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Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

Both Sides of the Table

million in team costs to code, launch, manage, market & sell our software. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing. Rewind.

Why Cloud Is A Big Deal For Small Business [INFOGRAPHIC]

crowdSPRING Blog

Cloud computing involves the delivery of computer hardware and software as a service rather than a product. Good for small biz, or not so much?

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Dharmesh Shah, CTO of HubSpot at Business of Software 2011. Building Big Ass Software Businesses.

Business of Software Blog

Dharmesh Shah - Building Big Ass Software Businesses: Insights and musings on the Business of Software. Dharmesh Shah is the founder and CTO of HubSpot , a venture-backed software company offering a hosted software service for inbound marketing. ” At what point you need humans to sell software? He has a B.S.

One million HTTP RPS without load balancing is easy


As we and our collaborators prepare Round 9 of our Framework Benchmarks project, we had an epiphany: With high-performance software, a single modern server processes over 1 million HTTP requests per second. Five months ago, Google talked about load-balancing to achieve 1 million requests per second. Our project''s new hardware. Not cheap.

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Pinterest – a case study in capital efficiency

The Equity Kicker

As most of you will know, the enablers are cloud computing and open source software. They have 275 EC2 instances. 70 master databases.

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How Not To Run Your Own Technology Startup


Pager Duty – Rotating list of people “on duty: to get alerts on software failures, escalation policies. by Ian Smith of Captricity.

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5 Infrastructure Tips for Startups

EC2 - The Elastic Compute Cloud Service EC2 is essentially a grid in the box. EC2 is a powerful service, but it is still evolving.

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SaaS 101: 7 Simple Lessons From Inside HubSpot


It’s been a little over 4 years since I officially launched my internet marketing software company , HubSpot. Not bad. Trial to purchase?

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The cloud landscape described, categorized, and compared

Most people there knew the difference between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and therefore knew exactly what a PaaS company did, right? Contents: Layer 1: the software-defined datacenter. Software Defined Datacenterâ?? Heroku? Google App Engine?

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Coming Soon: A Game Of Startup M&A Musical Chairs

Seed Stage Capital

However, with the cloud, EC2, offshoring, viral social media marketing, etc., So, what are the takeaways for early stage startups? and 2.0

Data is the Next Major Layer of the Cloud & A Major Victory for Startups

Both Sides of the Table

At the time we viewed Amazon’s offering, EC2 as too nascent. Let me explain. I’m just listed who I perceive as the market leaders.

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14 Reasons Why You Need To Start A Startup


Ten years ago it used to cost a lot to get started in terms of software+hardware. Software for actual development was even more costly.

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Developer Focus: Dominic St Pierre, Focus Centric


“I did not find anything,” rues St Pierre. He explains. He struggled with that a bit, though, as the technology was all new to him.

Lessons Learned: The lean startup

Startup Lessons Learned

But by taking advantage of open source, agile software, and iterative development, lean startups can operate with much less waste. I am heavily indebted to earlier theorists, and highly recommend the books Lean Thinking and Lean Software Development. After some trial and error, Ive settled on the Lean Startup. Less is more. Good stuff.

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Startup Tools

Useful blogs and links for startups Click Here ————– 2. Simple editing. WebSequenceDiagrams - sketch sequence diagrams.

The Freeconomics of Dropbox - Projecting Freemium

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Our cost of storage, transfer, EC2 instances, and requests are all based on Amazons published rates and have not changed from the previous post.

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Why PHP Is Fun and Easy But Python Is Marriage Material


That is the life of a software entrerpreneur: It’s a stready stream of hard work, occasionally punctuated by some really hard decisions.

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The Economics of Dropbox

Web 2.0 Development and Business Lessons

Ive ignored the EC2 cost as it becomes nothing more than a rounding error at a per user level. Web 2.0 GB of data. per month. and 2.4% and 6.3%

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What The Rails Security Issue Means For Your Startup

Kalzumeus Software. Patrick McKenzie (patio11) blogs on software development, marketing, and general business topics. Greatest Hits.

Secrets Of Freemium Pricing: Make The Cheapskates Pay


They started buy self-service products, and the enterprise software business began its long decline. Software is not a normal business.

Startup Resources

Amazon EC2. free/cheap web customer relationship mgmt software. marketing automation software. email blast and mgmt software.

