Rami Alkarmi builds lean startup Ecosystems

Geek. Investor. Growth Strategist.

A proud geek, investor, and widely recognized advisor and expert in strategy, lean startup ecosystems, business models, growth & distribution through big data and viral marketing, and corporate venturing.

In 2013, he founded Arcoten Holdings as his advising/investing vehicle where he partners with corporates, accelerators, and incubators to build lean startup ecosystems, and helps companies through providing expertise in growth, hands-on mentorship, access to capital, and helps companies iterate product and grow fast. From time to time, he also likes to build companies with friends and partners inside Arcoten.

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If you purchased any HP or Compaq laptop between September 2010 and June 2012, you may have a faulty power cord capable of potentially causing skin burns or fires.


There’s no doubt that any smart and efficient company is fully capable of designing, building and managing its own internal IT organization and infrastructure. But given the growing complexity of today’s data center, the flood of new information and the rapid proliferation of security threats – this job’s not quite as simple as it once was.


If you create a lot of charts in Excel, you should definitely be creating and using your own chart templates. It helps keep the look of your charts consistent and will save you a ton of time. 

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Google employs 450 full-time engineers to stop hackers and other snoopers from breaking into its data centers and cloud services. And today, Google published a report card of sorts on how well they are doing in those matters.

The new report explains how Google’s cloud computing services work and why they are safe (Edward Snowden be darned). For instance, Google’s cloud uses something called "perfect forward security," a special way to use encryption designed to thwart snoopers like, say, the NSA.

The report is actually the result of a third-party audit done by Ernst & Young, Google security director Eran Feigenbaum told Business Insider. It’s part of a certification Google has earned that verifies its cloud is secure (known as the ISO 27001 certificate).

There are two layers to the report. One is published on Google’s website, available for everyone to see, which answers basic questions like where Googles stores data and if it scans its cloud customers data for advertising purposes (it doesn’t) and so on. The other is a more detailed report available only upon request under a non-disclosure agreement.

While there’s no real surprises in what Google publicly reveals about its cloud, Google is including two new services in its security certification: Hangouts and Google+. A lot of companies use Hangouts for videoconferencing meetings, and now Google can verify that such meetings are secure.

But our favorite part of the report was that Google PR sent us this photo with it, just for fun. It boils cloud computing down into a couple of words and lines. (Note the bottom legalese “Google confidential. Do not distribute.”)

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Even as mobile ad revenues skyrocket at sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the little banners still don’t work as well as they could—or so goes the widespread perception. But a new study out this morning from the mobile ad serving and tracking firm Medialets indicates that they work better than many advertisers thought.


HP Compaq

Many people may be astonished when they hear about a startup being acquired for billions of dollars, pointing to a “tech bubble” and questioning the value of these companies. But a couple millions pales in comparison to these massive tech acquisitions.

Granted the acquired companies tend to be a little bigger than the average startup, but these guys sure got a lot of money.

We’ve rounded up some of the most expensive tech acquisitions of all time to give a glimpse into the massive amount of money being thrown around in the tech industry.

Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012.

Facebook bought Instagram for a mere $1 billion to amp up its photo-sharing capabilities. The app has only grown in popularity in the past two years, with users posting everything from their gourmet home-cooked meals to celebrity selfies.

Accounting for inflation, the deal was worth $1.04 billion.

Yahoo acquired Tumblr in 2013.

Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion, leaving David Karp as CEO, and bringing a big, young audience over to Yahoo along with Tumblr’s expertise in mobile. This was Marissa Mayer’s first big acquisition since becoming CEO.

Accounting for inflation, the deal was worth $1.12 billion.

Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014.

Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion to develop a platform that goes beyond gaming into other virtual reality experiences. In a conference call following the announcement, Mark Zuckerberg said that he believes virtual reality will be the next big computing platform after smartphones and tablets.

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kate bushKate Bush gave her first concert in 35 years last night at the Hammersmith Odeon in London and she had one strict instruction for the fans who have waited across four calendar decades for her reappearance live on stage: No one was to use a mobile phone or film the performance.

Specifically, no iPhones or iPads.

But … someone did. A video of part of her performance has already appeared on YouTube.

