Updates on the Startup Tech Scene
I haven’t written the details about it, but basically KickStart Ventures, the Globe-affiliated startup incubator launched around the same time Startup Weekend 2 came around (this year I believe), got 4 teams funded with a hundred thousand dollars each (roughtly equivalent to four million pesos). The team that I believe really deserves it is Kalibrr, as it serves to help add more workers to the BPO (and I think they are also reaching out,eventually, to non-BPO) industry. That is a huge undertaking anyways.
The rest of the startups, IMHO, are just variants of a service or a product that won’t make a huge impact on the Philippine economy. I’m not saying they won’t, I’m just saying it won’t be that huge.
SulitApps – well this well help people save money on their App or Play Store purchases. This may help the economy by allowing people who can’t afford a credit card to basically buy more things online.
TripSiders – it well definitely help the Tourism industry here. That’s a good boost for the economy.
Workinspire is something like a collaboration portal. It adds other services combined to help manage the taskslists and code of a regular web development and design firm, as well as media firms. This can help our economyby simply helping possible investors know that we have the skills to challenge things like Github and Pivotal tracker. I think it’s not a major impact on our economy since it won’t really help provide more jobs, but rather help those Filipino-based media outfits produce more work by being able to manage their tasks in one big place. (JIRA, is of course, more expensive, and this will help those companies save more money on apps like pivotal tracker.)
My Legal Whiz is good for lawyers and lawyer firms who need to store the legal research they have into the cloud. It will help lawyers effectively render the righteous hammer of God on the many cases which we have in this country, by being more accurate in their legal research and enable knowledge-management within legal firms.
For more info on these startups, check out thebobbery’s post on this.
Productivity Lost by re-installing my Windows
I just recently, actually just yesterday, hit the reset button on my netbook and whilst before it was a breeze to install everything and then get productive again, with the advent of today’s Cloud services, I found updating dropbox to take huge amounts of time. Plus it re-installs those non-productive freeware that originally came with my netbook.
In short, if you will reinstall your windows, I suggest to do this:
For Dropbox, copy and backup your entire Dropbox folder into a secondary storage space so that you don’t have to resync all those files again.
For your files, make backups of the work and code you are working on (both the script files if you’re a developer) and the mySQL or SQL databases you have been working on. I am lucky because I copied my XAMPP (a local installation of Apache, PHP, MySQL) into one partition, so when I reinstalled I just had to reactivate it (run setup-xampp.bat) and voila, I go back to work.
Also try out Ninite -a way to install or update multiple apps at once found at ninite.com . I basically usually just install the browsers, messaging apps, and most of the utilities and tools for creating websites, and maybe Foobar for music. You can install the other things you need by clicking on the checkboxes.
What I found is that my system is not really much faster than before once I reinstalled everything, maybe its because of the many extra stuff that a new computer has (like the freeware crap). Particularly for Chrome , after I have re-synced all my links and bookmarks and add-ons, it still performs just as slow.
Maybe I’ll upgrade the RAM, but I’m not sure if that will help since the processor is just an intel atom. I highly recommend not running too many tabs and apps when running on a netbook. Just open the one or two programs you need, and that’s it. If you want to do more with your computer though, I’d suggest giving Ubuntu a try.