Games Are Different

Andrew Payne

I’ve become generally negative on most pure software projects. EC2, S3) removes most up-front capital requirements. It’s just tough for entrepreneurs: there will be some nice software exits, but returns are becoming so skewed, it’s more like a lottery than anything based on skill. Entrepreneurship Software

The Non-Tech Tech Startup

Mark Birch

Amazon EC2 obviated the need for hardware infrastructure. The kicker is that the total cost of all this software and hardware is nearly free.

A framework for categorizing and comparing cloud platforms

1: Software Defined Datacenter Users : Infrastructure Engineers. 6: Software as a Service (SaaS) Users : End-users. Travel. Cycling.

The Best SLA I’ve Seen In A While

Feld Thoughts

Machines and clouds fail, even on EC2. You’ll always have my cell phone number — if our software breaks, you can call me 24/7 and I’ll get my team on it. My first company, Feld Technologies, didn’t have contracts. But once things get into “legal” or “procurement”, it’s a whole different issue. Related posts: Gnip v2.0

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CEO Friday: Why we don’t hire.NET programmers

This literally the dumbest, most ignorant piece that I’ve ever read about software development and/or hiring programmers. Expensify Blog.

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Choosing Internet Platforms


Especially when there are things like: Amazon S3 / EC2 / AWS outage this morning. Finally we get to: Peter Coffee , Director of Platform Research, His premise is that we should be beyond having to buy servers, software, or any other infrastructure. Amazon EC2 - uses it for natural language processing. It's funny.

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Standing Cloud Launches Trial Edition

Feld Thoughts

You don’t need an Amazon EC2 or Rackspace account, as with “appliance&# providers. You don’t need to know how to install and configure a web server or MySQL, or download, install and configure software code. You don’t need to learn about “instances&# and “images&# and security groups.

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Techies? Write Your Own Ticket In Southern California

cloud computing (Amazon AWS and EC2, etc.) Build a software-as-a-service web site, even just a dead simple one, using the latest technology.

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Social Networking (the Shorter Version) Past, Present, Future

Both Sides of the Table

Third-party software companies will start to offer features to websites to actually drive social features. cheap accessible digital hardware].

The anatomy of cloud computing

Niall Kennedy's Blog

Cloud computing is changing the way we provision hardware and software for on-demand capacity fulfillment. The hardware. The platforms. Cache.

Is the OS the new QWERTY keyboard?


The QWERTY is reinforced by hardware (keyboards), software (the default setting in Windows and other OSs), but mostly, it is reinforced by habit: people around the world have grown up typing on a QWERTY keyboard, and we continue to train people today on the layout of the QWERTY. Habits (and cultural norms) are hard to break.

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Email server recipe for avoiding spam filters

Nathan Hurst

Nathan Hursts Blog Thoughts on Software, Technology, and Startups « Back to blog Im on the technical side of entrepreneurship in NYC. Im going to skimp a little on configuration here because with most EC2 AMIs I use, postfix is already installed. I love programming, board games, and my wife. If you enter "mail._ domainkey".

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Interview With Rainer Wehkamp Of Techila Technologies


I had a dream to start my own software company and had had many interesting ideas. So our pitch was not as crystal clear as I would have wanted.

Notes From SXSW 2010 And A Fabulous Startup Dinner


We spent 4+ hours at the table eating, drinking and debating some of the finer points (and not so finer points) of running a software startup.

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The Economics of SaaS: We Need a Platform

Will Price

Recently, I wrote a post titled “ When it Goes Right, What Does It Cost to Build a Great Software Company ?" Median revenue at profitability: $48m Median Years to Exit: 4 Software model supports the creation of great companies on The post begged the question regarding the metrics associated with SaaS. 8m $6.9m $21.6m

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Work Less, Get More Done, Convenient Open Source, What a Startup.

Software By Rob

I cover topics that affect software and web startups of all sizes, but mostly relating to startups you can fund yourself. Subscribe!

Put your business infrastructure in the Cloud with Google Apps Marketplace

Don Dodge on The Next Big Thing

Now they always have the latest version of the software because it is automatically upgraded on the server. No more need for constant upgrades, security patches and bug fixes required by client based software. Moving to the Cloud is a multi-step process. Gmail is the easy first step. Want to build using Java? Great. Ruby or PHP?

The Googlization of IT


Phase 2 - Rise of open source - I would call Phase 2 the rise of open source software over the last 10 years - most of which is hardcore infrastructure type software such as databases, virtualization software, and the like. Yes there are public clouds like Amazon EC2 which is now also offering virtualized private clouds.

12 Most Important Technologies Since 1990

Mark Birch

SaaS - Hand in hand with the Cloud would be Software-as-a-Service. Outside of the Apple MessagePad, I and most others I know have used them all.