Solarflare Startup Does HPC Processing on a “Bump in the Wire”

In this video from SC12, Solarflare CEO Russell Stern describes the company’s new “bump in the wire” ApplicationOnLoad Engine (AOE). By enabling applications to be processed on the fly right on the NIC server adapter, the company is opening up a new paradigm of computation, ransforming the way networks process data and overcoming performance obstacles that cannot be solved by simply adding more processors.

Leveraging our high-performance 28-nm Stratix V FPGA, Solarflare has created a comprehensive firmware development kit that provides a straightforward integrated application development environment,” said Jeff Waters, senior vice president and general manager of the Military, Industrial and Computing Division of Altera. “With its ApplicationOnLoad Engine, Solarflare is delivering an integrated application on-load solution that enables application processing to be moved directly to the network adapter for lower latency, CPU offload or compliance.”

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Video: Crio Cocoa Espresso Kickstarter Set to Tantalize your Tastebuds

It’s not often that my kid brings me stories for inside-Startups, but he loves chocolate and this kickstarter video on Cocoa Espresso from Crio sure got his attention.

Crio Espresso extracts to make an extraordinarily sweet, delicious, chocolaty espresso shot with a deep, natural, mocha flavor and a rich head of crema that separates into a beautiful cascade of color. It is the perfect addition to any coffee shop menu and morning routine.

They got my pledge. Get onto Kickstarter and help bring this to market!

Why Business Cards Shouldn’t be an Afterthought for your Startup

Devon-based entrepreneur Leslie Harding writes that business cards remain a very important element of getting your Startup off the ground.

Your cards should express you and what you do. They should be eye catching and have relevant information on them only. You should stick to the simple, “who, what, where, when and how to contact you” layout, your contact section should include your social media and website information. Keep your design clean and not too over the top, although a little personality won’t hurt covering your business cards in Hello Kitty is not relevant unless you’re running a fan club.

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10 Tips on Business Development for Your Startup

Ian Hogarth from Soundkick writes that you need to think through Business Development for your Startup and not do it as an afterthought.

Work as hard after the deal as before. Account management can be a great differentiator for your platform. Once you’ve done all the hard work to close the deal, account management maximises the value you create for your partner and yourself. This also drives future investment in the same direction, and with larger organisations a small step can grow into something much bigger over time.

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Big Thinkers on Big Data: Auren Hoffman from LiveRamp

In this video, Auren Hoffman from LiveRamp describes how Startups are in a better position to advantage of open source and capitalize on the potential of the Big Data market.

Big data isn’t just for big companies anymore, it’s for everyone says Auren Hoffman, Live Ramp CEO and RapLeaf Chairman. Use the tools that let you know which data informs predictive analysis and which data doesn’t. Customer service is where businesses now need to compete, and big data’s potential for increased personalization makes that possible.

See more interviews like this in Intel’s Big Thinkers on Big Data series.

Video: The Amazing Growth of Dropbox

In this video, Om Malik discusses the amazing growth of Dropbox with the company’s founder and CEO, Drew Houston.

Dropbox is an online storage success story and if recent numbers are to believed, then it is headed for even greater glory. Competition from Google has not impacted their growth. And now mobile phone makers like HTC have already helped it become really big.

Landing the Big Fish at Your Startup

Anand Dass from writes that the sales approach for your Startup that worked for a smaller customer doesn’t always work for a larger one.

I realized that it is important to map the various people in the prospect organization and understand what their individual motivations are. Once I mapped them I would need to tweak my product messaging to address the needs of each of these stakeholders.

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