Video: Interview with Don Newell, CTO of Servers, AMD


In this video, William Wallace from insideHPC interviews Don Newell, AMD CTO of Servers on his secrets to success at a David company facing the Goliath of the chip industry. As reported recently over at Xbit, The company is currently enjoying a surge in popularity in supercomputing circles.


Don Newell was also part of this lively panel discussion entitled “Computers at the Crossroads: What Hardware Will Reign in the Clouds” at the recent Structure Conference in San Francisco on June 23, 2011.

Startups Seeking to Shake Up Networking

Panelist on networking spoke on OpenFlow and other innovations in the networking market. (Photo credit: Colleen Miller)

Rich Miller over at Datacenter Knowledge writes that Startups are poised to rock high performance networking:

I think it’s an incredibly exciting time for networking,” said Guido Appenzeller, co-founder and CEO of startup Big Switch Networks. “We have a kind of perfect storm in the networking sector. There’s a huge amount of upheaval in the market. It’s open warfare, and it’s an incredible opportunity for startups.” Big Switch is developing enterprise private cloud software based on OpenFlow, which shifts management features from a switch to an external server, simplifying  the task of creating a centralized management plan for a vast network.

Big Switch was one of several networking Startups featured in a panel discussion at the Structure conference last week. Read the Full Story.


insideHPC Launches

Rich Brueckner

Popular supercomputing news site expands coverage to profile the entrepreneurs of tomorrow


PORTLAND, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–insideHPC, the Web’s premier short-format HPC news site, today announced the launch of, a sub-site of insideHPC that will extend the site’s coverage to include news on startup companies and profiles of the innovators and entrepreneurs behind them. With more than 850,000 unique page views per month, insideHPC has become a trusted destination for supercomputing news. The addition of inside-STARTUPs, with a focus on those taking advantage of HPC to invent their businesses, will significantly expand and strengthen the site’s content offerings for its core audience of high performance computing professionals.

Given its parent site’s emphasis on supercomputing, inside-STARTUPs will specialize in covering fledgling businesses that deploy high-performance computing and parallelism in new ways, especially those that make its benefits available to end-user consumers.

Brueckner expects these trends to “power a whole new generation of start-ups,” citing the breakaway success of cloud computing, a market that has been growing at more than 20 percent in recent years and is expected to top $100B USD by 2012, as one instance of the common man harnessing the potential of powerful supercomputing.

“There are only a small number of companies that can afford supercomputing,” Brueckner continued. “What gets exciting is when anyone with a mobile device can tap into that power. Suddenly, anything’s possible.”


Inside-STARTUPs will debut with a strong advertising base that includes AMD, DataDirect Networks, Intel, Nvidia, Mellanox, and Scalable Informatics.

“As a smaller company, we have to focus our marketing efforts to be more productive and efficient at generating interest,” said Joe Landman, CEO of Scalable Informatics. “Since our advertising efforts began on insideHPC, we were pleased to discover that some of our best and most frequent customers are readers of insideHPC. This publication has allowed us to more efficiently communicate with our intended market. Now that the team at insideHPC are branching out with inside-STARTUPs, we’re looking forward to reaching a whole new set of potential customers who could benefit from our scalable storage solutions.”

About insideHPC

insideHPC’s crisp, uncluttered style and filtered, short format news site has grown steadily since it was launched in 2006. Today, it is one of the most popular news and information portals for global stakeholders interested in High Performance Computing, supercomputing, and emerging high-end computing technologies. Each month, insideHPC serves up hundreds of thousands of page views to a highly targeted, dedicated following of supercomputing and HPC professionals. Its stories, original articles, and rich media content is read by HPC influencers, recommenders, and decision-makers around the globe via the standard news site, special event supplements, and direct email outreach. With the introduction of inside-STARTUPs in June 2011, insideHPC plans to expand content to serve additional subcategories of technology with an emphasis on those fueled by HPC. For more information, visit

Why Startups Commit Suicide

Justin.TV founder Justin Kan writes that founders of today’s startup’s often kill the company while it’s still very much breathing.

When startups commit suicide, often the root problem can be traced back to a lack of product traction — it’s rare to find people willingly quitting companies with exploding metrics. But one thing that many entrepreneurs don’t realize is that patience and iteration are critical in achieving product market fit. Overnight successes might happen fast, but they never actually happen overnight. Facebook lagged Myspace for a couple years before being crowned the top social network. Groupon had to iterate through being ThePoint. If the teams had given up after a single failure (or even many failures), they would never have created the massive companies that capture the public eye today.

Read the Full Story over at TechCrunch.

Slide Deck: So You Want to Do a Startup, eh?

Tara Hunt from Buyosphere has posted a thought-provoking slide deck that looks at the realities of building a startup.

Buyosphere is a tool to help you take control of your shopping history: organize it, share it and track how you influence others. Our aim is to turn around consumer culture so that customers have more control over their own data. We have a pretty good inkling that this data will become more and more valuable as time goes on. Ever see Minority Report? You know that scene where Tom Cruise’s character is walking through the passageways and being bombarded with ads? That is what is happening today with every transaction we make on our credit cards and anywhere we leave a trail of our information (aka Internet). Sure, some of the results of this will be positive (better recommendations), but imagine if we could turn some of this around? I think we could set our own parameters and have our future look a bit less invasive.

5 Tips for Avoiding Insanity at your Startup

Chris Morris writes up some tips to remain sane when immersed in your Startup:

Set core work hours – When you’re an entrepreneur, your business becomes your life. It’s your passion, and where you spend the bulk of your time. And while it’s okay to go on the occasional 14-hour (or more) bender, don’t make it a habit. Set core working hours like you’d have if you were working for The Man in some corner office. It’s okay if your hours are longer than someone else’s, but set that time for when you are working and, at the same time, when you’re NOT working. To do that, it may mean you need to become more disciplined with how you’re spending time. I’ve found that often just using a timer allows me to stay focused and work inside a shorter day. And that’s important because consecutive weeks where you never see the sun isn’t good for your mental state and it’s really no good for your work either.

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Infographic: A New Startup Ecosystem?

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Is the new bubble spawning a new Startup ecosystem?

Even if we are experiencing another bubble, is that so bad for startups trying to get funding? This infographic, which Column Five Media did for Udemy, examines some of the evidence. Though VCs are doing fewer deals than they were before the recession really took hold in late 2008, the amount of money invested is up to prerecession levels. That’s good news for startups trying to raise money — at least in the short-term. But the valuations of some companies compared to their revenue might spell trouble for the future.

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Video: Opscode Hosted Chef Goes GA for the Cloud


In this slidecast, Opscode co-founder & CEO Jesse Robbins discusses the company’s latest offering called Hosted Chef.

“Thousands of companies have been successfully automating their businesses with Opscode’s Hosted Chef and we are proud to deliver the industry’s first SLA, relentlessly focused on providing 24/7 customer support and the ability to immediately deploy common web applications stacks in the cloud,” said Adam Jacob, co-founder and chief product officer of Opscode.

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Five Ways to Fund your Startup

Bill Clark

Microventures CEO Bill Clark writes about five quick funding options for Startups:

There are many other ways that you can fund your startup, which include your own credit card, vendor financing, crowdfunding, grants or business loans, but the five listed here are the most popular funding options. You will need to look at all the options to see what is available for your business and then figure out the right fit for your company.

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