TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-16



Why Venture Capitalists Invest In Pigs, Not Chickens

I do love idea to check golf games statistics - absolutely brilliant! (IMHO - anyone thought to check chess tournaments for technical co-fonder ;-)


Microsoft has Abandoned Silverlight and All Other Plugins

Making Facebook Self-Healing

"Data Flow at Netflix" - explanation of Netflix architecture and AWS use


Silicon Valley Code Camp: Oct 8 and 9

Free Engineering Software Education: for engineers y engineers...


TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-09


Why Mindcraft is so Popular

In depth analysis of un-expected massive success of game created by single person...

(and shame-less advertisement of my son first techno blog ;-)

Why the Fax Machine Refuses to Die

Startup Funding

Venture Funding Report  for 2011Q2 published by Venture Deal ( ). Bottom line : bio/pharma/mediacal - significant increase from previous quarter, all other domains see [mostly ] decrease of venture funding...
- Biotechnology · Pharmaceutical · Medical Devices
- Alternative Energy · Clean Tech · Energy · Environmental

- Internet · Digital Media · eCommerce · Software
- Telecom · Wireless · Mobile · Communications

FREE Term Sheets for Startups

Very helpful collection of free documents every emerging startup needs.....


OAuth : The Big Picture

(video recording and slides of nice presentation made by ApiGee)

Check “Bad idea” section at the near end!

Don't let these disasters happen to you: The top five engineering hints you'll rarely hear

Modern Microprocessors: A 90 Minute Guide


Foundry Group Premiers Documentary Film About Secret Lives of Venture Capitalists

***** No entrepreneurs were harmed in the making of this film.*****

Survival Of The Stupidest

Absolutely enlightening!!! Include mathematical proof that “In an environment infested by stupidity 'being the smartest' does not equate to 'being the fittest'. “


TEC Weekend Reading 2011-09-03


Legal Advice : If I Launched a Startup :
While this blog is clear advertisement for legal services, it includes short list of quite helpful basic advises for VERY early stage founders.

NASA Blog recommendations : How to guide your project toward failure :
Learn from the best experts how to waste resources on failed projects (Shuttle to nowhere?)

Sequencing the Startup DNA on LinkedIn

Benchmark your startup against 3,200+ internet startups.

It's Not Just Standing Up: Patterns for Daily Standup Meetings

Five Tips For Getting iPhone Reviews


 Scratchpad : dev tool in the latest FireFox :

Google released “offline” support for Gmail. GDOC support to  be released soon..

AI vs. AI. Two chatbots talking to each other
IMHO, looks like a natural man & female conversation, isn’t it ?

Web technologies evolution [ infographics]

Free Stanford U classes at your location: (Artificial Intelligence) (Machine Learning) (Introduction to Databases)


How to get media attention using fake research:
Exhibit 1 : Is Internet Explorer For The Dumb? A New Study Suggests Exactly That.
Exhibit 2:  retraction at 9
(quite a lot of people believed this “research” and create a MASSIVE traffic )
Bonus reading : iPhone users are getting more sex ;-)
( no , it is not a joke - coming form quite solid company)


TEC Weekend Reading



From Zero To Millions in Customers and Revenues

Thinking to bootstrap your company in the Silicon Valley ? - Learn from those who did it!


What's Next for Cloud Computing? Find Out at Structure 2011.

TEC community members register now and receive 25% off your ticket and a free report from GigaOM Pro on cloud and infrastructure. 

Where: San Francisco, CA
When: June 22 & 23, 2011
TEC-Only discount registration:

This year, we will be looking at the next wave of cloud technology and services. Anyone with a vested interest in cloud computing won’t want to miss this chance to hear about its future from the people who are making it happen. 

Topics covered at Structure 2011 include: 

  • A Tale of Two Clouds: Private and Mobile
  • Faster, Faster, Faster: The Memory, SSD and Flash Craze
  • Cloud Storage: Moving Beyond Backup?
  • The Next Frontier: Cloud Databases
  • PaaS: Potholes Ahead?
  • Dedicated in More Ways Than One: The IaaS Panel
  • The Instrument of Cloud Monetization: The API

The schedule is now live at

The Structure 2011 speaker lineup will feature top executives from leading companies including:

  • Werner Vogels of Amazon
  • Paul Maritz of VMware
  • John Stankey ofAT&T
  • Jonathan Heiliger ofFacebook
  • Jason Hoffman ofJoyent
  • Teresa Lunt of PARC
  • Marten Mickos of Eucalyptus Systems
  • Simon Crosby of Citrix Systems
  • Pradeep Sindhu of Juniper Networks
  • Lew Tucker of Cisco

See the full speaker list here:


oDesk founder & CEO : Getting to Millions of Users ( and $$$) per Month

Every year, hundreds of thousands of new businesses are formed - and nearly as many head to the deadpool.

