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The Go Big Network is an online service that allows business professionals to connect and interact with one another. Users are represented on the site with personal profiles. You choose the information in your profile and therefore control what can be seen by other users. The Go Big Network must collect certain pieces of information in the normal course of its business and Go Big Media retains the ownership rights to this information.
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Provides solutions that measure and troubleshoot IT system performance by monitoring the flow of information end-to-end. Key accounts include: JP Morgan Chase, American Electric Power, State of
It's always easy to take the next step and always impossible to take two steps at a time. —Seymour R. CrayThe capacity to envision a future that is different from the present is often called “imagination.” Sometimes, just a little bit of imagination is required to solve a minor annoyance or inconvenience. For example, we can easily see that having to open certain doors for ourselves—like those in the grocery store—is a pain. “What if,” someone asked, “we could have a door that opens itself?” That is the beginning of a process that can lead ultimately to a useful invention being brought to a market that is willing to pay the price of the invention to solve the problem it addresses.
Aetion’s patent-pending software enables users to identify the best choice when faced with an impossibly large number of options. Each alternative is rated on several criteria of merit, using large-scale simulation where necessary, while the user navigates the tradeoffs between the best options. The technology is employed to solve problems in military situation awareness and planning, financial decision making, and reducing manufacturing costs. Aetion grew out of the Laboratory for Artificial Intelligence Research at The Ohio State University, and its founders include some of the world’s most respected names in the field of applied computer power for decision support.
3X Systems will offer the only data backup solution with the ease, performance, and peace of mind that small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) expect from modern backup solutions without the high, recurring costs of an online service provider. Further, as a dedicated, all-in-one appliance, 3X customers leverage the strong relationship between their business and IT provider, confident that their data is in the hands of a trusted partner rather than a faceless web provider
Develops a feature rich contact recording system used by contact centers in quality assurance and training programs and in compliance with federal regulations. Recently selected for membership in the Avaya DeveloperConnection Program, CallCopy’s QM/Recording application suite will now be available as part of Avaya’s global integrated solutions services.
The presentation describes several type of funding mechanisms administered by TechColumbus including the:
TechGenesis Fund ($2 million)
Regional Commercialization Fund ($2.25 million)
Ohio TechAngel Fund II ($4.65 million)
Co-Investment Fund ($2.5 million)
Daily Reporter Staff Writer
Starting a new business can be daunting, but doing it in one weekend is a challenge beyond most people's imagination. Regardless, more than 100 Columbus-area information technology specialists will take on the challenge this summer.
The city is scheduled to host a 54-hour networking event designed to link software technicians and business developers wanting to start new technology businesses.
The event, Columbus Startup Weekend, is part of a national series of such events that began last year.
Columbus was chosen through voting on the event's primary Web site, www.startupweekend.com.
"They try to identify which city has interest in doing this and they contacted us about whether we can pull this off," said Chris Anderson, start-up specialist at TechColumbus, a Columbus organization that promotes the area's technology development efforts.
TechColumbus will host the event at its offices on July 18-20.
"One unique piece we'll offer is that we have tech labs and platforms right here on site," Anderson.
He said between 100 and 140 people are expected to attend the event and that there already are 50 people registered for the event.
The concept of the event is to bring IT specialists together with entrepreneurs, businessmen and people specializing in marketing to essentially transform an idea into an application in 52 hours.
Attendees will select ideas and then break into teams to develop the application, create the marketing strategies and chart the revenue model.
Teams consist of entrepreneurs, software developers, attorneys, marketers, designers, sales professionals and others working together to create multiple businesses from scratch all in one weekend.
Not that organizers are expecting the next Google or Yahoo! to be formed during that short period, but if nothing else, some long-term networking relationships should be formed.
"The companies that have been created (in other cities), there has been some interest from big players. I don't know if we'll see any venture capital interest," said Anderson. "We could see five or so individuals move on something that's viable."
Since its inception less than a year ago there have been similar events held in 15 cities, including London and Hamburg, Germany. Five other cities, besides Columbus, are scheduled for this year.
Columbus has received nearly 400 votes through the StartUp Weekend Web site, whereas North Carolina's Research Triangle has 190 votes.
"I've never seen a city rise so fast in a mere matter of hours," said Raymond Angel who runs the events for Startup Weekend LLC.
Much of the voting for Columbus has been spearheaded by local IT bloggers, Anderson said, noting that many of those individuals work in the IT field in the Columbus area.
"The majority of people who are going are people who are employed somewhere else and are looking to move on or start their own company. Or, they have started a company and are looking for help," Anderson said.
The event will start with short presentations by entrepreneurs who will describe the business idea.
"People will then gravitate toward the ideas that they are interested in and want to develop," said Anderson.
Even if no businesses are formed, he said that the Columbus IT community will benefit in the long run.
"The primary focus is on the IT side, the software development. Getting the idea person together with the software developer," said Anderson. "We want the two groups interacting, the software people and the business developers. Our role is to help any company think through the competitive landscape."
He said there are not many resources in the Columbus area to help link software developers with business developers.
"I think a lot of relationships will develop after this," said Anderson. "This sounds like a great opportunity to help talented software developers network with people who know how to develop a business model."
Web consultant Andrew Hyde of Boulder, Colo. created StartUp Weekend last year when he decided to bring his friends together for a spontaneous project.
The cost to participate is $40. For more information, visit: http://startupweekendcolumbus.eventbrite.com/
Ben's note: Since this article was written more people have singed up bringing the total to 70
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Outstanding Woman of the Year: Jeanne Gokcen of FutureCom Technologies Inc.
Outstanding Product (less than 50 employees): Pam Springer, EC Next for their product Manta.com
Outstanding Product (50 or more employees): Joseph Sanda, Astute Solutions RealDialog
Innovation in Non-Profit Service Delivery: John Hrusovsky and the GroundWork Group
Executive of the Year (less than 50 employees): William Dawson of NexTech Materials
Executive of the Year (50 or more employees): Bob Irwin of Sterling Commerce
Outstanding Start-up Business: Doug Stewart, AirCraft Logs
Minority Owned Enterprise: Ravi Kunduru and Ventech Solutions
Green Innovation: Dr. Bruce Monzyk and Battelle
Inventor of the Year: Dr. Wayne Poll of Minimally Invasive Devices
Outstanding Service of the Year (less than 50 employees): Adel Mikhail and Phylogeny
Outstanding Service (50 or more employees): Ben Blanquera representing the Progressive Medical team
Outstanding Technology Team: Michael von Fahnestock and the AMD VEP Team from Battelle.Here is quick video of the event taken with a flipvideo device -