How to keep friendships long past your startups

Working with your friends isn’t always easy, but Satish Dharmaraj and Scott Dietzen have found a way to do it for the past 15 years. Part of their secret, they say, is checking their egos at the door and taking a hollistic approach to the business.

Pure Storage fleshes out flash pitch

If you wanted to use Pure Storage’s FlashArrays but weren’t a Fibre Channel shop, you were out of luck. Untill now. The startup has added 10GbE and iSCSi support — as well as snapshotting capabilities — to its solid state storage arrays.

Pure Storage scoops up $40M in validation of all-flash push

It’s all-flash, all the time for Pure Storage, the Mountain View startup that just netted another $40 million to pursue that goal. The funding will go toward fueling a global push and staffing up sales and engineering teams, the company said.

Zimbra Executive Heads To Hot Storage Startup

Scott Dietzen, co-founder of Zimbra, is headed to a hot stealth-mode startup, PURE Storage, a company started by John Colgrove, a veteran of storage industry and founding engineer at Veritas, a storage software company. Graylock and Sutter Hill are two of the main VC backers.

Vid-Biz: epix, DVRs, Battlestar

Viacom/Paramount/Lionsgate/MGM Venture Has a Name; the new premium content channel launching next year will be called epix. (MediaDailyNews)

Survey: 90 Percent of DVR Users Skip Ads; TiVo-based Starcom study finds higher percentage of ad zappers than others, which put the number closer to 60-70 percent. (MediaPost)

Battlestar Galactica Webisodes Debut Today; “The Face of the Enemy” is a 10-part online series revolving around a frakkin’ murder mystery in space. (

Heroes the Most Time-Shifted Show of the Year; according to Nielsen, with Fringe, Lost, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy rounding out the top 5.


Anvato Raises $2 Million; automated video content identification and monetization company raises half of its $4 million Series A, led by Oxantium Ventures. (release)

Andrew Lloyd Weber Goes YouTube; his branded channel will feature clips from Jesus Christ Superstar, live performances from other shows and interviews. (Variety)

What’s Wrong With Yahoo?

Yahoo and its destiny has become fodder for headlines and cheap shots. What hasn’t been discussed is the crumbling culture within the company, thanks to layers of management, and resultant state of masterful inactivity masked as consensus. The only organization more dysfunctional than Yahoo? The New York Mets. Yahoo needs a cultural cleanse … quickly! Continue Reading