Saturday, April 2, 2011

IBM SmartCamp Calls for Entrepreneurs

On behalf of IBM, I would like to introduce you to a new program by IBM to help your company continue to grow and accelerate. Here is your chance to partner with IBM and receive access to world-class advisors plus a direct route to seed and venture capital.

SmartCamp is an exclusive event aimed at identifying early stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with the IBM Smarter Planet vision.

SmartCamp winners take part in a three-month mentorship with IBM. The winner will be invited to attend the SmartCamp World Finals. A finalist will be chosen to receive a personal mentoring engagement from Dr. Robert Metcalfe - ethernet inventor from the University of Texas at Austin.

If that sounds like what your start-up needs, then apply to participate in SmartCamp Austin on May 17 & 18, 2011.

To learn more and apply for SmartCamp go to IBM SmartCamp by April 15th. For questions, please contact Jonathan Libby at or 408-829-3923.

SmartCamp is a part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur initiative, which helps you build your business around the smarter planet market opportunity. By leveraging the benefits of IBM Global Entrepreneur, you can gain access to no-charge IBM software, technical enablement resources, mentoring, greater credibility, and validation of your solution.

Best regards,
Hall T.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chris Cornutt Talks about the Lone Star PHP Conference

Chris Cornutt Talks about the Lone Star PHP Conference

Where are you from originally?

Dallas, Tx

What university did you go to?

Abilene Christian University

What is your group’s mission?

The Lone Star PHP Conference seeks to bring some of the best PHP content and talent to the DFW area in a yearly event open to developers and non-developers alike.

What need does it fulfill?

The conference brings the format of the once-monthly DallasPHP meetings, a popular venue for learning and experiencing PHP, to a larger scale. Web professionals have to keep learning all the time to keep viable in their careers. Our event helps them by providing a wide range of sessions on topics ranging from the more technical to the “soft” topics.

What exactly does it bring to startups?

Like any other company, employees of startups have to keep broadening their horizons. This conference offers them an affordable way to do just that.

What type of startup would benefit from your group?

Any startup looking to learn more about not only the PHP language but about a wide range of surrounding technologies including web application deployment, Drupal, Windows Azure and unit testing your applications.

What was the most challenging aspect of starting up the initiative?

The planning has been the hardest part - going in I didn’t know quite what all was involved in setting up a conference, but I’ve found out quickly. I’ve been an attendee at several conferences and have friends that have helped to organize other, similar events and it’s been nice to have them to lean on. There’s so many small details you have to consider and it’s good to have a few people to ask questions when I need a few quick answers.

What advice do you have for entrepreneurs?

I keep coming back to it, but they shouldn’t forget to be constantly learning, whether it be a new technology or a concept that can help their product be the best it can be. If you’re not learning something new every day about the world you and your product exist in, you’re doing something wrong.

What Dallas-based resource have you found to be the most helpful and why?

The most helpful has been the DallasPHP user group. It’s where the event started from and it’s the group that’s providing a solid foundation for it. Quite a few of the speakers are former DallasPHP speakers (and some just may be future ones too).