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David Abramowski's Blog It seems that Apple has another winner on their hands with the new Apple iPhone 3G. There are now millions of people connected to the Internet every minute of every day using this device. The fast adoption has created a tremendous opportunity for software vendors and companies to take advantage of an extremely large ecosystem of end users. The ecosystem is alive and well with the streamlined experience of the Apple App Store. This integrated web application is a directory of items available for the iPhone. Just this week Steve Jobs expressed his excitement with the more than 60 million downloads since the opening of the store a short few weeks ago. With millions of targeted devices that span a wide range of end users and a proven ability to distribute applications to those devices, there is a tremendous opportunity for organizations to make a nam... (more)

Is Modern Grid Computing Applicable to Business?

Grid computing is an impressive, confident, powerful technology model, winning high-profile admirers as it approaches full maturity. With the rise of Amazon Web Services, and, specifically, Amazon EC2, this style of computing is enjoying a higher profile than ever before. The professional sector is increasingly adopting a distributed model for hosting and deploying applications that has become almost commonplace in Web 2.0 applications. The ability to deliver different elements of applications simultaneously over a cohesive network of servers essentially defines grid computing, a... (more)

Building A Startup For $5k, Really?

In today’s Oregonian, Mike Rogoway’s article “Tech entrepreneurs defy recession“  quotes me as being able to build the first version of MioWorks.com for $5,000.  Well this is very true but may be a little misleading so let me explain how this can be. The team behind MioWorks is not just me.  There are three other founders that have dedicated every extra waking moment to building the application over the past several months.  Of this team two are technical mavens and two are business guys. So where does the $5k come into play. There are three aspects where we spent money directl... (more)

To AppStore, or Not to AppStore, That is the Question!

Nearly every web application that interacts with a user is faced with the dilemma of how to best support tablets and mobile devices.  As entrepreneurs we can no longer put off supporting these platforms as a nice to have.  The demand that is created by iPad users and the influx of Android tablets in the marketplace is significant especially for early stage companies.  Zoomstra is no different and we are currently facing our biggest technology decision yet.  What is our best option for supporting tablets? As a bootstrapped startup we have to make smart decisions on where we spend ... (more)

The Cloud Services & SaaS Offering Land Grab

We are in the midst of the Cloud services & SaaS offering land grab.  As an ISV selling cloud services or SaaS offerings your objective is to get more partners selling more of your products faster than ever.  It’s up to you to ramp up new partners and make them effective right out of the gate.  So you have to figure out the best way to do this, especially in these rather chaotic times for resellers. But there is a challenge. You see, resellers and VARs have always had a wide variety of products in their “bags”.  Yet with the channel explosion of SaaS solutions and Cloud services... (more)