Today I write to you from the arctic wasteland that is the Argent Hotel in San Francisco. Overreaction isn’t the correct word for the temperature in the room. There are 500-1,000 people in this room as well as the lighting grid and it’s absolutely freezing in here. It’s gotta be 60 degrees in here and the air is still blowing. I wish I could get this air conditioner for my house!
Now to the content. Yesterday afternoon we say 13 companies give a 6 minute elevator pitch. Some of them were pretty good, others were lame. The 3 that stuck out in my mind were:
This is a cool idea. YaHoo.com opened their search API (as well as Google) and some innovative developers have gotten together to developed a front end to allow you to define, in effect, a search engine of your trusted sources. In and of itself, this is a cool idea but stealing their idea, sites that are primarily data-driven where most of the data is stored in a variety of fields in a database, searches have always been a problem. Why not make it so that, yes, I can define my own search but hen I can embed it in a search box on my web site. Yea, I know, I could hammer something out myself, but they’ve already got it. If Yahoo has already spidered the site, why not leverage that? Of course that breaks their business model of advertising supported web site; there’ got to be a way where they can make some money and we can have access to their search builder API.
“social” is the buzzword of the day. Well it was Wed. Wed. was all about bounceball.com was the coolest of the “social*” applications I saw. In effect, it gives developers (specifically, Flash developers) a place to develop social applications, games, IM, photo sharing, let your mind wander. It allows people to setup social networks to leverage the applications that developers are building. Now they are faced with the classic “chicken-n-egg” problem but are overcoming it by enticing some small development companies to build the initial apps (mainly games) for them to seed the network. They announced in their pitch that they had brought the development company Metaliq to build a “Texas Hold’em” game. (Ok, so it’s not that original, Poker is so last week) unlike other game sites though, your game is locked to know your network. So you can log in with your brother in NC and pay poker, IM or share photos. Overall it sounds like a cool idea…but then again, so did Pointcast back in ’97.
This app just rocks. At it’s core, it’s a groupware server; mail, calendars, contacts, etc. The server piece is very good. But then they went and topped it off with a free, web/AJAX based client. The client is just awesome. It’s a very rich experience. In the 6 minutes they gave their demo, they blew us all away. It’s hard to describe with just words. All I can say is that if you are in the market for a good groupware application for your company, you need to loo at zimba.com.
Well, that’s it for yesterday’s wrapup. Let me catch my breath and I’ll start in on today’s update.
Till next time, I’m glad you liked the chocolates.