The Cloud is Dead, Long Live the Cloud!

Talking about “The Cloud” is boring.  That’s because the term has been hijacked by ‘has-beens’ and used to death.

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BUT – the technology itself is compelling and the offerings from   providers get better every day.  The challenge that I have using AWS (Amazon Web Services) is that the latest releases surpass the documentation, so it can be a burden to find the latest information that maps to the product.  It’s even more difficult to search for a problem-resolution because many of the answers and work-arounds are based on older releases.

All that being said, however, I really like the cadence and pace of evolution that cloud providers are well, providing.  The ability to stand up applications platforms is amazing.  I can terminate and create a new WordPress Server and content in minutes, not hours.  I can add Widgets and Plugins as I like and will continuously improve as I see fit.  But the best part of controlling my own site is that I can run it very inexpensively, track costs and performance, and adjust extremely quickly as the breadth and depth of usage increases.

I’m going to be writing about my journey with improving the MotownHitsvilleUSA Museum digital presence, starting February 1st.  It’s a labor of love that will take their website into digital curation and be a global illustration of what a “King of Apps” can be!

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Enter, Stage Right

It’s been too long.  You may have heard.  I’m gone, I’ve retired.

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When I left Compuware I knew EXACTLY what I wanted to do.  I am a big fan of Amazon Web Services and, as a programmer, know the power that one person could have armed with cloud architecture and programming skill.

I spent my first month setting up my office and cloud environment, then catching up on programming languages that were new to me.

HINT: coding is coding, it’s all ones and zeros to me.

Cloud stack built, coding set, now the hard part – finding all the API’s I need and getting all the moving parts to work properly.

Now, finding the projects.  First ones are easy – move my web-site to AWS and finally dig in to projects I want to work on, like creating a Curator Management System for Motown Museum.  That’s gonna take some time.

In the meantime I’ve also found a lot of people as passionate about building cloud apps as I am and finding customers willing to partner up on projects.

Let the fun begin!

P-Cz

Exit, Stage Left

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  • One of the things I always ask startup ventures is “What is your exit strategy”.  Many entrepreneurs have no idea what their exit would look like, many say the obvious “sell to Google, Facebook or any other company with deep pockets”.That’s not what I’m looking for.When I talk to folks about their exit strategy, I’m looking to see if they have guiding principles that will get them there safely.  A company that is not ‘clean’ will not exit cleanly.  There’s too much to hide.  No matter how you ‘muddy the waters’, new investor will find out.


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    “Pay Your Taxes, Sleep Well”This was the best advice I got from a tax-consultant, years ago. He was doing the taxes for my company and we discussed different ways to reduce tax burden.  He said that he knew people who ‘cheat the system’ and then spend an enormous amount of time covering their tracks or looking over their shoulders instead of growing their business fairly.Think about it.  If you want to sell your company, IPO, merge, whatever the exit, you better have clean books and a clean conscience.  If you’re not paying taxes, or manufacturing sales, or cooking the books to make them look better, you’re in trouble and will be in a situation where you just cannot exit.


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    Years ago I talked to a CFO friend and asked him how much pressure there was to do things that weren’t financially ethical.  He told me that the stress was there but anytime he was asked to do something he thought was wrong, he imagined himself doing the ‘perp walk’.  “Orange just isn’t my color” was one way he explained it.Do not be tempted.  You can’t hide lies.  People will know, whistle-blowers will whistle, employees will talk, the IRS and the FBI know how to get to the truth, and investors will find out.

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    So, as you start your business, any business, keep the exit in mind as a goal and a guiding principle to maintaining you ethics and morals.  However you exit, you’ll enjoy the journey with a good night’s sleep.P-Cz