01.04.10

Colorado Technology & Entrepreneurship

Posted in Boulder, Colorado, Companies, Denver at 1:02 pm by elliot

Colorado has a truly vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.  Everywhere you look, new startup companies are being formed to solve interesting technology and clean energy problems.  I cannot stress how much this is truly the case — in my neighborhood, on my street, there are at least three entrepreneurs involved with startup companies.  Truly amazing.

Some talented folks put together a video that details aspects of the startup / technology scene in Boulder, a close neighbor of Denver, CO.  Boulder is a fantastic place (my company has a number of customers in Boulder, so I’m up there quite often).  If you’re interested in what it’s like to work in a technology startup in Boulder, check out this video:


If you’re interested in forming a technology / clean-tech startup and are looking to plant some roots, check out Colorado.  Denver, and its northern cousin, Boulder, are fantastic places to run a startup.

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06.21.07

Another Day, Another Mashup

Posted in Companies, Mashups at 10:47 am by elliot

Here’s another FeedFlare mashup that I put together for Feedburner-enabled blogs:

This mashup utilizes Yahoo’s Term Extraction API to extract ‘key phrases’ from blog post titles, then uses Google’s Cross-Language Search to locate related content in the desired foreign language (select from 15 available languages). Discovered ‘related content’ results are then displayed below each blog post as a clickable link, with any text displayed as automatically translated English. For example, if you are a Chinese student living in the USA, you can integrate automatic Chinese-language pre-searches into your English-language blog.

On a side note, congratulations to my friends over at Cerulean Studios, whose Trillian Instant Messenger product was a winner in the Communications category of the recent WebWare 100 Awards (ranked #2, beaten only by GMail!). Speaking of this, does anyone know why the WebWare folks took down their individual product rankings for each category? These category rankings were up a few days ago, but now they’re gone and all winners have been rearranged in alphabetic order. Considering that this is a listing of Awards winners, I don’t really see the utility of an alphabetic ordering.

06.11.07

Me.dium closes series B

Posted in Companies, Meetup, VC at 8:18 am by elliot

Congrats to the Me.dium team who just closed a sizeable series B venture round, led by Commonwealth Capital Ventures!

I’ve been following Me.dium since seeing their first public demo at the Boulder NewTech Meetup.  It will be exciting to see the strides in scaling and usability the company makes with this new capital infusion.

11.22.06

Astra Planeta

Posted in Companies at 11:02 am by elliot

My friends over at Cerulean Studios have announced some information on their upcoming Trillian Astra release, a truly exciting milestone in the world of instant messaging. These guys have been working on this update night and day for what seems like forever, and the effort is finally paying off!

Astra is pretty amazing stuff: Web IM integration, Google Talk, MySpace IM, handwriting recognition, web profiles, graphical widgets, etc — the list goes on and on.

For those of you worried about bloat, they’ve seriously reduced application load times (50% reduction), memory usage, and screen redraw times. This application is smoking fast compared to previous releases!

Astra seems to be getting some great initial coverage: TechCrunch has picked up the story, it has received over 1200 Diggs, and I’m even seeing some mention by local bloggers in the Colorado region.

Probably the most exciting thing about this release is that Trillian is no longer just a chat client. With the Astra release, the Cerulean team has quietly built its own chat network and web-based instant messaging platform, a serious shot across the bow to Meebo and a number of other related companies.

I’m repeating this because it’s so important:

Trillian isn’t just an instant messager client anymore. It’s a complete IM platform — client+chat_network+web_services

This is a big leap for Trillian and Cerulean as a company. I’m really excited for their entire team; an amazing amount of work has been put into this release!