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Most Interesting Web 2.0 Company?

November 12, 2006

vcmike

After spending 3 days out at the Web 2.0 Conference I think I probably saw about 50 early stage Web 2.0 companies.

Like most at the conference, I generally was more struck by how many of these startups were really “features” as opposed to real business opportunities.

One company, though, did get me excited — Clearspring Technologies. Led on the technology side by one of the WebMethods founders, these guys are a “widgetizer.” In other words, they make it very easy for content owners and web developers to create widgets so that others can incorporate this content or application into their own sites, blogs, spaces, etc.

As I’ve posted before, I think the whole notion of syndicating/distributing web content is one of the more important trends we’ll see over the next couple years, and I think there is a great opportunity for someone to make a lot of hay out of being a horizontal value added enabler in this value equation.

Unfortunately for me, VCs were flocking all over these guys at the show. In fact, at one point I was chatting with Clearspring CEO Chris Marentis at the show when Vinod Khosla comes up and, with nary a word to me, drags Chris off into a separate room. Funny, I thought Vinod was out of the web and into energy investing these days??

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  1. November 12, 2006

    Mike, thanks for your support and well-wishes my friend. Just as a minor note, our product development is led by a former IBM product guru with technology development led by the gentleman you mentioned from WebMethods. Both guys are absolutely top-notch and just wanted to make sure that they both got their online props. We are lucky to have them on board. Happy Sunday!

  2. November 12, 2006

    link to http://www.clearspringtech.com/ is malformed. rewrite.

  3. November 12, 2006

    Thanks Adrian. Should work now.

  4. November 12, 2006

    Widgetbox is the category leader – http://www.widgetbox.com. i am slightly biased off course

  5. November 12, 2006

    Will — My take is that Widgetbox is primarily a widget gallery/marketplace whereas Clearspring is more of a widget enabler.

    Do you agree with this characterization?

  6. November 13, 2006

    Widgetbox is both a marketplace and a widget enabler, hence the company’s tagline “widgetizing the web”. If you look at the key services it provides to widget developers, you’ll see that it really is a very powerful widget syndication platform.

  7. Cece #
    November 18, 2006

    The guys at Clearspring deserve their success. I’ve never seen anyone work harder for their vision.

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