ZapThink Startup Insights: Simeon Simeonov, FastIgnite
ZapThink Startup Insights Week of April 26, 2010 Funding Insights Interview: Simeon Simeonov – FastIgnite This week, ZapThink spoke with Simeon Simeonov, Entrepreneur / Investor / Advisor, head of FastIgnite, and formerly Technology Partner at Polaris Venture Partners. What’s Hot While Simeon didn’t quite see the enterprise / B2B marketplace as we did, he did acknoweldge certain markets ripe for startup activity and investment: Cloud Storage / Backup Simeon tells us that the cloud storage and backup market is getting more attention. As people move more of their critical applications and data to the cloud, so too will need to secure and backup that information. Startup activity here, especially with SaaS and transactional business models are garnering much attention. He cites Backupify, a company mostly focused on B2C cloud apps now extending to B2B applications. Horizontal-cum-Vertical Market Segments Simeon cites the digital…

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ZapThink Startup Insights: Interview with Brad Feld & David Cohen
ZapThink Startup Insights Week of April 19, 2010 Funding Insights Interviews: Foundry Group & Techstars This week, ZapThink spoke with Brad Feld, Managing Director of the Foundry Group, a Venture Capital firm based in Boulder, CO, David Cohen,CEO and Executive Director of Techstars in Boulder, and Shawn Broderick, Executive Director of Techstars in Boston, MA. What’s Hot iPhone & Mobile Applications Shawn tells us that iPhone / mobile apps of all sorts are particularly hot as both revenue-generating businesses and investments. The only challenge, as he puts it, is whether the startup can really build a business around the application. If it’s a business, how can it be more than a single application in a marketplace? Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) plays SaaS players are still doing great – None of the investors have a doubt in the SaaS model, that is a proven…

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Including Startups in your SOA Infrastructure: A Guide for Enterprise Architects
In a previous ZapFlash, ZapThink opined that Open Source Software could play an important role in your Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Infrastructure. Certainly, there were no architectural reasons why it couldn’t. As we explained in that article, the primary biases against OSS (if there are any) are from the people in the organization who have fear, uncertainty, or doubt about the risks or benefits of OSS. But of course, that article spoke at a fairly general level. Individual implementations or products might be better than others, or more suited for specific problems than others. This is where Enterprise Architects should spend their time focused – on the specific solutions to specific problems, rather than engaging in religious battles about the merits of entire classes of solutions. Unfortunately, in addition to the biases against OSS, many companies have developed aversions to solutions from startup companies. Yet, in an environment where we…

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SOA & Cloud Governance
Do SOA and Cloud Governance Right! Are you struggling with making SOA work and troubled by governance concerns? Are you looking for SOA governance best practices for design time, run time, and change time / version management? Do you want hands-on experience with SOA governance methods, tools, and frameworks before you commit to a SOA endeavor? Is your organization looking into Cloud Computing and you want a heads-up about Cloud Governance issues before you get into hot water? Are you looking for a third-party credential to endorse your SOA governance knowledge? If so, then register for the two-day SOA & Cloud Governance Training and Certification course offered by ZapThink. In this two-day workshop, you will learn in-depth, practical SOA and Cloud governance methodologies, techniques, and approaches in ways that are not specific to any particular technology or an individual vendor implementation. The SOA Governance Training and Certification course is led…

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ZapThink Training Offerings
ZapThink Training ZapThink offers a range of different courses and training options for both individuals and organizations. We offer a regular schedule of open enrollment courses, and we can also bring any course we offer in-house anywhere in the world for a discounted fee per student. Licensed ZapThink Architect Program ZapThink’s flagship offering is the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) program. The LZA program includes: A four-day Bootcamp course offered by ZapThink’s master architects A globally recognized, renewable credential A community of over one thousand architects and other practitioners who have received the credential. Learn more about the Licensed ZapThink Architect program. Custom Training and Round Tables If our Licensed ZapThink Architect Bootcamp or SOA & Cloud Governance course don’t quite fit the bill, we’d be happy to create a custom course just for your needs. From seminar-length Executive Round Tables to technically-focused deep dives for various technology audiences,…

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