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Exploring the enterprise social networking space
JB Holston, Founder/Chairman, NewsGatorenclosure-voice 1317_ 11/26/12 - Based in downtown Denver, this company is eight years old, with about 150 folks at this point, highly profitable and growing quickly, Newsgator is in the enterprise social networking space, and we are talking with JB Holston, founder and Chairman of the Board, here at Defrag 2012. Think of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter - but think of it as a private, for a company's employees and external constituents, based primarily on the Microsoft stack, but not entirely. About half of their business is outside of the U.S. and JB says, "It's been a great ride!" Larry asked JB, with all of his experience, over these past few years, "What do you think are the biggest challenges for businesses today?" JB said, "I really think of two as the primary challenges. One is talent. both finding and retaining, training, motivating, managing talent. If you're a software company in particular, the demand for software engineers is so great and so competitive, that you've got to be a wonderful company to work for. Challenge number two is aggregate demand. When I think about all the macroeconomic and political issues going on. Anything that slows down aggregate demand, uncertainty about the fiscal cliff, that sort of thing, tends to effect the pace of demand. And as long as that pace is allowed to grow unfettered than the business is continued to be terrific." JB sees so many opportunities for business today, particularly in the front range. JB has been very involved in the Denver Startup scene here in the last few months. They had over 1000 startup companies in the Denver area alone, who were associated with that event. He said, "I think the message from that is, it is incredibly easy to start a great firm today...listen for more exciting ideas...
RELATED LINKS: Newsgator || Foundry Group || TechStars || Defrag/blur Info || Software Channel || Blog || KEYWORDS: B Holston, NewsGator, Software, Enterprise Social Networking Space, DefragCon 2012, Software, Collaboration, Entrepreneurs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Microsoft Stack, > bytes=4116796
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Sticking to it is going to be the entrepreneurs challenge
enclosure-voice John Minnihan, Founder, FreePository 1319_ 11/26/12 - Here at Defrag 2012, we are talking with John Minnihan, founder of Freepository. Freepository provides hosted source control to developers who are geographically dispersed. "We've been doing this since 1999 and were the first source code hosting site that was broadly used and we've been growing ever since" said John. He thinks the biggest challenge facing businesses today is pretty straightforward - sticking to it is going to be a challenge. Smart people have world changing ideas. Having the capacity to stick with their ideas through maybe some tougher challenging times. Normal stuff that you go through when you start a business, might seem more difficult. But you stick with it. In discussing the greatest opportunity John said, "By far it is the sheer cost of starting a business. It is incredibly low cost today as compared to ten years ago. A tremendous and broader way of either free or very low cost tools that provide immediate value to your business. Things like Freepository, hosted source control. You've got marketing solutions that are completely web based. You've got ways to broadcast your message - to get people excited about what you're doing through Twitter, through Facebook, Tumbler and other large, yet broadly seen media sites like that. So the low cost aspect of going from zero to something today is probably the single greatest opportunity for an entrepreneur." John's advice to an aspiring entrepreneur - "Go for it, just do it. You know, don't wait. Don't put off. Don't find yourself five years from today saying I wish I'd done this. Oh that great idea I had... Three other parties are doing it and they're just kicking butt." Your mantra should be, Do it! Do it! Do it! Listen now...
