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s.laqua Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Uber is shepherding Boston school children to school for free. School bus drivers in Boston initiated a surprise work stoppage this morning, that left thousands of the ci...
s.laqua Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Uber is shepherding Boston school children to school for free. School bus drivers in Boston initiated a surprise work stoppage this morning, that left thousands of the city’s 57,000 schoolchildren stranded at home or at bus stops. Uber is swooping in with its sleek black cars (and regular cars and SUVs and taxis) to save the day. The on-demand car service is offering free rides for families and students to and from any Boston Public School, no promo codes required or questions asked. The New York Times reported that the Boston strike (the first in more than two decades) was set off in a “roundabout way” by the shutdown of the federal government. Apparently the bus drivers union lodged multiple complaints with the National Labor Relations Board, which is not currently operating, and they decided to walk off the job without notifying the city, school officials, students, or parents. Surprise! School isn’t really important anyway. Only 30 of the district’s 650 routes were staffed, and absenteeism tripled in the district.  Certainly one could blame the bus drivers, for getting the kids mixed up in their shenanigans, or the federal government, for being incapable of running the country. However let’s look on the bright side, and at a company that is leveraging its significant resources to do some good, because it can. Uber has had a tough time establishing itself in Boston. The company’s business model poses a threat to traditional cab companies and regulatory bodies around the country have challenged its existence. Uber has been embroiled in multiple political battles and court fights for years in Boston, although it recently defeated local officials in court. Still, use of traditional cabs still dwarf Uber rides in Boston.   This initiative could create some goodwill with the community, not to mention attract some new users, and it will be interesting to see if ridesharing competitors Lyft and Sidecar attempt to do something similar as well. Other organizations in Boston are also chipping in. Students were allowed to ride public transit for free and police helped take kids to school. It is still unclear whether the drivers, who work for a private company contracted by the city, will return to their jobs tomorrow morning. Uber recently raised a whopping $285 million round of funding and is valued at $3.5 billion. The company is known for being a fierce competitor that isn’t afraid to give free rides when it can help the business. When Austin city officials tried to keep Uber out during SXSW this year, Uber offered free UberX rides, and when Lyft entered St. Paul and Indianapolis in September, Uber responded by offering free rides in those cities until the end of September. Sure these free rides end up being expensive for Uber, but the company is on a mission to get into as many cities and attract as many customers as possible. It has also been known to offer on-demand ice cream trucks and mariachi bands. I was tough on Uber when it announced a new summer SUV service to the Hamptons, which cost a hefty $500, and a $3,000 helicopter options. But along with the extravagance and emphasis on luxury, Uber is also quick in a crisis. Sorry kids, looks like you have to do your math homework after all. .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta-red { display:block; clear:both; wi
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Bruce Rolff / ShutterstockCirro helps companies analyze a sea of data Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Big data startup Cirro thinks you shouldn’t need technical savvy to make sense of your company’s data. Cirro...
Bruce Rolff / ShutterstockCirro helps companies analyze a sea of data Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Big data startup Cirro thinks you shouldn’t need technical savvy to make sense of your company’s data. Cirro just closed an $8 million funding round led by Toba Capital, with participation from existing investors Frost Venture Partners and Miramar Venture Partners. The company will use the newly raised capital to build out its data analytics platform and scale up its sales, marketing, and support efforts. Customers can deploy Cirro’s platform in the cloud or in their own data centers to track all the bits and bytes across their disparate databases (like Hadoop and NoSQL). The platform doesn’t require a semantic layer or extract, transform, and load process, which could prove attractive to enterprises without major IT resources. “There have been previous attempts to solve the challenge of ‘analyzing data in disconnected data silos’ but they haven’t fared particularly well,” Don Howren, Cirro’s vice president of sales and marketing, told VentureBeat. “Cirro is a revolutionary approach to data federation that solves data access across disparate systems without the need to move, stage, or pre-process the data which for most is both time and cost prohibitive.” Founded in 2010, Cirro is based in San Juan Capistrano, California and currently has 12 employees. The company has “a few paying [customers] now” but couldn’t divulge any specifics. Related articles 5 questions you should be asking about big data IBM wants to use big data to predict heart disease long before it strikes Why companies need to move past Hadoop hype and get started on analytics now Dataguise secures data for growing big data market, and gets $13M boost What happens when media & big data collide? .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta-red { display:block; clear:both; width:100%; border-radius:5px; border:1px solid #95070f; color:#fff; text-shadow: 0px -1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.3); text-align:center; text-decoration:none; font-weight:600; font-size:18px; line-height:17px; padding:4px 0px 6px 0px; background: #de0a17; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%, #ad0812 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#de0a17), color-stop(100%,#ad0812)); background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#de0a17', endColorstr='#ad0812',GradientType=0 ); }
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Illustration via Tom Cheredar Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now It sounds like science fiction but Twitter, Comcast, and NBC Universal are announcing a new partnership that will allow Twitter users and cable subs...
