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jcBy John Cohn Ph.D., IBM Fellow, IBM Systems and Technology Group

I admit it, I’m a technology geek. I’ve been in the silicon chip business for nearly 30 years but I still get surprised at how pervasive and critical they are to how we live, work and play.

The semiconductor transistor was invented 64 years ago, and in the progression from its first use in portable radios to today’s smart phones we’ve reached the point now that there are about one billion transistors for every person on the planet. That’s a lot of chip processing power at our fingertips. Continue Reading »

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James Downing, supervisor, San Jose Stormwater Management Program

James Downing, supervisor, San Jose Stormwater Management Program

By Richard Silberman, Writer/Researcher, IBM Communications

San Jose, California, has nearly 30,000 storm drain inlets leading to 1,200 outfalls that pour into 136 miles of creeks and streams. James Downing, one of the city’s three Stormwater Management Program supervisors, helps monitor all of it. He works to keep the water that drains from the city’s streets into all those creeks clean — and keep the city of San Jose compliant with some pretty stringent state and federal water quality regulations.

Big job. Huge responsibility. Luckily, help has arrived in the form of Creek Watch, an iPhone app from IBM Research that empowers citizens to monitor and report on local water conditions.

“We need all the help we can get to protect our watershed. No municipality can do it alone,” Downing said. “Volunteers have long helped the city with various environmental projects and now Creek Watch offers a new opportunity for countless citizens to collect and share meaningful water quality information.” Continue Reading »

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Andy_Monshaw By Andy Monshaw, IBM General Manager, Global Business Partners and Mid-Market

Small and midsize businesses are driving economic growth, and many women entrepreneurs are behind the wheel. Their dreams, fueled by entrepreneurial spirit, innovation, and instinct, are playing a significant role in guiding our financial recovery.

Standing behind them in Westchester County, N.Y., and the Lower Hudson Valley is the Women’s Enterprise Development Center (WEDC), which nurtures those dreams through intensive training in finance, management, accounting, marketing, and even computer skills. An especially valuable service offered to the approximately 1,500 entrepreneurs it serves annually is its core 15-Week Comprehensive Entrepreneurial Training Program, during which participants learn about every aspect of running a company and write business plans.

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From left: Ginni Rometty and Anne Janiak, executive director of the Women's Enterprise Development Center

As part of its Centennial celebration, Westchester-based IBM took the core training a step further, working with WEDC to host a June 15 speed mentoring session in which nearly 200 IBM volunteers from such disciplines as marketing, sales, finance, human resources, and IT shared their expertise, best practices, and lessons learned with more than 100 small-business owners. Each entrepreneur met with a different IBM mentor for each of three 15-minute sessions. Some of the IBMers will provide continued mentoring for 100 days, representing IBM’s 100th anniversary.

“Rendering technology to serve a transformational purpose requires forethought, creative exploration, and curiosity,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM senior vice president and group executive, Sales, Marketing, and Strategy, the keynote speaker at the speed mentoring event. “Over the years, some of the best inventions, business models, or adaptations of business models have come from small businesses. It’s the engine of new ideas for our economy and for economic growth. Curiosity and new thinking are what sets them apart.” Continue Reading »

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Existence is difficult enough for startups no matter what business they’re in, but it’s even harder for small companies that aim to change the world in fundamental ways. Welcome to the roller-coaster reality of a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs who intend to make the planet smarter. Today, at IBM’s SmartCamp New York City, five startups from the United States and Europe compete for prizes and mentoring sessions from venture capitalists and business leaders. The winner will be invited to a world championship event this fall. Follow this live blog today for a string of insights and video clips that capture the flavor of the competition.

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Raj Aggarwal, CEO of Localytics, a mobile application analytics firm, explains what it means to participate in, and win, the IBM SmartCamp New York City contest.

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Read more about the IBM Selectric and Industrial Design on IBM’s Icons of Progress page.

Read more about American Industrial Designer Eliot Noyes.

Read more about the new Pioneers of American Industrial Design stamps.

Buy the stamps here.

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Existence is difficult enough for startups no matter what business they’re in, but it’s even harder for small companies that aim to change the world in fundamental ways. Welcome to the roller-coaster reality of a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs who intend to make the planet smarter. Today, at IBM’s SmartCamp New York City, five startups from the United States and Europe compete for prizes and mentoring sessions from venture capitalists and business leaders. The winner will be invited to a world championship event this fall. Follow this live blog today for a string of insights and video clips that capture the flavor of the competition.

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IBM’s Mike Riegel, vice president of Startups, ISVs & Academic Programs, explains why IBM is interested in startups.

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Mentor sessions: The setup is that each entrepreneur sits down in succession with business people at five tables. I’m following one CEO through the process from beginning to end. I choose  Raj Aggarwal, CEO of Localytics, the mobile applications analytics firm.

Mentor Group 5:

Q: Omniture is doing Web analytics. And they’re getting into mobile apps. How do you stack up?

Aggarwal: “IBM, with Unica and Coremetrics, is a big competitor to Omniture now. We’re the mobile apps front end for Unica. They’re selling our products.”

