5 Technology Observations to Start Your Day, Oct 31

Good morning, I.T. entrepreneurs. And Happy Halloween. Here are five technology news nuggets, updates, observations, rumors and chatter to start your day for Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

5. Challenges and Opportunities: A Pepperdine University study says female, minority-run startups have a tougher fundraising road. Minority-, female- and foreign-owned companies are 21.7%, 2.6% and 8.8% less likely to be able to raise private equity vs their white counterparts, The Wall Street Journal says of the study. My reaction? Instead trying to raised money from the ignorant, reach out to organizations like Golden Seeds

4. Belated Congrats: I.T. entrepreneur Jennifer Walzer built and sold BUMI (Backup My Info). But what's the story behind the story of launching, expanding, selling and then transitioning a company to a new owner? Stay tuned. Walzer will share it soon with After Nines Inc. You might want to check http://www.afternines.com/ceo starting Nov. 4 at 9:01 p.m. ET and thereafter...

3. Google vs Amazon Cloud: Google will host a major Google Cloud Platform event on November 4. A week later, Amazon will host AWS re:invent 2014 in Las Vegas. If you're looking to move workloads onto the public cloud, those are the two conferences to watch.

2. Healthy App Competition: Apple is preparing the HealthKit SDK and Apple Watch. Microsoft has launched the Microsoft Band and Microsoft Health. Google is promoting Fit but earlier failed with a Google Health initiative. If you're an I.T. entrepreneur working anywhere in the health care market, the message is clear: Keep your finger on the pulse of the IT giants.

1. More Soon: Gotta step away. I'm running my son to the bus stop. Back soon. Check this blog again for updates.

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