Daily Reading from June 23, 2008

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  • Of Parascale & Other Cloud Computing News — "Parascale, a Cupertino, Calif-based start-up that has developed a storage file system for a cloud of computers announced that it had attracted $11.37 million in Series A funding from Charles River Ventures and Menlo Ventures. The company recently changed its ..."
  • Democracy = Bad Business — "Democracy in corporate America has been a point of contention recently.  The beauty of democracies can be traced to their inefficiency at fulfilling their purpose - i.e. to govern.  Democracies are perhaps the least efficient form of government (one step ..."
  • On Clouds, the Sun and the Moon — "The main value proposition of cloud computing is better economics, that it’s cheaper to rent hardware, software platforms and applications (via a per-usage or subscription model) than it is to buy, build and maintain them in the corporate data center. ..."

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At least 80% of a 1:1 agenda should be driven by your report, but if you also to use this time to work on things with them, then you’ll have better meetings.
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