How to take your business beyond the choppy waters of a startup and into the calmer seas of a multi-million dollar global business? How to became the industry leader, bringing millions of users (and dollars) to your business?

Join us to learn how oDesk overcame common startup challenges to become a multi-million dollar global company. Co-founder Odysseas Tsatalos and CEO Gary Swart will be sharing their insights on growing a business from early-stage startup to more than $16M in earnings each month.

oDesk is the largest and fastest-growing global employment platform where employers can hire, manage, and pay a flexible online workforce.  With more than 1.2 million contractors in 150 countries, oDesk ( is the industry leader in remote work.

Date:Thursday, April 28, 2011
Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: SNR Denton,1530 Page Mill Rd
, Palo Alto

Register for oDesk founder & CEO : Getting to Millions Users ( and $$$) per Month in Palo Alto, CA  on Eventbrite

Speakers’ Bios:

Gary Swart, CEO,oDesk

Gary brings to oDesk a passion for helping small businesses succeed and more than 17 years of experience in the enterprise software market. Before oDesk, as the VP of Worldwide Sales for Intellibank, he was responsible for building the sales organization, but Gary's enthusiasm for small businesses was born during his tenure as a Business Unit Executive for IBM's Rational Software Product Group, where he led Small and Medium Business sales for the Americas. Gary came to Rational through its merger with Pure Software, where he held sales, management and leadership positions.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maryland.

Odysseas Tsatalos, Co-founder ,oDesk

Odysseas has more than a decade of experience in designing and managing research and development operations for Internet-based applications. He co-founded Intacct Corporation and, as CTO, oversaw the development of all phases of the Intacct web-based enterprise accounting system. He was also CTO and co-founder of BroadQuest Inc., where he led the transformation from an enterprise software contractor into a B2B infrastructure enabler. Previously, Odysseas was a research staff member at the IBM Almaden Research Center.
Odysseas received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a diploma in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece.



Vivek Wadhwa talk at TEC Club (April 5,2011)

On April 5th,2011 , under the auspices of The Entrepreneur's Club and the Europe Club of the Stanford Graduate School of Business 6 international groups and their members met to hear entrepreneur, turned academic, and frequent writer on TechCrunch and in Business Week, Vivek Wadhwa.

Vivek give his insights about startups, and countries like Russia and Chile trying to recreate Silicon Valley as well as future prognostics about the loss of key international talent leading to America's current brain drain. Audience members widened the topics discussed and made the evening a truly global one.


Leonid Gozman talk at TEC Club ( March 31,2011)

Leonid Gozman talks to over 80 Russian-speaking expats at TEC event in Palo Alto about the real meaning of the Russian modernization program. Is it a myth or reality?

Leonid Gozman is a Board Member of RUSNANO, a $10B Russian State Corporation of Nanotechnologies and a Co-Chairman of the Union of Right Forces Party (democratic opposition).


What They Say About Us

"The wonderful thing about entrepreneurs is that their passion for starting new companies transcends languages and geographic boundaries."

Ron Conway, Founder and Managing Partner of the Angel Investors LP funds, early stage investor in Google and PayPal

"Networking is very important for start-ups. The challenge for them is often not money: it is mentoring and finding people who can give good advice from experience."

Esther Dyson, Founder, EDventure Holdings

"This conference is clearly a labor of love for a group of dedicated professionals who care deeply about the Eastern European entrepreneurs. From the value-packed educational panels, to the star-studded key note speakers' line up, to an amazing quantity of venture capitalists – this is a not to be missed event for any high tech entrepreneur,"

Richard Guha, President of the Marketing Executives Network and Managing Partner at MaxBrandEquity

"As Stanford MBA students, we were exposed to a lot of VC firms both from the Valley and abroad. It is at Stanford that we met Anna Dvornikova, an absolutely amazing business leader and (by our big luck) our friend, who was the center of the Russian Silicon Valley professional community, and was doing a huge work to connect Russia and the Valley. Anna helped us a lot with kick-starting Wikimart, put us to our first-ever conference, introduced us to most of Russian VCs. And all that happened in a very short time span! It was the beginning of a six-month journey that despite the particularly tough times resulted in an extraordinarily group of investors backing our start-up."

Maxim Faldin and Kamil Kurmakayev,
co-CEOs, Wikimart