Slidecast: Defining a Zero Client

In this video, Parmeet Chaddha from Pano Logic presents: Defining a Zero Client.

Pano System 5.0 includes everything you need to deploy virtual desktops on top of your VMware, Microsoft or Citrix virtualization platform. In one package and for one low price you get both our unique award-winning Pano Zero Client and the comprehensive hypervisor-independent Pano Controller management front-end, and the new Pano Maestro cross-group management tool. Together they provide a proven and integrated solution that lets you easily provision, deploy, monitor, and control your virtual desktops.

Slidecast: SPM.Python Expoits Parallelism with Fault Tolerance

In this slidecast, Minesh Amin from MBA Sciences presents on the latest release of SPM.Python. Amin was recently awarded a patent for the technology, which now includes support for exploiting parallelism using GPUs by way of PyCuda. With this new feature in place, SPM.Python enables programmers to exploit parallelism in a fault tolerant manner across all three levels of abstraction: servers, cores, and GPUs.

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Slidecast: ShopKeep – A Point-of-Sale System from iPads to the Cloud

In this video, Jason Richelson, CEO and Founder of ShopKeep presents an overview of the company’s cloud-based Point of Sales system that runs from iPad devices.

ShopKeep is an iPad POS (Point of Sale) system that gives merchants the power to run and analyze their businesses in an elegant, easy-to-use and inexpensive cloud-based interface. By combining a iPad POS system with our detailed BackOffice reporting, you have the ability to generate powerful analysis of inventory, sales and customer relationship management with a service that never becomes outdated.”

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Video: When Startups Change Course

In this video, Scott Olson from FounderBuzz interviews Tara Hunt, founder and CEO of Buyosphere. The company recently raised $350k after changing their business model to a shopping Q&A community.

Buyosphere didn’t start out this way. Their business model adapted from a more user and data analytics intensive model that required the users to fill out a tastes profile and where users would have more things automatically suggested for them to purchase based on data analytics. When both users and venture capitalists pushed back on early versions of the site, Tara listened and now has a rapidly growing site that was able to obtain the seed funding to prove their model with their community.

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Three Keys to Startup Success

 

Paul Graham

Paul Graham

Paul Graham has posted one of his talks from Harvard that focuses on the three things you need to be a successful startup: the idea, people, and what customers want.

Google understands a few other things most Web companies still don’t. The most important is that you should put users before advertisers, even though the advertisers are paying and users aren’t. One of my favorite bumper stickers reads “if the people lead, the leaders will follow.” Paraphrased for the Web, this becomes “get all the users, and the advertisers will follow.” More generally, design your product to please users first, and then think about how to make money from it. If you don’t put users first, you leave a gap for competitors who do.

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Choose Influential Customers First

Roy Bahat

Roy Bahat

Over at the Also Blog, Roy Boyhat from Bloomberg Beta writes that Startups need to pick their first customers based on their gradient of influence.

One way to think of it: your first customers are your first hires as marketers. You want them to be as good at their job as possible. Imagine all your customers as you did before (in terms of how valuable they’ll find you, and how easy they’ll be to attract). Then, consider that some of them have influence on others. You’ll find pockets where one kind of customer influences another, and some customer classes who are widely influential, or influential to several important adjacent customer classes. Think of this as a gradient of influence among your customers.

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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.