Video: What Makes Great Products?

In this video, Marc Ferrentino from BMC describes his experience with what makes great products.

In addition to solving a problem, Ferrentino underscores the importance of consistently delivering great experiences via product design. As a result, he notes the importance of having one person responsible for managing that experience choreography. Ferrentino is Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of cloud computing at BMC Software.

For more interviews like this from industry leaders, check out the Capture Your Flag blog.

Map Your Trips with Go Pro Travelling

map-280x165While inside-Startups is my hobby, my day job at insideHPC keeps me busy traveling the globe. At the moment, I’m on a bit of a March Madness Road Trip for nearly a month straight covering the very latest in High Performance Computing. And now with help from the Startup folks at Go Pro Traveling, you can follow along.

Go pro travelling allows you to plan your travels whether you have dates or not and automatically make an animated map of your journey for you to keep. With Go Pro Travelling you can plan day by day, determine walking distances to nearby places of interest or vehicle routes to your next destination and search among 250.000 hotels worldwide.

Do you have an HPC Event coming up? Be sure to fill up the seats by listing your conference in our self-service insideHPC Events Calendar.

Capitaine Train Takes the Pain out of Purchasing Train Tickets

 
If you’ve ever gone online to purchase train tickets in Europe, you know what a confusing process it can be. Enter the new Startup called Capitaine Train.

We think you have more important things to be doing than buying train tickets. We are here to simplify your life whether you travel dialy by train or only once a year. To make a long story short, we have an efficient web site, the best prices, and real people to answer your questions.

I wonder if we can hire these guys to redo the Cover Oregon web site for buying Obmamacare?

Aurora Project to Enable Lucid Dreaming

The Aurora project on Kickstarter got our attention this week. The device is a smart headband that plays personalized lights and sounds to help you have lucid dreams.

Lucid dreams are about more than just entertainment; they can also improve waking life. Research shows that those who lucid dream regularly experience fewer nightmares and lower levels of stress and anxiety. Visualizing activities during dreams actually improves performance of those activities in waking life. The Aurora can help you nail that upcoming presentation, hit the game-winning shot or ask your future spouse out on your first date! We spend one third of our lives asleep. Why not make the most of that time? People from all walks of life, such as Salvador Dali, Stephen King, Albert Einstein and Nikola Tesla looked to their dreams for inspiration.

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One-Wheeled RYNO Bike is Straight out of Anime

Startups like RYNO Motors are stepping up to make science fiction into reality.

Based on a Japanese anime video game, the RYNO, is a multiple use, self-balancing, one wheel electric “microcycle” (similar to a scooter), designed for urban dwellers who want the ease of commuting by bike but with the style of a motorcycle. The RYNO can travel up to 10 miles before it needs to be recharged. Because the RYNO is small and compact, it is easy to park and store. The battery simply slides out and charges in approximately four to six hours.

So, how much and when? The company has starting taking deposits of $150 for a limited amount of handcrafted RYNOs, for delivery in the fall of 2014. They’re built right here in Portland, and a RYNO back will set you back $5295.

Kickstarter Shadow Project Finds its Way into Sci-Fi Original

A while back we wrote about the Shadow project on Kickstarter. Now fully funded with 30 hours to go, this amazing app will reportedly help you record and remember your dreams.

As a writer, I was so intrigued with the possibilities of Shadow that I decided to weave it into my latest Sci-Fi original story, The Observer Effect.

This video trailer is a teaser for The Observer Effect, which is featured in the PrintN’Fly Guide to SC13 Denver.

Tagline: A scientist uses Big Data to try and prove the existence of God.”

Sponsored by Mellanox, the PrintN’Fly Guide to SC13 Denver will feature interviews on Exascale, high performance networking, and the 25th anniversary of the conference as well as restaurant and bar reviews for downtown Denver. Look for it right here in early November!

Download The Observer Effect (PDF).

Share Files Fast with Fasetto


 
A new Startup called Fasetto from Superior, Wisconsin could soon enable you to share all file types across all devices instantly without additional hardware, software, or even a broadband connection.

Fasetto’s new family of patent-pending applications is called Pretty Darn Quick (PDQ). With the speed to transfer a 5GB file from one device to another in less than 30 seconds, PDQ will enable users to share videos, pictures and files without compromising file quality.

PDQ’s network layer utilizes all available transport layers supported by the device, giving a user the ability to always be in touch with another user regardless of location, connection or device. We built the network layer algorithms from the ground up to support many complex network scenarios, without ever needing to ask the user how they need to connect to share information and what is the most beneficial layer to use.” said Coy Christmas, CTO Fasetto LLC.

Fasetto will show PDQ for the first time in person at the Cloud Computing Expo in Santa Clara November 4-7. Founders Coy Christmas and Luke Malpass will  present their “Agnostic Cloud Theory” and discuss their intrinsic API framework. Fasetto PDQ will reportedly be available for download in January 2014.

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