Monday Jan 25, 2010
Friday Jan 22, 2010
By Laura on Jan 22, 2010
Looking for a project management tool?
Check out MyDashboardPro.com, a simple, yet powerful and secure project management tool that allows you to collaborate with as many people as you want, inside OR outside of your company intranet!
Best part: the tool is free to use and comes with 100MB accounts - try it out at: www.MyDashboardPro.com.
A little background: 25,000+ Sun employees use a similar tool worldwide, so this is industrial-strength! The basic code of this tool was open-sourced in 2007 and became part of OpenEco.org where it underwent severe security audits. Enjoy!
Tuesday Jan 05, 2010
Monday Dec 14, 2009
By Stewart Townsend on Dec 14, 2009
From an expanding salad bar chain to an invention to reduce
heating bills. And from eco-friendly scooters to an ambitious digital
publishing proposition. There were some strong contenders for the
hearts, minds, wallets and purses of the investors in the room.
There was also the small matter of dealing with the inquisition from our esteemed investor panels, tasked with coaxing out the key details and selecting their 'most investible' businesses on the nights. Each company had three minutes to make their case, followed by three minutes of questioning from what we'll call the 'Dragons' for simplicity's sake, and finally three minutes of open questions from the floor.
Hosting a One day investor ready course on the Friday followed by the investor pitching on the Monday works out brilliant for all the entrants and attendees, with the Sun Startup Essentials HQ full on both days with investors such as PROfounders Capital's Sean Seton-Rogers, Banner Corp chairman and angel investor Rod Banner, Octopus Ventures' Alliot Cole, Flutter.com founder and head of a £50m Rothschild family-backed fund Tim Levene, and ex-head of Associated Northcliffe Digital Andy Hart, who recently created £10m intellectual property-focused fund Kratos IP and Entrepreneurs from such companies as Bravenewtalent and icreateshoes, some great minds and money in one building.
It is a real credit to cmypitch how are educating entrepreneurs in becoming investor ready, thus they are then ready to pitch professionally and in a manner that suits the investment community, and they can really drill down into the companies and make a quick decision as by being educated the startups give the investor all the information required in a concise and focused manner. If you haven't been to a cmypitch event, you must attend the investor ready one day course, and sign up quickly for the next one as we had to increase the space required for the last one !!!!
This is the type of activity the Sun Startup Essentials EMEA team helps support, promote and attend in order to keep the UK startup scene moving, thriving and funded, so if you want to know more about what happened on the day and who won, then go to the STORY HERE
If you want to attend or be part of this next year, then sign up to SSE at http://sun.com/startups NOW
Wednesday Dec 09, 2009
By Stewart Townsend on Dec 09, 2009
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.
Tuesday Dec 08, 2009
By Thierry Manfe on Dec 08, 2009
Friday Dec 04, 2009
By Stewart Townsend on Dec 04, 2009
Startup Weekend, phew what a weekend it was !!!
58 hours where attendees were from varied backgrounds such as "developers, startup entrepreneurs,business managers, marketing peeps, graphic artists and more" but what they all did was build something that could be a business. The projects, all nine of them were completed over the weekend at Sun Startup Essentials HQ in London, where the attendees were fed and watered constantly to keep the brain and coding power going into the late night hours.
So with mentors and helpers a plenty, what did the attendees actually produce ?
If you want more information and to see where and when the next Startup Weekend is then go HERE now.
Shows your friends activities you are interested in so they might join you.
A decision-making tool. The service allows you to make choices using the factors that are important to you.
Took the Twilio challenge, gives you a phone call when a new group you might want to attend comes up on Meetup.com.
Customization of cars using diff materials (Vinyl, goil foil, leather)
Bookmarklet that shows carbon info for various companies / car models / products allowing you to make a more informed “green” decision.
A mystery project conceived over a bottle of vodka by team Austria.
(Who opted not to present, launch pending…)
Helping break bad habits and form healthier new ones by starting small.
Take a picture of your stuff, slice it up and sell it faster.
An enterprise collaboration tool.
Wednesday Dec 02, 2009
By Stewart Townsend on Dec 02, 2009
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?[Read More]
By Stewart Townsend on Dec 02, 2009
Date: Tuesday, December 8th 2009
Place: Waterpoet Pub, London, England. Map here.
Cost: £15 - includes a copy of GaryVee's book, Crush It!
\*We are providing a limited number of media passes - to inquire please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets here now
Event Format: Guest speaker & Networking
Sprout Up is an event for forward-thinking London area entrepreneurs to gather and mind-meld. A great chance for startups around the city to get friendly, discuss current trends, and network in a casual, open, and focused setting. Attendees will walk away with new insights, new connections and actionable ideas for their businesses.
Featuring charismatic entrepreneur, Gary Vaynerchuk, Sprout Up London is the official UK launch of his new book, Crush It!
Gary Vaynerchuk, Author Crush it!
Gary Vaynerchuk has captured attention with his pioneering, multi-faceted approach to personal branding and business. After primarily utilizing traditional advertising techniques to build his family’s local wine business into a national industry leader, Gary rapidly leveraged social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to promote Wine Library TV, his video blog about wine. As his viewership swelled to over 80,000 a day, doors opened to a book deal, several national TV appearances, and a flurry of speaking engagements around the world. Gary’s dual identity as both business guru and wine guy has made him the “Social Media Sommelier.”
In addition to the Web 2.0 keynote, Gary’s remarks on personal branding, social media, and business atFOWA, Strategic Profits, and South By Southwest occasioned praise from established web denizens including Kathy Sierra and earned the admiration of countless bloggers and aspiring entrepreneurs.
Gary’s landmark seven-figure book deal with Harper Studio was featured in The Wall Street Journal
Sprouter facilitates networking and collaboration between entrepreneurs globally. Providing a platform for users to connect with other innovators, entrepreneurs can expand their networks as well as discover and join events in their local areas, start discussions and follow topics of relevance to their business.
Tuesday Dec 01, 2009
By Stewart Townsend on Dec 01, 2009
The Difference Engine is a full time 16 week acceleration programme which combines investment capital of £20,000 (for 8% of the business) with mentoring, support and office accommodation with various other services provided by our partners.
At the conclusion of the programme the businesses will be expected to be investor ready, and will have to present their businesses and products to a group of venture capitalists and angel investors at a demo day. The first programme will commence in February 2010 and will be run from Boho One located in Middlesbrough.
The Difference Engine is comparable to Y Combinator (Silicon Valley), TechStars (Boulder, Colorado & Boston, Massachusetts) and Seedcamp (London). Outside of London, this will be the first major acceleration programme to be set up in Europe, and clearly demonstrates our ambition to help aspiring digital entrepreneurs.[Read More]
Saturday Nov 28, 2009
By Thierry Manfe on Nov 28, 2009
Tuesday Nov 24, 2009
By Stewart Townsend on Nov 24, 2009
A comprehensive networking list for any startup, that can help determine where to focus your networking time and energy.
Sun Microsystems: Get discounted servers, open source and discounted software free technical expertise and more, free to join and the man you’re after, the man with the most colorful shirts in London is Stewart Townsend.Read More]
Monday Nov 23, 2009
By Laura on Nov 23, 2009
By Shanti Subramanyam
I attended the Bay Area Startup Weekend in Mountain View this previous week-end. This was the first such event I attended and it was an amazing experience – so I thought I’d share it.
The idea behind the event was that a bunch of folks would show up, some of them would pitch ideas for new startups and the others would join them if they liked the idea and/or had the necessary skills to build it. The goal was to build a working prototype over the course of the week-end. Read more.
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