A Canuck In The Machine

Mark Relph - Senior Director - Startup and VC Team

September, 2005

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    Ottawa Venture & Technology Summit (Report #1)

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    On Wednesday and Thursday of this week I am attending the Ottawa Venture & Technology Summit at the Lac-Leamy Casino in the Nation’s Capital.  Ottawa is a great town and I do enjoy visiting here when I can.  Ottawa is home to what might be the hotest startup technology community in Canada.  As part of my role at Microsoft, I work with Canada’s Venture community.  I have to say that I have not spent enough time in this community.  We have very good relationships with the startup community in Toronto and Vancouver, but Ottawa (along with Waterloo) are areas that we really need to spend more time supporting.  The impact of having Nortel, Newbridge and the various research arms of the Federal Government in the area has really propelled the economy here.  Last night I was at dinner with a group of VCs from Canada and the US.  We spent a great deal of time discussing the “Nortel Effect”.  Waterloo has the same kind of scenario – in their case it is U of W and RIM that are propelling innovation.

     

    I have two goals at this event.  First, I am a speaker - http://www.ottawavts.com/program.html.  Second, I am here to build the connections that we will need to ensure that we are able to support emerging software companies in the greater Ottawa area.

     

    As I type this entry, Tony Perkins from the Always On Network, is doing the keynote.  He is spending most of his time talking about the “underhype” of the Internet.  Skype is the example of the day (for good reasons). 

     

    Just as I finished typing that sentence he started talking about the “future formats” of the web… nice phrases like “The Near Web”, “The Far Web” and the “Weird Web”.  The best is the “B2B Web” – which he asserts is a fertile green field because Microsoft isn’t there.  I can’t believe that comment really… with all the work we have done on web server development, RSS, WS-* standards, Indigo, etc.  I don’t anyone will ever “own” this space, but I have to say to Tony that he needs to do some deeper research.  We are definitely there.

     

    I’ll blog a bit while I am here and if I can I will record my session as an audiocast.

     

     

     

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    2005 Impact Award Finalists!

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    This year I had the pleasure to be a part of the judging for the 2005 Impact Awards.  This is the 3rd Annual Impact Awards, which recognizes excellence across the large and diverse community of resellers and solution providers across Canada

    Partners are the lifeblood of our success and having a healthy ecosystem of systems integrators, ISVs, VARs and OEMs is critical to our future.  (Especially with all of the amazing innovations that are coming in the next 2 years)

    Canada is home to so many awesome partners, many of whom I get to work with on a regular basis.

    Thanks to everyone who applied (heck, thanks to every Microsoft partner out there!!).  Congratulations to the finalists and good luck at the awards!

    http://www.microsoft.com/canada/awards/default.mspx

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    Virtual Natural Disaster?

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    Check this out:  http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20050921-5337.html

    "Players of Blizzard's incredibly popular World of Warcraft are reporting the outbreak of a virtual plague that is spreading across major cities in the virtual land of Azeroth, infecting player characters at an alarming rate.

    The trouble started when Blizzard programmers added a new instance, which is a separate area connected to the outside world that players can enter and attempt unique quests. One of these instances, Zul'Grub, contained the god of blood, Hakkar. Hakkar was a powerful foe that could cast spells of his own, including a spell called Corrupted Blood. This spell did a large amount of damage to any player within the vicinity of the casting, and the effects lingered on after the spell was over."

    An interesting impact of "connected systems" ;-)

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    Launch Tour Registration Is Now Open!

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    http://blogs.msdn.com/canadian_launch_tour_2005/archive/2005/09/22/472821.aspx 

    Visit the main event page to register - www.microsoft.com/canada/launch2005

     

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    Ready Launch Tour 2005

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    PDC was just awesome, but it’s good to be home.  The team is now preparing for our next major event – the launch of Visual Studio, SQL and Biztalk.  This is going to be one of the largest launches of the year (perhaps 2nd only to the Xbox 360 launch) for Microsoft.  

