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Nov. 14, 2012 SVF Main Event Getting First Round Of Funding

On Wednesday November 14, 2012 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum held its Main Event “Opening the Kimono: Funded Entrepreneurs and Early Stage VCs on What’s Getting Funded Today and Why.” Gregory Clark of Cooley LLP moderated panelists Steve Goldberg of Venrock, Michael Mayernick of Spinnakr and Devin Redmond of Social IQ Networks. They discussed how to get that first round of funding.

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Sep. 12, 2012 SVForum Venture Capital Investment Trends

On Wednesday, September 12 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum held their Main Event “Venture Capital Investment Trends with PwC.” Steve Bengston of PwC presented the latest information on which industries and regions are receiving venture capital, based on Q2 2012 findings from the MoneyTree™ Report by PwC and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), based on data from Thomson Reuters. Bengston moderated panelists Guru Chahal of Lightspeed Venture Partners, Shahin Farshchi of Lux Capital Management and Vish Mishra of Clearstone Venture Partners.

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Sep. 12, 2012 The Human Document Project

On Wednesday, September 12, 2012 in Palo Alto at Stanford University, Human Document Project held its annual meeting. The idea is to create a message that will be read by someone a million years from now. If you are reading this, it worked. Here is a list of the people who made it possible and the papers they presented.

Laura Welcher, Director of The Rosetta Project, The Long Now Foundation “A Million Year Document…for Whom?”

Tim D. White, Professor of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley “What Lasts, and Why:  The Paleoanthropological Perspective”

Stephen Quake, Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics, Stanford University “Reading & Writing Data in Biological Molecules”

Drew Endy, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering, Stanford University “Engineering messages within cells and organisms”

Michael Shanks, Professor of Classical Archaeology, Stanford University “What a potsherd may tell us: duration and the archaeology of human selfhood”

Michael Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, University of Kent “Earthsourcing: mass observation and the Human Document”

Andreas Manz, Professor Dr., Head of Research, Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) “Ontology based introduction to reading, and silicon device for mega-year storage”

Miko Elwenspoek, Professor of Transducers Science and Technology, University of Twente “Robust high density data storage systems”

Leo Depuydt, Professor of Egyptology & Ancient Western Asian Studies, Brown University “Report to 1,002,012: The Structure of Rational Human Intelligence in 2012”

Jeroen de Vries, PhD Candidate, Transducers Science & Technology, University of Twente “Silicon-nitride data storage disk”

I’ll present my ideas later. It is always fun to get the last word.

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Aug. 8, 2012 SVForum Main Event

On August 8, 2012 in Palo Alto at Cooley LLP, SVForum’s Main Event topic was “Raising Capital for Early Stage Technology Companies.” Greg Clark of Cooley LLP moderated panelists Jim Connor of Sand Hill Angels, Michael Harries of Citrix Startup Accelerator, Saad Khan of CMEA Capital and John Suh of Hyundai Ventures.

They discussed how even with reduced costs of startups and supportive incubators, companies still need venture capital. The options range from Ron Conway’s portfolio strategy angels to Mike Maples and his “Thunder lizard” to Band of Angels, Sand Hill Angels, and Angels’ Forum. Many investors are looking at social, mobile and big data because of the lower barriers to entry. An ideal candidate would be an experienced engineer leading an energetic team with an existing revenue stream and a business plan to sell the startup to a larger buyer like the Instagram Facebook acquisition.

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Jul. 24, 2012 SVForum PWC Mobile

On July 24, 2012, in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, SVForum with PWC presented a Quarterly Venture Breakfast on Mobile. Stanley Pierson of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Steve Bengston of PwC, Bob Borchers of Opus Capital, Kim Morgan of Motorola Mobility and Venu Pemmaraju of Intel Capital. By definition the mobile market is in constant motion. Five years ago Europe’s infrastructure and Nokia led the way. Today, Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android dominate the discussions. Five years ago most Facebook users were on PCs, now most are mobile as trend accelerates.

There are still challenges. Batteries face physical restraints that are addressed with software managing power. There is a debate about how much personal information should be on the device versus in the cloud. Content providers have to deal with smaller screens to accommodate advertising. Company brand managers now understand that an app can be the ad to target customers. Of course, making a purchase may not be easy. The promise of Near Field Communication (NFC) has bogged down in dealing with banks, carriers, device manufactures and merchants. The solution may already exist. Apple started iTunes selling music and then expanded to movies, television, movies, books and magazines. Amazon started selling books, but now you can buy appliances through them. How far away are we from buying a cup of coffee through iTunes or Amazon? Monetizing mobility is a moving target.

