UTR – Goowy

“Online digital lifestyle”… I’m getting tired of hearing this phrase.

Goowy, another company that needs a new name.

This is actually a very cool service, but it’s too much like email from Yahoo or Google to really stand out. From what I’m seeing, and I did get an account on the service, this is a cool app without much of a market in the near term. There’s too much out there and none stand out.

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UTR – Box.net

Box.net, online storage. Free. 1 gb. Ajax, of course… it’s “web 2.0”. Actually it’s not all free, there are restrictions on the 1gb account that incentivize customers to move up to the paid accounts.

The service looks like your My Documents folder, just online instead of on your computer. They are adding document editing, drive mapping, 2-way sync. No versioning features yet.

I’m still skeptical of putting my files online somewhere, just like I am hesitant to use Writely for storage of documents I create with the service.

Jeff Clavier asked a question about who the target audience is, answer is consumers and small business. These markets are very diverse and not very similar on top of that.

Mike asks what the lowest price they can go to before the economics don’t work, not surprisingly the company declined to answer.

A really good question was asked about the nature of the publishing feature set, basically that they are not selling themselves as a publisher but what they are doing is effectively acting like a publisher who offers online storage.

I gotta think about this one further.

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UTR – Airset

I’ve been using Airset for quite a long time. The really appealing aspect of this service is the way it can aggregate calendars and streamline group scheduling in a personal environment, or I would imagine a small company environment as well.

I will say that the user interface could use a lot of enhancements, but the functionality rocks so I’ll deal with the UI. And I also want to take care to be clear that when I say interface enhancements I am referring to updates they should make to improve the accessibility of the service, to make it easier for people to start using it.

The business model is reasonable, the service is free but the mobile service is $5 a month. I don’t know what the numbers would have to be in order to call it critical mass, but $5 a month isn’t a big number (would be very cool if you could just bundle the charge onto your cell phone bill). It was just pointed out that the company has a relationship with Verizon, maybe the billing option is available with them?

Finally! A company comes right out and says what everyone already knows, there’s a real performance issue with Java on mobile phones. Lot’s of discussion about the mobile phone feature set, which would indicate that this part of the service would be a big differentiator (Yahoo! disagrees).

Nick Carr, your Delta Tau name is “Rock Thrower”

Edgeio, the much-hyped Web 2.0 tag-sale site, has only been live for a few hours, but it’s already wearing a corpselike look.

What happened to Nick Carr that makes him dislike everything tech? What’s really a shame is that Carr is actually a very smart guy who raises legitimate arguments, but it’s become a style over substance issue, as evidenced by this quote:

Cofounded by Michael Arrington, the madam of the great Web 2.0 brothel TechCrunch.

Carr is increasingly coming off as an ass, curmudgeon and pessimist with an axe to grind and not open to real discussion or debate.

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UTR – Dogster

Dogster, a 200,000 member online pet community. Profitable since July of last year. Impressive. Although I have to say that it’s kind of weird that there would be that many people primarily interested in sharing photos of their pets… and that other photo sharing sites were somehow lacking in features that they required. Although it is testimony to the power of community over technology.

Pretty interesting stat, 10% of their community logs in everyday, 40% login at least once a week. 80% women, $70k median household income… nice target group. (Efrusy points out that Facebook has a 60% daily return rate because they connect members.)

This company is a lesson in how integrated brand campaigns are a much more powerful revenue driver than advertising elements, like banner ads and adsense. Case in point in the Lady & The Tramp campaign Disney is running on the site. I would never have given this company a second look before today, well done.

Great question, what is the difference between web 2.0 and web1 communities? The answer indicates that there isn’t much difference…

UTR – Bubbleshare

Another photo sharing site (APSS).

Lot’s of Required AJAX Goodness (RAG).

Seriously, it looks like they have put a lot of work into developing a nice feature set, like a lot of hi-rez stuff. I would have liked to see something like Riya as something to differentiate them from every other photo sharing site. I think this is something that ultimately gets bundled in with someone else’s distribution as opposed to a standalone service.

Kevin Efrusy makes a good point about the network effect that other photo sharing sites are enjoying. Albert Lai does point out that they are growing at 100% month over month and that the lack of registration requirements removes the biggest barrier for new user adoption.

Question to Stowe… if you were running the company what would you do? Simple and easy is good, but you have to be an order of magnitude better at something to get people to switch, sharing might be that feature.