I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Jason Milgram, CEO and Founder of Linxter, Inc., a south Florida tech company that brings message-oriented middleware to the cloud. Linxter v1.0 was officially announced yesterday.
What is Linxter?
It’s kind of a mouthful, but ironically, this complex technology drastically simplifies application development for anyone who wants disparate applications, devices, and systems to exchange data. Put simply, Linxter allows developers to configure communications among different things without having to program the communication layer from the ground up. Linxter’s goal is to provide developers with an easy-to-use, ubiquitous communications framework for stitching together (or linking… hence the name Linxter) any IP addressable endpoints. Any application, device, or system that can connect to the Internet can utilize Linxter’s secure, reliable, and dynamic communication channels to connect to each other.
How did you get the idea for Linxter?
Being a tech geek, I just knew we would end up embedding a microchip in everything. Every industry would figure out what benefits would be of doing this. They did and they are! We’ve embedded chips in clothing, shoes, light bulbs… and the list continues to expand each day. This means that everything is getting smarter. Applications, devices, and systems will have the ability to talk to each other (send and receive data) provided they have a secure and reliable framework to open up communication pathways between them. And so Linxter was born.
Who is set to benefit from Linxter?
Well, everyone, but of course I am biased. Seriously, Linxter does not discriminate, but our sweet spot is the SMB market. I think small and medium-sized IT consultancies that want to focus on the core value proposition of their products or services, and not get bogged down with communication plumbing (either the coding or infrastructure headaches), will find Linxter appealing. We have designed Linxter so that even a developer with only one year of experience can master the use of our technology in less than a day.
Any advice to other tech entrepreneurs thinking of launching a startup?
If you are building/built on the Microsoft stack at all, I high recommend applying for the BizSpark program. It has saved us a lot of money, and opened up some great networking doors. On a different note, I highly recommend working for a firm that has an established software development lifecycle methodology in place, and soaking up all the processes and procedures, before you launch and manage your own. And just know that, no matter what (great personnel, great funding, great market timing), it is never easy! There will be punches, and if you are going to make it, you are going to have to roll with them.