Denver, Colorado

Denver vs. Silicon Valley: Where we’re better and where we need to grow

When I travel outside the Mile High City, I’m often asked what makes Denver so attractive for startups. While our tech community and the companies it’s home to are gaining traction by the month, the benefits of launching a startup in Denver aren’t necessarily as obvious as those associated with major tech destinations like the Valley and, more recently, New York.

Brazil

Brazil releases more details on private e-mail meant to keep the U.S. out

Brazil is building its own private e-mail service because it just doesn’t trust the U.S. President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil released further details on the e-mail service, which is supposed to protect her government and the people of Brazil from foreign, peeping eyes. She made the announcement through her Twitter account, saying that in order to protect privacy, the Brazilian government needs to start with “secure messaging.” This communications system will be used by Serpro, which is one of the biggest federal agencies of Brazil handling data processing.Brazil became disenchanted with the U.S. after the Guardian revealed details about the U.S. National Security Agency collecting information on Rousseff and her administration, as noted by Wired. The Guardian says it received documents detailing this activity from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is currently hiding out in Moscow following other data leaks.In June, Snowden revealed information about a government surveillance program called PRISM, which involved the U.S. working with a number of technology companies to collect data for “national security purposes.” In the months following, more Snowden-sponsored revelations appeared in headlines, including the information on Brazil.Perhaps coincidentally, Glenn Greenwald — the reporter who has published the lion’s share of data from Snowden — is based in Brazil.The move to create this kind of private communications service underscores fears that the NSA’s programs could cause a financial stir in the cloud industry. Analyst group Forrester predicted in August that fears around PRISM could be a $108 billion hit to the cloud industry.However, it’s silly to assume that only the U.S. is involved with this kind of surveillance, and many believe that figure should be much lower, because IT managers are probably going to continue buying cloud services even if they know surveillance is happening.

hurdle

How my company failed in only three months (and still was a success)

Earlier this year, I started a new business venture with a partner. We were going to solve a major problem, travel costs for small and medium-sized companies. After investing three months of our time and about $2,000, we decided to stop actively pursuing the opportunity. The reason? Several of our core assumptions turned out to be wrong.

Germany

German accelerator's latest batch takes aim at health, personal data, and education

Deutsche Telekom-backed Hubraum today kicked off the next round of its accelerator program in Berlin and revealed the seven startups taking part. The latest batch of teams includes health technology startups, an online education startup, a digital identity provider and a service that lets users monetize their own personal data.

hybrid cloud

Microsoft, VMware, and the year of the hybrid cloud

There’s a reason more than 50 percent of cloud buyers have already invested in, or are planning to invest in, hybrid cloud deployments. It’s because hybrid cloud allows companies to combine best-of-breed offerings from both the public and premise infrastructure worlds, enabling them to create an ultimate, custom-tailored solution.

focus group

Why Google Trends is a market researcher's best friend

If they use their tools correctly, the new age of Internet marketers have a wealth of information at their fingertips that give them a significant advantage over the competition.