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The Place to Start-up or Start Over! October 9, 2016
Issue 11-10
GeekWire Summit Review: Geek On!

This past week, I attended the 5th GeekWire Summit and have a report for you. First, this is an interesting diverse crowd. You can’t pin it down to just one audience (e.g. a security conference has IT security professionals). Rather it was venture capitalists, start-up entrepreneurs, white collar professionals and technical geeks. The format was typically a single room format with a start-up or established executive speaking to the audience. I’d rank this a “roadmap” conference with high-level speeches. There was minimal technical content and no hands-on labs.

Harry Brelsford having fun at GeekWire!

Session Reviews
It goes without saying the evening parties where great as usual, so I don’t need to give you a TMZ buzzfeed here. Rather I want to give a shout out to two sessions.

Nick Huzar, OfferUp. Yet another dashing relatively young CEO took the stage for the lunch keynote on day one. This was interesting because OfferUp has become a “unicorn” with a valuation of over $1B. His speech was high-level about reimaging local commerce. For me, it was a chance to learn about this mobile buy/sell marketplace that competes with Craigslist directly and to a lesser extent eBay.

Read More Here! 

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Tour de Cloud: Stage 3 Report! 

It was the week from hell but the Tour de Cloud launched Monday in Irvine California and finished Stage 3 in Sacramento on Friday. Heck we were following the Tour of California route but we’re not a bike race. We are an independent workshop for MSPs, VARs, resellers, IT Pros and GEEKS! As you know from prior posts, we are focused on the technology message first followed by the bizdev side. It’s a great fit as we feel we fulfill an important need in the roadshow space.

Please attend one of the 11 Tour de Cloud workshops!

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Trend Micro:  Looking for a wingman to help grow your business? 

If you’re an MSP looking to increase your value to customers and grow your business, Trend Micro has your back.  We’re the perfect wingman to grow your revenue with leading edge security solutions.  

Trend Micro’s MSP program provides

  • Monthly pay-as-you-go billing
  • Unique tools for central management and self-provisioning
  • Cloud and on-premises security solutions

Sound good? 

There’s more. Our solutions easily integrate with leading RMM and PSA tools, providing single-pane-of-glass deployment, monitoring, notifying, ticketing, and reporting.

Trend Micro provides comprehensive solutions that lower your costs and increase productivity.  Our solutions consist of on-premises protection as well as cloud-based products and tools to help you expand your MSP business.

Learn more about Trend Micro here.

With our cloud-based security solutions, you can centrally manage accounts and automate monthly usage, streamline usage data and billing with RMM/PSA integrations, and eliminate time consuming renewal tracking and administration. And with automated transaction processes for billing and provisioning licenses, you’re freed up to focus on other business activities.

What good wingman would allow you to deal with fixed fees and slim margins? Trend Micro cloud-based security services can help increase your recurring revenues, annuity streams and cash flows. Increase your average deal size with the opportunity to cross-sell or up-sell existing customers other Trend Micro services like email, server and enhanced web security products. With no up-front investment in unnecessary product licenses and flexible usage-based pricing, Trend Micro can help improve the profitability of your business.

Because Trend Micro is 100% channel driven, your success is our success. Dedicated MSP teams are responsible for on-boarding all new Trend Micro MSP Partners to ensure you get easily up to speed with our program MSP portal and products.  We’ll help you reduce complexities and reach profitability faster. You’d expect nothing less of your wingman.

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