RELATED LINKS: Freepository || Defrag/blur Info || In the News || Blog || KEYWORDS: John Minnihan, Freepository, Defrag, blur, Source Code Repositories, Open Source Project Hosting Sites, Eclipse, TortoiseCVS, WinCVS, CLI, Entrepreneurs, > bytes=3502814
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Cloud Elements, founder and CEO Mark Geene with Larry Nelson, w3w3® and Gary Gaessler, VP Sales & Marketing, Cloud Elements. Interviewed at the Defrag/Blur Conference 2012, in Broomfield, Colorado The ecosystem and how this company was put together
enclosure-voice 1312_ 11/19/12 - We're talking about the ecosystem and how this company, Cloud Elements, was put together. "Cloud Elements is based in the Innovation Pavilion down in the DTC, and it's been a great entire Internet ecosystem that we've been a part of." Mark Geene, Founder and CEO, is really pleased with the startup ecosystem that is building up around Boulder, Denver and the Tech Center - and here's an organization, The Founders Institute that is now a local chapter in Denver. It was initially based out of the Bay Area. Gary Gaessler, VP Sales & Marketing, is a key member of driving that. Jim Franklin, a friend of Mark's suggested, "Hey you're transitioning out of the company you were with, looking for something new, why don't you engage with the Founders Institute", which Mark did. It was a great opportunity to mentor companies that are starting up and developing. That led to connections to Gary, which lead us to the Innovation Pavilion, a tremendous incubator like Galvanize, bringing startups together. "So we go there now, meeting with other people that we've added to our organization, meeting through this community." Gary Gaessler and Mark Geene are co-founders and EIR’s (Executives/Entrepreneurs in Residence) at IP (Innovation Pavilion) and also mentors at Founders Institute. Mark said, "Channel Insight, really was a cloud company before there was a cloud. We built a large scale software as a service multi tenant platform. We built this from scratch because there weren't the infrastructure service providers and platform distributor providers built at the time we started to build that company. So when we left there we looked at the opportunity to help other companies build their applications faster. We swore we would never do it again in terms of building our own platform and our own technology because it was so difficult to do. So that's where we really became big believers of platform as a service." Listen for more......
RELATED LINKS: Cloud Elements || Founders Institute Colorado || Innovation Pavilion || Defrag || Foundry Group || TechStars || PodCasting Directory || KEYWORDS: Mark Geene, Gary Gaessler, Cloud Elements, TiE Rockies, Executives/Entrepreneurs in Residence, Innovation Pavilion, Jim Franklin, Jon Nordmark, Defrag, blur, The Cloud > bytes=4257648
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The app is free - it's a really special piece of technology
Paul Berberian, CEO, Orbotix enclosure-voice 1315_ 11/19/12 - Spending a day at Blur is like taking a step into the future, with a reality feature that takes your breath away!
We spoke with Paul Berberian, CEO of Orbotix. As an overview, Paul told us Orbotix is the creator of Sphero, a little robotic ball that you control with your smart phone. What is special about Sphero is it is a robot gaming system. So think of a Wii or an Xbox except it rolls around on the ground, and there are over 20 different apps and games for it - and more coming out every month. Now, Paul was a keynote speaker at ‘Blur’, a very interesting conference here in Colorado, and today they just announced their new augmented reality application or game called Sharky the Beaver. It's a crazed little beaver that thinks he's a shark and he runs around your house eating cupcakes that you toss to him electronically. What's really special about this new application and game is it's the first time that you can take a 3-dimensional character and have it actually move around your house or office and interact with real world objects as well as virtual objects, without any setup, without any preparation it just works, it works in a bunch of different environments. The app is free - it's a really special piece of technology that just disappears into the end user - it's magical - they look at the ground and they see a robot ball, they look at their screen and they see a little crazy, whacked out beaver running around the house, and the technology disappears into the background. It just becomes really immersive and fun. Paul is a serial entrepreneur and goes onto offering some great advice for business owners and aspirating entrepreneurs. BTW, you might want to consider buying a Sphero for a year-end holiday present ...listen for more...

RELATED LINKS: Sphero Home || TechStars || Paul Berberian 10 years ago || Foundry Group || Defrag/blur Info || KEYWORDS: Paul Berberian, Orbotix, Sphero, Defrag, blur, Sharky the Beaver, Game, Electronically, Robot Ball, Colorado, Entrepreneurs, > bytes=4832760
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Connie Duckworth, Founder/CEO, ARZU - Keynote at Social Enterprise Event Chris Pelley of Capital Investment Management is proud to announce the hallmark event  surrounding the visit of Connie Duckworth December 3rd-4th. 