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Apr. 27, 2012 Stanford Vietnamese-American Art

On Friday April 27, 2012 in Palo Alto, Stanford University presented “California And Beyond: Conversations with Vietnamese-American Artists, Filmmakers and Writers.” Professor in Arts, Humanities and Medicine Stephen Murphy-Shigemasu moderated panelists Bin Danh, Troung Tran and Trinh Mai. They talked about their art, the fluidity of identity and their moving across media, time and space.

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Oct. 13, 2010 SDF IQ Engines

On October 13, 2010 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop, the SDForum Emerging Technology SIG hosted Gerry Pesavento, CEO and Co-Founder of IQ Engines and Pierre Garrigues, Director of Research and Development. They talked about “Trends in Visual Intelligence.”

They explained how their image recognition engine takes advantage of human crowd sourcing from the millions of mobile devices taking billions of pictures everyday around the world. If someone takes a picture and they do not tag it with identifying data about the content, the camera merely assigns the images a number, which does not help much.

Pesavento said “The mobile camera is evolving to an ‘intelligent visual sensor’ to power mobile visual search, vision for the blind, photo labeling and augmented reality.” IQ Engines is sorting through images from mobile devices is a user driven strategy of working from images that people are already interested in rather large libraries of stock images. Putting human recognition in a real-time loop to assist machine learning dramatically speeds up the accuracy of recognizing images. The better a person identifies the image, the higher their ranking. The key is their scalable any-image recognition engine. All this easier with the growth of the cloud, new database and analytics tools.

The most interesting development to me will be the new high definition three-dimensional digital cameras. Soon many mobile devices will have two cameras to give the kind images reminiscent of stereo-optic images from the 1800s or Viewmaster images from the 1900s. Until then I will have to take two pictures of the same stationary object a few inches apart and process them together later. (Now you know why I do that funny move when I take your picture. Always thinking ahead.)

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Oct. 12, 2010 SDF GetJar Bruce Jones

On October 12, 2010 in Palo Alto at Nokia, the SDForum Mobile SIG hosted Bruce Jones of GetJar’s presentation “Beyond Mobile App Store Distribution — Is it a b2b gold mine or b2c fool’s gold?” GetJar is the largest cross platform app store with a scalable open architecture, independent of any carrier or device manufacturer. With a billion downloads annually, Jones says it has “an attractive ROI platform and a fair revenue sharing model. GetJar has the broadest scalability supporting over 2,300 handsets as opposed to just one like the Apple iPhone.” Revenue is made from app companies with pay per download to consumer or white label app storefronts. GetJar’s favorite bay tech area partner is www.deviceanywhere.com.

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Mar. 16, 2010 SDF BI SIG: Web Analytics

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On March 16, 2010 in Palo Alto at SAP, SDForum’s Business Intelligence SIG hosted Google’s Avinash Kaushik presentation on “Web Analytics 2.0: Rethinking Decision Making in a 2.0 World.” Kaushik is the author of “Web Analytics: An Hour A Day” and winner of the 2009 Statistical Advocate of the Year award from the American Statistical Association. Text from DJCline.com

In the old days analysts could make a prediction and if it was wrong, they could always say they did not have enough data. Today software can record every keystroke and click on the web. The result is a lot of data, some information and very little wisdom. What is the point of gathering all this information if it cannot result in productive analysis and useful decision-making? Kaushik thinks not just about conversion rates but completion rates. Your analysis is not about how consumers behave online but offline. Statisticians must see the people behind the numbers. Any traffic analysis software will show you that more people might be visiting Facebook more than Google. The answers might lie beyond the statistics and more in the way people relate to one another. Text from DJCline.com

I think it interesting that with all the technology and information we have today we are still thrown back to the days of Socrates and trying to find out what is true with our reasoning skills. Web Analytics 2.0 may require Philosophy 1.0.

Be sure to check out SDForum’s big event called  “The Analytics Revolution” on Friday, April 9, 2010.

