Mar. 18, 2008 SDF Clean Tech Breakfast

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On March 18, 2008 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SDForum with Astia and Moss Adams presented the third annual Clean Tech Breakfast. The topic was “Solar Technology – what are the winning technologies? Where will the successes come from?”DJCline.com

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Feb. 26, 2008 SDF Virtual Goes Mobile 2

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On February 26, 2008, at the TechMart in Santa Clara, SDForum held an event on the convergence of virtual worlds and mobile technologies. Continue reading Feb. 26, 2008 SDF Virtual Goes Mobile 2

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Feb. 26, 2008 SDF Virtual Goes Mobile 1

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On February 26, 2008, at the TechMart in Santa Clara, SDForum held an event on the convergence of virtual worlds and mobile technologies.

Virtual reality is moving from super computers to cell phones. Social networking is an important part of both worlds as they are converge. The result is a hybrid or mash-up of virtual and real worlds with images and information rushing back and forth. There will be demand for new investment and infrastructure for payment systems, operating systems and platforms. An integrated VR Mobile system will have to know who and where users are to deliver the content they want at a price they want to pay.

The first keynote was from Anders Nancke-Krogh, Head of Development for the Point&Find business program at Nokia R&D. Nokia must develop the hardware and encourage developers to create mobile services for a better user experience. It has to deliver more than phone calls, e-mail, pictures, music and video.

Most mobile devices are terrible computing devices. Information is consumed but not easily created using toggles and tiny keyboards.

One answer is the Nokia Point&Finds PointPhone. He demonstrated a cell phone hosted service that could take a picture of a movie poster and then display the official website of that movie. From there a user can click and buy a movie ticket.

More than that, a user can create searchable picture tags of their surroundings. At some point there could be facial recognition. There is great potential for games. Nokia wants to encourage a community of developers to create services and content.

The first panel was on the venture capital landscape and moderated by Mike Doran of Fish & Richardson. The panel consisted of B0ris Karadogan of Velocity Interactive Group, Nate Redmond of Rustic Canyon, Sharon Wienbar of Scale Venture and Richard Wong of Accel.

VCs look for off-deck applications outside the operating system of a major carrier. Large carriers must get their revenue share and that could stifle incentive for innovation. They can still influence development through inertia but there will not be a single mobile web platform or an embedded system. Apple has changed the mobile game with the iPhone. People that are serious about their software build their own hardware. Ultimately mobile devices must adapt to the Internet as it is rather than the other way around.

Doran asked a hard question. Historically the pioneers of a new media of technology have been providers of content for older audiences. Will this be the killer app? After an awkward silence, the panel did talk about differing community standards around the world and the explosive growth in these areas. They expect domestic growth in wallpapers and dating services.

What mobile apps interest them? Simpler versions of desktop virtual games. WiFi Army is another, where users hunt each other with cell phones. Gaming, digital goods and ways to express oneself online not possible in real life hold great potential. Revenue will be from a mix of ads, subscription and direct transactions.

The second keynote was a global perspective from Joe Jasin of SK Telecom. Google’s bid for spectrum with the FCC is as important to Mobile VR as the Apple iPhone. It could provide a wide range of opportunities for open source applications. America has a chance to build more advanced and open systems than Asia or Europe. To make the most of it, Jasin thinks microsociology, how people interact in social networks will be important. He said that Helio and Cyworld do a lot of what is expected of VR Mobile right now. The ultimate challenge will be when large countries like China begin to compete in social networking and VR Mobile. The size of their markets can drive industry standards.

Martin Dunsby of Vollee said cell phones are great communication devices but very weak computing devices. The good news is that mobile devices connect with networks at least as well as desktop systems in many places around the world. Vollee adapts desktop applications to mobile devices. He demonstrated how to toggle through Google Earth and Second Life using a cell phone in real time.

Homayoon Shahinfar of Mblox gave his perspective on monetizing the mobile experience. In 2007 they handled two billion messages worth 500 million dollars. He explained the difference between On-Portal services offered by carriers versus Off-Portal services offered directly to consumers and continues to grow. Mblox offers their transaction expertise to application or content providers who get a more revenue using Off-Portal. Soon consumers will get targeted advertising on their cell phones based on their customer profile and physical location.

