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10 cloud startups to watch in 2012

Updated: The past few years have been nothing if not a boon for entrepreneurs looking to cash in on venture capitalists’ lust for all things cloud.  All the activity has been great, and we’ve seen some exciting new companies emerge and prosper — companies such as Heroku, RightScale and New Relic — but it also means there’s precious little room on the playing field for newcomers. Startups that want to get noticed, get funded, and ultimately have a winning exit must either find their own unique niche or stake out ground on a different field altogether.

Here are 10 cloud computing startups that launched in 2011 and that have a chance to make it big in 2012.

1. AppFog 

AppFog is one of a handful of Platform-as-a-Service startups to launch in 2011, but AppFog is unique because it leverages the open-source Cloud Foundry code as its core. The switch to a Cloud Foundry foundation over the summer resulted in a name change from PHP Fog, as the company was immediately able to support numerous new programming languages. Going forward, AppFog can ride Cloud Foundry’s development wave, while focusing its own efforts on building the best user experience.

2. Bromium

Little is known about Bromium other than that is plans to use virtualization technology as a tool for securing the myriad endpoints (e.g., desktops, mobile phones and tablets) that connect to enterprise networks. While securing cloud servers, as other startups such as CloudPassage attempt to do, is important, the advent of consumerization means endpoints need security. Among Bromium’s founders is Simon Crosby, who co-founded XenSource and served as virtualization CTO at Citrix Systems.

3. Cloudability

Cloudability provides a simple service with a lot of value: it monitors customers’ spending on cloud computing resources. It might uncover something as commonplace as cloud-server sprawl because so many employees are spinning up instances, or it might find something nefarious such as hackers using a company’s instances serve boatloads of network traffic. As use of cloud services proliferates, companies will need an easy tool to help them keep track of what they’re spending and where.

4. CloudSigma 

The Infrastructure-as-a-Service space is a tough racket to enter because it means competing with the likes of Amazon Web Services and Rackspace, but CloudSigmahas a plan. The company is all about giving customers high performance and lots of control. CloudSigma sits in the impressive SuperNAP data center and offers 10 GbE interconnects as well as solid-state drives, and developers can buy and manage resources with the granular control normally found in co-location.

5. Kaggle
Kaggle, a crowdsourcing platform for solving big data challenges, is about the hottest thing going in big data right now. The idea behind the service is simple: although not everyone has data scientists in-house, there are plenty of them floating around the world perfectly happy to put their skills to work on a problem for cash prizes and a little bit of credit. It takes a lot of computing power to host hundreds of teams on any given competition, as well as the data sets, which is why Kaggle utilizes Amazon Web Services the cloud. It used to use AWS, but has since switched to Microsoft Windows Azure.
6. Nebula 

Nebula isn’t the only company pushing a commercial version of the open-source OpenStack cloud computing software — it isn’t even the only one founded by a former NASA employee — but it does have a unique approach and an impeccable pedigree. Nebula ties OpenStack to an optimized hardware platform designed to make building public clouds a plug-and-play experience. Among its founders are former NASA CTO Chris Kemp, and investors include Andy Bechtolsheim, David Cheriton and Ram Shriram.

7. Parse

Parse is trying to become a PaaS specialist for mobile apps, a laudable ambition given how many people now rely on their mobile devices just about everything. It will be difficult to distinguish itself from competitors such as Stackmob, as well as from web-app PaaS offerings such as Heroku and AppFog, but Parse seems to have the right ideas in mind. It has a backend focused on the needs of mobile apps, and a frontend designed for mobile developers that might not have extensive programming chops.

8. ScaleXtreme

What ScaleXtreme lacks in sexiness it makes up for in functionality. Everyone needs server-management software, but not everyone needs the big, expensive software offered from traditional software vendors, or even wants to manage software at all. ScaleXtreme gives users a cloud-based service to manage both physical and cloud-based servers, and, it says, has also garnered a lot of interest from cloud providers thinking it might be a good value-added service to their users who want more control.

9. SolidFire

SolidFire wants nothing less than to revolutionize cloud computing by making it palatable to large enterprises wanting to run mission-critical applications. The company targets cloud providers with SSD-based storage systems that make it possible to store virtual machine images in the cloud and still deliver high performance. Cloud providers utilizing SolidFire gear could find themselves hosting far more relational databases and other applications that presently remain in house.

