Posts tagged ‘startup’ A Geekdom Startup That Simplifies Server Management

September 11, 2014 8:00 am


DropBox simplified online storage. GitHub simplified revision control. And, member of the Rackspace Startup Program, is looking to simplify server management.

Using the Rackspace Managed Cloud, offers its customers a simpler way to manage servers online by making it easy to execute commands on groups of servers from a beautiful web interface. The mantra inside is simplicity. empowers everybody in a company to interact with servers via an easy to use web interface; including less technical employees such as support and marketing.

“Others in the DevOps space are focused on ever increasing complexity and command line systems,” explains Justin Keller, founder of “Our approach is a beautiful web interface with no external dependencies (agents). ?”

Keller says that other solutions in the space often have a steep learning curve.

“Going with Chef or Puppet require a large time investment, and companies have to send developers off to Chef School for two weeks to learn their systems,” he says. “We don’t ask our users to go to school. They can sign up and start managing servers instantly with their existing stack and scripts.”

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The genesis for came from solving a pain point at Keller’s previous startup, NodeSocket, a Platform as a Service (PaaS) for hosting node.js applications.

“ was the pivot for NodeSocket. We now have thousands of accounts created in over 80 different countries, and, by the end of 2014 our goal is to be profitable.” notes Keller.

With the poised for growth, the team takes up headquarters inside Rackspace’s Geekdom San Francisco, a collaborative workspace bringing great people together south of Market Street.

“We really enjoy the relationships with other companies in the space, since they all tend to focus on developer tools or infrastructure,” says Keller. “The office space is also conveniently located in SOMA, and offers great amenities. Finally, they host great events usually a few times a week, from Docker, to tech talks, to investor pitches.”

The Rackspace Startup Program was there to help use the Rackspace Managed Cloud to simplify server management. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.

Finally, a hydroponic farm that runs on goldfish poop

September 11, 2014 7:28 am


Everything that we have ever eaten has probably, at some point, been in contact with some poop. Plants grow in soil that’s mixed with horse poop, and at some point a careless burger joint employee has touched your meal after a tricky bathroom break. The sooner that we admit the role poop plays in our survival, the sooner that we can turn it to our advantage. For instance, wouldn’t it be great if we could harness the power of poop to grow herbs, purify water and look after a goldfish at the same time? You bet your ass (the part of your body where poop lives) it would, which is why Dutch startup EcoBird is launching its aquaponic farm on Kickstarter.

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Rackspace Startup Program Spotlight On Flickflyer: A Marketplace Video Platform Built On Rackspace Managed Cloud

September 4, 2014 8:00 am


Flickflyer is a marketplace application built on the premise that video just sells better. The app, which is available for iOS and Android, allows users to easily create and post video advertisements for items they’re selling using their smartphone’s camera. The addition of moving pictures and sound creates a more engaging experience and makes ecommerce more human. As Flickflyer puts it, the startup provides a video platform for buying and selling when photos just aren’t enough.


“It was born out of frustration from buying used goods online and sometimes pictures and words weren’t just enough, in two places simultaneously, believe it or not,” explains Bin Tan, CEO of Flickflyer. “I was in Manila and trying to make an online purchase of a vintage camera, but was too scared to buy it because the photos didn’t look like much. My co-founder [Paiman Vahdati, CMO at Flickflyer] was in San Jose trying to sell stuff he had in the garage to make some money, but it was just too difficult. A mutual friend thought we should meet and – BAM! – it was as if he and I were thinking of the same thing!”

Flickflyer was created to help users buy and sell their goods easier using video. The founders felt it had so much power helping buyers and sellers connect.

With the idea cemented, the Flickflyer team built the video platform from scratch on the Rackspace Managed Cloud and as part of the Rackspace Startup Program.

“Rackspace became an integral part of Flickflyer, especially in that we’re a startup,” Tan says. “Because our platform was focused on video, so even though our videos are saved on YouTube, we do a lot of image and video processing at the backend. We needed the capabilities of the cloud to easily scale up our requirements. Setting up was really fast and working through the different tools available for us was also easy. The Rackspace Startup Program was a monumental help for us!”

