Finalists and the Winner of The Cup At TechCrunch Disrupt

The list of finalists:

  • – “is a white label Social Rewards & Analytics Platform”
  • – “make websites better”
  • – “gives developers the ability to leverage cloud computing to build very precise streams of data from the millions and millions of tweets sent everyday.”
  • – “you can meet, talk to, and play with other gamers.”
  • – “working to change the way people at companies share knowledge.”
  • – “Makes good things for mobile phone (e.g. free texting)
  • – “Introducing the infomration experience”

And the winner is…

  • – “Introducing the infomration experience”

Startup showcase at the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC

Here is the list of companies that participated in the startup showcase at the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC.

Where Purpose Meets Profit

I attended the Opening Ceremony for The 2010 Social Impact Incubator organized by GoodCompany Ventures and was very impressed by the presented list of companies.

The GoodCompany Ventures Incubator is a program designed to accelerate the growth of social enterprise startups.

Here is the list of selected “The 2010 GoodCompanies” that will go through the incubator program this year:

I am very excited to have an opportunity to contribute to success of these companies via the mentorship program organized by GoodCompany Ventures.

AppFirst – My Second Impression

I have posted my first impression about AppFirst on Twitter.

This post briefly summarizes my miscellaneous thoughts after I spent a bit more time playing around with AppFirst.

Overall, App First offers an interesting solution, but most likely it will evolve in the near future. I made incorrect assumptions regarding the offering based on my first impression. To avoid the same mistake, just spend a few minutes reading about the service before clicking on “Try AppFirst for Free” button.

If you want to get a “fully functional” demo account without any extra effort, then I would recommend you to look at first.

If you did not follow my advice and still clicked “Try AppFirst for Free” without pre-reading or looking into the sendbox account, then you would probably agree with me on the following points:

  • It will be helpful if AppFirst trial account would provide a brief definition of the collector before asking user to install a collector.
  • A bit more clarity around “works with Windows and Linux on cloud” would also be helpful. I jumped to incorrect assumptions regarding AppFirst as a performance management solution for the cloud. Despite the fact that the service is offered as a SaaS service indeed, it does not mean that it would work on Amazon or Azure. Based on the demo, you need to install a connector on each server, and I don’t believe it is  possible on these clouds now.
  • Also, I am not sure about proposition of the infrastructure management – monitoring yes, but management – I don’t see how it would work.
  • “All prices include both physical and virtual servers” statement on the website is a bit confusing. I guess it means that the price is the same for a physical as well as a virtual server, but it does not mean that the price includes the actual servers – just the monitoring solution.

Despite these findings, I still think that AppFirst has a great potential!

Let the journey begin!

Ok. It’s official now. About 115 of my friends from Wharton MBA for Executives on East Coast as well as truly yours are holding newly minted Wharton MBA diplomas in our hands.

It was a truly amazing experience – very intense, very challenging, but extremely satisfying. I will certainly miss the intensity of it and I will most certainly miss my friends – tough leaders who had full time jobs, families, new babies, crazy commute from different parts of the country (some even from oversees) and who still managed to graduate with honors and distinctions.

I am starting this new blog today and I would like to dedicate this first blog post to all my WEMBA friends. Thank you for all your support and for the opportunity to learn with you and from you. I have absolutely no doubt that the friendship and the network that we built together will produce breathtaking innovations and liquidity events in the very near future.