10. Zillabyte

Zillabyte, still operating in private beta mode, wants to provide users with both data sets and the algorithms needed to process them. Data sets aren’t uncommon on the web, but they usually don’t come with algorithms and a processing backend. The service will initially focus on web data and text-based algorithms, but there’s plenty of room for growth into new types of data and algorithms as the service matures. Zillabyte was co-founded by two former Google software engineers and a former Intel engineer.

Startup and Business Opportunity – Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is not a new concept but it has been long time ago, I mean, in terms of its concepts. However, these days, many business owners or entrepreneurs are getting their attention toward a new trend of Business. From 2008 the number of inquiry traffic in line with Cloud Computing has been increased and these days we can see some of real software / applications such as for accounting and finance, customer relationship management, and invoicing and reporting etc.

IS IT TIME FOR STARTING BUSINESS WITH CLOUD COMPUTING ENVIRONMENT ?

Still there are many discussion and talks about proc and cons. However the future of Cloud Computing will be bright (as we experienced with Internet boom-up in early 2000). As always, an early starter have a huge advantage by securing the market in advance and building up comparably strong relationship with customers.

And the article linked below may give more sense of business opportunity with Cloud Computing. Venture Capitalists Flock To Cloud Computing Start-up

WHAT WOULD BE YOURS ?

What They Teach You At The Wharton Business School

What They Teach You At The Wharton Business School: How To Be An Entrepreneur, Start A Successful Business, Sell More Than The Competition, Make More Money, ... Be A Better Person, And Live A Happier Life

1. Inspire Yourself
2. Power of Love
Love yourself first
  • feed yourself well
  • be a good person; if you do continuously righteous and positive things for people and the world, you will admire and love you for it
  • be a interesting person with genuine interest, passion, pursuit, hobbies, desires, goals
  • be a nice person. It’s simple. be nice to yourself and others

3. People are everything

  • People are everything
  • People make things happen
  • They come up with solutions
  • The right people are people you can depend on
  • They will make you money

* Unleash the Power within – by Tony Robbins

4. Food is life
What I learned at home was that food is not important
What I learned at Wharton was that food is one of important things in the world
=> living things can be a sort of business (my thoughts)
5. Get the money
The dollar today is more worth that the dollar tomorrow
6. Be a well-rounded person
Go out and sign up for a class or event that is completely out of your ordinary.
7. Dress for success
Dress like you care
Dress like you are on top of things
Like you are on top of your world
Dressing for success can become a foregone conclusion, a self-fulfilling prophecy. Being the best dressed person in the room always works for you.
8. Free new marketing power
The most powerful word in the marketing is “Free.”
The next on the hist list is the word “New.”
9. The Price
High Price, High Quality
It better be outstanding!!!
10. Customize for Customers
Customize to get Customers
11. The secret of Wharton School
“Assume the Rapport”
If you want to be somebody’s friend, just like act you already are friend.
12. What Really Matters?
“Everything!”
13. $1000 Golden Nuggets
  • Work Smart, Not Hard
  • Never make a sideways move in business
  • The triple-it rule – however much time do you think a project is going to take, and however much money you think it’s going to cost; triple it
  • Shake with a firm grip
  • Be who you are
  • Use your full name
  • Be social
  • Don’t be a snob
  • Don’t be mean to people

14. $25000 Golden Nuggets

  • Lunch with people often
  • Don’t be jealous
  • Be a frequent flyer
  • Read lots of books
  • Don’t be intimidated by money
  • Stay close to your alma mata
  • Learn about wine
  • Be comfortable in formal attire
  • Play hard & have fun

16. Diamond

  • Use top technology
  • Be friend with your neighbor
  • Know and respect your body clock

17. Superstar

  • Have a dream
  • Have fun – if you are not having fun, you are doing it wrong
  • Have a really cool home
  • Read & Write well
  • The back of the envelope rule – simple!!!