Now that Flickflyer doesn’t have to worry about its infrastructure, the team can focus on growing the business.

“Between now and 2015, Flickflyer will be very busy partnering with different small businesses and partners giving them the opportunity to post their stuff online with video,” concludes Tan. “It has given users the ability show both their creativity and their goods easily to their potential market. We’ve currently been able to partner with people from all over including people in Chile, the Philippines and the United States as we progress our platform even further.”

The Rackspace Startup Program was there to help Flickflyer develop its marketplace app for buying and selling items using video advertisements. Drop the Startup Team a note and let us know if you need help building your startup.

AWS Week in Review – August 25, 2014

September 2, 2014 8:21 am


Let’s take a quick look at what happened in AWS-land last week:

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Music discovery startup has been acquired by Rhapsody

August 4, 2014 5:47 pm


Rhapsody has acquired music discovery startup, and the team is joining Rhapsody’s team to work on its subscription product.

Music discovery startup has been acquired by Rhapsody originally published by Gigaom, © copyright 2014.


Scaling Cloud Infrastructure Despite Brain Drain And Ad Hoc Processes

August 4, 2014 3:00 pm


By Matt Juszczak, Founder, Bitlancer

Your lean technology startup is gaining serious traction! Sales and marketing are steadily growing the user base. Meanwhile the operations team, armed with an assortment of scripts and ad hoc processes held together by library paste and true grit, is challenged to scale the cloud-based IT infrastructure to handle the increasing load. So you hire a software engineer with lots of cloud experience to build out a stable configuration management environment.

For a few months all is well, until that engineer abruptly splits. Now operations is left holding a bag of stale donuts. It turns out that nobody else on the team really knows how to use the configuration management tool. They only know how to spin up new virtual servers like they’d been shown. With each person already doing the work of many, nobody has the bandwidth to first learn the tool and then manage the various configurations left lying around.

You know what happens next, right? As development makes changes to the software, operations has to manually install the new virtual code and tweak the configurations manually every time they create a new server. Equally problematic, virtual server instances proliferate unchecked, leading to thousands of dollars in unexpected charges from the cloud service provider. This leads to a slash-and-burn server destruction scramble that accidentally takes down the production platform and disgruntles many of those new users. Heavy sighs emanate from the CTO’s office. What’s to be done?

This is where Bitlancer Strings rides in to save the day. Strings is truly easy to use and provides whatever level of visibility into the virtual infrastructure you desire. With a little support, most teams can migrate their cloud configuration management onto Strings quickly—some in as little as a week.

The benefits of adopting Strings in this scenario include:

  • Heaps of scarce developer time saved by the efficiency and ease of use of the Strings platform.
  • Near-instantaneous time-to-value and predictable, affordable monthly costs. No more surprise charges from the CSP.
  • Best of all, scalability concerns can be alleviated! Peace (whatever that means for a startup) is restored.

If your team is hampered by this kind of technical debt, Strings can help. Strings gives you everything you need to deploy, configure and manage your virtual servers, deploy applications, handle user authentication and SSH keys, and more.

Standards-based Strings works seamlessly with Rackspace services, as Bitlancer customers can attest. Strings also integrates with Rackspace Cloud Monitoring and the Rackspace Cloud Files backup service. Plus it can manage Rackspace Cloud Load Balancers with ease—all of which helps you get even more value from your Rackspace relationship.

To find out more about how Bitlancer Strings can quickly and cost-effectively turn your virtual configuration management pain into gain, visit us in the Rackspace Marketplace today.

This is a guest post written and contributed by Matt Juszczak, founder of Bitlancer, a Rackspace Marketplace partner. Bitlancer Strings is a cloud automation Platform-as-a-Service that radically simplifies the management of virtual servers and other cloud infrastructure, enabling startups and SMBs to preserve time, money and sanity in the cloud.