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Why Some Startups Say the Cloud Is a Waste of Money | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com

Why Some Startups Say the Cloud Is a Waste of Money | Wired Enterprise | Wired.com | tech startups | Scoop.it

Eric Frenkiel is through with convention and conformity. It was just too expensive.

 

In Silicon Valley, tech startups typically build their businesses with help from cloud computing services — services that provide instant access to computing power via the internet — and Frenkiel’s startup, a San Francisco outfit called MemSQL, was no exception. It rented computing power from the granddaddy of cloud computing, Amazon.com.

 

But in May, about two years after MemSQL was founded, Frenkiel and company came down from the Amazon cloud, moving most of their operation onto a fleet of good old fashioned computers they could actually put their hands on. They had reached the point where physical machines were cheaper — much, much cheaper — than the virtual machines available from Amazon. “I’m not a big believer in the public cloud,” Frenkiel says. “It’s just not effective in the long run.”

 

Frenkiel’s story shows that while cloud computing is suited to many tasks — including getting your startup off the ground or running a modest website — it doesn’t make sense for others. When Zynga’s online gaming empire expanded to epic sizes in 2012, the company made headlines in shifting much of its operation off the Amazon cloud and into its own data centers, but smaller operations are making the move too.

 

Like MemSQL, the ride-sharing startup Uber recently moved most of its tech off the Amazon cloud, according to the company that now houses its physical servers, Peak Hosting. And various others, from analytics outfit Mixpanel to online clothes-trading startup Tradesy, have disclosed similar shifts.

 

“I don’t know how much this is written about,” says Kit Colbert, an engineer at VMware, whose software is used by cloud services as well as in private data centers. “Within IT departments, public clouds do tend to get more expensive over time, especially when you reach a certain scale.”

 

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Awesome Template with KPI Dashboard SaaS Startups

Awesome Template with KPI Dashboard SaaS Startups | tech startups | Scoop.it
If you are running a SaaS startup and want to prepare a nice dashboard with the KPI metrics then you can access this spreadsheet template that you can use in your startup

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Boulder, Colo., Most Popular City for Tech Startups, Study Says

Boulder, Colo., Most Popular City for Tech Startups, Study Says | tech startups | Scoop.it
Boulder, Colo. is the most popular city for high-tech startups, a new study says. And Fort Collins-Loveland, also in Colorado, took the number two spot, ahead of Silicon Valley and the Boston metropolitan area.

 

Colorado also took the second spot with the Fort Collins-Loveland area, beating the traditional California Silicon Valley cities of San Jose, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale. The Boston suburbs including Cambridge, Mass., are number four, and San Francisco is number seven—after Seattle and Denver. New York isn’t even in the top 10.

 

Researcher Ian Hathaway, who wrote the report—which was issued by the Kauffman Foundation and Engine.is, a non-profit advocacy group for U.S. startups—said that although he was surprised by the number of jobs high-tech startups create, he wasn’t surprised by the geographical findings.

“I study this, and I hear stories that it’s easier to create a startup wherever you live. You don’t have to come to Silicon Valley or Cambridge anymore,” he said.

Cities that are most attractive to high-tech entrepreneurs tend to have one or more of three characteristics—a highly skilled workforce, a research university or proximity to defense bases and the aerospace industry, Mr. Hathaway said.

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Why Certain Startups Succeed While Others Fail

Why Certain Startups Succeed While Others Fail | tech startups | Scoop.it
Ten successful business owners reveal the reasons why certain startups are successful while others flame out.
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10 Good Web Marketing Tips for New Startups from John Doherty of Distilled

10 Good Web Marketing Tips for New Startups from John Doherty of Distilled | tech startups | Scoop.it
Today, Ebyline proudly presents an exclusive interview with John F. Doherty, head of Distilled New York, founder of HireGun, international speaker, blogger, and photographer.

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Excellent advice, in this short but content-rich interview published by Ebyline. In it, John F. Doherty, head of one of the top SEO companies in the US, shares ten key tips about marketing, SEO and where to start, that can be of good help to new online startups.


The advice and suggestions provided are simple, straightforward and easy to read, thanks also to the good formatting style of the article.


Some of the best tips shared, focus on:


- what's the first step to take to market one's own company online


- how to create a social media following when you have none


- how to compete with established companies in the SERPs

- how to avoid the top four reasons for which Google penalizes a site

among several other ones.



Useful. Rightful. Clear. 8/10


Full article: http://blog.ebyline.com/2013/08/interview-with-john-doherty-distilled-ny-director-seo-for-startups/




Javier M - AxiomaWL's curator insight, August 18, 2013 8:30 PM

Awesome tips.

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3 Standout Startups at SXSW Vegas

3 Standout Startups at SXSW Vegas | tech startups | Scoop.it

The SXSW conference and festival expanded to Las Vegas this year for the first time, as 1,500 entrepreneurs and artists headed to Sin City for three days of networking, panels and coaching sessions.


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Why Grads Are Swarming Startups

Why Grads Are Swarming Startups | tech startups | Scoop.it

Ask a group of recent grads where they’re now working, and a good portion will answer, “a startup.” Once an industry word for small business, the term now connotes an exciting entrepreneurial lifestyle more and more college educated youths are choosing


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