Google, Microsoft and The Cloud:
Growing Your Business with the Power of Online Software
Tuesday, May 25, 2010, New York City

Panelists:, Microsoft, Google

Taste of Technology Small Business Series, brought to you by the co-producer of the Sixth Annual Small Business Summit, is a fresh series of educational and networking events for small business owners, focusing on technology and making it work for small businesses.

Have Fun. Get Educated. Network. Grow Your Business.

Installing software on computers and servers has been the main way businesses – large and small – have used software since the birth of computers in the 1980s.

However, over the past several years more and more companies are using cloud computing (or hosted applications) as a way to quickly, cheaply, and strategically implement software to power their businesses.

Instead of installing software, smart companies are using a computer and a web browser to do more with less and move faster than their competition.

Whether your business is currently leveraging hosted applications or considering them, this Taste of Technology event is a must attend event.

We guarantee four things:

  • You’ll learn.
  • Have fun.
  • Meet new people.
  • Be energized.

What will you learn?

  • How Microsoft is shifting Microsoft Office into the cloud for growing businesses
  • How to leverage Google Apps in your business
  • What applications you can strategically leverage to boost your hosted application experience

What else will you learn?

  • Why using traditional software can kill your business
  • How to strategically leverage hosted application to save money, save time, boost productivity, enhance customer service, increase revenue
  • Apps that you NEED to know about
  • Do you have to use either all software or all apps?
  • How to bring the power of mobile apps to your business
  • Important security considerations
  • The importance of broadband when using hosted apps

When: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 | 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Samsung Experience, Time Warner Center | 10 Columbus Circle 3rd floor – NYC

Registration: $39 – ($29 early bird registration)


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Ramon Ray, Editor,

Ramon is Editor and Technology Evangelist of As a former technology consultant he has hands on technology expertise. As as Small Business technology experts he is often quoted in the media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York; co-produces the annual Small Business Summit; is the author of “Technology Solutions for Growing Businesses” and a frequent speaker, including at the Inc 500, SMB Nation, New York Entrepreneur Week and BizTech Day. Graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy.

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steven_greenwood.JPGSteve Greenwood, Head of Products,

Over the past decade, Steve has gained extensive experience in strategy, new business development, and operations. Prior to, Steve worked at McKinsey & Co. where he advised senior leaders of media corporations on issues of strategic and financial importance. Steve has also spent time in venture capital, at Maveron he sourced and analyzed investment opportunities in high-growth technology businesses, and in Fortune 500 operations: at The Home Depot he reported to senior leaders and led Six Sigma efforts for multi-billion dollar new growth business.

Conklin_Headshot.jpgJohn Conklin, Business Productivity Solutions Specialist, Microsoft’s East Region

John is an expert on Microsoft’s Cloud Services offerings and helps Microsoft’s customers develop and use cloud computing strategies to improve their business performance. Conklin has authored and presented to numerous audiences on the topic of cloud computing, including Microsoft’s annual CIO summit in Redmond, Wash.

jrochelle-lrg.jpgJonathan Rochelle, Group Product Manager, Google Apps

Jonathan has more than 20 years of experience in software development and product management. Prior to joining Google in 2005, he co-founded, built, and sold two profitable technology companies – ITK Solutions, a technology focused consulting firm, and 2Web Technologies. 2Web Technologies was acquired by Google as the technology behind Google spreadsheets, which launched in 2006 as the first component of what became Google Docs.

Before founding his companies, Jonathan spent 16 years as a software engineer and Applications Development manager, primarily at JP Morgan & Co., working across a broad set of financial service businesses. He’s a strong advocate of web-based software and is always enthusiastic to help businesses and other organizations gain extreme value from web apps and help developers bring interesting technology products to market.


Taste of Technology Small Business Series is a fresh series of educational and networking events for small business owners, focusing on technology and making it work for small businesses.

Have Fun. Get Educated. Network. Grow Your Business.

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