The Institute for Ethical Hacking is holding an Ethical Hacker Certification Course in Milwaukee April 21-25, 2008, and they'd like to extend a generous discount to any Web414 members who sign up.
If you are interested in finding out more, visit i4eh.com for more information.
I added a "Light Amusements" category to the Web414 Forums. This is where discussions and information regarding non-web related amusements will go. Specifically, we're looking for your XboxLive, PS3 and Wii handles and friends codes.
MILWAUKEE, Wis. — April 1, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it will acquire the Web414 group for $16.50 per share in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $46 . This deal expands upon the group’s previously outlined vision to provide the web industry with a world class, Internet-wide amateur and professional skills, as well as a set of tools and services that help its constituents generate the highest possible return on Tuesday meetings.
“The commercial enterprise potential of the web is evolving and growing at an incredible pace, moving increasingly toward online and IP-served platforms, which dramatically increases the importance of software for this industry,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft. “Today’s announcement represents the next step in the evolution of our mindshare network from our initial buyout of the Milwaukee Web Design Meetup organizer, to the broader Microsoft network including Xbox Live, Windows Live, Google Live and Office Live, and now to the full capacity of the Internet. Microsoft is intensely committed to creating a thriving brick-and-mortar business and to partnering closely with all key constituencies in this industry to help maximize the digital wikiality opportunity for all.”
The Web414 acquisition enables Microsoft to strengthen relationships with hipsters, programmers and hackers by enhancing the Company’s world-class buzzword platforms and services beyond its current capabilities to serve MSN's hypertasking. The acquisition also provides Microsoft increased depth in building and supporting comprehensive next generation deployable algorithm technology solutions and environments such as cross media planning, spaghetti marketing and Barneyware.
Founded in 2006, Web414, (MKEDAQ: W414) is the parent company of one of the industry’s most successful families of digital marketing service and technology companies, encompassing three primary brands:
• BarCampMilwaukee the best and brightest of the Milwaukee region's tech community will be part of Milwaukee's second "BarCamp." BarCamp Milwaukee is a 24-hour ad-hoc gathering focused on technology, creativity and advanced networking;
“Combining the talented people, deep technology and service expertise of M$ and Web414 will help make Narcissurfing and reverbiagizeding simpler, smarter and more cost effective for advertisers, agencies and publishers alike,” said Pete Prodoehl, from thePublic Relations division at Web414. “Joining the extensive and unique capabilities of these complementary companies is an important step toward our goal of becoming an industry leading, Internet-wide Rickroll platform.”
The deal is expected to be completed in the first half of Microsoft’s fiscal year 2008. The acquisition is not expected to have a significant impact on the financial guidance previously issued by the Company.
Web414, which has approximately 1937 employees, will continue to operate from its underground headquarters as part of Microsoft’s Online Phenomeniche Business. The combination of Microsoft and Web414 takes the Company’s advertising platform to the next level in its ability to serve Microsoft’s fifth party audience assets like MSN, Windows Live, Xbox Live, Windows Vista and Office Live, as well as for third party publishers and applications such as Facebook and Linux game titles.
The Web414 group consists of amateurs and professionals interested in building and improving the web today and in the future. We are a diverse group including designers, programmers, publishers, and entrepreneurs - all with a common interest in creating the new web.
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.
All information in this release is as of April 1, 2008. The company undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the company’s expectations. If you have questions please contact us.
As I'm sure you remember, Today's TMJ4 was at Bucketworks during MilwaukeeDevHouse1! The story aired on Friday 3/28/08. Here's a link to the story, and you can play the video using the "Video" link at left.
Last fall, I helped coordinate the distribution of a web414 business card:
Mike Rohde designed it, and we had it printed in time for BarCampMilwaukee2. On the back of the card are domain names of web414 members who each chipped in some money for the card's printing. The card serves as a convenient way to pass along the web414 mission statement and URL to a colleagues, contacts, or friends, plus it is cool to have participant domain names on the back--it gives a great deal of credibility to our group as we actually build the web, as the card says.
We still have some cards left, but perhaps it is time, and particularly since we have so many new members, to think about a new card. It is good that we have some time to get consider some options. I'd be glad to help organize it this time, also, or defer to someone else or to accept assistance.
Here are some ideas that I have -- perhaps we could bring this up at a future meeting and/or leave comments here:
1. The card really is a nice way to build our group identity with our domain names on the back. We had room on the last card for anyone who wanted to have a domain name included, and some members were able to have multiple domain names on the card, so if you didn't make the last card, you should be able to make this one, but please make sure:
A. You have at least one domain name you'd like to have on the card. It must represent your work and not be a subdirectory of another site (for example, not your flickr photos or facebook URL), but your own domain. This is actually a great way for some members to break into having their own domains--it was nice that in the last card, several members got their own domain names because of the card preparation--they became masters of their own domain.
B. You'll need to be a registered on web414 as a member
C. You'll need to attend at least one web414 meeting
The main idea is that it is neat to see domain names from members on the card -- you might even be able to have multiple domain names if there is room.