Ewan MacLeod of SMS Text News moderated the second panel discussion on Paths for the Future: Success Stories and Learned Lessons. The panel consisted of Paul Anderson of Veepers, Rob Osborn of Gemini Mobile Technologies, Tomasz Wojtowicz of WiFi Army, and Mandar Shinde of Smith Micro.

The panel thought there would be more augmented reality or integration of VR and the real world using GPS. Expect lots of WAP tags for advertising. People will behave differently as avatars in VR than with co-workers, family or friends. Recognizing and accommodating that behavior will attract users. Right now, users do not spend as much time in a mobile environment than a desktop. They do not want to spend much time thumbing through windows to do something they can just click on at home. A simple and speedy interface is key.

If you want to take advantage of growth in VR Mobile, get moving.

Copyright 2008 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Feb, 28, 2008 SVEC Hall Of Fame Awards

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On February 28, 2008 in San Jose the Silicon Valley Engineering Council held its annual SVEC Hall Of Fame Awards. Here are the first set of pictures. There will be more tomorrow. Continue reading Feb, 28, 2008 SVEC Hall Of Fame Awards

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Feb. 6, 2008 CICC Israel

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On February 6th, 2008 at Microsoft Silicon Valley Campus the California Israel Chamber of Commerce with Israel Economic Mission held the 2nd Annual IsraelWebTour to meet the up and coming Web 2.0 companies in 2008. Continue reading Feb. 6, 2008 CICC Israel

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Jan. 28, 2008 SDF 3D Mobile Communities

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On January 28, 2008 at Pillsbury Winthrop in Palo Alto, SDForum’s Virtual Worlds SIG hosted Gemini Mobile Technologies presentation “3D Mobile Communities”.

While most Americans use PCs and cell phones, only 12 percent use mobile devices to surf the web. Asia has more people using mobile Internet third generation community interfaces. How can that usage be increased in the U.S.? Continue reading Jan. 28, 2008 SDF 3D Mobile Communities

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Jan. 25, 2008 SDF Clean Energy

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On January 25, 2008 at AMD’s headquarters in Santa Clara, SDForum partnered with FountainBlue to present ‘Policy and Its Implications for the Clean Energy Entrepreneur’. Continue reading Jan. 25, 2008 SDF Clean Energy

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Feb. 23, 2008 STC Breaking Into API Docs with Jim Bisso

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On Saturday, February 23, 2008, 10 – 11 am PST, you can talk with Bitzone’s Jim Bisso about breaking into API Documentation. Bisso is a 20-year veteran of documenting APIs and co-author of “Writing Developer Documentation for Java APIs and SDKs” with Viki Maki. When I have question on API’s, this is the guy I ask.

To participate send your name and Yahoo! ID to Viki Maki by Friday, February 22, 12 noon PST at:

vmaki2001@yahoo.com

Note: You should also have Yahoo Messenger installed. While the chat is limited to SIG members, membership in the SIG is free. To subscribe to the SIG send an email to:

svcstcapi-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

or visit the STC-SVC chapter homepage at:

http://www.stc-siliconvalley.org/

Copyright 2008 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Jan. 22, 2008 SDF VC PWC

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On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and SDForum held the fourth quarterly Venture Breakfast Series in partnership with PWC. Alison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop introduced Steve Bengston of PWC and moderated a panel with Lou Bock of Scale Venture Partners, David Lowe of Skyline Ventures and Evgeny Zaytsev of Asset Management Company. Continue reading Jan. 22, 2008 SDF VC PWC

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Dec. 11, 2007 SDF New Media II

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On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at Microsoft in Mountain View, SDForum held “The Business of New Media II” to talk about the technology, business and social networking aspects of new media. There are new ways of creating, distributing and making money from content. On top of that, start-ups pitched their companies to VC, the press and an international audience. Continue reading Dec. 11, 2007 SDF New Media II

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