Illustration via Tom Cheredar Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now It sounds like science fiction but Twitter, Comcast, and NBC Universal are announcing a new partnership that will allow Twitter users and cable subscribers to tune into TV shows or set their DVRs to record a TV show, right from a tweet. It’s called “See It.” “See It is a simple yet powerful feature that creates an instant online remote control,” said Brian Roberts, Chairman and CEO, Comcast Corporation. “Comcast is taking a leap forward in social TV by enabling Twitter users to more easily find and view the shows they want to watch and discover new shows.  Twitter complements the live viewing experience and is an ideal partner for Comcast and NBCUniversal.” The new expanded tweet that allows “See It” functionality includes the ability to tune into live TV, start an On Demand show, start watching on your mobile device, set your DVR to record the show, or set a reminder to record or watch a show. You can even buy theater tickets via Fandango, right from the tweet. Twitter is where television viewers come to talk about what they’re watching on TV when they’re watching it.  Millions of users are exposed to the live conversation that unfolds on Twitter while a show is on the air and now, with See It, they’ll be able to tune in directly from a Tweet,” said Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter.  “It’s a great example of Comcast’s leadership in bringing TV to new platforms.” Networks and shows that will use the new See It tweets include The Voice, Chicago Fire, Sunday Night Football, the Today Show, and yes, the coming Sochi Olympics. More shortly, this is a breaking story. .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta-red { display:block; clear:both; width:100%; border-radius:5px; border:1px solid #95070f; color:#fff; text-shadow: 0px -1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.3); text-align:center; text-decoration:none; font-weight:600; font-size:18px; line-height:17px; padding:4px 0px 6px 0px; background: #de0a17; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%, #ad0812 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#de0a17), color-stop(100%,#ad0812)); background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#de0a17', endColorstr='#ad0812',GradientType=0 ); }
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Widjaya Ivan Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Death, taxes, and Internet ad revenues going up are the new certainties of life, apparently. Online ad revenues in the U.S. jumped 18 percent from 2012′s numbe...
