Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

Startup of the Week: Joyent Scores Big!

Congrats Joyent team for the fantastic announcement today!! 

Joyent, both a long-time Sun Startup Essentials member and hosting partner - has been profitable for years, and boasts some really impressive customers (e.g. ABC.com, LinkedIn, and more).

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OpenCoffee Club Rennes

Le prochain OpenCoffe de Rennes aura lieu mercredi 18 novembre à 19h00.[Read More]

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.



Friday Nov 13, 2009

What the Smart Grid means for Startups

GreenBeat 2009 will bring together the nation’s 500 leading entrepreneurs, investors, utilities, technology executives, and policymakers to accelerate the development of a leaner, more efficient electrical grid. The program will feature participation by Al Gore, former Vice President and Nobel Prize Winner; John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins; Eric Schmitt of Google and Vinod Khosla of Khosla Ventures.[Read More]

Thursday Nov 12, 2009

Startup Weekend Comes to NYC

Have you ever had a great idea for a startup but needed the motivation and encouragement to actually make it a reality? Join theStartup Weekend community and find out how easy it is to go from idea to launch in only 54 hours! [Read More]

Tuesday Nov 10, 2009

Jobs, jobs, and more jobs (no,not Steve)

In this economic environment larger companies are cutting back to become lean and agile, but startups are looking for investment and to grow.  Yet another way the Sun Startup Essentials program can help our startups (and the economy) is to provide current opportunities to our large readership & member-base.

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Friday Oct 30, 2009

Free Webinar: Creating a Perfectly Tuned System


    A balance between processor performance, memory bandwidth, and IO performance all contribute to system performance. Applications like business intelligence and data warehousing (BIDW), and Rich Media are particularly sensitive to overall performance. 

    The Sun Fire X4275 is designed for the ground up for powering both rich media streaming applications, and business intelligence and data warehousing applications.

    In this webinar, you'll find out:

    • The design principles of the Sun Fire X4275 (Intel Xeon 5500 series processors, 64 GB of memory, 12 TB of storage, 8xSSD or 12x15K drives for IOPS performance all in the same 2U chassis, and up to 24 GB of network bandwidth)
    • How flash technology can multiply IO performance offering significant savings in cost/stream, cost/IOPS and cost/GB as well as savings in energy and space
    • How the Sun Fire X4275 is the building block of the powerful Oracle Exadata V2 server recently announced by Oracle.
Date: November 4, 2009
Time: 8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT / 4:00 pm UK / 5:00 pm Central Europe / 8:30 pm India (New Delhi) (check timezone)
Speakers: Tushar Katarki, Product Manager, Angelo Rajadurai, Sr. Technical Evangelist, Sun Startup Essentials

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Archived Webinars

Tuesday Oct 27, 2009

November Events Rocking Silicon Valley!

Mark your calendars! There are a couple of super cool events in November you don't want to miss: SVASE & GABA BIGs Digital Media, and Startup Weekend.

SVASE & GABA Present the BIGs Digital Media, November 19


Social Financing - Using the Web to Mine Money for Your Venture

Raising money from VCs is increasingly difficult for early stage companies--even ones with a good product.  Social networks have been great for generating awareness but how do you turn social equity into funds for your business?  Social financing is working well for entrepreneurs in developing countries and those improving the well-being of society and the environment.  Could that same model work here?  New models are rapidly emerging that are changing the landscape for how businesses raise money. 


Join this dynamic panel of experts as they discuss this timely topic!

  • What is social financing?
  • What is microfinancing?
  • What new tools are available today?
  • How companies facilitate sources of social funding
  • How social networks can become social financing engines

The Panel: Marc Dangeard, Founder, Entrepreneur Commons; Joshua Sams, Co-Founder & CEO, Sprowtt Marketplace; 2 additional panelists TBD

Moderator: Sumaya Kazi, Sr. Social Media Manager, Sun Microsystems


WHEN: Thursday, November 19

6:00 – 7:00 pm: Networking and hors d’oeuvres

7:00 – 8:15 pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

8:15 – 8:30 pm: Additional Networking


LOCATION: Sun Microsystems, 12 Network Circle, Building 12 (make a left at the main entrance), Menlo Park, CA 94025. Map

Register now!


