Hot Tech Companies

Today’s Wall Street Journal lists the top 50 Venture-backed companies as The Next Big Thing. After hearing about and reading about how bad things are here in California, “worse fiscal shape than Greece,” and how “unfriendly” California is to business, it makes you wonder how 60% of the 50 companies listed are based in California. Have the Sand Hill crowd lost their minds, or is technology’s home still “the” center for investment and where the economy depends for our future?


We have voiced our concern here often over the last year on why the Obama administration didn’t jump on top of Silicon Valley, and its diaspora, to kick this economy into high gear and grow our country’s well being with the one thing we will always be respected for: our leadership in innovation and our super furlong lead in technology and productivity. Not to mention we have the jobs of the future, not the past.

Yet our state’s brilliance aside, the Sacramento set seems more inclined to chirp about lifestyle issues, rather than grab the gold ring, while the state coffers are in a shambles. It makes you wonder that if some banks, and pampered industries, are too big to fail, is California simply too big to govern? If jobs are to grow and life is to prosper, we need leadership that recognizes opportunities and learns how to work with the technology leadership instead of backing initiatives that set us back into the dark ages.

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Nemertes Research White Paper: Application Awareness for Service Providers
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Our goal here is to focus on those companies that have the chops to lead the way and on their leadership. Here are some of our favorites and our number #1 pick because we know these folks and we know they have the bodies in place to deliver.

Our pick for the one to watch is Groundwork Open Source:

"GroundWork Monitor Enterprise Edition is the most scalable open source system and network management software for companies with heterogeneous operating systems, application and hardware environments who want to reduce ongoing monitoring costs, consolidate views and reports and improve staff productivity."

The reason is not just because they have garnered the blessing of the Gods of Wall Street, but because they have done this before and they know what needs to get done. We are looking forward to an in depth interview with these folks to give us a rundown on the space they’re in, the stakes and the competition. Let us know whom you like and why and maybe we can all learn something about where this will take us.

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