Join Robert Scoble, one of the premiere experts on startups today, and Alex Polvi, a successful entrepreneur and founder of cloudkick, for an engaging conversation about the 2011 startups to watch. In the past year, there has been an explosion in the number of startups, incubators and funding. Are we in a bubble or is developer talent and the cloud feeding innovation? In addition, the pair will discuss the pros and cons of working with an incubator, lessons learned on developing a profitable startup, the pitfalls to success, why cloud startups are all the buzz, advice on being acquired and more. Bring your questions, suggestions and thoughts.
This session is sponsored by Rackspace
Alex is co-founder of Cloudkick and director of product at Rackspace. Cloudkick, recently acquired by Rackspace in December, was a Y Combinator funded startup and one of Robert Scoble’s 2010 startups to watch. In addition to advising startups, Alex is a lead contributor to libcloud, an open source library for developers to build portable cloud applications. Previously, he has worked on many free/open infrastructure projects for the Mozilla Foundation, Google, and the Oregon State Open Source Lab. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Oregon State University.
Robert Scoble is an American blogger, technical evangelist, and author. Scoble is best known for his blog, Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technology evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and the Rackspace sponsored community site Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger and is also co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.
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