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Through the Startup Weekend Fellowship, members of the Startup Weekend Community who want to start a technology company can apply to the Silicon Valley Founder Institute chapter for free, and the best overall applicant will be invited to participate in the Founder Institute's step-by-step startup launch program for free as well.

Eligibility: In order to be eligible for the Startup Weekend Fellowship for the upcoming semester, you must complete your application and admissions test by Sunday, December 11th, 2016, using this link.

Grant: The recipient of the Startup Weekend Fellowship will be awarded within 5 days after the deadline.

Click here to apply for the Startup Weekend Fellowship.

Grad Profile: GridBlaze makes online content storage more efficient

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2012-08-22

Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe. 

This profile on GridBlaze, a Graduate of the Singapore Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2011 by Mikhail Choo, GridBlaze acts as a Content Storage Network for online data. 

It can be said that the cloud is the future of virtual data storage as we know it. Services like iCloud, Dropbox, and Google Drive make syncing, storing, and sharing files more seamless and easier than ever. Despite the convenience that these services offer, however, many of these cloud-based products still have tons of room for improvement, particularly in the realm of speed.

Singapore-based startup Gridblaze acts as a smarter, more efficient substitution for current cloud-based storage models by storing users’ content locally so data can be accessed faster and easier.

As it stands, cloud networks currently function by using a CDN, which delivers content by caching content in close proximity to its users. CDNs work by calling on an “origin” server for data whenever a user makes a request to retrieve a file from the system, which typically results in slower download speeds if files in the original location are only called upon in rare instances.

Despite the current infrastructure, over 70 percent of all content created in a concentrated location is accessed only from that same location. In other words, most data can be better utilized and accessed at faster rates if it’s stored locally.

Founded in 2011 by Mikhail Choo, a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, GridBlaze’s mission is “to view data as personal and treasured and treat it as such by building systems to push the envelope of speed, resilience, and data ownership,” according to its official website.

Originally founded as an “experimental solution” in Ape.IO, an incubation and experimentation lab, GridBlaze’s initial aim was to enable the team’s other products to function better and faster. However, after some further investigation and research, Choo and his team of developers soon recognized the need to create a Content Storage Network (CSN) of storage databases.

For a limited time, beta users can sign up to receive six months of $200 credit to use towards their GridBlaze accounts. Registration is free to all and the company follows a pay-as-you-use business model.


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Grad Profile: GridBlaze makes online content storage more efficient

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