FastIgnite Events

27
Sep

General Catalyst Partners and I are hosting the Customer Development: The Second Decade on Tue, Oct 5 as part of FutureM.

This event is for:

  • Entrepreneurs and CEOs who want to build capital-efficient businesses
  • Geeks who want to be founders
  • Marketers who want to find the right customers cheaply
  • Angel investors and VCs who want to generate great returns
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26
Apr

Soon after my workshop on the evolution of cloud computing with Bob Brennan (CEO, IronMountain) and John McEleney (CEO, CloudSwitch) at the Nantucket Conference,  I’ll be leading another cloud computing panel with another great group of speakers at TiECon East:

  • John McEleney – CEO, CloudSwitch
  • Scott Crenshaw – VP/GM, Cloud Business Unit at RedHat
  • Dave Fachetti – Managing Director, Globespan Capital
  • Rob May – CEO, Backupify

The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) events are very well executed. I invite you to join us.

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15
Apr

It is time for the Nantucket Conference again. Scott Kirsner, the organizers and the advisors have put together a great agenda and brought together an influential group of speakers and attendees. Just in the B range of the alphabet we have Bill Warner (founder of Avid), Bob Brennan (CEO, Iron Mountain), Bob Metcalfe (Polaris Venture Partners and inventor of Ethernet), Brad Feld (Foundry Group & TechStars).

I’m fortunate to be hosting a workshop on the evolution of cloud computing with Bob Brennan and John McEleney, CEO of CloudSwitch. I’ll share my thoughts on my blog after the event.

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22
Sep

Sim will be leading a discussion on cloud computing sponsored by MassNetComms.

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22
Sep

Sim will be leading a panel on funding startups at the MIT Emerging Technologies Conference.

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27
Jul

It’s been a busy summer. FastIgnite is helping start a couple of new companies. Lots of travel to NYC — send an email or DM me at @simeons if you’d like to meet up.

I’ll be at OMMA Behavioral in SF on July 30. There are some big changes afoot in the advertising space driven by the move to exchanges, by advertisers asserting more control over data and by the evolving compliance landscape with respect to online behavioral advertising (OBA), which, to mix metaphors, is just the tip of the iceberg of that can of worms.

Last but not least, very excited that Thing Labs shipped the new, new thing–Brizzly. I can’t stop using it.

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22
Apr

At the 10th Nantucket Conference, Sim and Jana Eggers, CEO of Spreadshirt, will lead a conversation on new strategies for customer acquisition at the Entrepreneurs’ Lunch (Friday @ noon). There is limited space in the room so post a comment here, RSVP to the conference organizers or sign up on site when you arrive. If you haven’t signed up for the Nantucket Conference yet, we’re sorry but the event is sold out and running a good-sized waiting list.


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6
Apr

I helped organize the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge‘s cloud computing event. Beat the Tax Day blues and join us for a candid discussion about the promise vs. reality of cloud computing. The event promises to be great as we’ve assembled a stellar cast of speakers from both coasts.

Adam Selipsky, VP Product Management and Developer Relations at Amazon Web Services will start off with a short keynote followed by a fireside chat with me and audience Q&A. Amazon continues to lead in the infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) part of the cloud services spectrum but they are also pushing deeper into the platform-as-a-service (PaaS) space by improving SimpleDB and driving additional innovations such as the recently-launched beta of Elastic Map Reduce. Adam is a dynamic speaker who’s got his finger on the pulse of cloud computing.

The goal of the event is to showcase what’s possible today with cloud computing. This is where the demos come in.

My friend and former co-worker Spike Washburn, who recently founded Stax Networks, will show off his company’s PaaS offering targeting Java applications. While Engine Yard‘s amazing management of Ruby apps is impressive and Google’s AppEngine shows how one can manage Python-based apps in the cloud, there are a lot more Java developers and many more Java applications out there. Stax Networks is going for the sweet spot of enterprise cloud hosting.

Following that, Fumi Matsumoto, founder/CTO of Allurent will tell the story of how Allurent migrated its e-commerce 2.0 platform from on-premise to on-demand delivery and changed its go-to-market approach in a matter of months by leveraging cloud computing. Fumi will also share some of the hard-to-come-by data about the real costs of running a product in the cloud.

Frank Gillett, Vice President & Principal Analyst at Forrester Research will close with a panel including Roman Stanek, founder/CEO of GoodData , Richard Reiner, CEO of Enomaly and Josh Fraser, VP of Business Development at RightScale. This will be a real treat.

Register for the event now and leave a comment if you’d like to join me at the VIP reception before the event (very few invitations are left).

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