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Apr. 20, 2010 SDF PWC

On April 20, 2010 at Pillsbury Winthrop in Palo Alto, SDForum held the Quarterly Venture Breakfast Series in collaboration with PWC. Allison Leopold-Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Stephane Berthier of PricewaterhouseCoopers, Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Peter Sonsini of NEA and Andy Vitus of Scale Ventures. They discussed the growth of cloud players from Amazon, Google and Microsoft down to startups looking for their first round of funding.

While aware of trends and fads, venture capitalists look for the black swan. They want the entrepreneur with the track record and passion who understands how their product fits in an existing or entirely new market. While Amazon dominates the cloud infrastructure space with its ability to supply servers, there are many opportunities in applications, security and databases. MySql does not seem to be able to scale well in the cloud and that is an opportunity for some entrepreneur.

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Apr. 9, 2010 SDF Analytics Revolution

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On Friday April 9, 2010 in Mountain View at the Microsoft Auditorium SDForum held “The Analytics Revolution Conference.” The fact that you can now do large-scale analytics changes the way you model and run your company. Text from DJCline.com

Dan’l Lewin of Microsoft did the welcome and introduced the opening keynote speaker Ronny Kohavi of Microsoft formerly of Amazon. Kohavi presentation “Online Controlled Experiments: Listening to the Customers, not to the HiPPO.” The Highest Paid Person in an Organization is a HiPPO and while they may sign the paychecks, it is the customer that sends him the money. If you don’t properly analyze the data you will miss important cues that drive more sales. Ask what you are optimizing for.

David Steier of PricewaterhouseCoopers moderated panelists DJ Patil of LinkedIn, Ken Rudin of  Zynga, Neel Sundaresen of Ebay and Kevin Weil of Twitter. They discussed Competing on Analytics at the Highest Level.” The demand for professionals with solid database development is increasing. Look for people with experience in Oracle data warehousing, SQL, Cloudera, Vertica, Tableau, Hadoop, Pig and Memcache D. Start budgeting and being very nice to the database people you hire.

Sanjay Poonen of SAP gave the second keynote presentation “Leading the Analytics Revolution.” You can now do analytics from mobile devices like the iPhone using SAP apps.

Owen Thomas of VentureBeat moderated panelists Amr Awadalla of Cloudera, Joshua Klahr of Yahoo, James Phillips of Northscale and Joydeep Sen Sarma of Facebook. They discussed “Analyzing Big Data.” Cloud computing frees you from poorly structured datasets tied to old hardware. Learn Hadoop and MapReduce to process big data, awesome data and stupendous amounts of data.

Before and during lunch there were short pitches from exhibitors and startups like Karmasphere, Accept Software, Agilis Solutions, Aster Data, CTPartners, Dyyno, Execustaff, IBM, KXEN, Medallia and MergerTech.

Peter Norvig of Google gave the third keynote presentation “The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Data.” Believe it or not, more data means better results. The closer two points are to each other, the more likely they might share the same characteristics. The original picture of Mona Lisa will be at the center of a cluster.

Brett Sheppard of BigDataNews.com moderated panelists Jie Cheng ofAcxiom, Vispi Daver of Sierra Ventures, Peter Farago of Flurry, Tom McLaughlin of Accept Software and Jeff Minich of CalmSea. They discussed “New Frontiers for Analytics.” The breakthroughs in analytics are speeding up business cycles.

Jeff Kreulen of  IBM gave the fourth keynote presentation “Analytics: An Applied Researcher’s Perspective”

Harold Yu, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP moderated panelists Stacey Curry Bishop of Scale Ventures, Asheem Chandna of Greylock, Kevin Efrusy of Accel, Sumeet Jain of CMEA and Lars Leckie of Hummer Winblad. They discussed “The Investor Perspective.” They don’t want invest in anything that will quickly become a generic commodity. Companies want more than a small incremental lift. They want analytics to give them a dramatic change in the way they do business.

Jaap Suermondt of HP Labs gave the fourth keynote presentation “Research in Analytics for Operational Impact at HP.” A commitment to R&D at HP is producing clear improvements to everyday operations.

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Video of the conference can be seen at:

www.dyyno.com/sdforum

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Oct. 30, 2009 SDF Collaboration

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On October 30, 2009 at Techmart in Santa Clara, SDForum hosted “Collaboration 2.0: Collaborating in the Next Decade”. Using social media at work is collaboration. So many consumers are adopting and using social networking and web applications at home that it is starting to find its way into the workplace. Companies incorporate these new tools to improve productivity and combine disparate resources around the globe. They create content and build engaging communities. Online collaboration not only augments old ways of doing things, it improves mindshare, transparency, and creates a sense of community among coworkers. It adds value for customers and opportunities for new investment.

James Lundy of Gartner Research gave the opening keynote. He said the traditional IT structure is vulnerable and the users are out of control. It is the Wild West all over again.

Harold Yu of Orrick moderated panelists Salim Ali of SAP, Roosevelt Bynum of IBM, Chuck Ganapathi of Salesforce.com, Didier Moretti of Cisco Systems, Perry Teevens of Skype and Matt Thompson of Microsoft. They talked about “The Incumbent Perspective on Collaboration”. Big corporations are not only collaborating internally, they see it as they way to find and keep customers. Legacy IT systems must give way for the Facebook generation. If the IT department doesn’t keep up, employees and customers will bypass it.

Danny Wallace of PricewaterhouseCoopers held a fireside chat on “Use Case Study – Real Time Collaboration – End User Customer Perspective” with Prashant Nema of SVB Financial Group and Mark Plakias of Orange Labs. Unstructured collaboration allows free-flowing ideas between multiple parties. Plakias thinks of online collaboration as a low-cost, low-threshold way to round up research inputs.

Frank Marino of Frank Rimerman Consulting moderated panelists Michael Ashley of FastPencil, Ivan Koon of YouSendIt, Ross Mayfield of Socialtext and Aaron Levie of Box.net. They discussed “Emerging Talents that are Changing the Business Model – What’s the Next Big Thing?” When collaboration and technology create value, the money and talent follow. The average employee spends twenty percent of their week looking for information. Collaboration is dirty, until you allow people to argue, break rules, and mess things up, you won’t get innovation.

Anthony Ha of Venture Beat moderated venture capitalists Asheem Chandna of Greylock and Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture Partners. They discussed “A Look at the Investment Landscape” You must get new customers within a certain period. This is a metric used to evaluate startups. Investors are looking for broad adoption even if the deal size is small. The “try before buy” model means software has to deliver quickly. Everyone is trying to figure out how to become the Twitter or Facebook for the enterprise when it will probably be Twitter and Facebook.

Chris Yeh of PBWorks moderated panelists Kailash Ambwani of FaceTime, Margaret Francis of Scout Labs, Ryan Holmes of HootSuite, Nanda Kishore of ShareThis and Seth Sternberg of Meebo. They discussed “Social Collaboration and the Consumer”. Collaboration is about people not technology. If you want to learn about collaboration start using the tools. Consumers will break down barriers to get what they want. You want to be there with a solution when it happens. Eighty percent of Generation Y use social networking for both business and personal use already. Privacy and security are big concerns. Social media is not like Vegas, what happens on Facebook, doesn’t actually stay on Facebook. Chris Yeh said a collaboration tool only works if it helps people do more and not get in the way.

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