Web 2.0 bloggers

19 10 2007

I have recently read some posts from Luca Conti, Luca Filigheddu, Robert Scoble, and Giacomo Vacca regarding the coverage of web 2.0 sites, companies, start-up by Californian bloggers and the rest of the world.

I’m exploring the web 2.0 since a while and i try to write about web 2.0 companies (far less than i would) on this blog.

I read blogs and websites from all over the world (in English and Italian) and could find good coverage in Europe as well as in US.

Some considerations:

  • The number of new companies is spread all over the world but the number is US is far bigger.
  • I suppose a blogger posts first about the world around himself. And considering the number of new start-up in web 2.0 there’s a lot to talk in US.
  • It’s easier to be noted if you have a reputation
  • A good launch strategy could make the difference.

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Venture Capital seedcamp Europe

24 09 2007

The winners of the first ever Seedcamp have been announced.The six winning teams come from all over Europe and represent innovative ideas that have the potential to grow into big businesses. They are Buildersite (UK), RentMineOnline (The Netherlands), TableFinder (Sweden), Zemanta (Slovenia), Kublax (UK), and Project Playfair (Scotland) .

No mobile, no video, no communities (almost). Good or bad?

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Web 2.0 startup Europe – winner

27 05 2007

sclipo

Sclipo, a social skills-network based upon user-generated videos, has won the Startup 2.0 contest, whose final was hold yesterday at the Guggenheim Museum of Bilbao. The second place was for a very similar project coming from Israel, 5min, while the third prize will go for Properazzi, crawler-based web 2.0 property search engine for all of Europe.

Startup 2.0 was opened to all webs 2.0 from Europe. A total of 260 projects coming from the main European countries took part in it. The 5 finalists presented their projects yesterday in Bilbao before an audience of 300 people. The jury interrogated each one of them for 15 minutes.

Sclipo is a platform for any kind of skills, such as cooking, well-being, technology or sports. All content is 100% user-generated and evaluated. It stands for: Skills + CLIP + yO (=I). It is based in Barcelona and has an international team managed by Gregor Gimmy. Its business model is based on contextual advertising, market research and premium user services.





Web 2.0 startup Europe – finalist

11 05 2007

These are the finalist projects por this year’s Startup 2.0 contest: 5min, 11870.com, Sclipo, Trivop and Properazzi.

They will be in Bilbao on May, 24th.





Web 2.0 Startups in Europe.

8 05 2007

StartUp2.0 is a competition of European web 2.0 sites. the contest has reached the second step (of 4) and the 15 final nominees will be officially presented in Madrid on May 10, and selected by a jury and the crowd. These 5 finalists will then present again at an event in Bilbao on May 24. At that point the jury will select the 3 winners. According Read/WriteWeb this is the list of 15 provided by the organizers:

Panoramio: Photo-sharing of geolocated photos. Panoramio offers 2 Gb of free storage for photos. The site has 330.000 registered users and 1,1 million geolocated photos.

11870: “a real-life delicious” where you can remember and share with your friends all kind of places (from business to sculptures) around the world using comments, tags, photos and videos. Launched in feb 07, reached #1 in technorati.

Trivop : Trivop is the first videoguide for the hotel industry. it’s a mashup with video, map and comments from users (through tripadvisor). We are convinc that video give travellers the transperncy they need before booking as today just a few photos is not sufficient enough. We want to become the youtube of the hotel industry.

Tupalo : Tupalo is a social mapping network for local and independent culture, allowing members of elusive niche cultures to add, rate, review, search and tag their favorite local businesses in major cities around the world via PC or Mobile devices.

Musorajanlo: A new internet application developed by a hungarian team can virtually learn what kind of tv shows and movies do the users like, and make recommendations for the following days accordingly. Musorajanlo.hu applies the latest technologies: machine-learning and data-mining, all executed on a grid.

hipoqih: hipoqih.com is a system composed by a Web and plugin for mobile devices that allows to record alerts and URLs associated to any geopoint in the planet. These alerts can be seen automatically in terminals with the plugin when approaching that geopoint, so that the information arrives when you get to the place that interests you.

nvivo: Gig based social network. Its main objective is that you never loose that gig again. Follow your favourite bands and coolest venues of your city, met other fans and interact adding comments, tags, joining and attending gigs and get or ask for all the gig info you need. With Musicbrainz, last.fm, Google Maps and 11870.com mashups. Live music fans never got that easy.

