March 10, 2005

Ruffdogs Joins Technology Incubator

Mary Louise Luczkowski writes "Fort Collins, COâFort Collins Incubator announces the selection of Ruffdogs, Inc. as the Incubatorâs most recent hi-tech client. The Fort Collins Technology Incubator totals six technology companies among its client list. The selection criteria for entrance into the Incubator is rigorous and encompasses growth potential, market knowledge, financial strategy, management team, innovative technology, technology expertise, clean industry and community benefit.

âWe are excited Ruffdogs is part of the Technology Incubator,â states Kathy Kregel, Director Fort Collins Technology Incubator. âIn particular, we are impressed with their sound business model and outstanding value proposition,â Kregel further said. âRuffdogs is poised to initiate a venture funding effort to grow the young company aggressively over the next few years and we look forward to assisting in this endeavor.â

Ruffdogs is a 3-year old company with decades of Linux experience. The firm provides a complete Linux solution for Value Added Resellers, including hardware and software configuration, applications, documentation and training.

âThe selection of Ruffdogs by the Fort Collins Incubator is a distinct honor and provides strong validation of our leadership position in the Linux arena,â said Garret Acott, CEO and Co-founder. âOur contributions in computer system integration, custom software solutions and training enables companies to incorporate Linux into their business environments where they gain ultimate flexibility, stability and scalability.â
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ABOUT FORT COLLINS TECHNOLOGY INCUBATOR

The Fort Collins Incubator was originally formed in May of 1998 with a central purpose in mindâto grow good paying jobs. The City of Fort Collins, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Research Foundation and the Northern Colorado Economic Development Corporation fund the Fort Collins Technology Incubator. The Fort Collins Incubator provides services to its clients including professional business services at dramatically reduced rates, customized entrepreneurial advisory groups, Colorado State University resources and strategic planning counsel. Over 800 business incubators operate successfully in the United States today. A study conducted by the National Business Incubation Association found that 80 percent of incubated companies survive their first three years of operation. Contrast this with the meager 35 percent survival rate of non-incubated firms. Website: www.fortcollinsincubator.org

ABOUT RUFFDOGS

Ruffdogs is North Americaâs leading Linux system strategy, support and training company. Ruffdogsâ strategic solutions enable industry Resellers the opportunity to capitalize on the exponential growth of Linux. Their long-standing expertise in Linux rapidly led to Ruffdogsâ achievement as a Novell Platinum Partner. Also Ruffdogs recently was awarded MandrakeSoftâs Tier II support contract for North America. Ruffdogs software products include: Social MPN, OSCAR and DAWGS. Ruffdogs regularly contributes back to the Linux community by improving and adding software and source code under General Public Licenses. Website: www.ruffdogs.com"

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