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How Talko wielded cheap cloud services and open source tools to build its communications app

Back in the day — say a decade ago — tech startups spent a huge chunk of their funding on servers and commercial software. That was very good for the Sun Microsystems and Oracles of the world, but not so great for the startups themselves. Fast forward to the era of inexpensive-yet-reliable Amazon Web Services cloud and open-source tools, the cost of developing even sophisticated applications has plummeted.

Just ask Talko Co-founder Matt Pope who said his company, with 10 employees, has been able to bring its easy-to-use VoIP app (backed by a serious array of cloud-and-open-source firepower) to market at a fraction of what it would have cost in the pre-cloud era. At this stage, his last company, Groove Networks, had probably more than 100 people and had spent a heckuva a lot more.

Pope, who founded the [company]Talko[/company] with Ray Ozzie and Eric Patey talks about what Talko’s new app does, and how it can help people in the break-and-fix business; on sales teams, or any sort of distributed team work smarter and, oh by the way, make actual voice calls that don’t sound like crap. And why it is important to build that app so that the workloads can be moved, as necessary, between [company]Amazon[/company], [company]Microsoft[/company] clouds to take advantage of the best technology and pricing.

Talko Co-Founder Matt Pope
Talko Co-Founder Matt Pope

Speaking of cloud pricing, in the first 15 minutes, Derrick Harris and I discuss  the latest [company]Google[/company]  cloud price cuts, announced Wednesday which, by the time you read this, may have been met by Microsoft Azure and/or AWS. Another hot topic was the series of cloud reboots — by AWS, [company]Rackspace[/company] and [company]IBM[/company] — that made this a very busy week (and weekend) in cloud.

Derrick also weighs in on what’s up with Zappos’ Founder Tony Hsieh’s Downtown project in Las Vegas. It’s a lively one so settle in and listen.

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