IBM Launches Broad Support for Internet Generation Startup Developers

IBM Startup Initiative for Developers Offers Information, Tools, Equipment, Links to Financing and Industry Resources

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IBM Startup Studios for Developers: Designed to accelerate time to market for startups -- through PartnerWorld for Developers (PWD) -- IBM has announced 10 enablement centers located worldwide, which deliver tactical support and services from technical consulting and complex integration testing to educational workshops. The startup studios are located in key markets around the world, including Shanghai (China), Bangalore (India), Sydney (Australia), Paris (France), Stuttgart (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), Hursley (the United Kingdom), and, in the United States, Chicago (IL), San Mateo (CA), and Waltham (MA). The centers already are piloting startup software ventures through IBM's cooperative agreements with industry incubators; additional information on the prerequisites for using the centers is available through developerWorks Startup Resources.

IBM TechTalk for Developers: Selected startups will now receive real-time interactive technical support on the Web to help get their products to market faster by resolving technical concerns online. A world-class team of technical experts provide education, consultation and application enablement for selected developers using some of the latest Web technologies. The ready-to-use Web facility provides new two-way developer interaction through the use of live demos and white boarding, slide presentations, conferencing, and dynamically refreshed Web pages.

The IBM Startup Initiative for Developers builds on a network of previously announced IBM initiatives targeted to the needs of all types of Internet Generation startups. For example, startups generally qualify for hardware discounts under IBM's small and medium business program. IBM has announced a $500 million financing program for qualified startups and relationships with leading incubators, including Connexion and Exclamation Inc., that invest money, technology, and management expertise in Internet startups. Programs help IBM business partners enable their applications for Web hosting at IBM ASP Prime Solution Centers worldwide; an extensive set of IBM global services offerings to support startups challenges with Linux, server platform support, infrastructure assessments, performance optimization, stress testing, networking services, storage area networks, security and privacy, continuity services, remote delivery and asset management.

"Mercury2 and IBM share a vision of providing customers and partners with services that reach broader markets and optimize business operations," said David Ryan, chief technology officer of Mercury2, a leading enabler of international online sales. "Mercury2's partnership with IBM allows us to benefit from IBM's global marketing, professional services, solution partnership centers, and international customers. IBM WebSphere Commerce Suite is an obvious choice for e-businesses serious about the global market, and we can help IBM customers deliver. We are excited to support and benefit from IBM's leadership in this initiative for developers on Linux and other platforms."

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