Video: Common Mistakes Startups Make Transitioning to the Cloud

In this video, a Cloud Computing panel discusses common mistakes companies make when transitioning to the Cloud and some current limitations to making a full transition.

Key areas of consideration include:

  • You have to design for failure and have multiple backup plans ready in case of an outage.
  • The costs go beyond the monthly subscription fee. You need to provision for Internet connection, bandwidth requirements and network needs.
  • Not all applications are ready for the Cloud. For instance, at Software Advice we have difficultly running our telephony in the Cloud due to high call volumes and network limitations.

Read the Full Story. A Tip of the Hat goes to Derek Singleton from Software Advice for pointing us to this video.

Slidecast: MongoDB Overview

In this slidecast, Nosh Petigara from 10Gen presents and overview of MongoDB.

MongoDB is an open source, document-oriented database designed with both scalability and developer agility in mind. Instead of storing your data in tables and rows as you would with a relational database, in MongoDB you store JSON-like documents with dynamic schemas. The goal of MongoDB is to bridge the gap between key-value stores (which are fast and scalable) and relational databases (which have rich functionality).

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Uptime Energy Drinks – Can They Replace Your Daily Coffee?

Uptime Energy Drinks

Uptime Energy Drinks

Entrepreneurs work all kinds of crazy hours, and keeping productive can be a struggle. And while we normally drink a lot of coffee to keep up here at inside-Startups, we recently got the opportunity to try new energy drink products from Uptime.

The timing for our delivery of Uptime could not have been better. I have been suffering from red dry patches on my skin for while, and I discovered that it was too much acid my diet. Coffee is very acidic, and I needed to find a coffee replacement.

Replacing Coffee with Uptime

We started one morning with the Sugar Free version. It tastes a lot like Monster energy drink, only a little dryer I would say. In terms of flavor, I would say that its the best energy drink I’ve tried.

As far an energy boost, Uptime did not make me feel jittery like I have felt after consuming similar products. After drinking 12 ounces, I was able to get through my morning of blogging without distraction.


The lack of jitters makes sense. According to Caffieneinformer, Uptime has 11.82 milligrams of caffeine per fluid ounce. That’s more than a Coca-Cola, but about 1/5 as much as a cup of espresso.

The next day, we moved on to try the sugar-sweetened of Uptime. The flavor was much along the lines of Red Bull, though I do think the Uptime is less sweet and is the better beverage in my book. I found the energy boost to be about the same as the sugar-free version.

uptime-energy-tabletsUptime Tablets

On day three of our coffee replacement program, we turned to the Uptime tablets. I started with their original energy blend, taking one tablet with a glass of water and banana in the morning. And while I didn’t really notice any effect, I didn’t feel drowsy in the morning either. So I would say that the tablets have more of a subtle, time-released effect.


Fueled by the Red Bull marketing machine, the energy drink market appears to be growing by leaps and bounds. With their unique blend of ingredients, Uptime is worth a try for grownups who have no plans for extreme sports.



Slidecast: Bina – Accelerating Data-Driven Healthcare

In this slidecast, Narges Bani Asadi from a new Startup called Bina presents: Bina – Accelerating Data-Driven Healthcare.

In 2008, a renowned team of researchers at Stanford and UC Berkeley came together to solve a critical problem for cancer researchers who were severely constrained by their existing computing capabilities for large-scale data analysis. Through this work they created a new approach to the integrated co-development of statistical algorithms, software and hardware for high performance data analysis. The result was a dramatic improvement in the accuracy, computational efficiency and cost of data analysis. The team founded Bina Technologies in 2010 to bring this approach to market.”

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Slidecast: Jaspersoft – How to Best Align Your Big Data Strategy: Start at the End

In this slidecast, Mike Boyarski from Jaspersoft presents: How to Best Align Your Big Data Strategy: Start at the End.

Jaspersoft provides the most cost effective and widely deployed business intelligence software in the world, enabling better decision making through highly interactive, web-based reports, dashboards and analysis.

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Eventster App Makes it Easy to Find and Share Experiences

In this video, Ed Lucero demonstrates Eventster, an event discovery app now available for IOS devices. It comes to us from Tackable, a Silicon Valley Startup that found that its photo sharing technology was really more interesting to folks looking to find and share event experiences.

Events are perfect for mobile,” Lucero said. “Open up the app, and within seconds, you’re checking out the most anticipated live events happening in your city this weekend. Our promise: Never be bored again. Or, you know, become a little more interesting than you were before.”

I got a chance to talk to the folks at Eventster this week, so I downloaded the app for myself. My reaction: “Finally, something that uses Facebook that might actually be useful for business!”

MyPod Studios – Powering the Gated Community of Online Video Content

In this video, Jay Miletsky of MyPod Studios presents an overview of the company’s online video content network.

MyPod Studios, launched in October, 2010, was built to provide an alternative to the standard issue video networks that litter the Web, and take a slightly more unique approach to presenting online video.”

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