Widjaya Ivan Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Death, taxes, and Internet ad revenues going up are the new certainties of life, apparently. Online ad revenues in the U.S. jumped 18 percent from 2012′s numbers to hit a new record, $20.1 billion, just for the first half of 2013. Mobile revenues were the fastest-growing, soaring 145 percent to $3 billion, and digital video ads, crucial to the growth of visual media online such as YouTube, rose 24 percent to $1.3 billion. That’s good news for Facebook, Google — and the soon-to-IPO Twitter. The top 10 online companies command 70 percent of all online ad revenue. “Mobile advertising’s breakneck growth is evidence that marketers are recognizing the tremendous power of smaller screens,” Internet Advertising Bureau CEO Randall Rothenberg said in a statement. Search revenues, the money that search engines such as Google and Bing as well as local search sites such as Yelp and Yellow Pages bring in, continued to rise, but at a slower pace. Search revenues increased 7 percent to $8.7 billion, just about a third more than display ad revenue, which increased 9 percent to $6.1 billion. Web properties are clearly not seeing the heady 100 percent to 300 percent increases that Internet advertising realized in the late 1990s, but these numbers indicate that online advertising, which has risen in double digits for four consecutive half-year reporting time frames, is alive and healthy. Online advertising was worth only $82 million in the first half of 1996, crossed the billion-dollar mark first in 1998, and rose over $10 billion just six years ago in 2007. Interestingly, only one category of ad revenue was down in the last six months. E-mail ads were flat, but almost everything else — classifieds and directories, sponsorships, lead generation, and banner ads — was up. The one category that was down was rich media ads, possibly due to their cost, and the fact that in today’s increasingly automated advertising ecosystem, they’re not as easy to create on the fly and throw into an ad network’s inventory. But digital video commercials were up, as was mobile. “Internet advertising’s ability to impact and engage is evident across digital screens, whether big or small,” said David Silverman, a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta-red { display:block; clear:both; width:100%; border-radius:5px; border:1px solid #95070f; color:#fff; text-shadow: 0px -1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.3); text-align:center; text-decoration:none; font-weight:600; font-size:18px; line-height:17px; padding:4px 0px 6px 0px; background: #de0a17; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%, #ad0812 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#de0a17), color-stop(100%,#ad0812)); background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: -ms-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: linear-gradient(to bottom,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); filter: progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.gradient( startColorstr='#de0a17', endColorstr='#ad0812',GradientType=0 ); }
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Shutterstock Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Love, marriage, and commitment are great, but let’s be honest — getting married is really about the gifts. Today, Gilt Groupe founder Kevin Ryan and Gilt...
Shutterstock Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Love, marriage, and commitment are great, but let’s be honest — getting married is really about the gifts. Today, Gilt Groupe founder Kevin Ryan and Gilt alumni Shan-Lyn Ma and Nobu Nakaguchi launched Zola — a wedding registry for the “modern couple.” Zola is an e-commerce platform that features a mix of traditional wedding gifts (like blenders, cookware, and fancy linens) along with more eclectic offerings like bicycles, art work, and hygrometers. It also features “experiences,” like a farmers market subscription or interior design consultation. Couples may also use it for contributions for a honeymoon or cash fund. The basic idea is to fill a registry with stuff a couple may actually want and use, rather than six blenders, four sets of crystal stemware, and ambiguous grilling gadgets. “Today’s engaged couples are passionate about many things – food and wine, design, world travel, outdoor activities, and more,” said Ma, Zola’s CEO, in a statement. “Yet wedding registries often lack modern offerings to meet their unique needs.” The average American wedding last year cost an astonishing $27,021 — the same as a year of college tuition and close to what the average American makes in an entire year. It’s one of the largest expenditures a couple will make, aside from purchasing a house. The “industrial wedding complex” comprises a $51 billion industry, once you factor in dresses, florists, reception halls, event planners, foods, photographers, musicians, and gifts. Around $19 billion of this is spent on wedding gifts a year — $10 billion on traditional gifts and $9 billion in cash and alternative gift registries. This cost is only offset by the piles of stuff that couples get in exchange for tying the knot. After a wedding, all that is left is memories, photographs, some leftover wedding cake, and gifts. The costs pile up for guests as well, who are the ones buying the gifts. A study conducted by the University of Notre Dame found that gift registries actually make weddings less meaningful for guests. They just pick something off a list, pay for it, and that’s the end. There isn’t much of human interaction going on. If this amount of time, effort, and money is going to be spent outfitting a couple for the nuptial life, the retail experience for the betrothed and their guests might as well be streamlined. Other sites like TheKnot, MyRegistry, NewlyWIsh, and RegistryLove have tools for pulling items from around the Web into one consolidated registry. Zola’s platform also puts a strong emphasis on clean design and ease-of-use. It offers Starter Collections, which include popular items based on specific preferences, as well as featured registries. Couples create unique URLs and can personalize their registries with photos, stores, and anecdotes. Gifts can also be marked for group gifting, where friends can basically crowdfund more expensive items, and Zola notifies the couple when each item has been purchased. The system tracks and organizes all of the transactions so couples can make sure they get all the goodies. And write thank you notes. Zola’s cofounders have extensive experienced in high-end e-commerce through their experience at Gilt Groupe. After getting invited to, buying gifts for, and attending a large number of weddings, they saw an opportunity to capitalize on the rampant consumerism surrounding them. Zola takes a curated approach to wedding registries and provides useful tools for keeping track of the loot. Its inventory currently has about 1,000 products, and so using Zola only works if everything you want and need is on their site. Of course the average age when people get married is going up, and many of these couples are already co-habitating. They’ve started their life together, pre-wedding, and don’t need to rely on frien
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BetAmericaThe Twitter Game screen Oct. 29-30, 2013 Redwood City, CA Tickets On Sale Now The Twitter Game seems inevitable. We enjoy watching celebrities get into fights on Twitter, and now we can make money by betting on who will bl...
