Archive for the ‘Blogger interview’ Category

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Rose Ross talks to W Curtis Preston (aka Mr Backup – @wcpreston), @TruthinIT

May 13, 2013

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O, and Olivia Shannon, @Olivia_at_O

W-Curtis-preston-190-x-150Countdown2StorageExpo blog editor Rose Ross’s (@Rose_at_O) interview with W Curtis Preston (aka Mr Backup) from TruthinIT is available here. People who know Curtis are used to seeing him interview the leading storage CEOs for TruthinIT – but at this year’s CeBIT in Germany, Rose got the chance to interview the interviewer. Curtis explained that TruthinIT is a publishing and media company that organises seminars, webinars and videos (even parody music videos). The audience Read the rest of this entry ?

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Interview with Robert Scoble aka @Scobleizer – Rackspace’s Startup Liaison Officer and Cloud Guru

January 8, 2013

By @Rose_at_O  and @Olivia_at_O

Robert Scoble (or @Scobleizer, as he is known on Twitter) is Rackspace’s startup liaision officer. Check out his blog at http://scobleizer.com/

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Q: You were born in New Jersey, but your Wikipedia entry says you grew up in Silicon Valley. How does a New Jersey boy end up being a product of Silicon Valley?

When I was four years old my dad got a job at Ampex in the Silicon Valley and moved us from the East Coast to the West Coast.

Q: Do you think that move to the heart of the VC and startup world affected where you are in your career now?

Absolutely. Watching the Silicon Valley grow up, and watching Apple grow from one building to what it is today, has certainly played a huge role. In college I met Steve Wozniak, the cofounder of Apple, and talked him out of $40,000 or $50,000 for our journalism department.  Apple’s success definitely has an effect on many entrepreneurs. I was recently talking to a guy I know who has headquarters in Cupertino, and he says everyday he drives by the Apple offices, he thinks, “I know it can be done.” That helps him stay optimistic—which you need to be as an entrepreneur! If you don’t stay optimistic, you give up, and I’ve heard story after story of companies that won because they didn’t give up. I heard it took 1,000 days for Airbnb’s business to start working. Imagine if they had given up on day 990.

Q: Tell me a little bit about your role at Rackspace and your blog.

Rackspace takes me to be almost like a strategist. They ask me to go and learn what’s happening on the bleeding edge of the Internet. But they don’t ask me to take that knowledge internally to their executives; they ask me to put that on YouTube, Google+ and other places where it can be shared with the world. By doing that, it creates a conversation about Rackspace that is very unique and interesting.

I do a lot of things in my job. I build relationships with startups. For example, Read the rest of this entry ?

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Exclusive interviews with Tech Trailblazers Awards judges @techtrailblaze #TTAwards

August 10, 2012

With the early-bird deadline for the Tech Trailblazers Awards for tech startups swiftly approaching on August 17th, the Countdown team has compiled a collection of links to interviews we have conducted with some of the judges of the awards. Enjoy, and feel free to share these links with your friends and colleagues.

Available at Countdown2StorageExpo:

Chris Evans, Consultant and Blogger, TheStorageArchitect.com

Martin Glassborow, Blogger, Storagebod

Chris Mellor, Storage Editor, The Register

Simon Robinson, Research Vice President, 451 Research

Enrico Signoretti, Senior Consultant, Juku Consulting SRL

Matthew Yeager,Chief Technologist, Colt Technology Services

Available at Countdown2Infosecurity: Read the rest of this entry ?

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Q & A w/ @BenKepes – Trailblazer with his head in the #cloud cutting through the hype

July 5, 2012

By @Rose_at_O

The Countdown team has caught up with leading cloud blogger, analyst and native kiwi Ben Kepes. http://www.diversity.net.nz

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

I’m a cloud computing blogger and analyst – excited about what cloud can mean in terms of agility and innovation. I live in rural New Zealand on a small farm but work predominantly in the US – this dual focus is the cause of many strange tweets about sheep, but it also gives me a unique perspective on the ever-changing technology world.

Q. Tell us a little bit about your blog and its interest in the Cloud. 

I own a dozen or so small businesses and have always had to wrangle technology on a day to day basis. I’m not a technologist but a technology user and the focus of my blog is to put things in ways that real users can understand, and advocate for tools that really meet their needs

Q. What’s hot in the Cloud this year? 

What isn’t? Big data, cloud management, Platform as a Service, small business applications, Read the rest of this entry ?

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Social Media Q&A with Cloud Tweeter & Blogger David Terrar @DT

April 4, 2012

By Rose Ross, @Rose_at_O

At UC Expo recently, I was pleased to catch up with David Terrar, blogger and CEO of a cloud service provider in IBM’s social media speakeasy.  David has some interesting ideas about how to use the cloud and social media to promote your business.

Q.  Tell us a bit about yourself: 

My day job is running D2C, a cloud service provider dedicated to accounting software, ERP, web communities and collaboration solutions. I have been running my blog, Business Two Zero, since September 2005 as a means of promoting the business. I was encouraged into blogging by my good friend Dennis Howlett (@dahowlett), who was an “expert” back then because he had already been blogging for 3 months at that time.  I named the blog partly as an homage to my father – he was in 1 SAS during World War II  (the Special Air Service).  As well as covering technology, the aim of the blog was applying guerilla-style SAS tactics to business, so it was named partly after the “business 2.0” thing and partly after the first popular SAS novel from Chris Ryan, Bravo Two Zero.

Q. Tell us a little bit about the blog.

It covers all manner of what we used to call Web 2.0 and web stuff – social business, Software as a Service, collaboration, new media, old style sales and marketing vs. the new world approach. I am a big fan of Seth Godin (author of Meatball Sundae and Tribes). Read the rest of this entry ?