Why do I need this, I have <Insert Forum Name>?
Maybe you don’t but forums don’t have guest members who stop by to deal with questions that are hard to find answers to like Lawyers, Chip Manufacturers, and Industry legends. Your forum is likely awesome, but we are looking to fill a need that we don’t think is out there right now.
Why should I pay for a forum there are free ones?
See the above answer, but also realize that it costs money to host a forum, and to make sure you don’t get spammed I’m charging rather than putting ads against the content. Also by exchanging money we are in a contract which means I can enforce the rules through legal means if someone does something with your emails or comments that you don’t want them to.
I work at <Huge Company>. You should pay me to join.
That’s not a question, and actually you don’t have to pay to join if you meet the following requirements:
Your product powers more than 50k domains.
And you have an email address at that company’s .COM
You are a BlackWaterOps.com Client
I am Unemployed or a College student I can’t afford this. Can’t you help me out?
If you are a student or an Educator you can sign up for the student pricing. If you are unemployed and agree to pay the back payments when you get a job with in up to 1 year. However you need to send a photo of an unemployment check to qualify for this.
I work in marketing why should I join this group?
This isn’t a forum just about solving problems, but discussing what we want, and where the industry is going. This is the place to get your terminology worked out and really get the information you need to create messaging that resonates with your target market.
I am a CTO why should I join this group?
Part of making big decisions is talking to the people who are using the products you are evaluating. What better way to gauge the barometer than to build relationships with people doing the kinds of things you want to be doing. Also what better place to find top talent who you have been following so you know a good deal about them already?
Will you be doing meet ups?
Yes! We are just getting started, but we plan to do meet ups both in person and virtually.
How do I become a guest speaker?
You ask nicely? or you start talking and see if people listen. You can always reach out to Sales@Blackwaterops.com to ask about opportunities to talk about your product or services, or your philosophy on clouds. We can work with you to figure out the right way to work with the group with out being spammy, and respecting the time of the group members.
Can I sponsor the group?
We will have sponsored meetups, and sponsored learning series. You can sponsor either of these. You can NOT sponsor emails, unless you choose the Marketer Tier for your subscription.
I’ve never heard of you, why should I listen to you?
Because I have the microphone…. Oh um…. Because I have been doing cloud and virtualized hardware deployments since back when we still called them virtual farms, and “meta hardware” and “Imaged server resources”. I built large computing farms/clusters for video encoding, storage, database operations and other fun stuff back in the early 90’s. We didn’t even have a World Wide Web when I did my first deployment of load balanced hardware independent software. I have worked at Microsoft. I built commercial products on Google AppEngine and Amazon AWS and EC2. I may not always be the smartest guy in the room, but I’m rarely the dumbest.
What’s with the bear hanging by his foot on the clothes line?
When I picked the name Cloud On a String I was certain there was a Classic Winnie the Pooh picture with Pooh pulling a storm cloud on a string . I couldn’t find that picture, but my Assistant found this and told me it was good enough. So we stuck with it.
Cloud On A String is a BlackWaterOps community project. We have been building communities around technology for over 15 years. We believe that through moderation of groups such as this one we can help advance the state of the industry and help shape the way providers and users interact. Providing a neutral ground we hope that competitors can agree to speak the same metrics even if they don’t agree on philosophy. We hope that developers can share vital information that will help others reach their goals on time and under budget. We hope to find friends and colleagues who will help each other along the way.
We are always looking for people to host meet ups, be presenters, and generally facilitate community building. If you want to help out contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org
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