Philip Marais

Philip has been working with startups for the last 20 years within the VC, technology transfer and business incubation industries. He has accreditation as a mentor and business coach with Mentors and Business Coaches International and currently leads the OVHcloud Startup Program globally. OVHcloud is a leading European hyperscaler and pure-play cloud provider.

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How to develop industry-analyst relations for your startup

Modern business challenges are increasingly being solved using technology. This has accelerated the need for B2B tech solutions and made the world of tech innovation a highly competitive place. Breaking into new markets can be difficult – especially for early stage startups. Unsurprisingly, 50% of B2B tech/services startups die within their first 4 years in […]

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Startup Program Update

Since 2015, the OVHcloud Startup Program has been engaging with the global startup ecosystem to give startups and scaleups the opportunity to build their products and solutions on our cloud. We offer them free cloud credits and technical consultations, as well as help accessing funding and new customers. The program has two levels: tech start-ups

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Tech hiring process

How to hire a cloud engineer for your start-up?

Modern startups often need to manage and maintain cloud infrastructure, as well as implement a cloud migration strategy or know how to build cloud-native products. To do all this, startups need to hire professionals with the right skills aka cloud engineers. However, finding the right candidate can be a complex and time-consuming process, with global

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Accelerating in turbulent times: introducing the Fast Forward Accelerator

Accelerating in turbulent times: introducing the Fast Forward Accelerator

Perhaps the last few years have not really been any worse than other times in history, but it certainly seems like we have had to weather several major storms in quick succession. With any storm, how prepared you are is certainly going to help but even more important is what kind of craft you are

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Cloud solutions options for your startup

Cloud solutions options for your startup

The cloud infrastructure concept has already been through a 20-year evolution. Back in 2001, the cloud enabler was created – VMware; which made it possible to create virtual machines on top of server hardware. This led to the first Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering in 2006. Before this, you either managed your own infrastructure

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Why your startup needs a personalised and multi-local cloud approach

Why your startup needs a personalised and multi-local cloud approach

It can feel like the odds are stacked against startups from the offset in terms of funding, cash flow and access to talent, but the cloud offers a way of levelling the playing field and perhaps even giving them an advantage over longer established competitors.   In terms of cost-effective access to technologies and expertise, the cloud can provide almost limitless

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Cloud adoption for startups - Why one size doesn’t fit all    

Cloud adoption for startups – Why one size doesn’t fit all    

One of the most important questions for startups is how they can best use technology to achieve their business and growth objectives. The cloud is one use of technology that can provide cost efficiency, business agility and unlimited scalability. But there isn’t one single clear path for cloud migration and adoption for startups.   All startups are different and have wildly diverse

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Avoiding lock-in – how to ensure interoperability in the cloud 

Avoiding lock-in – how to ensure interoperability in the cloud 

For startups, this is a time of opportunity. Not long ago it could take years to turn a good idea into a working product. These days, cloud applications can be created and distributed to millions of users within a matter of hours.   The challenge, however, particularly in terms of complexity and interoperability, comes as companies increasingly move to multi-cloud

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