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Oct. 27, 2009 SDF Fed Cloud

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On October 27, 2009 in Palo Alto at Tibco Software, the SDForum Cloud Services SIG presented “The Federal Government and Cloud Computing”. Bernard Golden, CEO of HyperStratus and Joshua McKenty, Technical Architect of NASA’s Nebula Project talked about the new federal commitment to cloud computing.

Bernard Golden recently spent a week in Washington, DC, meeting with Congressional Committee staff members and various Federal agencies to discuss their cloud computing initiatives and concerns. Bernard shared the status of the overall Federal cloud computing initiative, his recommendations to the groups he met with, and upcoming milestones and deliverables for the Federal cloud. He thinks Federal cloud computing efforts and commercial cloud ecosystem will integrate and both will benefit.

Golden spoke about Vivek Kundra, who became the first Federal CIO and is strongly committed to the cloud. When Kundra took over he found hundreds of data centers all over the country. He wanted not just structural efficiency but operational efficiency. On his first day he called a meeting and asked the attendees about cloud computing. When they first group said it couldn’t be done, Kundra fired them and called in the next group. Not surprisingly, they said it could be done.

Golden met with staff of congressional committee for the House Energy and Commerce. They are concerned about network neutrality now supported by FCC and how to get more bandwidth for all users.

Golden then met with staffers for the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs as well the Senate Intelligence Committees. They are very concerned about security in the cloud. Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) certification at the application level may not work well in the cloud. He thinks cybercrime can be fought with transparency.

Golden visited the Government Accountability Office (GAO) and Government Services Administration (GSA). The GSA has an approved list that you want to get on if you want to sell software to the government. They now have App.gov, an approved cloud computing offering so all government agencies can get on demand cloud services functionality. For example, the Department of Interior can use a credit card to use Salesforce.com. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is available now and soon Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). The bidding process is complex but Golden expects lots of demand.

Department of Defense is rolling out Rapid Access Computing Environment (RACE) as an internal cloud for agile computing. They see it as a faster and cheaper alternative to traditional purchasing of computing services.

Joshua McKenty told of his work as Technical Architect on Nebula Project, a Cloud Computing pilot under development at NASA Ames Research Center. He designed the service capabilities in the platform ensuring robustness, scalability, and cost-effectiveness. Nebula integrates a set of open-source components into a seamless, self-service platform. It provides high-capacity computing, storage and network connectivity.  It uses a virtualized, scalable approach to achieve cost and energy efficiencies. The fully integrated Nebula components provide rapid development of policy-compliant and secure web applications. It encourages code reuse, improves coherence and cohesiveness of NASA’s collaborative web applications. Nebula will offer cost-effective Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). As a hybrid cloud, external researchers will have consistent tool sets and high-speed data connections to collaborate with NASA.

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Oct. 20, 2009 SDF Vertica

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On October 20, 2009 in Palo Alto at SAP, the SDForum Business Intelligence SIG hosted Omer Trajman of Vertica. His topic: The Evolution of BI from Back Office to Business Critical Analytics. Trajman is an expert on cloud-based databases who launched Vertica’s cloud database on Amazon EC2 using Map Reduce integration with the Apache Hadoop project. Text from DJCline.com

Trajman started off with short history of databases and the idea of business intelligence. Gone are the days of gathering the data into reports for managers who decide what step to take next. This slow process in some back office has moved not only to the front office but the website in front of the customer. Now you can have real time analysis and react immediately using integrated real time data warehousing. Cloud servers, complex event processing engines, analytic databases and batch processing map/reduce systems offer near infinite capacity to solve problems deemed too complicated before. Text from DJCline.com

A phone company can rebalance its network on the fly. A cable company can assess who is watching and direct a targeted commercial to individual viewers. A bank should be able to determine which mortgages are likely to default. The wide adoption of business intelligence at the operational level finally answers the question: What is the point of gathering all this information if we cannot act on it in a timely fashion? Text from DJCline.com

There was some talk about the No SQL movement The idea is to have people build databases without using SQL. People are always tempted to do things on the cheap like doing their plumbing or electrical wiring on their own. Personally I think this is likely to cause problems down the road. As an example, I am sure you could build a website without knowing HTML, but you could do more if you understood the underlying code. Building databases without trained professionals is not a good way to build business intelligence. In the drive to do things faster we must remember to do things better as well. Text from DJCline.com