Connie K. Duckworth, Founder and CEO

Social entrepreneur Connie K. Duckworth founded ARZU, which means “hope” in Dari, in 2004 to empower destitute women weavers in rural Afghanistan and serves pro bono as Chairman and CEO. Starting with 30 weavers, ARZU has transformed into a learning laboratory for holistic grassroots economic development – today employing some 700 women, providing access to education and basic healthcare, seeding multiple micro-business start-ups, building community centers, preschools, and parks, and creating award-winning fair-labor rugs – all in a country ranked as “the world’s worst place to be a woman.” Ms. Duckworth retired in 2001 as a Partner and Managing Director of Goldman Sachs, the first woman to be named a sales and trading partner in the firm’s history. For the past decade, she has focused her business lens in many roles as a corporate director, published author, activist, angel-investor, humanitarian, and blogger. She is the recipient of numerous awards for leadership, advocacy, social impact, innovation and global presence.

RELATED LINKS: ARZU Studio Hope || CIMCO || Community Reach || Social Entrepreneurship || M&A Channel || ACG Denver || ACG Denver / CIMCO Annual Social Enterprise Event || KEYWORDS: Connie Duckworth, ARZU, Studio Hope, Social Entrepreneurship, Afghanistan, Women, Philanthropy, CIMCO, Community Reach, ACG Denver, bytes=5276215
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It is easy to deploy software on top of cloud servers
Dave Jilk, Founder/CEO, Standing Cloudenclosure-voice1316_ 11/26/12 - Welcome to the Cloud where you can rent a server by the hour! Now you've got a machine with a command line interface - but it doesn't have anything installed or running on it that is useful to a business person or even a developer... We're here at Defrag 2012 talking with Dave Jilk, founder and CEO of Standing Cloud - "The simple story is we make it really easy to deploy software on top of cloud servers like the application software, so that you can use it for something functional like Drupal for a website or a customer relationship management application" he said. Dave also told us that Standing Cloud has released some white labels with cloud providers. So, they work with the folks who actually do the renting of the infrastructure and provide their layer on top of them. The two that Standing Cloud has done since we last spoke to Dave... are a share hosting company that has moved into the cloud and offer applications for their shared hosting companies. So you don't see Standing Cloud's name but when you go to their home page, that's how you launch applications. The other is also interesting, a company in Iceland called GreenQloud[.com], and they are in the only data center in the world that is 100% renewable energy - actually being sourced for the power, not energy credits. It's actually geothermal powered, because that's where all the power in Iceland comes from. Larry asked, "What advice do you offer to an entrepreneur now?" Dave replied, "The advice I'd give right now is meta-advice. There are so many organizations and sources for mentorship to entrepreneurs today. They're not all exclusive, TechStars and some of the other organizations out there - you've got to be selected. But there are also other opportunities for mentorship that are less structured. Back when Dave started his career nobody talked about mentorship, there was nothing formal available. Now, you're really doing yourself a disservice - you are much more likely to fail if you don't go find yourself some mentors..." Listen for more...
RELATED LINKS: Standing Cloud || Defrag/blur Info || Foundry Group || TechStars || GreenQloud || Software Channel || KEYWORDS: Keywords: Dave Jilk, Defrag/Blur 2012, Standing Cloud, Infrastructure-as-a-Service, IssA, Amazon, Customer Relation Management, Cloud, Software Providers, Foundry Group, TechStars, GreenQloud, Independent Software Vendors > bytes=3982213
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Theresa Szczurek Communicate more effectively with smart mobile device users
enclosure-voice 1320_ 11/26/12 - How many times have you called a company and gotten a long frustrating phone tree? Press one for this, press two for that. Just imagine if you could get a visual menu that would instantly show you, which was then tap-able... so you could get visual responses. Radish Systems is a software company that helps enterprises communicate more effectively with smart mobile device users. They share visual content, in call, while texting or talking with mobile users. Businesses find great value in improving the mobile user experience. They save money and make money in the process. It's not constrained to an automated self service system - it also works with live people in call centers who can communicate with you, send you visuals and complete the transaction much more efficiently. Theresa Szczurek, co-founder and CEO of Radish Systems attended the Defrag and Blur conferences and we asked her, a serial entrepreneur, what she thought were the greatest challenges businesses face today. "It's a really important question because businesses are looking for solutions that solve their biggest pain. Otherwise they're not willing to separate from their cash or spend their time. So, the biggest challenge in this economic environment is to get the attention and time of the enterprises and to identify really what their pain points are and bring a solution that's going to solve their problems." Switching gears to the greatest opportunities for businesses today, Theresa said, "We are in a global environment." The biggest opportunity is to take advantage of the world going mobile. What is the future of mobility within a business? "It's a great opportunity because there are about one billion people around the world who now have smart mobile devices." ...listen for more, Theresa has some advice to aspiring entrepreneurs...
