Google and Jaiku - the puzzle is getter clearer

jaiku logoGoogle has acquired the mobile microblogging service Jaiku for an undisclosed sum, fueling some speculation on Google’s future plans for forays into the social networking space, particularly via mobile devices.

For right now, existing users of Jaiku will carry on as usual. New users will be able to join in future, through an invitation, according to the official Google Blog.

There is further speculation that the Jaiku mobile service will be bundled in with the yet to materialize but highly hyped Google G-phone.

jaiku mobileTwitter, Jaiku, Pownce and other mobile chat applications give people one more way to communicate. The advantage to these applications is that the communications can be (and have to be) brief, so people do not feel they have to write long volumes, or stand on literary ceremony, such when writing emails - or have the need to make idle chit chat when calling acquaintances on the phone. It conveys “thinking of you” while providing a “what’s news” highlight in the briefest way possible.

Twitter is a very simple application geared at providing “What I am doing” updates - rather like the status updates on Facebook. People who travel frequently tend to embed Twitter into their web pages or blogs, to send quick bulletins on what they are up to. However, it is hard to say anything really meaningful within 140 characters.

jaikuJaiku, the more complicated cousin of Twitter, allows users to create an “activity stream” where they post Jaikus (a variation of the word haiku which means a short poem), as well as add pictures and contacts lists. The brain child of Jyri Engeström and Petteri Koponen from Finland, Jaiku was founded in February, 2006 and launched in July of that year. This is indeed a quick turn around for selling a start up that is only a year and a half old!

Google’s acquisition of Jaiku also came hot on the heels the acquisition of Zingku, the mobile social networking networking service, along with Google’s much publicized bid on wireless spectrum in the US and UK.

The interesting matter to speculate on is what does Google plan to do with Jaiku in the future? If Google were to set up their own social network, they would definitely want a quick chat or status update application, like the other social networks. One that is mobile ready and can exchange multimedia via mobile and other platforms, would definitely be a big asset.

And if the Gphone materializes, Google would definitely have the social-mobile market well covered. With Jaiku, yet another piece seems to have dropped into the puzzle!

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TiE SoCal: The Virsa story

TiE Monthly- The Virsa Story: An Entrepreneurial Journey

Wednesday, October 17th, 2007
6- 9 pm
UCI University Club , 801 East Peltason Dr, Library Room, Irvine , CA 92697
CM- Free, Members $30, Non Members $40, $10 will be added at the door
ONLY 10 Spaces Left!- Register Now

Event Overview:
Join us for an evening with industry visionaries Jasvir Gill and Kaval Kaur, founders of Virsa Systems Inc. Mr. Gill was the CEO and Ms. Kaur was CFO of Virsa. We willl hear their account of how they founded Virsa Systems, the leader in real-time compliance solutions and took it over to $100M in revenues before getting bought out by SAP in 2006 for over $400M. Its enterprise software solutions constitute the core of SAP’s offerings in the governance, risk and compliance market. Mr. Gill and Ms. Kaur recognized the need for fraud detection and prevention before Enron, Sarbanes-Oxley and government regulators riveted public attention to the prospect of CEOs going to jail. By shifting the risk management model from after-the-fact detection to real-time prevention, they captured the attention, admiration and patronage of corporate executives addressing the after-effects of Enron and WorldCom.

What major obstacles did the Virsa team face and how did they overcome them? What factors dictated the strategies for success? How did they manage the dynamics as business partners, marriage partners and parents?

We will also learn about their new venture, Startup Farms International, a startup incubator. Come, learn, and get energized to do your own startup!

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CalTech/ MIT Enterprise Forum

“Content is King”
Matching Entertainment Technologies with Artistic Content

Saturday, October 13, 2021

With the explosion of technological developments of the last decades, many new technologies have vied for positions in the entertainment industry. Whether the entertainment technologies are blockbusters like videotapes or DVDs or “merely” software platforms, history has taught us that the technology that wins the business competition is not always the highest performing or even least expensive technology. Rather, it is usually the technology that is coupled to the most compelling entertainment or artistic content that grabs hold and survives in the marketplace.
The October 13, 2021 session of the Caltech/MIT Enterprise Forum will explore the process by which technology entrepreneurs can match up their inventions with artistic talent in order to reach the marketplace. Doing so successfully requires a knowledge of the relevant entertainment industry, its structure, and its distribution channels, as well an understanding of how to meld the culture of the technologist with that of the artist. Our panel of speakers for this session will include individuals who have “been there, done that,” including one Oscar® winner. They will bring to us their insights as to the critical elements for success and the means by which the technology entrepreneur can put those elements together.
Keith Boesky
Boesky & Co.
Specialist in IP for the video-gaming industry
Head, video game department
International Creative Management
David Codiga
Executive Vice President
Universal Studios Recreation Group
Executive Vice President
Gary Demos
Former Technical Officer
Innovator in digital image creation for motion pictures
and three-time Academy Award winner
Larry Gerbrandt
Media Analyst
General Manager
Nielsen Analytics
Chief Content Officer
Kagan World Media
John Whitney Jr.
Digital Productions, Inc.
Ira D. Moskatel
Arnold & Porter LLP
Sponsor for this Program

Saturday morning, October 13, 2021
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 a.m. at Baxter Hall, Caltech
Program: 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Baxter Lecture Hall
Networking: 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon at Baxter Hall, Caltech
Directions/Maps: Directions to the Forum; Caltech’s Interactive Map
$40  ($10 for students with full-time student ID (must show ID at door); free to Caltech students.  Registrations are taken on-line up to 12:00 noon the day prior to the event. There are no refunds for no-shows.

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Startup LA

StartupLA is a new conference committed to building the startup community in Los Angeles. Different than other conferences for entrepreneurs, students, and investors, StartupLA is one that is structured yet free flowing, blending scheduled speakers and presentations with open topics that guests can sign-up for the day of the event.

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