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Riding for a Cause – AIDS/LifeCycle

Monday, April 8th, 2013 by

You might call Mark Kratt a “driven” man, especially when you see him riding the custom-built bike on which he logs 300+ miles every week. He’s driven by his dedication to a cause: to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDS outreach and services throughout California. For the second consecutive year, Mark will participate in the AIDS/LifeCycle (ALC) ride, joining more than 2,000 other cyclists who’ll make the 545-mile ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June 2013.

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“I’d been a biking fanatic and a volunteer with the Stop AIDS Project and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation for years, so participating in ALC-11 in 2012 seemed like a natural next step,” Mark recalls. “And it really helped that GoGrid supported me. More than half my pledges last year came from a corporate donation and my coworkers. The company culture really focuses on giving back to the community.”

In addition to supporting Mark’s ALC participation, GoGrid works with Family Giving Tree and the San Francisco Food Bank every year to collect and share much-needed items during the holidays. The company also sponsored a “team in training” to help fight cancer by raising money for every mile walked or run during the Nike Marathon in San Francisco last October, with donations going to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS).

Mark, who started at GoGrid in 2002 as a billing and accounting associate, recently celebrated a decade with the company and now manages GoGrid’s billing team. Every day before he starts work, Mark takes a ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and to the top of Conzelman in the Marin Headlands. He also regularly takes part in ALC training rides helps with reaching out to new riders. “I’ve gotten more involved in motivating and mentoring first-time riders this year,” he said. “ALC is a signature biking event because it’s meant for recreational riders rather than professionals or racers. Even so, a 7-day ride is a huge commitment—and can be intimidating.” That’s one of the reasons Mark’s also on the planning committee for the 2013 Jonathan Pon 2-Day Memorial Ride, which takes place in May. “The Jon-Pon gives first-time riders a taste of what it’s like to ride 2 days back to back and camp overnight with other cyclists,” he said. Not to mention that the 150-mile ride through Marin and Sonoma counties, with an overnight beside the Russian River, is just plain gorgeous.

Mark explains, “ALC is a wonderful experience because for 7 days, the people involved behave the way you wish everyone would behave every day. It’s an open, honest, and trusting environment where no one complains about standing in line for food or the bathroom. The shared experience of the ride creates such a secure community; we don’t even worry about locking stuff up at night. And the mutual support for how tough the ride is—and how much we’re all challenged physically—is unbelievable.”

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GoGrid Gives Back: 6th Annual Season of Giving

Monday, December 17th, 2012 by

GoGrid has partnered again with the Family Giving Tree and the San Francisco Food Bank to give back to our community and share much-needed items throughout the holiday season.

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Since 1990, Family Giving Tree has been fulfilling the holiday wishes of children in low-income neighborhoods. The Family Giving Tree works with local social service agencies that interview the families and then send their specific wishes to “Elves” who distribute them to host companies like GoGrid throughout the Bay Area. Our employees fulfill one or more of these wishes by providing toys, gift cards, and happy memories to kids in need. GoGrid’s goal every year is to provide at least 25–35 gifts during the holiday season, with additional gifts donated through GoGrid’s Family Giving Tree website.

Together with the San Francisco Food Bank, GoGrid sponsored a holiday food drive to fill food pantries throughout Marin and San Francisco Counties. This year, we’re happy to report that GoGrid employees donated more than 620 pounds of soup, canned meat, peanut butter, and other non-perishables.

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Resources: If you’d like to join us in the Season of Giving, you can make online donations via the Family Giving Tree’s website or the San Francisco Food Bank’s website through the end of 2012.

hack/reduce – Boston’s location for Big Data Innovation

Friday, November 9th, 2012 by

November 8, 2012 marks an important milestone in the Big Data revolution. With the opening of hack/reduce, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to cultivate a community of Big Data experts in Boston, technologists now have a state-of-the-art facility to develop ideas and incubate the next generation of technology innovation. When Fred Lalonde (CEO and founder of Hopper) and I co-founded hack/reduce, our goal was to help young technologists experiment with Big Data, share ideas, and cultivate a community of thought leaders without the burden of raising capital.

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We have raised more than $1 million from local venture capital firms and leading global technology providers to aid in the creation of the facility; additionally, we’ve been able to establish partnerships with MIT CSAIL and Harvard, which we believe will turn the tide on where entrepreneurs look to establish roots and nurture their ideas from inception to company formation. hack/reduce also looks to create the next wave of disruptive Big Data companies; consider that Boston has produced some of the hottest Big Data startups. including DataXu, Hadapt, Recorded Future, and Sqrrl. These companies continue to lead in their respective markets and draw Big Data talent from all over the globe to the Boston area.

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has been incredibly supportive, not only announcing the Massachusetts Big Data Initiative, but also providing a $50,000 grant for the support of hack/reduce. If you haven’t been to the website (http://www.hackreduce.org) or followed all of our recent activities on Twitter (http://twitter.com/hackreduce), I’d strongly encourage you to do so. There are workshops taking place, the chance to access a 1,000-node cluster, and networking opportunities with others interested in exploring the data tsunami.

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One of the things I’ve been most excited about since starting down this path with Fred has been the overwhelming response we’ve gotten from the local community. The event celebrating the opening of the space is no exception. We’ve received thousands of requests, but only had room for a few hundred. Not to worry: For those of you who weren’t able to attend, November 8 is just the beginning. We’ll continue to update you on our progress and keep you informed of events to come. I look forward to collaborating with all of the entrepreneurs at hack/reduce, each of whom is helping to drive the resurgence of technology leadership in Boston.

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GoGrid Updates for December 2010 – Dedicated Servers (East Coast), Server Image Sharing, and More!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 by

Our software “elves” have been hard at work preparing the latest and greatest feature and service updates to the GoGrid cloud. We are excited about our December 2010 release as it is packed with enhancements and new and updated features to truly make GoGrid your choice for deploying Cloud Infrastructure or setting up a Hybrid Hosting environment.

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Some of the noteworthy features and changes include:

  • GoGrid Dedicated Servers in our East Coast Data Center
  • Limited Time Promotion on East Coast Dedicated Servers and West Coast GoGrid Firewall
  • GoGrid Image Sharing
  • GoGrid Fortinet Firewall Ordering
  • Increase Windows Sandbox Server Size
  • Other Changes including Windows Patch Updates

Read on for more details on each of the items above.

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Press Release: Open Source Community Embraces the GoGrid Cloud

Monday, August 9th, 2010 by

Ever since the launch of GoGrid, we made sure that we included Open Source stacks in our server offerings. As the GoGrid ecosystem grew, we partnered with several companies who provide various Open Source solutions. Since these offerings have been gaining traction and popularity, we are now working much more closely with Partners providing Open Source Software within the GoGrid Exchange.

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The following Press Release was distributed last Wednesday:

Open Source Community Embraces the GoGrid Cloud

GoGrid announces the launch of its Open Source Software (OSS) Partner Program. GoGrid is the industry leader in partnering with open source companies to enable their software in the cloud. Through the GoGrid platform, open source companies can deliver their offerings as Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).

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