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

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

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)

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!

Thursday Jan 15, 2009

Java Primer für DevDusk


 Heute ist es wieder soweit: DevDusk in Frankfurt!

Jede Menge interessante Themen für Entwickler.Schauen Sie mal rein.

Anbei finden Sie meinen Vorträgen

Die gezeigten Flashvideos finden in meinem Blog "Java Performance Primer".

Bis heute Abend

Ihr Stefan Schneider

Friday Dec 19, 2008

Soirée Open Source le 14 janvier 2009

A l'occasion de la venue de Simon Phipps, Chief Open Source de Sun, nous organisons une soirée de débats et de networking le 14 janvier prochain dans nos locaux parisiens. Ce sera l'occasion de faire un point sur les dernières tendances en matière de technologies et de business models et de rassembler pour la première fois les communautés françaises Java, MySQL et Solaris/Open Solaris. Un bonne opportunité de découvrir les activités des clubs utilisateurs francophones autour de ces trois technologies.

Pour consulter l'agenda et vous inscrire, cliquez ici.

Thursday Dec 04, 2008

La startup du jour

Bonjour Cécile, pouvez-vous vous présenter en quelques mots ?

Bonjour, je m’appelle Cécile Maindron, 28 ans. Diplômée d’une Sup de Co, je suis en charge des programmes marketing pour l’Europe au sein de Talend. 

Talend, c'est quoi ?

Talend est le premier éditeur de logiciels open source d'intégration de données : ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) pour le décisionnel, et l’intégration entre systèmes opérationnels.

Depuis son lancement en 2006, notre produit phare, Talend Open Studio, a été téléchargé par plus de          500 000 utilisateurs.  Par ailleurs, nous proposons aussi Talend Integration Suite pour l'intégration de données d'entreprise, et Talend On Demand, la première solution d'intégration de données en mode SaaS (Software as a Service).

Au-delà de l'intégration de données, Talend a aussi récemment lancé des solutions de gestion de la qualité des données – toujours en open source.  La qualité des données est en effet une préoccupation majeure des directions informatiques de nos jours, et doit être gérée de façon intégrée aux autres processus de data management.  Avec Talend Open Profiler et Talend Data Quality, Talend est le premier éditeur à fournir une solution open source de qualité des données.

Le modèle open source est clé non seulement pour Talend mais aussi pour nos clients.  Il permet d'optimiser les coûts de la solution, et de "libérer" les clients de la mainmise et des exigences des éditeurs propriétaires – des "must have" dans un contexte économique difficile, sur fond de fusions et acquisitions des acteurs du logiciel.

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

Nous sommes une start-up en pleine expansion avec une présence internationale (France, Allemagne, Benelux, Etats-Unis et Chine). Notre gamme de produits se renouvelle sans cesse avec des nouvelles versions fréquentes. Par ailleurs, nous avons récemment étendu notre offre à la qualité des données.

Pourquoi avoir adhéré au programme Sun Startup Essentials ?

Talend a fait le choix de Java depuis son origine, et nous avons de nombreuses installations tournant sur du matériel Sun. Nous travaillons également de façon très proche avec les bases de données promues par Sun : MySQL bien entendu, mais aussi Infobright pour des besoins de data warehouse de grosse volumétrie.

C'est quoi les prochaines étapes pour vous ?

Nous poursuivons la progression de Talend dans tous les territoires (EMEA, Amériques et Asie Pacifique), et couvrons de nouveaux territoires géographiques. Par ailleurs, nous renforçons notre progression sur le front des winbacks contre les éditeurs propriétaires et nous recrutons agressivement des partenaires (Systèmes Intégrateurs et OEM).  Et bien sur, nous continuons en permanence à innover sur le front des produits et de la technologie.

Merci Cécile !

Si vous voulez en savoir davantage, vous pouvez envoyer un email à

Monday Oct 13, 2008

Wrapup Bar Camp München (11-12.10.2008)

Vielen Dank an all Teilnehmer des zweiten Müncher Bar Camps. Es waren zwei sehr interessante Tage. Anbei wie versprochen meine Präsentationen und Links:
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Tuesday Sep 23, 2008

OpenSolaris 'Pretty Freaking Amazing'

As a prelude to a post that I currently have in draft, I just read this article on The Register:

It is nice to read an intelligent insight rather some of the 'tabloid' writing that we so often see these days, although I'm not so sure I agree about Java not making any money for Sun (think mobile or service revenue) or other pedantic points but anyhoo.... :-)

Wednesday Jul 09, 2008

British Weather

So really a little ditty, not a rant, but for my US friends who want to come over for a lovely English summer, with Strawberries and cream...


At the moment, I think Im going to commission a boat, as it just won't stop raining and I don't mean that drizzly horrible rain that you do get wet, but that throwing it down badly all day long.....

So bring your rain macs, brollies and all things weather proof before leaving home.


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