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An entrepreneur’s journey into grid computing and partnering with Microsoft, by John Powers

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Off Topic: Kiva

October 15th, 2008 · No Comments

OK, it’s “Blog Against Poverty Day,” and while I rarely participate in such blogging “days” (mostly out of disorganization), this seems a good time to share my experiences with Kiva. This month, we are all learning (often to our dismay) just how connected our financial well-being is to decisions made by far-off strangers.  We can […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Uncategorized

Good article on Dan’l Lewin in (gasp) the SF Chronicle

June 27th, 2008 · No Comments

The San Francisco Chronicle is not exactly the planet’s leading source of technology news and analysis.  So many of you probably haven’t yet seen Deborah Gage’s excellent article today about Dan’l Lewin, Microsoft’s ambassador to Silicon Valley.  Dan’l is among our most important contacts (and favorite people) at Microsoft, and despite his high-visibility role, many […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Press coverage · Startup Life

Digipede Network V2.1 — Beyond the Press Release

June 5th, 2008 · No Comments

Releasing software is hard. Sure, the individual steps like specifying, developing, testing, documenting, and planning support for new software features are difficult enough — but the discipline of knowing when to STOP adding features, and to focus instead on finishing a complete, polished, release-ready product is tougher than it sounds to those outside the industry. […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Entrepreneurship · Grid applications · Growth · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Startup Travel, New York style

June 24th, 2007 · No Comments

OK, Digipede might no longer properly be called a startup. It’s been two years (next week) since the release of the Digipede Network, and we’ve got more customers and revenue and growth than a true startup — but we still think and act like a startup. In particular, when it comes to travel — we’re cheap. […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Startup Life


June 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Derrick Harris of GridToday wrote a nice piece this morning about Digipede’s recent momentum.  He’s been following us since we launched the Digipede Network almost two years ago, and he hits the highlights in his article today.  Derrick interviewed me by phone for the story, and I guess I must have let slip that the […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Grid applications · Growth · Press coverage

Microsoft EBT Rocks!

May 15th, 2007 · No Comments

The Microsoft Emerging Business Team (EBT) has been a staunch supporter of Digipede for the past two years.  The EBT is run by Dan’l Lewin, sometimes referred to as Microsoft’s “Ambassador to Silicon Valley.”  As Digipede has grown from a raw startup to the leading provider of .NET Grid computing software, the EBT has provided […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Partnering with Microsoft · Startup Life

Microsoft Financial Developers Conference wrapup

April 30th, 2007 · No Comments

I just returned from New York where Dan and I worked the 5th Annual Microsoft Financial Developers Conference at the Grand Hyatt hotel. Dan and I did a tag-team presentation entitled “Scaling SOA with Grid Computing for .NET,” which was well received. Frankly, I felt like I stumbled through the first part, but eventually warmed […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Events · Grid applications · Partnering with Microsoft · Usability

Interviews and Demo on the Scoble Show

April 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Robert Anderson, Dan Ciruli and I were invited to spend a morning at Podtech’s headquarters in Palo Alto last month. Robert Scoble interviewed Robert and me about Digipede, then shot a video of Dan doing a demo of our software. Most of it turned out well; trying to show code by aiming a video camera […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Events · Presentations · Press coverage

Velocity Micro follow-up

February 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

As promised, here’s the latest from my experiences with Velocity Micro.  When last we left my poor sick PC, it was on the operating table at Velocity Micro’s labs in Richmond, VA.  After a two-week illness here at home, when a house call did not do the trick, it went back to its birthplace for […]

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Tags: Entrepreneurship · Growth · Uncategorized

Growth: Part One — Growing Pains at Velocity Micro?

February 11th, 2007 · 16 Comments

I’ve planned a series of posts on the opportunities and perils of growth, with non-Digipede examples.  Here goes. The first example comes from, of all places, my new home PC. Last summer, my reliable old Gateway began to suffer from the same fate that eventually afflicts every PC — it was getting old, slow, and […]

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Tags: Customer Service · Entrepreneurship · Growth · Startup Life · Usability