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Oct. 20, 2009 SDF PWC

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On October 20, 2009 at Pillsbury Winthrop in Palo Alto, SDForum held the Quarterly Venture Breakfast Series in collaboration with PWC. Sylvia Burks of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated panelists Savinay Berry of Granite Ventures, Jim Lussier of Norwest Venture Partners, Ho Nam of Altos Ventures, Prashant Shah of Hummer Winblad and Danny Wallace of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Danny Wallace of PricewaterhouseCoopers kicked off the meeting with an analysis of where investments went over the past year in biotechnology, industrial energy, software, medical devices and media/entertainment. Basically the level of investment is where it was back in 1996. The consensus is that the economy has hit bottom and may be recovering slowly.

Enterprise software burst with dotcom bubble mainly because so few packages were actually implemented. The need for enterprise services is still there and may be met with software as a service (SAAS), cloud computing or just plain web services. Larry Ellison of Oracle appeared in video clip disparaging anything called “cloud”. Even the panelists were skeptical. Your elevator pitch must explain what it does for an enterprise not just that it takes place in the cloud. Large companies will still try to run in-house clouds but smaller companies can quickly benefit from pushing their IT functions into the cloud. IT managers will manage platforms and data rather than hardware. Over time the costs and benefits will be obvious and most companies will outsource their IT the way they outsource their electricity. Develop a product or service that is sticky for users and does not require begging for scarce resoures from an inside IT department. Offering reliable security is solid selling point.

As Apple’s continued success shows, a good idea or service can triumph in bad times. A good idea can grow a company or create a new industry. They did not wait for a recovery. They started their own.

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Aug. 25, 2009 SDF Cloud Storage

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On August 25, 2009 in Palo Alto at Tibco Software SDForum’s Cloud Services SIG hosted “Storage in the Cloud”. Four different approaches were represented by Brian Olson of EMC Atmos, Cameron Bahar of Parascale Cloud Storage Software, Adrian Otto of Rackspace Cloud Files and Chander Kant of Zmanda Open Source Backup. Text from DJCline.com

Moving data to the cloud can be the first step to moving whole IT operations. It can be a load off your mind and your budget. Some companies just store files, others offer applications. They offer different levels of security. All of them offer scalability unheard of in traditional IT environments. Sanford Rockowitz described it as a generational thing, that this is the way things will be done. The day of keeping all the data in house is over. Text from DJCline.com

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Aug. 20, 2009 Future Salon FreeRisk

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Aug.  20, 2009 in Palo Alto at SAP, the Bay Area Future Salon hosted FreeRisk’s Jesper Andersen and Toby Segaran. Andersen is a statistician, computer scientist and entrepreneur. Segaran is the author of the “Programming Collective Intelligence” and frequently speaks on the subjects of machine learning, collective intelligence and freedom of data.

Why didn’t more people see the current economic downturn coming? There was lots of data flying around but no useful strategy to make sense of it. Andersen and Segaran gave their assessment of current polling and statistical research. Bias is unavoidable. The questions you ask inevitably reflect your perspective. Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s AAA ratings are not enough. If you combine enough information from enough perspectives you can start to get a less biased picture of a complex problem.

How can we avoid this from happening again? They believe the solution will be public-private partnership internet firms with more transparency and market competition. They want to supply corporate financial information that can be openly analyzed to avoid conflicts of interest. FreeRisk aggregates accurate, accredited risk data so users can generate crowd-sourced algorithms to analyze credit risk that will be visible to everyone. They use standardized Extensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) data, public-domain financial data and user-generated content. They also use unstructured data released in financial reports right down to those pesky and suspicious footnotes. Credit evaluators can focus exclusively on creating and applying risk analytics and not worry about IT or database management. No more black-box credit ratings.

They want to create a community of developers so this economic mess never happens again.

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Aug. 25, 2008 SDF Virtual Entropia

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On August 25, 2008 at Pillsbury Winthrop in Palo Alto, SDForum’s Virtual Worlds SIG hosted John Bates of Entropia Universe to present: Virtual Economies with Real Results: Entropia Universe. Mr. Bates is the most engaging and fascinating speaker I have seen wearing a zoot suit.

