Category Archives: Startups

Mind the Gap

I was recently invited by one of the Hadoop vendors to give a talk on my experiences at Aster Data and the challenges we faced when making the leap from our early, tech-centric customers to the broader, traditional enterprise market.  … Continue reading

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A Long Walk Off A Short Pier

Back in April, I left Aster Data following the close of our acquisition by Teradata in order to embark on a new adventure.  As part of my journey, I launched this blog with a promise that I would try to … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Hadoop World 2011

Before I recap last week’s Hadoop World conference, a quick acknowledgement that, yes, it’s been awhile since I last posted (almost four months by my count ).  In the next couple of days, I’ll let you all in on what … Continue reading

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Go Where The Talent Is (Lessons from MySpace)

Several weeks ago, MySpace announced that it was being acquired by Specific Media, with the purchase price rumored to be a paltry $35 million.  Both MySpace and Specific Media were early customers of Aster Data, and if you had told … Continue reading

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A Case Study In Word-Of-Mouth Advertising

Everyone knows that in business, the best advertising is the advertising you don’t pay for: word-of-mouth.  Good entrepreneurs develop a culture that focuses on making customers happy, in order to create vocal advocates for our endeavors.  Truly wise entrepreneurs realize … Continue reading

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