A favorite saying of someone I know in this industry is that “It’s not the big that eat the small, it’s the fast that eat the slow”. It’s a recurrent theme as terms like “pivot”, “lean”, “agile” and “minimum viable product” become the lingua franca of startups. We’ve moved rapidly from a culture of throwing lots of time and resources at a problem to one where we give a startup the minimum oxygen it needs to survive and let it iterate quickly to find its perfect niche.

So for our latest CloudU whitepaper it was fun to write specifically about this trend, and to really focus in on the way that cloud computing helps in this rapid iteration phase of startups.

In the report we look at the statistics that show just how crucial small businesses are in the broader economy (like 60% – 80% of new job creation annually type important!). We then go on to give some ideas as to why startups are so important, and ways they can increase their chance of success. It was a fun paper to write, and is a pretty good read, feel free to check it out here.

As part of the roll out of the whitepaper, we’re holding a special CloudU Webinar featuring Eric Ries, author of “The Lean Startup” as well as John Engates, CTO of Rackspace. The panel will be moderated by none other than Robert Scoble, someone who has probably met and talked with more startups than anyone else on earth.

As a special bonus, Eric has given us 200 copies of his book to give away to the first 200 registrants for the webinar.

Webinar Details

Topic: Small Teams, Big Impact: Powering Revolutionary Ideas on the Cloud

Date: Thursday, Dec 1st

Time: 11am PST

Click here to sign up now.

Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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