BetAmericaThe Twitter Game screen Oct. 29-30, 2013 Redwood City, CA Tickets On Sale Now The Twitter Game seems inevitable. We enjoy watching celebrities get into fights on Twitter, and now we can make money by betting on who will blow up next. BetAmericaThe Twitter Game screen BetAmerica has launched The Twitter Game, a fantasy-sports-like game where you can bet on which celebrities will tweet the most. If this had been in place when singer Miley Cyrus went to war against musician Sinead O’Connor on Twitter, you would have made a bundle. O’Connor took Cryus to task for her recent “twerking” performances, and Cyrus retaliated with a Twitter tirade.  Joe Bunevith, director of fantasy games for BetAmerica, said his team has studied celebrities based on tweet frequency and popularity. “It’s a simple game where you pick from various tiers of celebrities who are pre-selected, based on the number of their tweets,” Bunevith said. “The more they tweet, the more you score points.” A game starts every hour. You can click on the “Games” section on BetAmerica. You can enter by paying an entry fee, ranging from free to $500. You then create a team of five celebrities, like Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and Sinead O’Connor. Then you sit back and watch your points roll in on BetAmerica’s live scoring system. If you win, you will earn points toward a cash prize. If a celebrity melts down on Twitter, you’re the beneficiary. The scoring lasts for a day, and you can see the final results coming in live in real-time. It’s not a graphically beautiful game, as you can see from the text-based user interface. But it could be a way for you to make some money. Over time, Bunevith said the game will include more graphical elements. The Twitter Game is part of BetAmerica’s new FanEx hub, dedicated to daily fantasy sports games. The Twitter Game is the first in a series of pop culture fantasy games coming from BetAmerica. We’ll see games based on major award shows such as the Grammys or the Oscars. The Twitter Game title is launching today. Bunevith said the game is a like fantasy sports, which are classified as games of skill in many states. That means it is legal to bet on them, in contrast to games of chance, which are classified as gambling. As an example, here’s how many times these celebrities tweeted recently: Piers Morgan 42.30; Chad Johnson 42.60; Nicki Minaj 31.50; Russell Simmons 42.50; Wil Wheaton 33.40; Oprah Winfrey 14.80; LL COOL J 24.60; Diddy 12.30; Snoop Dogg 12.50; Barack Obama 13.10; Paris Hilton 9.70; Kim Kardashian 11.00; Jordin Sparks 11.10; Anderson Cooper 6.90; Suze Orman 7.60; Lindsay Lohan 7.40; and Miley Cyrus 7.10. BetAmerica has been running horse racing games for years, and it recently launched its fantasy sports games. San Francisco-based BetAmerica has paid out more than $100 million to players since 2007, so the company believes it will be able to handle the demand if the sports category grows. BetAmerica has 35 employees and it uses a common platform across its games. Rivals include FanDuel. “We’re expanding our brand beyond the sports betting genre in a big way,” Bunevith said. BetAmericaTwitter Game .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px 0px 10px 20px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta { display:block; clear:both; width:100%; border-radius:5px; borde
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After a public face plant regarding the release of its operating system update to developers, Microsoft today announced that applications built for Windows 8.1 will be approved no more than five days following their submission, once the ...