     

    Check out the event page @ www.microsoft.com/canada/launch2005

     

    (Hint:  registration will open in the next few hours, so be sure to go and save your spot!!!)

     

    The team is working round the clock to make the launch tour the best it can be.  Here are the highlights:

     

    • 10 city, cross-Canada tour
    • Online webcasts and learning opportunities
    • Training offers
    • User Group engagements across the country
    • Behind the scenes blogging
    • BuzzCasts and VidCasts
    • Prizes J
    • And much, much more.

     

    We have created a “master” blog page for the event @ http://blogs.msdn.com/canadian%5Flaunch%5Ftour%5F2005/ (or you can subscribe to the RSS using http://feeds.feedburner.com/ReadyCanadianLaunchTour2005

     

    Several members of the MSDN and Technet teams will also be blogging about the content, the tour and the behind-the-scenes action:

     

    Launch Bloggers

     

    And finally, we plan to run some very special contests exclusively through our blogs, so subscribe to the RSS feeds and stay tuned for more information.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Please Subscribe Using My Feedburner Link

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    http://feeds.feedburner.com/MarkRelphsWeblog 

    Thanks!  This will let me get some better statistics on the traffic coming to my blog!

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    An interesting perspective on the PDC.

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    My good friend Rick Segal provides an interesting perspective on the PDC (as only Rick can).

     

    http://ricksegal.typepad.com/pmv/2005/09/pdc05_round_up.html

     

    Hmmm… I say “dude” a lot as well. (Read the link…)

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    The Canadian Channel9 Guy

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    The Canadians @ PDC

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    Canadian Meet-Up @ PDC

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    To clarify - breakfast @ the convention centre in the meal hall.  We will find a table and put up the flag...

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    Canadian Meet-Up @ PDC

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    Canadian?  At PDC? 

    We are trying to arrange a time for us to meet with any fellow Cannucks that are here for PDC.  We are going to arrange 2 times, in fact!!!

    BREAKFAST Thursday @ 7:45-8:30 - Convention Centre Meal Hall.  We will have a big Canadian flag out so you can find us.  (You never know where they will force you to sit during the meals...)

    DRINKS on Thursday @ 6:30pm - 7:30pm @ the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  It's on Route 4.  We will meet in the sports bar.  But check back here for confirmation of the place.

    Let us know if you can make it by leaving a comment.

     

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    Rick Segal On The Skype Deal

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    Check out what my friend Rick (a Toronto based VC) has to say about the Skype / eBay deal - http://feeds.feedburner.com/ThePostMoneyValue?m=161

     

     

     

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    My First Full Day @ PDC

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    PDC is now in full swing and I have been here for about 24 hours so far.  Of course, by now you may have heard about the huge power failure that occurred around lunchtime yesterday.  Needless to say, the Sept 12th power outage was a little unnerving, but as it turns out it was just a construction crew that cut the wrong cable.  LA’s power grid is very “brittle” and the spike of the power returning blew out the grid.

     

    As for the show – well, it’s BIG.  The biggest PDC ever.  Lots of people, lots of amazing sessions and lots of exhibitors (good ones too!).

     

    The highlights so far:

     

    1. The Keynote.  BillG was great as always.  The fun part (outside of the amazing demos of Office 12 and Vista) was a video featuring Bill and Napoleon Dynamite.  (Yes, from the movie)
    2. Microsoft MAX – this is a proof-of-concept Avalon / Indigo application that they built to show off various features.  But as a photographer it is particularly cool to me.  MAX is a photo sharing application that uses the peer-to-peer Indigo layer to create shared slideshows.  I just installed it from – www.microsoft.com/max - you need WinFX beta installed on your machine.  Check it out.
    3. Microsoft Gadgets – http://microsoftgadgets.com/ - we announced and showed off this new “gadget” concept that plugs into both SideBar and SideShow in Vista.  I think this will be and amazing place for ISVs to innovate.
    4. The Mobile Deal – they announced a surprise deal for the i-mate JASJAR Windows Mobile 5 device.  This thing is awesome - http://www.imate.com/ - and they sold it for $149!!! (Regular - >$1000)
    5. Office 12 – I just can’t wait….
    6. The Hands On Labs – hundreds of machines all ready for people to get their hands dirty
    7. Blogging EVERYWHERE
    8. The DVDs – wow, 5 DVDs of content and betas.  Cool.  Nice case for them as well.

