable; as
well as ensuring development staff have access to a development and
staging environment that closely resembles production.

      \* Can one of your servers go down without any interruption to
      \* Can you handle 10x your current load on your existing platform?
      \* Do you know how you'd grow your infrastructure to cope with 100x
        your current load?
      \* If something goes wrong on your platform, do you know about it
        before your users do?

If your answers to the above are either "no" or "I don't know", then
drop me a line - it's likely that I can help.. -

 Project Manager for Hire


PMP and Agile Scrum Master certified Project Manger with experience in technical delivery and business integration, with over 10 years experience working in the consumer digital / Internet / Telco / digital media and financial sector. Proven ability to manage and deliver multiple projects within deadlines and to budget from £1.5 Million at Diageo, up to 2million at Sony). Experience managing geographically dispersed teams in a multi-cultural environment.

Key Skills:                       

Project management on time to budget, account management, digital innovation (second life, collaboration platform), Social Media (making social media work in large corporate), Business Analysis (user stories creation)

Monday Jun 15, 2009

London Wed 17th June;JavaEE 6+Glassfish v3 sneak peak AND OpenSolaris PARTY!

Java EE 6 Sneak Peek with GlassFish V3

... followed by the OpenSolaris 2009.06 Launch party in the evening ...

OpenSolaris User Group

Friday May 08, 2009

FREE - Improving Storage Performance Webinar

This 30-minute presentation features Angelo Rajadurai, Sr. Technology Evangelist, discussing how flash-based Unified Storage Systems can improve application performance. Sun high-performance storage use a combination of flash drives and conventional hard disk drives to improve LAMP stack performance by 2x, or more. There is a demo of storage analytics application that enables admins to see graphically, and in fine detail what process, application, or user is loading the storage system. Finally, there is a discussion of how the new storage products can provide a tiered solution for cloud-based storage, lowering costs and increasing performance. Sun Startup Essentials members are eligible for significant discounts on Sun storage solutions.


Wednesday Apr 29, 2009

Do You Kenai?

Have you heard of Project Kenai? 

This is the onramp for Sun's "developer cloud" efforts, which allows you to host your open source projects and code - as well as find and collaborate with developers of like mind and passion.

Anyone can join by going to  And if parties are ready to start hosting a project, they simply need to send an invitation request with a description of their project to:  Sun Developer Network members can use their SDN credentials to sign in.

We currently offer an integrated suite of productivity services to host open source projects/code or connect with peers of like mind; features include:

  • Source Code Management (Subversion, Mercurial, and Git)
  • Issue Tracking (Jira and Bugzilla)
  • Wiki
  • Forums
  • Mailing Lists
  • Download facility for documents
  • Evolving integration with NetBeans
Here's some useful resources to learn more or stay connected:

Stay tuned for some exciting things coming at JavaOne!


Monday Apr 27, 2009

Coming up for Startups in India: Storage Performance Webinar

Improving Storage Performance Webinar
Join us for a Webinar on May 13
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
Are you a startup seeking extreme performance on the tightest budget?  Does your business require large amounts of storage? Are your trying to provide tiered services? Do you think the cloud is the least expensive -- or only -- storage solution? 

We'd like to show you how Sun's newest 7000 line of open storage products can: 

● Provide the lowest cost per GB, and integrate with cloud storage 
● Double (or more) the number of MySQL TPS by integrating SSDs 
● Offer powerful web analytics tools at no additional cost 
● Help you deliver tiered web services 

If you think we're overpromising, then you really don't want to miss this free webinar.
Title:   Improving Storage Performance Webinar
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM IST
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

Friday Apr 24, 2009

Improve LAMP Stack Performance, Get Amazing Analytics, and More

If storage performance is keeping you up at night, you don't want to miss this 30-minute presentation featuring Angelo Rajadurai, our Senior Technology Evangelist and rock star.

Angelo's webinar talks about how the new Sun high-performance storage uses a combination of flash drives and conventional hard disk drives to improve LAMP stack performance by 2x, or more. There is a demo of storage analytics application that enables admins to see graphically, and in fine detail what process, application, or user is loading the storage system. Finally, there is a discussion of how the new storage products can provide a tiered solution for cloud-based storage, lowering costs and increasing performance.  Sun Startup Essentials members are eligible for significant discounts on Sun storage solutions.

Watch the webinar.

Thursday Apr 09, 2009

McNealy Unplugged: Tips for Startup Success

A little while ago, Scott McNealy gave a fun keynote at the Plug & Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale. He's always entertaining and unorthodox when he gives tips to startup companies in the audience.  Here's a summary:

Tip #1: Come up with a counter-intuitive idea, otherwise, chances are someone else is already running with it (and not being that successful).

Tip #2: Break the rules of business without being unethical as it will help you attract the brightest talent.

Tip #3: Don't be greedy when looking for funding as limited funding will force you to be creative and efficient.

Tip #4: Embrace a cause to motivate your employees as humans are not just coin-operated.

Tip #5: Marry the right person possibly after you launch your startup.

Enjoy the video.  

Thursday Mar 26, 2009

Duke is Calling

Attention startup innovators! There are only two days left to submit your Java apps for the 2009 Duke's Choice Awards. 

The submission form is at:

If you're innovating in the world of Java, this is an amazing chance to shine.  All winners are invited to showcase their apps at the JavaOne Pavilion, and some past winners have ended up on stage at JavaOne as major keynote demos.  

This can be huge publicity for your company. More background about this prestigious contest can be found at  

Don't be shy!

Tuesday Mar 03, 2009

Invitation to Scale Your Startup in a Flash

Controlling costs while being ready to go big. Doubling application performance. Delivering tiered services. Connecting to the cloud, but being smart about it.

These are the things that startups tell us they want to do. So we’ve put together a seminar to show you how to do it.

Join us for an informative, free, 3-hour technical session with Angelo Rajadurai, one of our very talented and knowledgeable Web Scale Architects. He’ll discuss how Sun's new Open Storage products can help you cost-effectively scale your startup and think about storage in new ways. The sessions are a mix of slides, demos, and open discussion.

We’re coming to:

 - Los Angeles - El Segundo, CA - March 9
 - San Francisco - Sunnyvale - March 10
 - Austin, TX - March 12
 - Boston, MA - March 16
 - New York City - March 17

In most places the  seminar runs from 11 am to 2 pm. Light lunch will be served.
Get all the details and Register!

Watch this space soon, as this tour is coming to Europe ....


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