RELATED LINKS: Radish Systems || Defrag/blur Info || TMS World || Radish Sprouts || Software Channel || KEYWORDS: Theresa Szczurek, Radish Systems, Visual Content, Entrepreneurs, Mobile Communications, Apps, Smart Phone, Mobile Devices, Radish Communications Systems, > bytes=5520303
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Dave Leonard, Sr. VP Data Center Operations, ViaWest First Ever in North America!
enclosure-voice 1313_ 11/19/12 - Recently announced - ViaWest is the first ever in North America, of a co-location data center company to receive a Tier I4 Rating from the Uptime Institute. Understandably Dave Leonard and ViaWest are very proud of this distinction. The Uptime Institute with the Tier Ratings, 1 through 4, is all about the quality of the data center, Tier I4 being the highest quality. So in response to an increasing customer requirement for quality of data center, ViaWest has now designed the latest data center in Las Vegas to be fault tolerant. It's been certified by the Uptime Institute to be Tier IV Quality. That's the first co-location data center in North America. Dave said the ViaWest customers are really helping by increasing their expectations. It's all about the customers peace of mind - they don't have to worry about their most valued applications. The Northwest Vegas project is ViaWest's current largest build that's going on - augmenting their existing Las Vegas data centers. It's going to be a 74,000 square foot raised floor in a 108,000 sq. ft. building and it's going to be the greenest co-location data center ever built! And as mentioned the highest quality data center in North America. Dave went onto say, "We are building this data center to be Leed Certified, to be Green Globe certified, to be Energy Star certified, but most importantly it's going to be extraordinarily energy efficient, with a power usage effectiveness of 1.2." Lone Mountain Las Vegas data center earns first-ever Tier IV design certification for a collocation facility in North America...listen for more exciting details...
RELATED LINKS: ViaWest || Uptime Institute || Media Center || Software Channel || Data Center Communities || Blog || KEYWORDS: Dave Leonard, ViaWest, Uptime Institute, Tier IV, Las Vegas, Data Centers, Green, Lone Mountain, Marketplace, Data Center Operations, Local Partner, Service Territory, bytes=4014814
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An entrepreneurial blitz in the tech scene
Daniel Feld, Entrepreneur, Mentor, Investor enclosure-voice 1314_ 11/19/12 - Larry interviewed Daniel Feld a serial entrepreneur. Larry asked, "With the economic times we've gone through these past few years, what do you think are the biggest challenges that companies face today?" Daniel was quick to respond, "I think there are obvious answers to that, but I think some of the biggest challenges are just staying in business. Keeping cash flow coming in, whether that's from outside sources of capital, from investors of some sort - or from cash flow from your business. You have to have cash flow to keep the lights on, so that's just an obvious one. I think a less obvious big challenge today is getting the attention of consumers. There are so many different ways to reach out to consumers today. And, consumers are constantly being bombarded by messages across the different channels. First of all, knowing who your target audience is, is critical. Knowing how to get to those folks in a meaningful way, and connect with them to attract them to your brand or your solution, is also very critical." Larry turned the table and asked, "What are the greatest opportunities for businesses today?' His reply, "The biggest opportunity as well as the biggest challenge is, there are so many ways today, to connect with consumers directly. Having the expertise to figure out the strategy and the tactics to use those channels, whether it's using social media - and there's a lot of variety and different ways that you can track customers and speak to customers. But I think the fact that you have direct access to customers and that customers have a large megaphone out to the world themselves, means that companies really have to be on their toes about how they interact and respond to customers. Finding the right tools and the people to help them take advantage of those is a critical opportunity for people." There's more great advice, listen for more...
RELATED LINKS: Daniel Feld History || Foundry Group || TechStars || PivotDesk || In the News || KEYWORDS: Daniel Feld, Mobius Venture Capital, PivotDesk, Foundry Group, TechStars, Venture Capital, TV, Radio, Print, New Product Blowout, Branding, Packaging, bytes=4655128
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