Finding Nemo: How a startup turns your desktop into an ocean

Neville Spiteri and Scott Yara have come up with a good reason to think about screen savers again: theBlu, a collaborative digital ocean that connects people with ecology and each other. But it is more than just a screensaver – it is a new entertainment & learning platform.

For VMware, an Uncertain Future

VMware, which single-handedly created a market for virtualization, is currently faced with the threat of commoditization of its core product, increased competition and fiscal uncertainty. The question is, did EMC Corp. kill this golden goose? Continue Reading.

Virtualize This: VMware CEO Out, Stock Tanks, Big Revenue Miss

Wow…this came as a complete and total surprise. VMware has announced that Diane Greene, president and CEO of the hot virtualization company is leaving and will be replaced by Paul Maritz, whose company, Pi Corp., was acquired by EMC Corp. back in February. I am flummoxed by this move since VMware has been on an upswing and despite increased competition, has been pretty bullish about the future.

Greene didn’t give any hint to her departure when I met her at a recent tech gathering. More importantly, when I was hanging out with VMware co-founder (and Greene’s spouse) Mendel Rosenblum at our Structure 08 conference, he pointed to rosy skies ahead. At the bottom of the press release announcing her departure, however, is information indicating that the company might be facing a rough 2008, which explains the sudden change in management.

VMware expects to announce earnings for the quarter ended June 30, 2008 as scheduled on July 22, 2008 at 2pm PDT. On that call Paul will make observations about the second half of 2008. While VMware is not updating guidance for Q2, we expect revenues for the full year of 2008 will be modestly below the previous guidance of 50% growth over 2007.

The markets aren’t too happy — the stock has tanked more than 30 percent already to as low as $36.51 a share. Shares of EMC are taking a pounding as well, falling as much as 13 percent to change hands for $13.18.

I think something big is going on — no CEO and co-founder just up and quits the company. The numbers might be worse than they seem. Did Greene pay the price for the missed numbers or is there something else going on?  Read More about Virtualize This: VMware CEO Out, Stock Tanks, Big Revenue Miss