After a public face plant regarding the release of its operating system update to developers, Microsoft today announced that applications built for Windows 8.1 will be approved no more than five days following their submission, once the new build of Windows becomes generally available. That means that come October 18, when Windows 8.1 becomes downloadable by all, apps submitted to take advantage of its improvements won’t be tied up by a long line, harming developers who want to stay ahead of the curve. It’s an interesting gambit. The Windows Store on Windows 8, as Microsoft will tell you, has more than 100,000 applications. The real number, though, is north of 115,000. Whatever the case, if even a decent slice of that app set were to submit an update at once, it would flood Microsoft’s approval staff. Microsoft previously announced that developers would not be given access to the final build of Windows 8.1 before its general release. That was greeted with a giant raspberry from the coding cohort, and Microsoft later recanted its take and promised the code a month early. However, even with that recantation, Windows 8.1 applications cannot be submitted before the general availability of the operating system. That’s why this matters: Microsoft is forcing developers to wait until 8.1 is fully baked and out in the wild before they can hit go on their apps. By promising that submitted apps, even given the restrictions in place, will be filed in short order, Microsoft is extending a tentative kiss to developers it recently razzled. What this also means is that there will be all but zero Windows 8.1 applications available for download on the day that Windows 8.1 hits the masses. Here’s Microsoft on the matter (emphasis mine): The RTM versions of tools, services, and platform are required for store submissions which will open up for new Windows 8.1 apps beginning at general availability on October 18. So, no Windows 8.1 applications at launch, but likely a goodly number a few days after. Top Image Credit: Dell Inc.
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drewm Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As PHP developer conference ZendCon rolls on, VentureBeat sat down with Zend founders Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans to talk a bit about the comp...
drewm Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now SANTA CLARA, Calif. — As PHP developer conference ZendCon rolls on, VentureBeat sat down with Zend founders Zeev Suraski and Andi Gutmans to talk a bit about the company’s history and PHP’s place in the modern web. PHP is the language behind both WordPress and Facebook, two services that account for a huge swath of the Internet’s daily traffic load. And devs are using it for mobile programming, too. Zend and its founding team have been part of PHP since the project’s earliest days. As Zend (the corporation) has grown in tandem with PHP (the open-source technology), Gutmans and Suraski both said it’s been a delicate task to balance their business with their desire and need to make PHP the best it can be. Here’s our interview with the duo: VentureBeat: How early were you two involved with the PHP project? Suraski: I’ve worked on PHP since ’97, and we founded Zend in ’99. At the time, PHP was growing at a remarkable pace — so remarkable that we found it hard to believe. We questioned the data! High level but hands-on Our upcoming DevBeat conference, Nov. 12-13 in San Francisco, will have a lot more on this topic. Featuring hacker legends like Stallman, DHH, Rasmus Lerdorf, and Alex Payne, it’s a hands-on developer event packed with: workshops teck talks live Ask-Me-Anything hardware hacking It’s all aimed at boosting your code skills, security knowledge, hardware hacking, and career development. Register now. The premise was, as PHP was just starting to mature and companies were beginning to use it, that unlike hobbyists, they had requirements and expectations that PHP just didn’t meet. We wanted to create a solution for those companies to use PHP and, at the same time, promote PHP as an open-source community. VentureBeat: There are many ways to monetize on open-source. Looking at entities like Red Hat, Joyent, and WordPress, how would you say Zend’s approach is different? Gutmans: There’s a fine balance between what we ship and the open-source language. We love the open-source distribution model; it’s a great way to proliferate. On the other side, though, to really drive open-source into enterprise, you need to have companies that are able to support it. For us, there’s a balance between PHP and what we can put onto PHP — anything that is core and promotes proliferation goes to the open-source side. Business-critical features are what we use to monetize. What we’ve done well as a company over those years is we’ve consistently helped PHP evolve. You constantly have to work on the next thing and maintain relevance. Others might focus on commoditizing and simply existing. We just wanted to create the best platform. VentureBeat: Since then, PHP has rapidly become a huge part of the web and some very large corporations in a way that other new technologies have struggled to do. Suraski: Back in 2005 and 2006, we started working with IBM, with Microsoft. Today, it’s obvious that those companies would have PHP