Would it sound strange to you if we compared life expectancy of humans Vs companies? Because if we did, you’d be surprised how immaturely companies die – and I’m talking about the Fortune 500 category here. With life expectancy of 45 years on average (this is how long humans lived for in the 16th century), the biggest and brightest American companies proudly grow huge and die early. And while growing, most of them ignore the fact that there are over 5 thousand companies out there today who survived at least two centuries. Some even a thousand years or more. Learning from these strange papa smurf companies may sound silly though as they are usually small – most of them haven’t grown larger than 300 heads. Too small to be taken seriously, ha?. Is there still hope for a life-extending diet for the F500 though? Well, let’s see it …
During my recent startup tour in Athens, Greece, I bumped into Dimitris and Manos, a duo of serial entrepreneurs. In this post, I’m hunting the secret of what it takes to reach 1 million downloads for a mobile app. Do you think Greece is slow motion? Keep reading …
I’ve met this startup of 3 entrepreneurs while on my startup tour in Bucharest. I heard that they built a service that “renders good looking streets and buildings” !? – I have to see this!
While on my latest startup tour in Bucharest, I’ve met the Mavenhut folks who famously got a hundred thousand users within 3 months by launching a social solitaire (?) game. I couldn’t wait to see them in person.
Looking at the root cause of several cloud outages, it’s neither power outage, nor hardware crash. Not even natural disaster. We made hardware, disks, network, cooling, power, even data centers redundant and we arrived at the next challenge: the software. The software that runs in these super-redundant units has became the single point of failure. With the same software running in multiple locations, one little bug can stop everything at the same time, despite the redundant hardware. Windows Azure and other cloud services do a great job in rolling out software updates at multiple update zones, but still, that little bug is just waiting to kick off at the right time and make the press chew on the next big story.
So, what is a redundant software like?
Don’t look at me, I don’t know the answer. But I assume that a redundant software is built by two separate teams who are not supposed to speak to each other. They need to make sure that they solve the same problem - but differently. They take the same inputs and produce the same outputs. But do the work in between differently. Last decade was about hardware failures. Now, they are the past. This decade is when software comes to life.
What do you think? Any comments and conversations – welcome!
David Szabo, SaaS Strategy Advisor, startup-addict, blogger at http://cloudstrategyblog.com and LEGO SERIOUSPLAY facilitator. Follow me on Twitter!
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