2. IDEA: The card might be a good way to raise funds for Web414's sponsorship contribution to BarCampMilwaukee3. For example, if each person gave $10 per domain name (or some other formula, like $10 first domain and $3 if there is room for others), after the costs of printing, we'd likely have almost all the funds necessary for Web414's sponsorship.
3. Comments on print run size: The thing is that the marginal cost of 1000 cards versus 500 cards is not all that much.
Estimated costs based on overnight prints current prices for glossy, double sided:
500 cards: $39.95 + $10 rounded corners = $49.95 + shipping (I think it would have been around $10, we got free shipping)
1000 cards: $49.95 + $20 rounded corners = $69.95 + shipping (I think it would have been around $10, we got free shipping)
So to get 1000 cards is only about $20 more .. plus there was a coupon we had and free shipping that kicked in... so we got 1000 last time and it was a small marginal cost over getting 500.
The order was $78.80 total last fall for 1000 cards (that with the coupon and free shipping because of buying the card holders). NOTE: we must order well in advance when we need the cards--"overnight" prints is not overnight--they delayed the order preparation as we didn't pay expedite fees, so it was orderd on Sep 24th and arrived at my place on October 4th, and only after I had written to them and complained about the delay.
4. IDEA: It would be most excellent to have some payment system set up for web414 (paypal, etc to an account);
Last time, I was able to collect the funds OK--some before printing, some after printing. I have no problem with paying for the whole thing up front myself, getting it shipped to me (home office), and then being reimbursed from the web414 account funds for the exact amount when the cards are here for distribution. But particularly if we use this for fundraising, we might want to have this in an online account so it could be a more organized way to make sure people are paid up before ordering (as it would involve more $) and the funds can be held securely in an account for later use for BarCampMilwaukee3 for example.
5. We will have a firm deadline for persons wanting to be on the card to have their domains up and running. So if you don't have a domain ready now, start getting ready. We could have a little talk about domain name strategies and web hosting options at the web414 meeting. But make sure you work ahead, as domain names that aren't live by the deadline can't be on the card. Also, make sure that it is a domain name you'll stick with, as these cards, with their lamination, likely will last centuries.
6. Mike Rohde and others -- is there some design change that would be appropriate for the second edition of the card? Not that it is necessary--it looks awesome as it is, but perhaps some subtle change to distinguish it?
We've got about three months under our belt using BaseCamp as our Project Manager in our Marketing Department.
Any interest in a BaseCamp demo/discussion for an upcoming Web414?
37-signals (the publishers of basecamp) don't do demos, but I'd be happy to give one. And ask for a Barcamp Sponsorship. :)
We held a little event called "MilwaukeeDevHouse1" on March 14, 2008 at Bucketworks, where people came together to "party with laptops" as it were. The event was modeled after SuperHappyDevHouse which originated in the Bay Area.
So what happened at our little DevHouse? People hung out and worked on... well, whatever they wanted to. At one point Jon Thoms, Master of Flash, asked me what we were going to work on, and we somehow managed to hook him up with two guys with a startup that needed some Flash component. Matt Pickard taught Jeramey about clipping paths. Tracy did some crazy photo manipulation project. Nikol did... I'm not sure, but she was there... 4braham planned out some crazy Twitter mashup idea. Mike and his son Nathan scanned in drawings and made a book. KeVroN discussed when not to use Drupal, and I strung a guitar.
Things were in full swing from about 7PM on, with about 30+ people at the high point. We had food and drinks (mostly provided by Web414 folks) and ended up ordering pizza and wings later in the night. There were many photos taken, and I even made a video.
(Jeramey is already planning MilwaukeeDevHouse2, so I guess we'll call MilwaukeeDevHouse1 a success.)
Jinesh had to cancel on me, his corporate customer canceled on him. We are on his list of locations to visit. If anyone would like to help Bob Waldron with this please email me jdavid . net a t g mai l . com and i will connect you together. I will be out of town for the next 3 weeks. I hope there is a barcamp madison to come home to...
As our warrior troop from returns from the F1-Challenge, I thought I'd take a second here to thank the team for representing Milwaukee's Web Community. I have no doubt you represented well. Those of us still in Milwaukee'll have to wait until the gang is back in town for some first hand accounts, but if you just can't wait, I suggest you enjoy this shining molment:
In the time since the first BarCampMilwaukee held in 2006, we've come a long way. The folks at Web414 have become a great force behind events like these. Web414 also helped sponsor BarCampMadison in 2007 and the recent DrupalCampWisconsin. Our next crazy idea is MilwaukeeDevHouse with MKEDH1 taking place March 14, 2008. (And hopefully BarCampMadison2 in April 2008.)
We've built quite the tech community here in Southeastern Wisconsin, and BarCamps in Milwaukee just keep getting better. People are sharing, learning, and making new friends along the way. Enjoy the video... and we hope to see you at the next big thing.
This month, I will be presenting on 10 easy things you can do to dramatically improve SEO in every site you develop. Please come out and share your SEO knowledge and experience. I am going to make sure we get some good discussion in this time.
Wednesday, Feb 27th