Q: There are hundreds of thousands of apps but only 1000 matter. You have them. How do you grow your business?

Aggarwal: “We have our new mid-market product and we’re providing them with a lot of deep analytics they didn’t have before. We can graduate our free users into paid users.”

Q: You follow 65 million users. Why don’t you create an ad network or feed into ad networks?

Aggarwal: “We’re focusing on publishers and their applications for now, but we’ll follow them where their needs go.”

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Serial entrepreneur Nilanjan Sen has created a global virtual education marketplace with his Examville.com. The startup is competing in IBM SmartCamp New York City this week. Tune in for live blogging from the event on June 28 and June 29, starting at 1 p.m. each day; or watch the live streaming video starting at 1 p.m. on June 28 and 6 p.m. on June 29.

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This week’s SmartCamp competition in NYC is one of several ways IBM is helping entrepreneurs on the journey from idea to market-ready product.

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Picture Story: An Ecosystem of Entrepreneurs

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IBM SmartCamp New York City has just announced the Final 5 startups in this year’s competition. The finalists cover the Smarter Planet topic of smarter analytics.

Voting is now closed. Thank you for your participation. The People’s Vote Winner is Envirolytics. The Judge’s Winner is Localytics. Congratulations to all of our finalist for a wonderful competition.

EnvEve Click Here To Watch Their 1-Minute Pitch Video And Vote

A wireless sensor network and tailored analytics solution that gives organizations real time information on the environment and physical infrastructures. For example, using sensors and analytics, the solution can help city officials understand the likelihood of a mudslide, the level of toxins in a river, the nitrates in farmland soil or the road conditions of a highway. Watch and Vote

WINNER PEOPLE’S VOTE AWARD: Envirolytics Click Here To Watch Their 1-Minute Pitch Video And Vote

A combination of analytics software and mobile devices that puts homeowners in control of their energy usage.  Using basic measurements, camera and video functions as well as applications for tests such as light intensity on mobile devices, homeowners can capture the data for a home energy audit without the need for sensors in the home.  Based on this input and criteria such as geographic location, local weather patterns and home type, the Envirolytics software analyzes current home energy performance and recommends  more energy efficient products and services. Watch and Vote

WINNER JUDGE’S AWARD: Localytics Click Here To Watch Their 1-Minute Pitch Video And Vote

A real-time analytics service that helps the makers of mobile phone and tablet applications better understand their clients. By analyzing data on user preferences and tendencies such as the amount of time spent in an application, errors and crashes, businesses can build more successful mobile applications.  Watch and Vote

MediaFunnel Click Here To Watch Their 1-Minute Pitch Video And Vote

A Social Media Firewall and Dashboard that helps organizations analyze and monitor brand sentiment, protect their brand, and engage with their customers, prospects or members in realtime. It ensures that no brand-damaging statements are going out to the public and monitors social media and the web for conversations that need immediate attention – alerting the team so they can jump into the conversation right away. Watch and Vote

Examville Click Here To Watch Their 1-Minute Pitch Video And Vote

A global web-based educational content and services platform that enables collaboration for students, educators and content providers, including publishers. The service leverages the collective knowledge of many with collaborative learning tools, peer review, recommendations and educator inputs into a single comprehensive platform where users can customize their learning experiences. Watch and Vote

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At IBM SmartCamp NYC on Wednesday, after the 5 Finalists have met with their mentors, fine-tuned their pitches, and given their final presentations, two distinguished speakers will talk about how entrepreneurs and analytics are intersecting – and how to make the most of that opportunity.  Following their talks, the Judge’s and People’s Vote winners will be announced. You will be able to watch it all here live on the blog.

MortensenDennis R. Mortensen, Founder & CEO of Visual Revenue, Inc

Dennis R. Mortensen is a pioneer and expert in the Analytics industry. He is an accredited Associate Web Analytics Instructor at the University of British Columbia, the Author of data driven insights from Wiley, and a frequent speaker on the subject of Analytics, Media and Marketing. Mortensen is an Entrepreneur and was COO at IndexTools when it was acquired by Yahoo! Inc. subsequently their Director of Data Insights. Today he is Founder and CEO of Visual Revenue Inc. (Predictive Analytics for Media), sits on the Board of the Web Analytics Association, and maintains the highly popular analytics and media blog.

KidderDavid S. Kidder, Cofounder & CEO of Clickable

David S. Kidder is co-founder and CEO of Clickable, a Web service that brings simplicity to online advertising. Prior to Clickable, Kidder co-founded SmartRay Network, a mobile advertising delivery pioneer acquired by LifeMinders. Previously, David helped lead corporate development at THINK New Ideas, a publicly traded e-business and interactive advertising firm, and founded Net-X, a Web authoring and Internet advertising services company later acquired by Target Vision. Kidder is a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, and received ID Magazine’s International Design Award and Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008. Kidder is founder of GoodAdds.org, a nonprofit cause-marketing platform created in partnership with GE and Millennium Promise. He also is the creator and co-author of the two-time New York Times bestselling book series, The Intellectual Devotional, published by Rodale.

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