People call Economics the dismal science. They have not seen Entropia, which actually has economists on staff. I do not think Adam Smith or John Maynard Keynes ever imagined their ideas would be used to blow stuff up. Entropia has its own virtual currency and some sort of bank-like agreement in Sweden. I do not know if they are FDIC insured and Charles Gibson of Ominivergent quite rightly wondered what would happen if somebody wanted their real money back. There are always risks on the frontier.Text from DJCline.com.

Entropia created a planet and even a moon to sell virtual real estate. It is a dung based economy. People collect the dung and sell it to landowners who use it to raise monsters. Hunters pay the landowners to kill the monsters. Other people make money selling weapons to hunters. Everything in the virtual world is designed to wear out so people must buy new things. I assume this is the entropy part of Entropia. Oh, there are killer robots too. There are rejuvenation centers for when you get killed by robots or monsters. With all the guns and dung, I am surprised they haven not invented virtual pickup trucks and country music. Text from DJCline.com.

All kidding aside, since 2003, over 800,000 users paid some $400 milion dollars for digital goods and services online. They hold the world record for the most expensive digital good: a weapon. People pay real money and get in-world currency to buy and sell things that do not exist. I still cannott get over this. Of course, in a materialistic world burying itself in real garbage, the idea that an economy can function on virtual goods deserves attention. Just hit delete and your digital trash is really gone.Text from DJCline.com.

This has global implications for economies that want to grow but not strip the world of all its resources. Entropia has a deal with Beijing Municipal People’s Government as the platform of development for the Chinese Cyber Recreation Development Corporation (CRD). The project will create a cash-based virtual economy for China that encompasses business-to-business transactions and other sophisticated economic models. They own it, they control it, and it remains to be seen what kind of free expression will take place in it.Text from DJCline.com.

Which brings up the sad point that some people go to virtual worlds to do things and achieve status they cannot do in real life. Will virtual worlds keep people from building a better real one?Text from DJCline.com.

It might and that is why the economics angle is more interesting to me than shooting monsters. Could we create virtual economic worlds representing real world markets? They would have all the current regulations, property and capital but exist online. Economic activity and market forces could be predicted with more accurate models. Would it help understand commodities or real estate and reduce the real world suffering that market disruptions create? Entropia may have more value hunting for answers than monsters.Text from DJCline.com.

Here are some pictures from the event.Text from DJCline.com.


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May 22, 2008 Future Salon Maasai

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On Thursday May 22, 2008 at SAP in Palo Alto the Bay Area Future Salon hosted Erna Grasz of the Asante Foundation and two members of Kenya’s Maasai tribe. Salaton Ole’ Ntutu is a shaman and his companion Sabore is a warrior. Text from DJCline.com Continue reading May 22, 2008 Future Salon Maasai

May 13, 2008 SDF Teen Tech 2

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On May 13, 2008 at HP in Palo Alto, SDForum held it’s second annual Teen Tech event. NPR, the San Jose Mercury News and CBS 60 Minutes covered this year’s bigger event.

One way to see the future is to meet the people who will be living in it. The Teen Tech event is a good way to see what the next fifty years will be like. Teens connect with each other while moving through physical and virtual space using voice, video, text messaging and games. Teens are moving beyond social networking to building businesses with each other. The question is not what technology teens will buy but what technology they will sell to the rest of us.

SDForum’s CEO Susan Lucas-Conwell and HP’s Debra Brackeen kicked off the event by introducing Anshul Samar of Alchemist Empire. Samar created a game where chemical elements and compounds become essentially action figures with particular properties. It has sold thousands of copies around the world.

Stephanie Olsen of Cnet moderated the High School panel with Deanna Alexander, Priyanka Bhatia, Sekal Hathi and Jonathan Wilde. Teens seldom watch TV but do watch YouTube. It would be nice to see a new episode on a big TV. They listen to music from iTunes and movies on Netflix and search for reviews on Google. They spend six hours a day on the laptops doing homework, reading and e-mailing because it can reach teachers, relatives or potential employers outside their age group. Students want teachers to create consistent user interfaces with lectures online and interactive whiteboards for online classes.

While they have no trouble learning new technical skills they still want to work on their real world social skills. Facebook is more popular and less complicated than MySpace. Most smart phones are not as smart as the iPhone. They want GPS, decent video and calendars interfaces that are easier to use. Like their parents, they are very concerned about privacy and safety. They are more likely to participate in causes online than their parents.

