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Clouds are moving in. The two biggest are Amazon Web Services and Google App Engine but many more are forming. What does this change in the weather mean for entrepreneurs and venture investors?
Drawing on computer science, economics, history, and examples from the USV portfolio and beyond, this talk will speculate on the impact of cloud computing on the nature of competition, the opportunities for startups, and the changing role of technology.
Albert combines over 10 years of entrepreneurial experience with an in-depth technology background. He has founded, or co-founded five companies, including a management consulting firm (in Germany), a hosted data analytics company, a technology subsidiary for Telebanc (now E*Tradebank), an early stage investment firm, and most recently (with his wife), DailyLit, a service for reading books by email or RSS. Albert also served as the president of del.icio.us through the company’s sale to Yahoo. His technology background goes back to winning the German national computer science competition at age 18. Albert graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in economics and computer science and holds a Ph.D. in Information Technology from MIT. He has managed technology projects for organizations as diverse as Tacoda (startup) and Telebanc (leading Internet bank). Albert currently serves on the boards of Clickable, a platform for managing online advertising; and Maptuit, a provider of realtime navigation; he is a board observer at Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade goods. Albert is married with three kids and lives in Scarsdale, New York.