Understanding Changes in the Software & Venture Capital Industries

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In this three-part series I will explore the ways that the Venture Capital industry has changed over the past 5 years that I would argue are a direct result of changes in the software industry, not the other way around. Open-Source Software & Horizontal Computing.

LeisureLink Ties With Software Firm

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Pasadena-based LeisureLink , which develops travel distribution and management software for specialty lodging providers, said Tuesday that it has linked its product with software provider InnQuest Software. specialty lodging software distribution travel leisurelink

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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If so, are specific software development processes necessary? Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions.

Gehry Technologies Lands $10M For Architecture Software

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Los Angeles-based Gehry Technologies , a developer of architectural design software co-founded by architect Frank Gehry, announced Tuesday that it has raised $10M in a Series B financing round. The company's software and services are aimed at owners, developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, fabricators and others. gehry technologies architect architecture design venture capital software dassault autodesk

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

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There are a bunch of questions in Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything , Startup Founder Developer Gap , and in Startup CTO or Developer.

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Guidance Software Lands Retailer

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Pasadena-based Guidance Software , the developer of electronic discovery and investigation software, announced today that it has signed an un-named, multi-billion dollar retailer as a customer. According to Guidance Software, the firm will help the retailer build an "e-discovery center of excellence". guidance software ediscovery electronic discovery legal

Should Startups Focus on Profitability or Not?

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While Google and Facebook will buy “acquihires” (at least as of Dec 2011), many acquirers hate the idea of buying companies that aren’t profitable. Many software companies have 85-90% gross margins, which is why it has historically been a very attractive industry.

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RightScale Launches Hybrid, Private Cloud Management Software

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The firm has linked with fellow Santa Barbara cloud computing firm Eucaalyptus, as well as private cloud provider Cloud.com to offer up the software. rightscale hybrid private cloud management software saas zynga eucalyptusSanta Barbara-based RightScale , the cloud computing firm backed by Tenaya Capital, DAG Ventures, Benchmark Capital, Index Ventures, and Presidio Ventures, said Tuesdya that it has launched a new product called RightScale myCloud.

Esri Buys 3D Software Firm

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Redlands-based Esri , the developer of geographical information mapping (GIS) software, said Monday that it has acquired a Swiss software firm, Procedural. Procedural develops CityEngine, software used to create 3D, urban environments from 2D data.

MindBody Software Raises $9.0M More

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San Luis Obispo-based MindBody Software , the developer of software for managing yoga, pilates, wellness community, and spa and retreats businesses, has raised nearly $9.0M mindbody software venture capital angel investment saas wellness yoga

Qualcomm Releases Augmented Reality Software For Android

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San Diego-based Qualcomm has released a platform for developing augmented reality (AR) software for Android, the firm announced this morning. The firm said the software, available via its beta program, allows users to build, market, and distribute applications based on its Qualcomm AR platform. Qualcomm's software allows users to build interactive, 3D experiences which interact with real world images on printed media, such as books, magazines, tickets, signs, and product packaging.

Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions

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Unfortunately, we are web, mobile, software, database guys. I talk to roughly 2 or 3 new startups every week who need advice from an experienced CTO. Many of the founders of these companies are surprised to learn that I'm willing to review what they are doing (maybe an hour) and get on the phone for an hour with them and provide free advice. Generally I can provide quite a bit of help in that brief time. And I try my best to point them to resources that can help them longer term.

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The End of the Web? Don’t Bet on It. Here’s Why

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As a software developer I wrote code on what was called a “dumb terminal” because it literally had no processing capability. But for software developers like my company the web was a blessing.

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Predixion Software Gets $6M More

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Aliso Viejo-based Predixion Software , the developer of predictive analytics software which is headed by Simon Arkell, announced today that it has raised $6M in a Series B funding round. predixion software venture capital analyticsThe new, strategic investment came from an un-named investor, and also included prior investors DFJ Frontier, Miramar Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures.

Predixion Software Updates Product

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San Juan Capistrano-based Predixion Software , which is venture backed by DFJ Frontier, Miramar Venture Partners and Palomar Ventures, said today that it has upgraded its flagship predictive analytics software. software adds enterprise collaboration features, interactive visualization, and--interestingly enough--an on-premise version of the cloud software. Predixion just announced a $6M round of funding last week for its software.

Lead, Follow or Get the Fuck Out of the Way

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When Marc Benioff declared “the end of software” industry insiders scoffed. Today’s post courtesy of the Dave McClure school of vocabulary. About a month ago I was meeting with a seasoned entrepreneur.

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32 Questions Developers May Have Forgot to Ask a Startup Founder

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If so, are specific software development processes necessary? Almost every day I'm talking to early stage startup founders (see Free Startup CTO Consulting Sessions ) about what they plan to do. I tend to ask a lot of questions, challenge aspects, make suggestions.

