Yawn 2.0 Expo

28 04 2008

I’m finding it painfully difficult to write an interesting blog about the Web 2.0 Expo that took place last week in SF. That’s because the show — at least from my vantage point on the expo floor — was painfully plain. Where were the coolest, latest, greatest Web 2.0 technologies? The Twitters, Facebooks, YouTubes? While I’m sure they were being used on people’s laptops and iPhones, they were otherwise invisible on the expo floor. Vassil Mladjov gets it right” “There was not clear innovation that I can see at the show, nothing to get me exiting.  There were a few clever tools in terms of clean UI and well execute ideas, but nothing of a WOW.

Instead, the floor was dominated by B2B apps and infrastructure companies like F5 and Juniper networks, ie, companies that can make your Web 2.0 apps run faster. That’s not to say that there weren’t interesting and cool companies there like Atlassian (the company I work for :) ), Gomez, Sprout, and Automaticc, but they weren’t the ones that dominated the show floor.

To look at it another way… the companies that were exhibiting there were the ones that actually made money and a few VC backed startups. Of the ones I mentioned above:

Gomez is a great company that I had had experience with during the dot com era. They monitor website and network performance. I learned, too, that one of their developers, Patrick Lightbody, was an early contributor to Atlassian’s products.

Sprout had a very interesting Flash authoring tool that I could see us using some day for creating microsites.

Automaticc… needless to say, I’m a big fan of WordPress.



One response to “Yawn 2.0 Expo”

28 04 2008
mozey (16:59:57) :

here is an app that will end the mistory of them a.ll

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