nivio – in 60 words

I have often been asked to try and summarise nivio in 60 words; great way to tell you all about the service… so here goes…

“Nivio makes computing as simple & affordable as Cable TV. A secure virtual Windows Desktop running in the Cloud, accessible through internet connected devices & computers.

Nivio can be bundled with a device for the 5bn people without a computer, or used through internet cafés. It promotes freedom; liberating the users from current frustrations of data loss, obsolescence, viruses and accessibility.”

I would love to get your feedback (admittedly we are still bug fixing!) – http://www.nivio.com

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Vista vs XP – is XP really obsolete… i mean really really?

I was reading this

http://www.computerworlduk.com/community/blogs/index.cfm?entryid=1573&blogid=14

and about 30 mins earlier was speaking to someone in our engineering team (for what we are actually engineering check out www.nivio.com) – I really can’t understand why Vista happened the way it did – was it rushed? over ambitious? or just a wrong approach… now Microsoft is a great friend so I want to be careful and clarify that my obervations are purely “academic” 🙂

now this is a topic of great debate and many wiser and greater folk have written about this but i felt compelled after reading this and doing a quick scan of the guys in the office – it was unbelievable – 75% of the folks had installed XP on a vista machine as they either didnt quite get vista or had some compatibility issue with it with some application.

infact I know we had a lot of trouble developing nivioSync for vista (esp vista 64) because of all the UAC Control… on my IBM  thinkpad the new update includes some nice looking aero upgrades to their utilities but for some reason it now consumes 300% the system resources of the non aero kit…

whether people would goto the extreme of old kit to get windows I am not sure but what is clear is that if MS makes XP completely obsolete it will be opening up a can of worms that is beyond simple support issues – i know we are planning to skip providing vista to our users and jump straight to Win7 which hopefully will be more stable and more compatible.

that being said – vista does have some great features but its one where some of the annoying things just out weigh the great things…

linux, whilst a great OS, is still too far in my opinion from really making it to the consumer space and being critically accepted – we forget that there are only a few hundred million people who really get computers – probably less.. the rest of the world (that has a PC) or use shared access systems will probably get windows with far more ease – but more importantly think of windows as synonymous for a computer!

economic meltdown – no VC? WRONG

So its official (ok I think it has been for a while) – the world is no longer the same is a phrase used again and again. Some of our friends in the valley (name begins with S and have a lot of cash) have also sent the SOS out to “invest in consolidation…hold your cash”…

I have met a lot of budding entrepreneurs in the last few days and all seem to be growing white hair thinking there is no more cash; infact in 80% of the interactoins I have had with press (more on this in next post) in the last 2 weeks the first or last question is always – how does the current economic climate effect your funding situation… and I think this is a worry a lot of startups are sharing so let me give my two cents worth after having spoken to some of the guys being accused of “holding cash”. Note:

  • Most of the funds the world’s VCs are actually sitting on under utilised funds – infact I know of some that are less than 25% pledged of total assets created in particular funds
  • Big pockets are still there – so there is no dirth of cash
  • However…the rules are now harder so if you think you have a new cheese making machine that you are looking to raise $10m for then the time is sadly no longer the right one but if you have a bonafide business that has real potential then there is plenty of cash
  • Note well… that valuations are a very “bearish” and most people will be hard pushed to give you top valuations from 2 years ago.
  • Present well… VCs will be a lot less forgiving – they need an excuse not to give you cash right now – not because they dont want to but lehman changed the world in september; the subprime crisis shocked the world over and like they say “things are not the same”

if any of you are still worried – pop me a message and i’ll try to calm  you down!