Quest Software Bolsters Security Products

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Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software said this morning that it has released a new version of its PacketTrap MSP remote monitoring and management platform for SMBs. Quest Software targets its PacketTrap remote monitoring and management product at managed service providers. quest software securityThe firm said the product now includes antivirus detection and better reporting, among other features.

X1 Discovery Ships Social Media Discovery Software

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The company said its software is designed to collect "tens of thousands" of social media items per hour, and uses the X1 engine to allow users to search and find information. Patzakis and fellow execs include quite a number of former Guidance Software employees. data collect facebook twitter enterprise software idealab media social discovery

SOA Software Names VP

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Los Angeles-based SOA Software , the developer of enterprise SOA software, announced today that it has tapped IBM vet Corey Scobie as its new Vice President Technology. software executive technology

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Sonos Upgrades Software

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sonos music system controller android tablet software slacker content hardware wirelessSanta Barbara-based Sonos , the maker of the user-friendly, multi-room wireless music systems, has upgraded its product, saying it now supports Android tablets, Slacker Radio, new features on Spotify, in addition to a number of other improvements.

When Hiring Entrepreneurs, Ignore Their Resumes

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Per their respective resumes, none of these individuals had relevant experiences which suggested they would excel at selling sophisticated software to technically proficient professionals. Note: This is the third installment in the Startup Team Building series.

RPost Updates Microsoft Outlook Software

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Los Angeles-based RPost , the developer of a service to electronically encrypt, capture, and electronically sign documents, said this morning that it has upgraded its software for Microsoft Outlook. The software is used to send encrypted emails, as well as capture proof of email delivery and content for legal reasons.

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GameSalad Updates iPhone Game Creation Software

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Los Angeles-based and Austin-based GameSalad , the startup developer of software that allows users to easily create iPhone games without programming, said today that it has released a new version of the firm's flagship software, GameSalad Creator.

Hiring a CTO for Your Startup

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There are a bunch of questions in Startup Software Development – Do Your Homework Before You Develop Anything , Startup Founder Developer Gap , and in Startup CTO or Developer.

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Shopatron Updates Ecommerce Software

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San Luis Obispo-based Shopatron , which develops e-commerce software for retailers, said today that it has made a major upgrade to its software. shopatron ecommerce software saasThe firm said that Shopatron 3.0 provides an upgraded customer experience, targeted at increasing sales for its customers. Shopatron's customers include Callaway Golf, Suzuki, Polaroid, Mizuno, Ducati, JL Audio and Sport Chalet.

Quest Software Enhances Storage Software

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Aliso Viejo-based Quest Software announced this morning that it has enhanced its Quest ChangeAuditor, its auditing software for network attached storage (NAS). Quest said that it has added new support for EMC Celerra and NetApp filers to the software. The software collects information about changes and access to data on those file servers, for security and compliance purposes. quest software storage auditing change audit

Perminova Raises $7M For Surgical Software

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La Jolla-based Perminova announced Tuesday that it has raised $7M in a funding round, which it will use to develop its web-based cardiovascular procedure software. Perminova's software provides scheduling, workflow, surgical data, and billing for major cardiovascular institutes and healthcare systems, including UC San Diego Health System and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. perminova venture capital cardiovascular lifescience health software procedure evonexu

Roambi Ties with Business Intelligence Software

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San Diego-based MellMo , the developer of the Roambi mobile business reporting application, has tied with an Italian developer of business intelligence software, the company said today. MeLLmo and Tagetik, and Italian software firm, said the two have launched Roambi for Tagetik, part of a strategic relationship which gives Tagetik's customers access to data on their iPhone or iPad. mellmo roambi business intelligence ipad iphone software enterprise remote access mobile

Viddy Gets $1.6M For Mobile Video Sharing Software

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viddy venture capital video sharing social twitter software mobile iphoneVenice, California-based Viddy , a new startup developing mobile video tools, said today that it has raised $1.6M in a first round of financing, and launched a mobile video creation and sharing tool for the iPhone.

Startups Should Avoid Dropping Trou

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Several years ago, I was pitching a software license to a middle-level executive at HP, within their Printer Group. Note: This is Part I in the Startup Advantages series. Startups have few advantages. One of the most significant is the ability to keep your cards close to your vest.

What Entrepreneurs Can Learn From The Grateful Dead

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Old School Software Distribution Is Doomed. On December 10th, 1993, a small group of software developers in Shreveport, Louisiana changed the software world. However, the game’s impact on the software industry is indisputable.

10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups

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Marketing futures can be really good for enterprise software companies where the information is passed between sales rep and potential customer in terms of near-term roadmap. I made every textbook mistake at my first startup, which is why I believe I was much more effective at my second one.