Startup Business Is Her Specialty

supbWhen Judy Estrin decides it’s time for startup No. 3, she needn’t worry about funding. All she has to do is look to Philip Greer. He’s a honcho at Weiss, Peck & Greer Venture Partners, which made some $57 million on Estrin’s first two startups — Bridge Communications and Network Computing Devices. If Estrin comes calling again, he says, only half-joking, “My response would be: ‘”How much do you want?”‘

Estrin, 39, who resigned as president and CEO of NCD just three weeks ago, doesn’t know what’s next. Not yet anyway. She wants to “decompress” from her 70-hour workweeks. Plus, she and husband Bill Carrico, NCD’s former chairman, feel better suited to running something smaller than $144 million NCD. But don’t expect the duo to stay out of the startup mode for long. Estrin figures she and Carrico will be back within a year.

Keep an eye on them. They’ve shown amazing prescience. When they founded Bridge in 1981, overall …

iteskAn ITE is an on-line marketplace that brings together buyers and suppliers within a common vertical. But a truly integrated fully-functional ITE has yet to be created.

Just about every manufacturer, distributor and retailer has been hearing about the emergence of independent trading exchanges (ITEs) as a critical means to conduct day to day business operations. As a J.D. Edwards and Company report, entitled “B2B Collaborative Commerce: The Key Enabler of B2B Marketplace Success” states, “The emergence of trading exchanges across all vertical and horizontal industry sectors marks the beginning of a new digital economy where traditional sales and distribution channels are eliminated and new electronic business processes have evolved via the Internet.”

AMR Research, Inc. in its report on E-Commerce Applications states that it “expects ITEs to play a major role in certain types of industries” and they are a “great example of how the Internet has revolutionized the way businesses interact.”

The definition of ITEs is relatively straightforward. …

hpcqSun Microsystems’ recently announced Ultra Enterprise 450 Work Group server is a stiff competitor for Compaq’s ProLiant servers. The Enterprise 450 levels the cost-of-ownership issue against Windows NT/Intel (Wintel) servers, offers better performance, supports PC-client environments, and offers the resiliency of Solaris and scalability across Sun’s Enterprise server product line (which supports up to 64 processors in a symmetric multiprocessor/server configuration). Compaq’s ProLiant 7000 (see article, next page) is strategically positioned against the 450, but Sun’s 450 announcement is a bold strike against Wintel.

The Enterprise 450 is a robust midrange server. It supports up to four UltraSparc II processors, which use Sun’s UPA system bus; it has a peak speed of 1.78 GBps. This compares with 540 MBps for Intel’s Pentium Pro. A fast system bus lets multiple processors access memory faster, providing more efficient symmetrical multiprocessing.

The Enterprise 450’s I/O architecture is based on the PCI bus: It has six PCI buses, including three 66-MHz PCI buses, …

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