eBook Review – The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur

Highly Informative, Insightful, and Practical!!!
The company is first, foremost, and exclusively ALL ABOUT ME!!
What if building your business made you feel emotionally satisfied, totally happy? What if your business made a difference? What if you woke up morning excited to work? What if people loved your company? What if the world heralded what you did and happily consumed what you had to offer?
It is about maximizing life, bettering your life and the lives of others….
What’s impossible today?Seek out people saying something is impossible; they are often venting a frustration. TPEs know that behind every frustration is a new product or service, and behind every impossibility there is a goldmine of business opportunities. Is it impossible to get good food at our college? Is it impossible to get through security at the airport? Make whatever is impossible, today your business. Make it possible.
Having your own company that mirrors your personal value system is just like having a soul mate. I couldn’t imagine anything better.
When it comes to action there is only one lesson. Start NOW. There really isn’t much else to say. Start NOW! Start NOW! Start NOW!
Though the execution may be a challenge, the answer is simple. In short, you need to act internally as if you have already have achieved what you want, AND you must act outwardly the way you would want to be treated once you arrive at your destination.
                Belief + Focus = Apparent Action
It is critical that your business MAKES CASH, not that it start with it. Millions of wannabe entrepreneurs never make it off the ground because they are waiting until they have enough money. Waiting and waiting. Enough money never comes. Inevitably their dreams are suppressed and ultimately fizzled out.
Making Plan & Action!!!
The Prosperity Plan is also your statement to the world about your beliefs and how you plan to stay true to them.  The people who are drawn to your plan are the clients, colleagues, investors, and vendors with which you will be able to build great things.
  • Life Mission
  • Destiny
  • Area of Innovation – Quality, Price, or Convenience
  • Immutable Laws
  • Community
By Tacking with;-
The Quarterly Plan
The Daily Metrics
What I am stand for? What standards am I uphold in my personal life? What am I expect from me and others in the life? Core value can be;-
  • Engaged
  • Energetic
  • Freedom
And Now….A Big WHY?? WHY?? WHY??
Why are you an entrepreneur? Why did you choose your specific industry?Why? Why? Why? Keep asking you get to the heart of the matter.

An entrepreneur launches a business that makes someone else FEEL BETTER!! To launch and maintain a successful business, you need to always make your clients feel better than your competitors do. Always.


Finding an opportunity;-
Narrow Down = Increased ability to be the BEST, And
Narrow Down = Reduced competition, But
Narrow Down = Smaller customer base, Plus
Narrow Down = Lower potential revenue, And Also
Narrow Down = Slower growth

eBook Review – The Millionaire Fastlane

Millionaire are forged by processes, but by events
  • Process makes millionaire, and the events you see and hear are the results of that process
  • The process is the struggle and the backstory
  • All events of wealth are preceded by the process, a backstory of trial, risk, hard work, and sacrifice
  • Road Trip Formula
    • Your Roadmap;- outline why, where, how, and what
    • Your Vehicle;- is YOU, a complicated system like a car composed of oil, gas, an engine, a steering wheel, a windshield, horsepower, and an accelerator-all needing frequent tuning and maintenance to ensure peak efficiency during the road trip
    • Your Road;- Internet marketer
    • Your Speed;- Speed is execution and your ability to go from idea to implementation
  • The Road Trips Is Paved by Toll Roads

Compass to Wealth

  • if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know if you get there?
  • Your current financial situation is a product of your existing financial roadmap, whether chosen or not. Your roadmap guides your actions, and the consequence of those actions have created your financial life
  • if you want to change your life, change your choice
  • to change your choice, you need to change your belief system
  • your belief system is defined by your roadmap
  • If you are unhappy in your financial situation, you can change your universe by switching roadmaps

What is Wealth?