support, but back then, it wasn’t obvious at all. To have these companies endorse PHP, eight or nine years ago, this made a huge difference in the adoption of PHP, especially higher up in large organizations. VentureBeat: So now, PHP is considered a fairly mature technology, and young developers have other options that are newer and more exciting. Zuckerberg chose PHP to build Facebook; why should the next Zuck choose PHP, as well? Gutmans: It’s already very mature, it has a large community. And it’s really good as a ‘glue’ language for bringing together different elements and assets. The ecosystem is the broadest open-source ecosystem that exists. And the hosting providers, PHP has always been at the top of every platform. When it comes to web and mobile, it’s more foolproof in how it scales, an
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Google Ventures partner Bill Maris. Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now As you may have heard, Google is back in the health business with Calico, a new antiaging initiative. Now we know who is behind Calico —...
Google Ventures partner Bill Maris. Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now As you may have heard, Google is back in the health business with Calico, a new antiaging initiative. Now we know who is behind Calico — and just how much Google is betting on it. The news broke last week in a blog post from Google chief executive Larry Page. The bigwig didn’t say much, prompting the press to scramble for additional information. However, we do know that Calico focuses on health, wellness, and aging. Former Genentech chief executive and scientist Art Levinson has been appointed to lead Calico. The offices are in the Bay Area, a stone’s throw from Google’s headquarters. Fortune claims to have some new information about Calico. According to a report, Google Ventures‘ managing partner Bill Maris initially had the idea and drafted and presented the business plan. This information appears to be accurate, given that Maris’ Google Ventures bio now states: “Bill conceived of and wrote the business plan for Calico, a new health care company focused on aging and related diseases.” Maris currently sits on the board of portfolio companies Nest and Adimab and leads much of the health care investing practice, alongside partners Blake Byers and Krishna Yeshwant. Maris’ name was largely kept out of the press in the first discussions of Calico, including our own in-depth report. The name that popped up as a likely source of inspiration for Calico was Ray Kurzweil, the prominent futurist who recently joined Google. Kurzweil is one of the most outspoken proponents of antiaging technologies. According to Dan Primack of Fortune, Maris had wondered if it was possible to actually study the genetic causes of aging and then create drugs to address them. Related antiaging initiatives have not experienced much success in public markets; Elixir Pharmaceuticals, one of the few recent efforts, was shut down. Maris reportedly considered leading the company himself after pitching the idea to top executives at Google, including cofounder Sergey Brin. But Levinson wound up with role, given his extensive leadership experience. Levinson currently serves on Apple’s board, a role he assumed after Steve Jobs’ death. Calico receives its funding from Google. The total amount that was set aside for the initiative is still not yet clear, although Fortune claims that it’s in the “hundreds of millions,” an enormous bet. Primack predicts that we’ll know more with Google’s next earnings report, and if Google is really committing that much money, it will certainly have to disclose it then. VentureBeat has reached out to Google Ventures for comment. We’ll update you once we learn more. .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate { width:278px; margin:0px; padding:10px; float:right; border:1px solid #e4e4e4; font-family: 'Open Sans', sans-serif; color:#000; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .logo-date-wrap { width:100%; display:block; float:left; margin-bottom:8px; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate img { float:left; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .date-location { float:right; font-size:12px; line-height:14px; text-align:center; padding-left:7px; padding-top:5px; padding-bottom:3px; border-left:1px solid #e6e6e6; } .boilerplate-before .event-boilerplate .cta-red { display:block; clear:both; width:100%; border-radius:5px; border:1px solid #95070f; color:#fff; text-shadow: 0px -1px 0px rgba(0,0,0,0.3); text-align:center; text-decoration:none; font-weight:600; font-size:18px; line-height:17px; padding:4px 0px 6px 0px; background: #de0a17; background: -moz-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%, #ad0812 100%); background: -webkit-gradient(linear, left top, left bottom, color-stop(0%,#de0a17), color-stop(100%,#ad0812)); background: -webkit-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background: -o-linear-gradient(top,  #de0a17 0%,#ad0812 100%); background
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New RelicNew Relic's CEO Lew Cirne will sometimes go off-the-grid for weeks to build new products. Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Many of the great technology companies out there today — Apple, Google, ...
