Kanban2go — How to build a cloud-based offering

February 27, 2012

Dell corporate strategist by day, entrepreneur by night, Prabhakar Gopalan recently launched a SaaS offering called kanban2go that helps you manage and share your task list in the cloud.  Prabhakar’s endeavor provides a quick overview of what it means to launch a cloud-based app today.  Take a listen as he talks about the process and what he learned:

Some of the ground Prabhakar covers:

  • Where he got the idea
  • From laptop to github to Rackspace
  • Desktop and mobile HTML5 version
  • Finding the right tools
  • Lessons learned

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…

Plug and Play Tech Center – Start up Accelerator and a lot more

July 17, 2011

The day after I attended the Hadoop Summit I paid a visit to Candace Denton and the Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale.   Plug and Play, which occupies the space that once housed Phillips Semiconductor, describes itself as a community of over 300 technology startup companies in the areas of Web 2.0, mobile, digital media, software systems (SaaS), semiconductor and telecom verticals.

Candace, who heads up Business Development at Plug and Play, gave myself and and a couple of Dell compadres a tour of their Sunnyvale facilities.  After the tour we sat down in the lobby and she gave a brief synopsis of Plug and Play, where they’ve come from and what they do.

Some of the ground Candace covers

  • Plug and Play’s five pillars of resources
    • (0:22) Funding (they have their own funding arm)
    • (1:08) Facilities (over 300,000 sq ft in the Valley)
    • (1:23) Corporate relationships
    • (1:36) Mentorship and advisory service
    • (1:41) Networking events (hold up to 120 events a year)
  • (2:28) A few of the success stories that have exited Plug and Play
  • (3:43) How their founder Saeed Amidi got into this business: from leasing office space to a fledgling Google, to a bottled water company to setting up their current facilities

Extra-credit reading

Pau for now…

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