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Month: March 2007

Best I can hope for from NW StartUp 2.0 and OpenCoffee Manchester

This is quite obvious but I thought of spelling it out. Conversation is great, but there must be objectives and expected outcomes from all these events I am engaged in. The ideal moment for me would be: A new product was launched A new company was formed Seed capital was raised By individuals who have never met before until they came to one of these events Wouldn’t that be wonderful! Is that too much to ask! I do not think so. I saw Rhys demonstrating his Web2oS at OpenCoffee Manchester. I saw the interest both Paul Robinson and Ed French…

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Saul launches OpenCoffee Club

Much awaited OpenCoffee Club has gone live on Ning. I have requested Saul to add Manchester to the growing list of locations. Current locations include: London Open Coffee Club Paris Open Coffee Club Amsterdam Open Coffee Club Brighton Open Coffee Club Palo Alto Open Coffee Club Dublin Open Coffee Club Cork Open Coffee Club Zagreb Open Coffee Club Stockholm Open Coffee Club Sacramento Open Coffee Club Boston Open Coffee Club Istanbul Open Coffee Club May I request you to register at following links: OpenCoffee Manchester @ upcoming.org – You will be able to see a list of forthcoming events. Please…

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Citizendium from Co-founder of Wikipedia

Citizendium is a competing wiki to Wikipedia created by one of Wikipedia’s co-founders, Dr. Larry Sanger. My regular readers know how I feel about Wikipedia. So Citizendium once populated would hopefully be my first reference point. This is what Forrester has to say. Josh Bernoff, a vice president at Forrester Research, said he sees a place for Citizendium on the social-media scene, and noted that corporations are extremely frustrated with Wikipedia’s policies. "Companies have had real challenges getting their perspective on the facts addressed in Wikipedia," he explained. "You can file a complaint but there is no real protection against…

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Oracle launches site for ISVs

Oracle today notified its Independent Software Vendors (ISV) of a new web site to facilitate the engagement with its ISVs. The site can be accessed through here. Extract from the official notification… There are many different ways in which you can work with Oracle. This new information portal is designed to help you to understand how you can work more effectively with Oracle in the UK, maximise your sales and marketing opportunities, ensure your business is based on the latest technology, register for events and workshops, get all the latest news relating to the ISV programme in the UK, as…

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First OpenCoffee Manchester

7 people turned up for the first ever OpenCoffee Manchester. Let’s have a quick look at these individuals: Ed French (Rising Stars) David Hawdale (Hawdale Associates) Manoj Ranaweera (moi!) Paul Robinson (Vagueware) Philip Hemsted (Yuuguu) Philip Oakley (Into Vision) Rhys Jones (Accountis, Sanoodi, Web2os) Except Paul and David, others have supported me before by attending NW StartUp 2.0 events. David was really the new face as I meet Paul monthly at North West Digital Communities chaired by Manchester Digital Development Agency. Many interesting areas were discussed, among these: David – scalability – how do you scale a consultancy? Co-working –…

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Introducing Deskcom – A French EIPP Player

Deskom is another innovative electronic document exchange, allowing seamless exchange of structured documents between Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. Deskom has further developed their solution to include invoice factoring module, assisting with supplier working capital management. Advanced functionality provided includes validation of documents, document matching, on-line payments and on-line factoring. In addition, it has a facility to scan and index paper documents as well as print using outsource partners (a hybrid model) Pasrel API allows users to configure various steps and sequences in the document exchange process (work flow). Customers include GMAC Commercial Finance, the users of the on-line discounting…

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Local VC launches a wiki and blog to help startups!

Local VC, Ed French of Rising Stars (Enterprise Ventures) has launched a wiki, Techgain.net Tech Start-ups Wiki. According to Ed: This wiki is intended to serve as a repository for information and advice for Technology Startups, particularly those based in the UK. Please feel free to edit the contents and improve it for those who come after you. You can find more information and thoughts on my blog techgain.net Now I did not know Ed had started a blog. Its refreshing to see a local VC finally taking a positive step to reach out. Unfortunately, two attempts to leave a…

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