BAY AREA STARTUP WEEKEND


WHEN: November 20-22nd

WHERE: The Hacker Dojo


Register Before 10/30 for 20% off – Use code “swearlybird”


There are 10 Startup Weekend events going on for Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) this November! Last year they had over 25,000 events, 3 million participants, and over 1 billion media impressions. 


Additional Locations:

November 13th-15th: Tulsa, OK – Boise, ID – London, UK

November 20th-22nd: New York – Bay Area (Silicon Valley) – Cleveland, OH – Dallas, TX – Los Angeles, CA – Lexington, KY – Atlanta, GA

December 4th-6th: (just a little later) Paris, France – Corvallis, OR – Boston, MA


What’s new:

  • Global visibility for your startup – GEW will have amazing exposure and follow-up with national coverage for Startup Weekend and startups in likes of The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, NYTimes, Forbes, and USA Today.
  • Meet more investors, vc’s, ceo’s, cto’s, lawyers, and successful entrepreneurs working one-on-one with teams.
  • Sunday night voting among your peers will allow one startup to win a grand prize.
  • Top teams will be invited to Startup Weekend exclusive spots at the top tech events.
  • Spotlight your startup via Startup Weekends global partners.
  • Coaching and mentoring for startups after the weekend.
  • Free web hosting for startups at the event
  • Free business plan guidance
  • Other Free software and discounts

Student Tickets are limited – Remember to bring your Student ID!

Startup Weekend is a now a non-profit out of Seattle, WA. 

Monday Oct 19, 2009

Congrats Global Geeks!

Congratulations to the 4 winners of the North of England "stimulus package". Visuvi, LinkedNow, Chyngles, and Hear Planet will receive free airline tickets to the UK, marketing help, free office space for one year, and introduction to investors in Northern England. Way to go!!

Visuvi is an visual-based search engine with patent pending technology in content-based image recognition. Visuvi's search engine examines the content and patterns within an image, categorizes that information via mathematical indexing and delivers search results of images with similar characteristics. Visuvi's analysis is entirely machine generated examining the content of the image itself and does not rely on text. More


LinkedNow is a social networking platform for working professionals and has two main goals. First to help find, review and talk about what's great - and not so great - about current and past employers. Secondly, LinkedNow wants to enable best ways of looking for a new job online. Very handy! More


Chyngle is a B2B mobile application platform which enables any venue to create a branded, custom mobile application to enhance the customer experience during events, increase venue and vendor revenue and communicate directly to attendees through their own interactive in-pocket marketing channel. Chyngle works with stadiums, malls, airports, theme parks, schools, resorts, hotels, cruise ships, casinos, conferences, etc. More


HearPlanet is a mobile audio discovery guide - it's like having a professional tour guide providing coverage for hundreds of locations, with additional enhanced content added daily. It also offers a geolocation device to discover instant info on things that are nearby. More

 

Friday Oct 16, 2009

Changing the Way You Look at Storage - Free Startup Webinar

Join our rock star, Angelo Rajadurai, in this free webinar that will focus on ZFS. ZFS is a new kind of file storage subsystem that provides simple administration, transactional semantics, end-to-end data integrity, and immense scalability. ZFS is not an incremental improvement to existing technology; it is a fundamentally new approach to data management. ZFS also combines, Disks, DRAM and Flash into one storage subsystem easily providing the best overall price performance for storage. Come learn about ZFS and its benefits. See a demo of how easy it is to use and administrate. Hear from a startup on their experience with ZFS.

Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Time: 8:00 am PDT / 11:00 am EDT / 4:00 pm UK / 5:00 pm CEST / 8:30 pm India (New Delhi) (check timezone)
Speaker: Angelo Rajadurai, Sr. Technical Evangelist, Sun Startup Essentials

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Thursday Oct 15, 2009

Startups of the Day: Geeks Going Global

Instead of having the "startup of the day" spotlighting one startup, we'll have the "startups" (plural) of the day as a lot of startups shined yesterday at our Menlo Park campus when they pitched their products to North England. The 3-4 winners of the "stimulus package" to set up shop in Northern England will be announced soon. In the meanwhile, here's a synopsis of all the cool companies. 


