October 05, 2005

web2.0: launchpad

Batelle: "We're launching 13 companies in 90 minutes"

[the room is packed, the notes are rough-hewn and stream-of-consciousness]

1. Socialtext, Ross Mayfield
Enterprise social software – wikis for enterprises. 200 customers, built on kwiki. They enable collaboration at scale across organizations.
Announcement: becoming a commercial open source company
- wikiwyg.net, see also web2con.socialtext.net
- synchroedit.net – synchronous real time editing
- leveraging atom API; offline editing using Ecto
Business model
- shared and incremental risk
- building a community

2. Rollyo, Dave Pell
"The shortest nonsexual performance of my life." (laffs) "That laugh marks the shortest sexual experience." [heh]
“Roll Your Own Search Engine”
Easily make a list of sites to search
Searchrolls – sort of like blogrolls
[does this mean you only ever have to know about things you choose to know about?]
You can explore & use other people’s searchrolls

3. Joyent
Network suite of apps for small groups (2-20 people)
Mail, calendar, contacts, files, binders.
Tagging, smart filters drive RSS feeds
Open format supports keep data portable
Xml-rpc extensibility
Buzzwords everywhere – ajax, mashups, tagging...
It may be good, but demos of mail and calendars are fundamentally boring.
Ooh, and Konfabulator widgets and GMaps too.

4. Bunchball, Rajat Paharia
“Do things with people you know”
Was at IDEO before he lost/left his job.
Online YASNS focus on sharing and communicationg, and make you recreate your social reality for every new app
Every new social app requires a big pile of plumbing
How do you get in front of users?
Big trends: web as platform and socialness
For developers, they are “social architecture”
Initially targeting flash developers
Providing the social application plumbing
For users, lots of social apps at one place, with one social network to set up
Ad revenue sharing with developers
Apps – not a whole lot yet, been focused on the plumbing
Developer: Metaliq – building a multiplayer texas holdem table with persistence

5. RealTravel, Ken Leeder
A better way to find real information from real people like you
Leverages blogging and social networks to do good travel related things for users and travel industry marketers.
- Internet is most important channel for travel
- focus on price is commoditizing travel
- people like to share their experiences
Community of travelers
Personal pages + mapping tools e.g., GMaps
[depends on people’s willingness to contribute their expertise]
[depends on ability to separate signal from noise]
Tagging, of course
[what’s the benefit to users?]

6. Zimbra
Enterprise collaboration server
Open source
Ajax, open APIs for mash ups, RSS, widgets, woo foo.
Mail, contacts, calendars etc
[another tough demo coming now…]
Roll over links in email, get popups – web service API calls
- web links – view of page
- address – Gmap
- appointment – calendar
- phone # - Skype
- fedex tracking # - FedEx info
Good mail search capabilities e.g., find messges from Joe between dates, with specific attachments, from specific companies etc.
[okay wow, so it was a good demo after all ;-)]

7. zvents, Ethan Stuck
Local event search and web service
Finding local events from the thousands of possibilities and fragmented media
3x more events than nearest competitor
Covers the Bay Area
What-when-where search with list, maps, calendars
APIs – REST, RSS, tags, ical, xml-rpc, blog widgets, GMaps…
Blogging support – embed a dynamic search result in your blog [cool!]

8. KnowNow, Ron Rasmussen
Funded by Kleiner
Turning http into a 2-way protocol
Notification of changes in any syndication feeds – “eLerts”
- direct to consumers
- hosted branded service for business
Continuous live notifications of changes in your RSS subscriptions
Browser toolbar
No RSS reader
Free for personal use
Unaffiliated, no portal handcuffs
Drive you back to the original content source

9. Orb Networks, Ian McCarthy
“Access to and control of your stuff”
Music, live tv, webcam, my file system, x10 (turned on the light remotely in the webcam view at the CTO's living room)
Launched at CES Jan 2005
2 new types of access
On the fly transcoding
[could have explained it better. hmm, this seems really familiar...]

10. Wink, Michael Tanne
Combining search with interactivity – “People Powered Search”
Tag sites you like
Block spam results
Aggregate tags across the web, analyze them for relevance and freshness based on user feedback
- TagRank
- Personal search sets

11. AllPeers, Matthew Gertner
Transforming Firefox into a web2 development platform
Lots of challenges making web2 code work
- extensible profiles
- data storage (SQL based)
- resource replication
- p2p communication
For users:
- MediaCenter – import all media files, tag, organize, share point-to-point, within browser (coming soon)
- web page sharing, local annotation and async sharing
- some third party apps coming too

12. Flock, Bart Decrem
Social browser
Web is a stream of events and interactions among people
Tools to smooth the rough edges of living online
Open source, building on Mozilla stuff
Seed level
Alpha release coming in a few weeks, beta later
Right now, focusing on favorites, history, blogging integration into browsing
Favorites – integrated into browser – bookmarking sends to delicious and other services automatically, and pulls in all feeds from the site
Social – highlight text in an article, drag it over to a “stuff” box [huh?]
Blogging topbar element shows recent posts, launches editor
Flickr topbar
[so what was this exactly?]

13. PubSub, Bob Wyman
Ease of publishing in structured formats, machine readable/processable
Working with Marc Canter to build extensions to WordPress, MT, Drupal for structured entries
Events, reviews etc.
Semantic web content
Blogging is now about arbitrarily complex data consumable by any search engine
[and why oh why do i want this?]

Posted by Gene at October 5, 2005 04:38 PM

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