Much of the focus in the technology press on Enterprise 2.0 platforms has
been on the similarity of these tools to public social networking systems
like Twitter, Facebook, etc.
One consequence of this similarity, and one that’s being missed by the tech
press and venture investors, is that these platforms make it possible for an
employee at any organization to build an internal personal brand.
I believe over time (3-5 years) that employees will view their internal brand
as critical to their success within the company, and the forward thinking
ones will put significant effort into building that brand. Those employees
that are on the bleeding edge will want tools to help them leverage these
Enterprise 2.0 platforms in a more effective way.
Contact management and Inbox management tools (e.g. Mingly and Xobni) provide
some functionality that can be additive to one’s perso... (more)
Facebook on Ulitzer
David Sze, a venture capitalist from Greylock Capital and investor in
Facebook, says he has watched Zuckerberg over the past two years since his
investment, and may have underestimated Zuckerberg’s ability to scale.
“When I invested, I thought Mark was one in a million. Now I think Mark is
maybe one in a trillion."
Read article here.
John Gannon's Blog
How do you make money as a datacenter-focused cloud computing company? Aside
from the sale of compute capacity (a la Amazon or Rackspace), what are the
other revenue opportunities available? Here are some thoughts...
1. Management tools: The cloud hosters like Amazon are providing basic
management tools, but we can already see there is a proven market for
higher-order management and automation provided by companies like Rightscale
and 3Tera. There are also a variety of companies and products who have
figured out IT automation in the traditional datacenter (Blade... (more)
I don’t think anyone will argue with me that the typical IT management tool
user interface (UI) is just plain awful. There are several reasons for
this, but the most obvious one is that an enterprise software product is
loaded with hundreds of features, functions, and configurations, all of which
need to be accessible to an end user.
As cloud computing aggregates formerly disparate functions and resources into
logical groups, it stands to reason that user interfaces will not need as
much complexity as is required today, simply because there is more
abstraction of the resources... (more)
I recently decided to make a career change and at the end of the month will
be leaving the world of venture capital (as some affectionately refer to as
‘The Dark Side’) for the maybe greener and definitely more uncertain
pastures of the startup world. My time at L Capital over the last year has
been great, and I’ve learned an incredible amount about startups and
investing, but I recently came upon an opportunity which was just too good to
I’m joining an early stage software company in the virtualization
management and automation space and will be involved in all manner... (more)