Soziety: soZiety is a language-learning social network based on Skype. soZiety is a great, dead simple method people can use to have fun learning a language while meeting new people and making some bucks.

Properazzi : is a crawler-based web 2.0 property search engine for all of Europe. We launched in March 2007, and currently list 1.8 million sale and rental properties in 45 European countries, in all European languages and currencies. We’re backed by Mangrove Capital Partners (Skype, Quintura, Nimbuzz). We’ve got a highly international team and are based in Barcelona, Spain.

Menéame : Meneame is the leading Digg-like website in Spanish. It helps anybody promote news from any source by creating new pages according to users’s votes. It was launched in 2004 from Mallorca.

SlideBurner : SlideBurner allows you to share and discover easily slideshows/presentations (PowerPoint or OpenOffice files). Upload your files and they can quickly be viewed online in any web browser on any platform. You have full control on the security of your slideshows; you can select precisely the person who can access your data. You can also create groups around your fields of interest. Moreover, the site is multilingual; for the moment it is available in French and English.

Sclipo: Sclipo is a Social Skills-Network based upon user-generated videos: Users can share and promote their skills through video and connect with other users based upon skills they care about. Sclipo is a platform for any kind of skills, such as cooking, well-being, technology or sports. All content is 100% user-generated and evaluated. SCLIPO stands for: Skills + CLIP + yO (=I)

Anywr : Anywr is a web and mobile system that offers simple, yet powerful services for managing contacts, calendars, events and communications virtually from anywhere: using browsers, mobile devices or any other of the over 750 million compatible devices available today.

5min : 5min is a place to find short video solutions for every practical question, and is also a place for people who want to share their knowledge. 5min’s vision is simple: any solution can be visually explained in 5 minutes. Users of the 5min platform will benefit from a visual illustration of any solution through a Smart Player. Unlike all of the video sites on the net, 5min created a video player that is adjusted specifically to the instruction field.

QuestionForm : questionform is a web application for creating, publishing and analysing online surveys and forms.





Web 2.0 Expo – Start-up companies

24 04 2007

Last post on Web 2.0 Expo just to talk about some other company and give some other links.

  • Zude – create a personalized webpage from modules that hold your own content or clips grabbed from the web (even embed whole webpages). Each module can be placed anywhere on the canvas, edited, layered, and have it’s transparency adjusted. By their May 1st launch, these personalized pages will be templated into individual, family, group, and business zudes. Nice idea, easy of use maybe too many choices. Business model? Advertising, collaboration tools ? Far to come. Read more on techcrunch.
  • Bungee Labs – new generation application development environment enables the creation, testing, deployment, and management of rich web applications. The company offers a grid infrastructure to run and manage the deployed applications.
  • Yoono – soon to release a new annotation tool for their recommendation-and-bookmarking service. Called Buzz It, the new functionality will be part of Yoono’s installable toolbar for Firefox and Internet Explorer. Buzz It closely rivals the usefulness and functionality of Clipmarks, and Grouptivity–giving users a way to archive and share content they find on the Web.

Nice wrapup on the expo written by Richard MacManus on read/write web.   Also read here





Web 2.0 Expo – Start-up companies

22 04 2007

Web 2.0 start-up companies are raising very quickly and have been, in the last couple of years, the preferred target of Silicon Valley’s veture capitalists investiments, and of big internet companies acquisition strategy. Someone speaks about a new “Bubble” of the internet market but it does not seems so, this time. Well, a lot of companies have good products, brilliant ideas and other just not, but this happen in all market segments, and the web 2.0 “tag” does not mean gold. Most are based on the “traditional” advertisement business model, that works and will work for a lot of time, but the winners will be the ones able to use the partecipation model of web 2.0 to substain and reinforce the actual company business model (amazon is one) and the ones that will find new business models, based on advertisement or whatever else.

User generated contents, feeds, communities, rich web applications, widgets. All these web 2.0 technologies offer undiscovered possibilities of new features and business models and who will manage all data better than others. “Data is intel inside” wrote Tim O’Reilly in his article What Is Web 2.0.

I found an interesting post by Sean Ammirati on SugarCRM participation business model

Web 2.0 expo has offered an occasion to take a look and speak about some new start-up:

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