Date: July 5, 2012
Guest: Ben Kepes (@benkepes) - Entrepreneur, Investor, Analyst @ Diversity
Description: Aaron and Brian talk with Ben Kepes (@benkepes) about the evolving Cloud Computing trends in the first half of 2012, building Cloud communities and how SMBs should be thinking about leveraging technology to gain business advantage.
Topic 1 - [Analyst] 1st half of 2012 in review - major trends, changing strategies, etc.
- Large Companies -> Fast Followers -> Leveraging their Scale
- The evolution of HW + SW solutions
- VMware acknowledging that Cloud Computing will be heterogeneous
Topic 3 - Once a company reaches 10 years, does that make it "old", or ripe to go through significant transition? Is 10 yrs the new 20 yrs?
Topic 4 - [Communities] How are we educating people on Cloud Computing, and how do communities like Defrag (developers) differ from Cloud U (business owners, infrastructure IT groups)
Topic 5 - [Investor / Advisor] What problems are companies (that you advise) struggling with where Cloud could solve problems? How is Cloud changing your perspective as an investor, whether it's in technology companies or non-tech companies?
Topic 6 - [Global Markets] What trends are you seeing outside the US, especially in ANZ or Asia?
Topic 7 - [SMBs] This is the market segment that seems to have the most options (lots of SaaS services), but get the least amount of direction.