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Sun StartUp Essentials & Stewart Townsend

Many of you know that I am a keen advocate of Sun Microsystems’ Sun StartUp Essentials Programme. I am fortunate to work with Stewart Townsend (a brilliant easy-to-get-alone individual) from the beginning of the programme, and continue to do so with sharing ideas and initiatives. Stewart has geared the initiative to become a true friend to digital startups in the UK. He has filled the gap that other competitors (HP, Microsoft, etc) have not seen. Initiatives he supports or supported include Northern StartUp 2.0, Mashup Events, Webmission08 and Digital Mission.

No company is too small for Sun. Stewart engages with any company by understanding their pain and then providing or recommending solutions to ease the pain and set the company forward for growth. It is not always about selling hardware or services. The engagement model has started to work well for Sun. And Stewart’s commitment to programme is well recognised externally as well as within the company when Sun recently presented him with an award for commitment.

Here is a snap shot of recent discussion on Sun’s startup blog

OpenSolaris Vending Machine

Free Hosting for Facebook and Open Social Applications

Sun and Joyent have teamed up to bring free hosting for Facebook and Open Social Applications.

Thanks to Stewart, Sun Microsystems now has a permanent office at Daresbury Science and Innovation Centre. Stewart, keep up the good work. The community needs true champions such as you to make a change.

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  • I’d strongly second that. Innovation in the UK needs investment, community and partnerships with big companies to make it happen. Sun (and Stewart) and doing their bit, and that is noticed and appreciated by the community.

  • I’d strongly second that. Innovation in the UK needs investment, community and partnerships with big companies to make it happen. Sun (and Stewart) and doing their bit, and that is noticed and appreciated by the community.

  • Great support from Sun, have only heard good things, and I wish I had known about this before signing up to a rather exp solution with Rackspace…and by the time I am out of that, I would not perhaps be considered a startup any more 🙁

  • Great support from Sun, have only heard good things, and I wish I had known about this before signing up to a rather exp solution with Rackspace…and by the time I am out of that, I would not perhaps be considered a startup any more 🙁

  • Steve Brumwell

    Hi – I met Stewart when Iperium were sponsoring the TechCrunch Pitch event in the UK. We got on well and are definitely kindred spirits when it comes to our commitment to working within the UK start up sectors. Iperium and Sun Start Up are now entering into a partnership and hopefully we can continue to provide digital start ups with all the tools neccesary to suceed.

  • Hi – I met Stewart when Iperium were sponsoring the TechCrunch Pitch event in the UK. We got on well and are definitely kindred spirits when it comes to our commitment to working within the UK start up sectors. Iperium and Sun Start Up are now entering into a partnership and hopefully we can continue to provide digital start ups with all the tools neccesary to suceed.