On her website prior to her epic 22-night, barefoot stand at the Odeon, the 56-year-old singer — best known for “Wuthering Heights” and “Running Up That Hill” — begged her fans to leave their phones off during the show:

I have a request for all of you who are coming to the shows :

We have purposefully chosen an intimate theatre setting rather than a large venue or stadium. It would mean a great deal to me if you would please refrain from taking photos or filming during the shows. I very much want to have contact with you as an audience, not with iphones, ipads or cameras. I know it’s a lot to ask but it would allow us to all share in the experience together.

The “Bush iPhone ban” request sparked a national debate in Britain about the generation of people who grew up with mobile devices and whether you can really be “present” or “in the moment” if you’re constantly trying to film or photograph what you’re doing. Artists have complained repeatedly about fans with phones.

The Guardian reported that her fans strictly adhered to Bush’s request and no phones were to be seen.

But singer Lily Allen couldn’t resist — she even published a photo from the gig on Instagram.

Someone else went even further. Here, for those of you who couldn’t get tickets, is what Bush looks like 35 years after “Wuthering Heights” — a hit when she was 19 — at the Odeon last night, singing “Cloud Busting”:

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MacBook Air

A new, slimmer MacBook could arrive later this year, according to a recent report first spotted by MacRumors.

The Digitimes report cites sources in the Taiwanese-based supply chain that say “production of components has begun in small volumes” for a thinner MacBook.

The new model is expected to launch either later this year or by the end of 2015.

Apple has been reportedly working on a 12-inch MacBook Air with a high-resolution Retina display, though it is unclear if this thinner model would be part of Apple’s MacBook Air or its MacBook Pro lineup.

Any announcement of a new MacBook launching this year would likely take place after Apple’s upcoming September 9th event, where the company is widely-expected to unveil the iPhone 6.

SEE ALSO: Apple May Release A New MacBook Air With A Super Sharp 12-Inch Screen This Year

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Even as mobile ad revenues skyrocket at sites such as Facebook and Twitter, the little banners still don’t work as well as they could—or so goes the widespread perception. But a new study out this morning from the mobile ad serving and tracking firm Medialets indicates that they work better than many advertisers thought.


An international team of astronomers has gotten its best look yet at the mighty collision of two galaxies long ago, using another galaxy as a cosmic magnifying glass.


Email is a funny thing. While many knowledge workers consider an overflowing email inbox as the bane of their existence, multiple attempts to find alternative solutions have proven unsuccessful. Email might be fundamentally broken, but it is still the place where everyone spends most of their time. Hence moving people to an alternative, even a better one, is hard. And it’s not for want of pretenders to the email crown that we’re still living in Outlook (or Gmail) – Google’s ill-fated Wave initiative, solutions trying to unify social and email inboxes into one and enterprise social networks have all tried to “disrupt” email – as yet nothing has stuck.


How is Square Cash doing (August 2014)? This question was originally answered on Quora by Brian Roemmele.


Online learning, also known as e-learning, is booming. Market research firm Global Industry Analysts projects it will reach $107 Billion in 2015. More traditional methods of training or education are not going away, not yet, but organizations of all types, from public schools to corporations, are opting to train and inform via the web. Pluralsight, an online training service for technology professionals, announced today it has closed $135 million in Series B funding.


richard bransonThey say the early bird catches the worm, and nowhere is this old adage more true than in business.

Waking up early allows executives like AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi to get a head start on the day, knocking out tasks before the rest of the world is out of bed.

The extra time also gives people the chance to work out and do some of their most valuable creative thinking.

Whether they use the time to catch up on email or take their kids to school, each of these executives make the most of their mornings.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong

The former Google executive told The Guardian that he’s “not a big sleeper,” and that he wakes up at 5 or 5:15 every morning to work out, read, tinker with AOL’s products, and answer emails. Armstrong has a driver who takes him to work every day, allowing him to get things done throughout his hour-long commute.

Apple CEO Tim Cook

The tech titan is known for getting up early. He starts sending out company emails around 4:30 a.m., according to Gawker’s Ryan TateBy 5, he can be found in the gym.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra

Like her predecessor Daniel Akerson, GM’s current chief executive Mary Barra is an early riser. According to a New York Times profile, she was regularly at the office by 6 a.m., and that was before she even became CEO.

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