Steve Jobs wants to build a new space ship shaped campus in Cupertino, the city where I live. He recently came to the city council (couple of blocks from my home) and made a proposal. Here is the video.
June 8, 2011
May 28, 2011
One of the best tech entrepreneurs - Doubleclick, Gilt Groupe, 10Gen
April 23, 2011
Most of it contribute by SaaS apps:
The global cloud computing market will grow from a $40.7 billion in 2011 to $241 billion in 2020, according to Forrester Research.
On the way to all of this growth are a few notable nuggets from the report.
- For starters, the infrastructure as a service market will peak at $5.9 billion in global revenue in 2014 and then commoditization, price pressure and falling margins kick in. In other words, early wins by Amazon Web Services and Rackspace won’t add up in the long run.
- Software as a service will be adopted by companies of all sizes. In 2011, SaaS will be a $21.2 billion market and grow to $92.8 billion in 2016. AT that point SaaS comes closer to saturation.
- BusinessProcess as a service will be notable, but face modest revenue.
- Virtualization will recede to the background as new technologies take over.
Here’s a look at the big cloud picture through 2020:
January 7, 2011
December 13, 2010
International Data Corp. projects that the number of mobile apps downloaded worldwide will grow from 10.9 billion in 2010 to 76.9 billion in 2014. That growth will equate to $35 billion in revenue in 2014.
In its forecast, IDC said that mobile apps are moving from phones to tablets to TVs and other devices in the home.
IDC said there will be an increasing move toward appification as software interacts better with users. In other words, mobile apps will extend into every aspect of our personal and business lives, argues IDC.
November 2, 2010
Dell sees cloud computing as a major part of its strategy. Today they are acquiring SaaS integration platform company Boomi.
Dell has just announced it has agreed to acquire Software-as-a-Service integration company Boomi. Terms of the deal were not disclosed and, as usual, the purchase is subject to customary closing conditions. Dell did not say when it expects to complete the purchase of the startup.
The comment, made at an event in Hong-Kong, sparked a guessing game among tech reporters, but it turns out Dell is picking up a rather small company – Boomi has raised only $4 million in venture capital according to CrunchBase. Nevertheless, it’s a startup that does offer a compelling SaaS platform for many a company.
Boomi offers an application integration platform, dubbed Atomsphere, which aims to help its clients reduce the cost and complexity of integrating applications by allowing easy transfer of data between cloud-based and on-premise applications. The company says its solution removes the need for appliances, software or even coding.
Headquartered in Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Boomi says its solutions are used with the world’s leading cloud-based apps, including Salesforce CRM, as well as financial (QuickBooks, Zuora), human resources (Taleo), content and service-desk management (NetSuite).
Boomi says it manages “millions of transactions” a month and has completed “tens of thousands of cloud integrations” for “hundreds of customers” globally.
Dell would not be the first company that comes to mind when thinking of potential buyers for Boomi. But SaaS integration is an interesting and somewhat overlooked area in the SaaS/Cloud space. It will be interesting to see where Dell goes with this,
October 22, 2010
John Doerr announces a new fund around social called sFund. He sees the next wave around social, mobile, cloud and commerce.
Here is Bing Gordon talking about the social wave growing 10x to 25x by 2015..
October 7, 2010
According to CNN’s research 27% of us share 87% of news links.
The most influential news-sharers, and the group which shared 87% of the stories in the survey, only accounted for 27% of all the users - tallying with previous definitions of a minority of highly active web web users that contribute a majority of content online.
The big social networks - Facebook Twitter, YouTube and MySpace, accounted for 43% of all links shared, email 30%, SMS 15% and instant messenger 12%.
September 26, 2010
McAfee did a survey on the impact of Security on the adoption of web2.0 in the enterprise. Here are some findings:
Those businesses agree that Web 2.0 technologies — such as social media, microblogging services such as Twitter, collaborative platforms, web mail, and content sharing tools — can drive revenue. But more than 60 percent of corporations said they suffered losses averaging $2 million due to security problems. Some 60 percent also said they were concerned about damage to their reputation as a result of Web 2.0 misuse.
Brazil, Spain and India led in adoption of Web 2.0 technology for business, while adoption was lowest in Canada, Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom.
“Web 2.0 technologies are impacting all aspects of the way businesses work,” said George Kurtz, chief technology officer for McAfee. “As Web 2.0 technologies gain popularity, organizations are faced with a choice – they can allow them to propagate unchecked, they can block them, or they can embrace them and the benefits they provide while managing them in a secure way.”
About 75 percent of the companies said that adoption of Web 2.0 technologies led to new revenue streams, while 40 percent said the tools have boosted productivity and enhanced marketing effectiveness.
The top perceived threats of Web 2.0 usage by employees are malicious software (35 percent were concerned about it), viruses (15 percent), overexposure of information (11 percent) and spyware (10 percent). About 14 percent reported litigation or legal threats caused by employees disclosing confidential or sensitive information.
About 13 percent of businesses block all Web 2.0 activity, while 81 percent restrict its use because of security concerns. About one third say they do not have a social media policy in place. Just 25 percent monitor social media usage by staff.
McAfee is not exactly a neutral party, but the the survey has some interesting data. Enterprise is the next frontier for web2.0 technologies and social media. Think social networking (facebook), micro blogging (twitter), Q&A (quora), LBS (foursquare) etc for the enterprise. There are some really interesting start ups working in this area such as yammer, opzi, asana etc. Enterprise software vendors are also doing some interesting things in this space. Expect to see a lot of innovation in this space over the next couple of years,
September 21, 2010
If you are an early blogger, you know Six Apart well. They are one of the early pioneers of blogging software with their Movaeble Type and Typepad products. Today they are acquired by VideoEgg, started as a YouTube wannabe, but later pivoted to become an ad network. As GigaOm aptly puts it, it is the end of an era (somewhat like Netscape being acquired by AOL, but at a much smaller scale).
After denying rumors of a deal over the past several weeks, blogging platform Six Apart and advertising network VideoEgg have confirmed they are merging to create a new social-media company called SAY Media. Chris Alden, CEO of SixApart, is stepping down, and VideoEgg CEO Matt Sanchez will become the CEO of the combined company once the deal closes in several months. Although the two companies say Six Apart’s existing Moveable Type and Typepad businesses will continue, the deal effectively means the end of the company — one of the early pioneers of the blogging world — as a standalone entity.
For some early blogging fans, watching Six Apart get more or less absorbed by an advertising network is likely to be a painful sight. The company, led by husband-and-wife team Ben and Mena Trott, was one of the pioneers of blogging almost a decade ago (the name came from the six-day difference in age between the two founders). Along with Blogger, which was founded by Twitter CEO Ev Williams and later sold to Google, the two software platforms from Six Apart — Moveable Type and Typepad — were used by hundreds of thousands of early bloggers.
Perhaps it’s true that in a day when Huffington Post and other digital-media giants rule the web, blogging has to grow up. But for some, this deal is going to look like the end of an era.
So long Six Apart.