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Smart People on Ice: Adam Jacob on Open Source and Chef, Part 2

Here’s the second half of Alex Benik’s “Smart People on Ice” interview with Adam Jacob, a co-founder and CTO of IT-automation company Chef. Alex and Adam continue their discussion about open-source software (which Adam compares to having a bunch of guys over to drink beer and fix up a classic car); Chef’s business model; and other topics.

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If you have too much money, you buy VMware. If you have too much time, you buy OpenStack.

Marten Mickos, CEO, Eucalyptus Systems, at GigaOm Structure, June 19, 2014


Don’t Miss the Boat on B2B, Behavioral Data

We’ve all heard the buzz about how marketers are finally starting to apply “big data” in earnest to guide their outreach strategies. Some even predicted that 2014 would be the year that this shift to true big-data integration would happen.

However, Razorfish recently surveyed 685 C-suite executives and published these findings: A whopping 76 percent of marketers are not using behavioral data for segmentation analysis or targeting. The reality is that marketers are largely missing out on high-frequency, real-time insights which have the potential to radically change the B2B marketing landscape.

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My Key to Hiring? Grit


My daughter has a high IQ. I’ve always sensed it, and eventually, proved it with a test. At least once a month we have this ritual. “I’m not learning anything,” she says to me, as she’s faced with her after school homework. “School’s not about getting smarter,” I tell her, “It’s about working harder.”

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Cloudy With a Chance of Trends


Image © 2014 by Jakub Mosur, used with permission.

A global land grab for dominance in the public cloud. The rise of OpenStack as a datacenter-automation tool. SaaS investment soaring as enterprises look for business analytics services. Docker making an end-run around Cloud Foundry.

These are a few of the key takeaways from my talk, “Cloud Trends”, delivered at the GigaOm Structure conference in San Francisco this week. (For the full presentation, click here; for the video, click here.)

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Managing Hypergrowth Without Sacrificing Culture: No Offices or Admins

Any truly successful entrepreneur understands that people are the backbone of a great business.  After starting three companies—and selling two of them—many have called me a serial entrepreneur.  Like so many others with big ideas, I used to get caught up in building disruptive technology and making a difference, but over time I realized that it’s special people who turn a concept into something tangible and world changing.  It’s how they collaborate, and the environment in which they work, that drive innovation.  It’s culture.

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PR Lessons: The Power of a Good Story, and Professional Help


Many startup companies struggle with PR—how much time to devote to it, how much money to spend on it and how to determine return on investment. One company that has seen success in PR is Champions Oncology, which uses advanced technology and big data to help personalize cancer treatment for patients. 

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Stop the Presses: How One Tech Start-Up Answered the Call of Content Marketing

How does a growing tech start-up play the current, red-hot “content-marketing” trend? If you’re StellaService, you go native—and set up your own newsroom.

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