Feb. 03--SANTA CRUZ -- Tech meetup Wednesday
Nearly 190 people have signed up to attend the Santa Cruz New Tech MeetUp sixth anniversary 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Cruzioworks, 877 Cedar St.
Presenters include: Neal Saiki of NTS Works with a solar-powered cargo bike, Kurt Thams of PayNearMe, May Kristin Roen of Isentio, a biotech firm that relocated from Norway, and Axel Schultz of Society3, creator of BUZZ! marketing.
There will be networking tables for Kimono Labs, Brick & Pixel Lightstrap, and Creative Cultures, music by Cruz Control and a Santa Cruz Tech Beat quiz.
Cost is $5. RSVP at www.meetup.com/santacruznewtech/events/146561442/.
Catbird partners with Cisco
Virtual security firm Catbird announced a partnership with Cisco on Monday. The arrangement teams Catbird's policy-based network security approach with application-centric infrastructure unveiled last year by Cisco, providing an automated approach to replace manual processes.
"Catbird was built to secure SDN," said Edmundo Costa, Catbird chief executive officer, referring to software-defined networking, sometimes referred to as the "Cisco killer."
Cisco executives told partners last June they do not see the industry's shift toward software as a threat to hardware like switches and routers.
"SDN will transform network security and make hardware-based security obsolete," predicted Randal Asay, Catbird's chief technology officer."
Catbird, created in 2007, received $10 million in venture funding in July led by Medina Capital, which invested $2 million in December 2012.
Webinar Thursday on health care
The U.S. Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority will present a free webinar will focus on what the new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, means for small businesses at 11 a.m. Thursday.
It will focus on federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how the law will affect them. Topics include small business tax credits available to businesses and tax-exempt nonprofits, who's eligible for them and how to claim them, cost containment, and resources for more information. A question and answer period will follow. The webinar is at http://centralcoastsbdc.org/node/19363
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