Interesting new European-centric consolidation player around MySQL
MySQL AB, a Sweden-based developer of an open-source database, has acquired Netfrastructure Inc., a Manchester, Mass.–based provider of server software for building Web-based applications. No financial terms were disclosed.
MySQL has raised significant VC funding from Institutional Venture Partners, Intel Capital, SAP Ventures, Presidio STX, Benchmark Capital and Index Ventures.
The planning of Innovate Europe 2006 is under way, and the selection of startups that will have the opportunity to present at the conference is taking place soon. Chris Shipley will do a tour of Paris, London, Dublin, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Madrid and Zaragoza between March 7th and March 17th.
This picture from Gilles Kahn was taken during the 2003 RVC conference than Jeff Clavier and myself organized that September in New York.
It captures a lot of the incredible qualities of Gilles from it's sheer passion (which radiates here), to his great strength, to his incredible humor and gentleness.
I spend today's afternoon at his funeral, where a large, sadden group of family, colleagues, friends pay their last respect to him. Gilles was only 59, and had been an adviser of RVC and of Occam Capital.
We spend of lot of time taking about leadership, and what the quality of a leader in action are, and how to recognize them. Watch the short 3 min (in French) video of Gille's new year greating to the INRIA staff, and observe and remember what an incredible man he was. I will only quote here the last sentence from his speech :
We must focus on seeding new trees, and hope that one day, when we will no longer be around, they will have mature, and bear new fruits...
Gilles Kahn was educated at the Ecole Polytechnique (class of 1964), then at Stanford University in the United States (1968-71). During his career he would have the opportunity to take two long sabbaticals in renowned scientific institutions: University of Edinburgh, UK (1976-76) and the Isaac Newton Institute at Cambridge, UK (1995). Twenty years later, in 1997, he would become the first member of the Institute to be elected to the French Academy of Science as a researcher in information systems. On his return from Stanford, he entered the CEA (atomic energy commission), then joined IRIA in Rocquencourt in 1977, at the head of a project for the development of programming environments. In 1983, he was one of the founding members of the INRIA Sophia Antipolis Research Unit, where he continued to head a research project while simultaneously coordinating research activities alongside the Unit's director. In 1993, Gilles Kahn became part of the Institute’s General Management, where he took up duties as Vice-President for Research, and later, in May 2004, became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. As Vice-President for Research, then as Chairman, he had a major influence on the definition of INRIA’s last two strategic plans. The last strategic plan (2003-2007) paved the way for joint research in information systems and life sciences.
Quite amazing to witness, it seem that the Web 2.0 meme is exploding live today on the blogosphere. Best demonstration is the suite of comment on crunchnote.
Let's finish this argument, and le's go back to building companies (it's 11:55 pm here and i just got of a 90 min due diligence call focusing on margin, distribution, COGS, value pool and growth financing... ;-) ).
INSIDE Contactless (Aix en Provence, France) announced yesterday (15/12/05) the closing of a € 9 million ($10.6 million) D round (following the 1996 A round of Alta Berkeley, the 1998 B round of GIMV and 3i, and the 1999 C round of Siparex, Vertex and NIF) led by three new investors: Sofinnova, Vertex Venture Capital (Israel) and Visa International. Prior round investors GIMV, Vertex Singapore and Siparex have also participated.
While at the standard level Bluetooth is moving toward NFC and UWB compatibility, it will be interesting to watch the game between Bluetooth software vendors like Baracoda and pure player on the NFC like INSIDE Contactless.
INSIDE Contactless is a provider of semiconductor chips (memory and microprocessor) and hardware platforms (couplers and readers) related to 13.56 Mhz contactless technology. Delivering cost-effective, reliable and secure technology for both contactless cards and readers, INSIDE provides high performance, open standard solutions for Payment, ID and Access Control. Headquartered in France with a global presence in China, Singapore and the US, INSIDE's worldwide customer portfolio includes providing MicroPass chips for Visa's contactless payment initiative and serving as the exclusive provider of smart card reader technology for HID's iCLASS access control solution.
If you watch it, you MUST also real Joel rant which this is a short extract:
I'm starting to see a new round of pure architecture astronautics: meaningless stringing-together of new economy buzzwords in an attempt to sound erudite.
"That's one sure tip-off to the fact that you're being assaulted by an Architecture Astronaut: the incredible amount of bombast; the heroic, utopian grandiloquence; the boastfulness; the complete lack of reality. And people buy it! The business press goes wild!"
Now it's tagging and folksonomies and syndication, and we're all supposed to fall in line with the theory that cool new stuff like Google Maps, Wikipedia, and Del.icio.us are somehow bigger than the sum of their parts. The Long Tail! Attention Economy! Creative Commons! Peer production! Web 2.0!
Not only that, the very 2.0 in Web 2.0 seems carefully crafted as a way to denegrate the clueless "Web 1.0" idiots, poor children, in the same way the first round of teenagers starting dotcoms in 1999 dissed their elders with the decade's mantra, "They just don't get it!"
Most of what is 'Web 2.0' is based around ideas of a few people who had to ride out Web 1.0 with no buzz or funding, while people selling fresh mangos online were talking to VCs. This time perhaps the good people, the Evan Williams' Dave Winers' 'Ian Clarke equivalents are in their garretts building the real next generation web. Those people will be beavering away, building instead of talking.
Judging by the noise yesterday on memeorandum, everybody was talking about the Alexa API opening. Jeff Nolan and Brad Fled have two interesting posts on this new echo chamber effect where one (important but not unique) subject get's ALL the attention (ie more noise and less information).
This brings up another issue that blogs need to come to grips with, how to bring order and differentiation to the "room full of noise".
ALEXA (MAKE THAT AMAZON) LOOKS TO CHANGE THE GAME — (This will be updated when the service goes live, I was briefed and the embargo was 9 pm PST...) — Every so often an idea comes along that has the potential to change the game. When it does, you find yourself saying - "Sheesh, of course that was going to happen.
New standardization work has started to increase this market by enabling co-operating more closely with the Wi-Fi, Ultra-wideband (UWB) and Near Field Communications (NFC) wireless standards.
·Bluetooth is used mainly for short-range wireless networks, and has a prime application in connecting wireless headsets to mobile phones, while Wi-Fi is the standard in wireless networking for laptops and home networks.
·Near Field Communications (NFC) is a less common technology sending a signal over a distance of just a few centimetres.
·UWB is an emerging standard commonly referred to as 'wireless USB' for its ability to transmit large amounts of data over a distance of up to 10 metres.
This could be a big push for European startups like parrot or baracoda that are developping bluetooth based solutions.
12 :: Kinnernet 2007 Tel Aviv - Israel
March 15 to 17 in Ohalo Manor, Kibbutz Kinneret, Jordan Valley. Followed by the Marker Conference in Tel Aviv March 18/19 and Mishkenot Shaananim Symposium in Jerusalem on March 20.
11 :: DLD 2007 DLD Conference
Munich January 21-23 2007.
DLD (Digital, Life, Design) is one of Europe's freshest conferences covering digital innovation, gaming, arts and science, bringing together thought leaders from Europe, the Middle-East, America and Asia
10 :: LE WEB 3 Paris
Dec 11/12 2006
I'll participate (with 1000 others ;-)) to was should be a great European tech gathering...
I'm also hosting a Dinner on Wed Dec 13 (register on my blog if you are interested)