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Clearspring / NBC

June 6, 2007


For those of you who’ve been reading this blog since last fall, you’ll know that I’ve been watching the widget space, and the widget company Clearspring, for a while now.  I pretty much joined the Widget hype bandwagon at the end of ’06, right when it started to pick up steam.  Yes, I was attracted by sizzle more than steak, since there really wasn’t any meat there yet.
From what I am hearing and seeing, I think the widget models are going to start becoming more clear during the second half of ’07. The first half of this year has been about experimentation, which I’ve seen both across the industry and across my own portfolio.  The short answer is that widgets work and often are an important means of distribution.  Expect to see some pretty serious deployments in the back half of this year.

One of those will be NBC, which just announced a widget platform it is launching with Clearspring. Read/Write Web has a good overview, as does Clearspring founder Hooman Radfar.


May 26, 2007


Did a short but sweet day trip to DC this week.

Saw Chris and Hoo from Clearspring, who are continuing to do great stuff and have some exciting developments underway; caught up with Sri Srinivasan, a great friend back from our DC days, who is now at the Solicitor General’s office at DOJ arguing cases in front of the Supreme Court (and whose sister Srinija, or “Ninj,” was employee #5 at Yahoo!); and had lunch with Quigo founders Yaron Galai and Dave Jakabowski.

March Madness Widget

March 17, 2007


Hooman from Clearspring announces a new March Madness Widget. Cool.

Most Interesting Web 2.0 Company?

November 12, 2006


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??