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Enterprise 2.0 has crossed the chasm

November 11th, 2010 | by Isaac Garcia

I had the opportunity to attend Enterprise 2.0 in Santa Clara yesterday where I participated in a panel hosted by InformationWeek's Editor-in-Chief Alex Wolfe titled "What Enterprise 2.0 Can Learn from SMB."

On the panel to represent the SMB customer's point of view was Larry Housel, of Industrial Mold & Machine, and Jashcha Kaykas-Wolff of Involver.  In addition to myself, representing the vendor's perspective was Chris Yeh of PBWorks. 

Thomas Claburn has a nice wrap up from our panel - so I won't rehash what has already been said.

But I will comment on a couple of things that I noticed from our panel and from the keynotes and sessions that I attended:

  • The tolerance for buzzwords seemed lower than prior conferences, perhaps signaling a shift in market maturity for both the vendors and the attendees.

  • Pragmatism reigns.  Maybe it's the economy, but businesses of all sizes were emphasizing the pragmatism of social and collaboration tools.  This stuff has to impact my business in a specific way that I can measure it - otherwise, forget it.

  • Everyone sounds the same.  More than ever, Enterprise 2.0 and collaboration tools have become commodities.  While Novell's Keynote and demo of Vibe looked cool, you know that things are mainstreamed when Novell is discussing them on stage.

The Minority Report

March 18th, 2010 | by Jenny Chai

The number of minority-owned businesses is on the rise. According to the 2002 Census Survey of Business Owners, the number of minority-owned businesses grew 31% between 2002 and 1997 compared to 13% growth for non-minority businesses. It's pretty safe to say that the next set of survey results, which are set to be released later this summer, will show even greater growth. The U.S. has come a long way since 1982, when fewer than 7% of all companies were owned by minorities.

Thumbnail image for LABJHere at Central Desktop, we're proud to say that we're contributing to this growth in minority-owned businesses with our co-founders Isaac Garcia and Arnulf Hsu being Mexican-American and Chinese-American. In fact, this week Central Desktop was included in the Los Angeles Business Journal's annual list of Minority-Owned Businesses.  The list ranks the top 50 minority-owned businesses in the Los Angeles area by revenue.  

If you're in the Los Angeles area & you want to check out the full list of LA's top minority owned businesses, head over to your nearest news stand or log into the Los Angeles Business Journal here!

“Relentless Execution” – The Central Desktop Early Days

March 1st, 2010 | by Dustin Turner

Ever wonder how Central Desktop got started? Well, now you can hear the story of Central Desktop's humble beginnings straight from co-founders Isaac Garcia and Arnulf Hsu in this Techzing podcast.
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The interview is appropriately titled "Relentless Execution" as Isaac and Arnulf discuss everything from how they came up with the idea of starting Central Desktop to the lessons they learned about how to build a successful SaaS business.   

If you have any startup advice or tips, we'd love to hear them!

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