Wednesday Jun 17, 2009

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 http://www.sun.com/third-party/global/joyent/index.jsp.

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

Tuesday Jul 31, 2007

Top 10 UK Start Ups as per the Guardian

So we have sunshine in the UK, and that means the top ten......of whats hot.......

The Guardian have produced a list of what they perceive to be the Top 10 Start Ups in the UK.

 

Some interesting investment data as well, in terms of the amount of money driven into the UK marketplace, showing an interest in small business and enabling them to grow quickly.

 

The boom is back. In Britain, the internet doldrums took a long time
to disappear – but in recent years the startup buzz is back in the air
and fresh ideas are starting to blossom.

According to a recent
report from industry intelligence analysts, Library House, €1.8bn
(£1.2bn) was invested by venture groups in software and IT companies
across Europe in 2006, with the lion's share of 31% - €558m – going to
British groups. The figures are expected to be marginally lower in
2007, as investors try to avoid an overheated market.

Our top 10 (in alphabetical order)

Dopplr
Social networking for frequent travellers.

Extate
Intelligent search of property websites.

Garlik
Online identity management.

MindCandy
Alternate reality gaming.

Moo
Print on demand: cards, notes and stickers.

OnOneMap
Map-based property search.

Touch Local
Local directory services.

Trusted Places
User-created local information.

Zopa
Peer to peer lending.

Zubka
Recruitment 2.0.

 See the article for the full links, but some interesting organisations, some Im aware of, some that Im not..


Friday Jun 29, 2007

Sun - Just a large start up

 


So a conversation yesterday, and funny this also stimulated something in the back of my mind I heard at the North West Start Up Meeting a few weeks back, essentially dont miss out on the obvious.

So at the moment Im talking to a lot of Start Ups in all areas of technology, some social networking, some community focus, others just developing the obvious, where the obvious doesnt exist...

But what struck me yesterday is, I work for a large global company with thousands of employees, passionate about what they do, but stepping back where did Sun start ?

Sun was started in 1982, with four employees, yes that is 4.....So Im not going to recite the history of the company, who we are, what we do, Ill point you at one of the Internets lovely wonders, shared knowledge

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun_Microsystems

 

The point is, Sun is a Start Up, we have grown into a large start up, but fundamentally as a company we started with four friends who had a passion and a drive to do something in the world that they believed would make a difference, and change it. Look at what not the company but the people in this start up have added back into the World

  • Solaris
  • Java
  • Sparc

And still we hold true to our Start Up Roots, in terms of allowing our employees to be open, express themselves and do what is right for the company...

So meeting with these UK based Start Ups, seeing there passion and dedication, my new mantra is going to be to tell them, how I understand them, as I work for a Start Up as well.


 




 

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