Last week I had the pleasure of catching up with Matteo Berlucchi from Skinkers where we talked about their innovative technology and their relationship with Microsoft. We also captured a live demo of their LiveStation product that I discussed last week.
These guys area great example of how Microsoft can and does work with small, innovative software companies and the video is longer than usual (17 mins) as Matteo and I discuss that as well as talking about their company, the product and our propensity to buy lots of gadgets!
Don't forget to sign up for the beta and put my name in the "where you heard from field" to faster access!
I was over at Skinkers this morning with Matteo Berlucchi shooting a video for Partner-TV. I love spending time with Matteo as his infectious passion for his company and his product is great - plus he's a lot of fun. He proudly showed me that he's in an article in Der Spiegel this month alongside BillG, Google and Steve Jobs but despite his new found media success, he was still happy to give us a great interview. It'll be coming up soon on Partner-TV. If you haven't heard the Skinkers story it's worth listening - these guys licensed Microsoft Research technology in return for equity in the company. Pretty damn cool for a company that some say "don't get it" or or not open (I'm talking about Microsoft, not Skinkers now...).
During the visit, Matteo showed me one of their latest projects called LiveStation - a highly efficient video streaming service using Silverlight to deliver realtime video to your desktop. The UI was lovely and we talked about the potential to do it on a mobile too - not far off. I've just signed up for their closed beta which I'm assured I'm on and have managed to grab 10 other invites so if you're interested, reply here and also sign up and I'll drop your name to them to bounce to the front of the queue. Partnership has it's privileges as they say :)
[update] I just spoke with Skinkers. If you add "heard via Steve Clayton" in the signup field they'll do their best to accommodate you. if you already registered, please do so again!
Sounds like Steve put on a reasonable show today at Apple's WWDC but nothing much new to share - I guess you can't have a hardware announce for every gig. Some cool Leopard demos, though Cover Flow QuickLook looks an awful lot like Vista - but Safari on Windows? That I just don't get? Why? What is there to gain? Am I missing something?
I'm off to download just in case it really is *that* good...
I've been waiting to announce this for soooo long as the guys here in Reading have been working hard to get this ready and I'm delighted we got this out before WorldWide Partner Conference. Next step is to get it demo'ed during the WWPC keynote.
This started out as an idea for internally sharing information and then we thought it would be great for partners to tap in to the knowledge across the company and get quick answers. Steve Marsh and Alex Smith stepped up and now it's here. Go check it out:
How Do I Add Partner Bot to My Contacts? Log-in to Windows Live Messenger Click on 'Add a Contact' icon Add firstname.lastname@example.org into Instant Messaging Address
How Do I Add Partner Bot to My Contacts?
Log-in to Windows Live Messenger
Click on 'Add a Contact' icon
Add email@example.com into Instant Messaging Address
As a test, try asking the Bot "who is Steve Clayton"
The blurb:Partner Bot is your Instant Messenger 'data digger', which quickly retrieves partner-related information and shows you where you can find the answers you need. Simply type in your question and Bot will bring back an instant response. Add Bot as a buddy in your Windows Live Messenger contacts and it will always be available whenever you're logged in. Whether you're looking for support options, searching for competitive information or want to learn more about competencies, ask Partner Bot and it will point you in the right direction.
(Please be aware that Bot may guide you to areas of the Partner Portal which can only be accessed by Registered, Certified or Gold Partners, so you may need to sign-in to view this information.)
MJF says what I was thinking. Their press badges are way cooler than ours though!