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Tuesday Oct 13, 2009

Startups Going Global Event

This event is going to rock the Sun campus in Menlo Park tomorrow. A number of startups will be pitching to investors for a chance to win a "boost package" from North England (funding, PR, free office space, etc.) to launch their business in the UK. Both the pitching startups and presenters are top notch - with most companies having very nice products already in the market.

Program Schedule
12:00PM Lunch
12:30PM Gareth Lewis, Opening Remarks & Geeks Going Global Program
12:40PM Juan Carlos Soto, Sun Microsystems, Global Reach of Sun Startup Essentials
12:50PM Steve Smith, Financing Globally
1:00PM Startup Pitches & Demos
1:55PM Success in Global Entrepreneurship - Richard Irving (Partner: Pond Ventures - The Transitive Story)
2:05PM Startup Pitches & Demos
3:00PM Success in Global Entrepreneurship – Chris Wade (CEO Shozu – The Shozu Story)
3:15PM Success in Global Entrepreneurship – Suranga Chandratillake (CEO Blinkx– The Blinkx Story)
3:30PM Networking

Tuesday Oct 06, 2009

"Startups Going Global Package" Special Event

Looking for a boost to expand to the European and/or Asian markets?

Pitch your startup company on October 14th to global VCs, and the North of England Investment Agency will pay for your trip to the UK to help you connect with partners, vendors and VCs based in the UK. This package is worth over $30k!  

The package will be available to 3-4 companies that prove to be successful through The North of England program. This event is hosted by North of England.

Not ready to pitch yet? There's room for a few observers that want to learn and network. 

Date: Wednesday, October 14
Time: 12 noon - 3:00 pm
Venue:
Sun Microsystems Menlo Park campus, Building 15 / Executive Briefing Center

Please RSVP via email by Friday, October 9th.

Agenda 
12:00PM Lunch 

12:30PM Opening Remarks

12:40PM Juan Carlos Soto, Sun Microsystems, Global Reach of Sun Startup Essentials

12:50PM Steve Smith, Finacing Globally in Hard Times

1:00PM Startup Pitches & Demos

1:30PM Success in Global Entrepreneurship, Speaking Company & Questions (CEO Blinkx)

1:45PM Startup Pitches & Demos 

2:15PM Success in Global Entrepreneurship, Speaking Company & Questions (speaker TBC)

2:30PM Networking (3:00PM Close)

Monday Oct 05, 2009

Helping Entrepreneurs Around the World 24x7

We've known SVASE for a long time and recently met with the SVASE team to learn more about their organization and all the great resources they offer entrepreneurs. 

Founded in 1995 by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs, SVASE, the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs, is the largest and fastest growing nonprofit association in Northern California dedicated exclusively to empowering early stage entrepreneurs across all technology and life science sectors to build successful companies. As one measure of success, SVASE members raised over $76MM last year by leveraging SVASE events and contacts.

SVASE hosts 10-12 events each month, featuring VCs, Angels and veteran Entrepreneurs as guest speakers, and attended annually by over 6,000 entrepreneurs, VCs, bloggers and press, and our events newsletter is requested by over 10,000 entrepreneurs and executives each week (sign up).  With our web-based services, including 24 Hour Networking, the online SVASE Yellow Pages, the keyword searchable VC Database and Jobs in Funded Startups database, and our links to VC Experts, plus blogs from AlwaysOn and Guy Kawasaki, SVASE is able to help entrepreneurs around the clock and around the world. For further information on how SVASE can empower your startups, go to www.svase.org.


Startup Events Calendar is also mobile!

As additional service to the startup community we decided a while ago to share the details of conference events & meetups that we were aware-of, and thought valuable.  We did this by adding a widget on our blog, you can see the calendar on the right side.

Our worldwide team collaborates to enter the information into a public Google calendar that you can access either through a web browser or using GoogleSync to go mobile.  If you have a Nokia S60 platform, Blackberry, Win or iPhone you can get synchronised with the Sun Startup Essentials calendars and see upcoming events live on your mobile device's calendar.

Get started in subscribing to the calendar by clicking the "+ Google Calendar" button at the bottom of the widget then take a look at http://m.google.com/sync



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