SaaS


We have a few events coming up this week at Apprenda, and I thought many of you might be interested:

Going From SaaS Product Idea to Paying Customers in Under 6 Months (WEBINAR)

When: September 25th, 2009 at 1:00PM EDT
Where: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/699341779

This will be a great event. You’ll have an opportunity to hear from Nate Rowe, CEO of Appoint IT, who recently launched their product offering, and was able to go from a product idea to paying SaaS customers in under 6 months by leveraging the SaaSGrid SaaS Application Server.

You’ll also get a chance to hear from Luis Aburto, CEO of Scio Consulting, and myself. It will be a great discussion, and you’ll see why SaaSGrid is quickly becoming the solution of choice for ISVs large and small as they make the move to SaaS.

You can find out more details about the event, and register https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/699341779.

“How to Fail Miserably as a Cloud Software Provider” (NETWORKING EVENT)

When: September 22th, 2009 at 6:00PM EDT
Where: Public House, New York City (Lex/3rd)

This will also be a great event, and an opportunity to network with some movers and shakers in the SaaS and Cloud Computing space here in New York. You’ll also have an opportunity to hear from Apprenda CEO Sinclair Schuller, and he’ll be delivering a presentation entitled: How to Fail Miserably as a Cloud Software Provider”. If you’re in the area or can be, you won’t want to miss it!

You can find out more and let us know you’re coming here. We hope many of you can join us!

- Jesse

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Here’s a great slideshow I came across by 16 Ventures, from a recent seminar they held in Anchorage, AK.  Great stuff, and real crisp and to the point.  Having worked at a few software startups in the past and now interacting with lots of established software companies and startups at Apprenda, I would definately recommed you check it out if you’re thinking about launching a new software venture.  They’re also holding another seminar next week on Feb 26th in Dallas, TX.

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SaaSGrid is Amazing!


Posted By on Jan 22, 2009

 

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Sorry for the LONG period of inactivity.  Things have been extremly busy here at Apprenda.  We launched SaaSGrid for general availability back in the begining of December, and the response has been phenominal.

Let me try and explain to you in a nutshell what SaaSGrid is, and why it’s game changing:

SaaSGrid is a true cloud operating system. It’s not a software application, with some plugins.  It’s not a virtualization technology.  It’s not a full closed stack cloud offering. (Apprenda does not host SaaSGrid

It’s not like anything else on the market today.

SaaSGrid is the real deal.  It is a truly groundbreaking technology offering that allows companies to move their existing .NET based applications to a pure SaaS model, or build new SaaS applications without having to expend any effort on the SaaS specific architecture (ie: multitenancy, scalability, etc) OR the SaaS specific business components that they need to run THEIR business. (ie: billing, metering, provisioning, etc).

Much like the desktop operating system catalyzed a new era of software innovation, SaaSGrid is doing the same thing.  By providing a new layer of abstraction that contains all of the mission critical “SaaS DNA” so to speak, software companies can once again focus on writing great software and not having to worry about the intracacies of the delivery method.

If you are an existing .NET ISV, or someone looking to develop a new SaaS offering with any of the .NET languages, you absolutely owe it to yourself to check out SaaSGrid.

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Thank You Autotask


Posted By on Nov 5, 2008

Starting tomorrow, November 6th, I will no longer be Autotask’s Community Evangelist.  I’m extremely excited to be joining Apprenda as Director of Business Development. The work that Apprenda is doing is game changing, and there is no place I’d rather be at this point in my career.

I’ve been with Autotask for 2.5 years now, and it’s been an awesome ride.

Just over a year ago we launched the Autotask CommunITy, which originated as a “skunkworks” project of mine.   From the initial idea, to its conception and continued improvement, the Autotask CommunITy has been my full time responsibility at Autotask for the last year.   In that time, it has grown incredibly into a thriving community of over 13,000 members and has radically impacted the way Autotask as a company operates.  To cap it off, last night we were awarded a coveted ITSMA Marketing Excellence Award, specifically for the work we’ve done with the Autotask CommunITy.  That honor is just as much the claim of the thousands of brilliant IT professionals that make up the Autotask CommunITy, as it is any of ours.

In addition to the Autotask CommunITy, I was also able to help Autotask launch its product on the global market back in 2006 (my first project).  Then in early 2007, I was able to help introduce Autotask’s first mobile solution (Autotask LiveMobile).  I’m extremely thankful for the work I’ve been able to do with Autotask over the course of the last 2.5 years.  It’s been challenging, fulfilling and rewarding.  As their 65th employee back in 2006, they’ve now grown to over 130 people, and last week were awarded the New York Capital Region’s Best Places To Work award for the 5th straight year!  No other company has ever received the award so many years in a row, and it’s really a testament to the great people that I’ve had the pleasure of working with there for the past 2.5 years.

I want to thank all of my co-workers at Autotask, and all of the members of the Autotask CommunITy for such a wonderful experience.  I could name names and go on for pages thanking individuals, but I’ve made it a point to personally speak with many of you already.

Thank you all, and best wishes for continued success.

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FreshBooks Industry Benchmarks from FreshBooks on Vimeo.

Today Freshbooks announced that they will be publishing aggregate benchmark data on a quarterly basis. They’ve been sending out this data and more to customers for some time now, but now they’re going to publish some of the data to the general public.

Check it out, and if you are a SaaS company, take note and learn from these guys. They get it, and they continue to come up with creative ways to leverage the delivery method.

Great product, great company, great service. I can’t say enough about these guys!

Here are a few additional posts of mine about Freshbooks:

Freshbooks – SaaS Through and Through
Freshbooks = Awesome

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Freshbooks = Awesome!


Posted By on Jun 5, 2008

I’ve written about freshbooks in the past and many of you who I’ve spoken with know that I’m a huge fan of the product in general. It’s one of my favorite applications on the market.

Aside from their product being awesome, I also love the company culture that comes across in their blog and in this great video from standoutjobs.com:

They just do so many things right. Here’s the latest example.

At the recent How Design Conference they actually had a Freshbooks user hand paint and design their exhibit booth on the show floor, while the show was going on. Check it out:

Check out the full details here on the Freshbooks blog.

Great, great stuff guys!  This really blew me away.

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