  • Family (relationships)
  • Fitness (health)
  • Freedom (choice)
Happiness stems from good health, freedom, and strong interpersonal relationships, not necessarily money
  • An instant gratification is the bait and lifestyle servitude is the hook
  • When you consistently act and bombard the world with your effort, interacting with the waves of others, stuffs happens
  • To realize luck, engage in processes where more probability exists; unfortunately Sidewalkers assigned luck to events of faith

Disembarking the Sidewalk

  • Use Logic
  • First responsibility, then accountability;- when you are accountable to your choices, you alter your behavior in the future and take the driver’s seat of your life
The ultimate insanity is to sell your soul from Monday through Friday for the paychecks of Saturday and Sunday
By working faithfully 8 hours a day, you may get to be the boss and work 12 hours a day ~ Robert Frost
Insightful…make me think about the situation where I am living now…
To attract large sum of money, you need two things;- 1) control and 2) leverage
How to exit the Slowlane?
  • Case 1] Fame;- fame and notoriety increase an intrinsic value. Suddenly intrinsic value leverage because of demands
  • Case 2] Overworked into Corporate Management; guess what is it? Stock option?
Fastlaner 
“Get Rich Quick” vs “Get Rich Easy”

Key Concept: Wealth = Profit + Asset Value
                                   = (Unit Sold x Unit Profit) + (Net Asset x Industry multiplier)
Note)
    Unit Sold – Marketing
    Unit Profit – Management
    Asset – (with sustainable profits) Business, Brands, Cash Flows, Notes, Intellectual property, licenses, inventions, patents, real estates
    Liquidation Events
  • What is the Fastlane?
    • Controllable Unlimited Leverage
    • Business
    • Lifestyle;- a commitment of blended beliefs, processes, and actions
    • Rapid Wealth Creation
  • Reshape life’s focus on producing, not consuming
  • Producers, entrepreneurs, innovators, visionaries, and creators

Five Fastlane Business (sample);-

  1. Rental System
  2. Computer/Software System
  3. Content System
  4. Distribution System
  5. Human Resource System
Changing your life start with changing your choice !!!
Law of Effection: to make millions you must impact millions
  1. The commandment of Need
    • People care about what your business can do for them. Will it solve their problem? Make their life easier? Save them money? Make them feel something?
    • Give first, take second
    • NOT “Do what you love”, BUT with “Passion”
  2. The commandment of Entry
    • Entrance barrier – high vs low
    • Saturation cause noise
    • Is getting into business an event or a process? just 2 clicks vs End-to-End processing
    • Easy access roads carry more traffic
  3. The commandment of Control
    • Control organization, products, pricing, revenue model, operational choices
    • Drivers create MLM companies; they don’t join them
    • Drivers sell franchises; they don’t buy them
    • Drivers sell stocks; they don’t buy them
    • Drivers offer employment; they don’t get employed
    • Drivers accept rents and royalties; they don’t pay rents and royalties
    • Drivers sell licenses; they don’t buy them
    • Drivers sell IPO shares; they don’t buy them
  4. The commandment of Scale
    • Scale & Magnitude
  5. The commandment of Time
    • Can this business be automated and systematized to operate while I’m absent?
    • Are my margins thick enough to hire human resource seedlings?
    • Can my operation benefits from the introduction of a money tree seedling?
    • How can I get this business to operate exclusive of my time?
Internet, Innovation, Intentional Iteration
  • Innovation is a dual challenged process: manufacture and distribution
Opportunity is a solution to an inconvenience, is simplification, is a feeling, is comfort, is better service, is fixing pain, and is putting weak companies out of business
Someone is doing it!
  • So what. Do it better. can you fill the need better, offer greater value, or be a better marketer?
  • Poorly met needs are open roads when they often appear closed

eBook – The Six Figure 2nd Income

The Six-Figure Second Income: How To Start and Grow A Successful Online Business Without Quitting Your Day Job

Threats to online success;-
  1. You are easily influenced by people less successful than you want to be
  2. You think you can sit on the couch and money will spew out of the TV
  3. You think that the only good money is hard-earned money
  4. You insist upon staying in your comfort zone at all times
  5. You think “My situation is different”
  6. You’re more of an idea pack rat than a beaver

Conventional approaches so very difficult to pull off;-

  • I must have a fortress to protect my idea from knockoff artists
  • I must reach millions of people
  • I want to be famous
  • I want to be as rich King Midas from this first invention of mine
  • I need to invent something revolutionary
  • Inventories are things that are manufactured in factories

=> Let’s start small, nimble, and cheap, and, after you have a pile of money in front of you, only then think about building that giant plant with your name over the door.

  • YOUR FIRST PRODUCT; can be information product
  • Maybe it would take you a week to write your first 10-page, using bits and piece of time