     

    The lowlights –

     

    1. The Mobile Deal – well, yes it was a great deal, but it caused a stampede in the middle of the keynote.  They only had a limited number, so it sold it in an hour.  So, lots of people who stayed for the entire keynote didn’t get a chance to buy one.  Also – while customers are our #1 priority, it would have been nice to see MSFT employees get a crack at this deal.
    2. Asking people to “not use your laptops during the keynote” – they announced this over the PA system… no laptops?  At a developer event?  Yeah, right…
    3. The coffee.  Sucks.  Terrible. 
    4. The DVDs – wow, they came with a little flyer to tell you about an error in the authoring.

     

    More to come as the days go on.  Watch for lots more pictures as well J

     

     

     

     

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    My PDC Flickr

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    Now At The PDC!

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    PDC05 Flickr Group

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    Yes, I know it's a Yahoo service now.  But, hey - others are using it at the PDC, so I will just follow the crowd :-)

    Check out the RSS for the PDC05 tag:

    http://www.flickr.com/services/feeds/photos_public.gne?tags=pdc05&format=rss_200

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    Heading To PDC...

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    I will be heading to LA in the morning to attend the Professional Developers Conference with a few of the other Microsoft folks.  Ryan Storgaard and I are planning on some good blogging and audiocasting from the show. 

    It's interesting - this week is the Toronto International Film Festival.  There are movie stars everywhere!  (more than any festival in the past).  I wonder if there will be any famous-types left in LA for when we are there? ;-)

    I'll post again from the West Coast.

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    Launch Bloggers

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    Folks from the team are blogging "behind the scenes" for the Launch Tour.  Check it out at - http://blogs.msdn.com/canadian_launch_tour_2005/archive/2005/09/11/463709.aspx 
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    Dates For The Canadian Launch Tour

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    Our events folks have posted the official dates for the VS, SQL, Biztalk Launch Tour.  This is a cross-Canada tour featuring speakers from our group.  Please do sign up!

    http://blogs.msdn.com/canadian_launch_tour_2005/archive/2005/09/11/463701.aspx

    The official tour site is here:  www.microsoft.ca/launch2005

    The RSS feed for news and other information is here: http://www.microsoft.com/canada/launch2005/rss/default.aspx 

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    My Favorite OneNote Toys

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    I thought I would share some of my favorite OneNote tricks for you OneNote lovers out there –

    OneNote Printer Driver – adds a printer to your system that dumps the print image directly into OneNote, create for capturing files / notes / handouts from meetings, etc - www.analogreality.com/onenotepowertoys/OneNoteImageWriter.htm

    Send To OneNote From Outlook - This PowerToy adds a Send selected item to OneNote button to the Standard toolbar in Microsoft Office Outlook 2003. Click this button to copy one or more selected e-mail messages from Outlook to new pages in OneNote. - http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/assistance/HA011408961033.aspx

    Send To OneNote From IE - This PowerToy adds a Send to OneNote button to the Standard Buttons toolbar in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or later.  http://office.microsoft.com/en-ca/assistance/HA011408961033.aspx

    There is also a 3rd Party tool for IE – WebPageToOneNote - www.analogreality.com/onenotepowertoys

    PowerPoint To OneNote - http://www.borlik.net/blog/archives/000097.html

     

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    PDC - we are planning a Canadian Geek Gathering.

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    Stay tuned for details.

     

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