Allison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated the second panel with Steve Hoffman of ROCKETON, JD Lewin of Microsoft, Matt Thompson of Sun, and Ameer Karim of HP. Millennials are so adept at new technology that their parents ask them for technical advice. They see teens more mobile, more virtual and more likely to use or develop open source applications. They are also more fickle and likely to drop a brand or technology if something better comes along. They have to see value before buying.

Online games are attracting millions of players usually by personal recommendations. Games designed by teens will be played by teens. They want to be able to create and control their online identities across platforms. They want to have their Grand Theft Auto avatar on their Facebook account.

Karen Rohde of SUN talked with Mani Pande of Institute for the Future about teens in the workforce. To attract talent companies will need to use blogs, wikis, instant messaging and texting. Teens multitask and will text message each other while in a meeting. They are more likely to communicate and collaborate. If they don’t know something they will search and find someone who does. They expect flexible schedules and are seeking mentors to plan their careers.

Salina Truong of Gumball Capital spoke about her early desire to do good. As a child she wanted to buy a third world country. As a teen she sold Rubik’s Cubes and snacks and moved on to selling affiliate software on eBay. Now she works with Kiva.org to encourage micro lending around the world.

Larry Magid of CBS moderated the College panel with George Deglin of Berkeley, Jae Joh of Stanford, Mazy Kazerooni of Ustream, Alina Libova of Cal Poly, Jon Osborn of Santa Clara and Jeff Siebert of Stanford. They don’t watch TV or read newspapers. College students still use e-mail and carry laptops. About half the laptops at Stanford are Apple. Upper class students want smart phones that can surf the web like the iPhone or Blackberry. Other kids use basic cell phones and Microsoft Windows. Both groups look for music groups with MySpace. They use Facebook, Salesforce and Google Groups to keep track of friends or contacts. Teens will content as long as there are no strings attached like DRM. They want cell phones that vibrate and text message on faster networks. They like iTunes, Crunchgear, TechCrunch and Woot.com. They want better aggregation and interoperability in software applications. All of this technology makes it easier for them to be more socially and politically active.

Ben Bajrin of Creative Strategies moderated the Investor panel with Andrew Braccia of Accel, Sergio Monsalve of Norwest Venture Partners and Angela Strange of Bay Partners. Despite the current downturn investors and teens know the economy is cyclical and it will turn around. Bad investors and investments stay out of a down market and it is easier to see through the clutter. High energy costs will force the next generation to redesign where they live, work and play. Their technology choices will percolate through society and show up in other age groups. The opportunities are in mobile, content and branding. Right now there is no way for a teen to buy online without a credit card. That is an opportunity, and not just for teens. Fee or subscription models are vulnerable to advertising driven free content models. While they look for opportunities to invest in teen entrepreneurs they still want them to continue their educations.

Richard Escobedo of Teens in Tech spoke about his interest in entrepreneurship from age of seven until his present age of fourteen. He learned to be resourceful, seek help when necessary and to persevere. He started a podcast for teens and uses Twitter, WordPress, Apple and Final Cut Express video. Beyond technology he plays football and the violin.

Courtney Macavinta of Respectrx moderated the Teen Entrepreneurs with Drew Levine, Shooby Kumar and Daniel Brusilovsky. One factor in becoming a young entrepreneur is growing up in a family that values technology and entrepreneurship. They see lower barriers of entry in starting a business, with a great demand for video content.

Non-profits are inspiring teens too. Whitney Smith talked about the Girls for a Change that uses technology to build networks for girls in poor neighborhoods. Elizabeth Stock of Computers for Youth spoke of making learning fun and relevant in ways outside traditional education. Joel Franusic and Adam Smith of SuperHappyDevHouse invited teens to their big open source event at Sun Microsystems Menlo Park campus the next weekend.

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Apr. 9, 2008 SDF Virtualization

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On April 9, 2008 at SAP in Palo Alto SDForum presented “Virtualization: The New Frontier”. IDC’s John Humphrey moderated a panel with Raju Bopardikar of LeftHand Networks, Simon Crosby of Citrix, Bob Quinn of 3Leaf Systems, Roland Wartenberg of SAP and Peter Sonsini of NEA.Text stolen from DJCline.com. Continue reading Apr. 9, 2008 SDF Virtualization