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Enterprise 2.0 Launchpad

The Enterprise 2.0 Launchpad is done. Four companies each got six minutes on stage, and two analysts, Stowe Boyd and David Coleman, were allowed one minute each to critique. 

  • Collanos showed an application that was essentially Groove. A peer-to-peer file sharing and workplace collaboration environment, their big announcement today was that they've added voice.  Now you can talk as well as share information.
  • Clarizen showed a collaborative project management solution. Dismissed by the analysts as yet another file and project management tool, I had to agree.  Stowe Boyd kindly suggested that this would be a tough row to hoe, given the number of companies out there.
  • LiquidTalk is like a PVR for business voice.  It allows the user to time shift voice interactions by essentially recording short messages, and then posting them online in a folder.   Think SnapVine for business.  David and Stowe suggested that it probably belonged as a feature of another application.
  • KnowNow offered a tool for aggregating important information in the business, and pushing it to the user (presumably using an RSS feed, or some other similar technology.

The whole thing was a little underwhelming.  The presentations were heavy on PowerPoint, superficial, and somewhat hype laden.  A better format would have banned PowerPoint altogether.  The presenters would have been more effective if they had focused on what they do, rather than setting up the problem.

{ 3 comments… add one }

  • Michael Sampson June 20, 2007, 5:39 pm

    Hey Alec … just wanted to clarify that I moderated the LaunchPad, and the two analysts were David Coleman and Stowe Boyd.

    Thanks for the ideas for next year.


  • Alec June 20, 2007, 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the clarification Michael. I wrote this in a bit of hurry so that I'd be ready for the next session! Will correct.


  • James Frenkson November 15, 2007, 5:35 am

    Well, not every one is capable of producing a smart tool, I guess. Hope those guys you write about will at least survive. I don't know about other tools, but Clarizen has got some very strong compatitors, like Wrike http://www.wrike.com/ for example.

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