New RelicNew Relic's CEO Lew Cirne will sometimes go off-the-grid for weeks to build new products. Nov. 12 - 13, 2013 San Francisco, CA Tickets On Sale Now Many of the great technology companies out there today — Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon — have a code-savvy CEO, but these leaders don’t spend much, if any, of their time coding. Which brings up a couple interesting questions. Is it important for tech startups to be helmed by someone who knows their way around Python, even if they make minimal contributions to the actual code? If so, why? What aspects of a technical background relate to leadership and business skills? VentureBeat spoke with a group of Silicon Valley CEOs to find out how much time they spend coding, and what it means for their business. New Relic Software analytics company New Relic’s CEO Lew Cirne said coding has been his passion since 1982. “I fell in love with creating software when I was 12 years old and my parents bought me my first computer,” Cirne said in an interview. “My mom says she hasn’t seen me since.” Cirne’s first startup was Wily Technology, which he founded in 1998 and was acquired by CA Tech for $375 million in 2006. That was his first time as a CEO, and that experience influenced his approach to leading New Relic, which he founded in 2008. “At Wily I was young, a little insecure, and tried to change who I was to be the ‘protoypical’ CEO,” he said. “I spent a lot of time in meetings and tried to go toe-to-toe with my VPs to make every decision. But you can’t be everything to everybody. The second time around, I surrounded myself with the right people so I could do what I wanted — lead product decisions.” New Relic now has nearly 350 employees and is growing at over 100 percent a quarter. It is poised to generate more than $100 million in annual revenue run rate. Cirne repeatedly emphasized the importance of bringing on “world-class people” to take care of the decisions he doesn’t have the bandwidth, expertise, or interest to make. Find people you trust, who are experts in their roles, and let them do what they do best. Delegating is key, but it should be balanced with the need to stay connected to the “cadence” of the business. Cirne said he has lunch with New Relic’s president every Monday to talk about operating decisions, and its the one thing on his calendar he won’t miss. However there are times when Cirne “rolls up his sleeves and codes”. New Relic has come out with a range of new products this year and Cirne was an integral part of building it. “There is a season where I need to be very focused on building software at the code level,” Cirne said. “I went heavy into it in January for what turned into the genesis for our new product. I was heads-down, off-the-grid in remote locations coding. But I can’t do that non-stop. When I came back I did a complete 180 and visited customers and focused on operations.” Cirne said that he is a more effective thinker when involved in solving technology decisions. Thinking creatively and problem solving provides perspective into other business decisions, that relate to pricing, hiring, marketing, positioning, strategy etc. “I remember the moment clearly a two to three years ago when I thought to myself, ‘I love everything about this job and this company,’ and I just want to keep experiencing this joy. I recognize that as the company gets bigger, there will be a ton of other important work that has to get done, and if I don’t plan for it, I will get sucked into all those other decisions.” Lew Cirne will be speaking at our upcoming DevBeat conference, Nov. 12-Nov. 13 in San Francisco. It’s a hands-on developer event packed with master classes, presentations, Q&As, and hackathons, all aimed at boosting your code skills, security knowledge, hardware hacking, and career development. Register now. MixPanel Suhail Doshi is the cofounder and CEO of Mixpanel, a mobile and web analytics company that h
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