Video: Getting Your Startup to 100 Percent Cloud

Derek Singleton from Software Advice sent us pointer to this panel discussion video on Cloud computing for Startups.

Cloud is the de facto choice for many start-ups and small companies these days. Before moving business critical applications to the Cloud, however, it’s important to understand some of the challenges of moving to the Cloud–and how to overcome those challenges.

Panelists:

Ben Kepes, Principal Analyst at Diversity Limited
Matt Brace, Senior Engineer at Invodo and,
Don Fornes, CEO of Software Advice

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Slidecast: Startup Develops Crowd-sourced “Call to Action” Engagements

In this slidecast, Seth Elliott from Engagement Media Technologies presents: Crowd-sourced “Call to Action” Engagements.

Engage.Me technology enables clients to create engaging and actionable experiences for consumers to participate in that help build brand ambassadors. Brands can activate a vast user base to perform tasks that result in gained insight for the brand plus increased brand awareness. The tasks can be “gamified” to create a more enticing experience for the consumer. Additionally, Engage.Me Live! technology enables organizations to create rich community experiences around live events involving celebrities, musicians, sports, and more. By using the StringFly™ mobile application, tech-savvy entertainment enthusiasts can engage with their friends, by streaming and uploading text, photos, and videos to branded entertainment channels in real-time.”

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Startup Crowdsources Your New Slogan

Do you lack the funds to hire an agency to make your company sparkle? A new Startup called Slogan Slingers pits professional writers against each other to create catchy slogans and taglines for small businesses.

Now businesses small and large can have a pool of exclusively crafted slogans and taglines at their fingertips, crafted by freelance writers from around the world. Business owners will have complete control of the process by hosting a contest on Slogan Slingers, and choosing the slogan themselves through a faster and cost-effective process.

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Video: Startup Weekend Focuses on Female Entrepreneurs

In this video, Julie Sandler from Madrona Venture Group introduces Startup Weekend’s Women’s Edition in Seattle.

The entrepreneurial talent we see from women in Seattle is inspiring, and we are excited about creating an event that will showcase it. A big goal for the event is also to provide the opportunity for the aspiring women entrepreneurs in our community to (1) get inspired by an idea/product/team… perhaps even enough to explore starting their own venture, or (2) become more connected with other brilliant entrepreneurially-minded individuals in Seattle and thus more engaged within our local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Video: Common Mistakes Startups Make Transitioning to the Cloud

In this video, a Cloud Computing panel discusses common mistakes companies make when transitioning to the Cloud and some current limitations to making a full transition.

Key areas of consideration include:

  • You have to design for failure and have multiple backup plans ready in case of an outage.
  • The costs go beyond the monthly subscription fee. You need to provision for Internet connection, bandwidth requirements and network needs.
  • Not all applications are ready for the Cloud. For instance, at Software Advice we have difficultly running our telephony in the Cloud due to high call volumes and network limitations.

Read the Full Story. A Tip of the Hat goes to Derek Singleton from Software Advice for pointing us to this video.