Showing posts from 2007

Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0

Posted by Stephen Wellman, Nov 29, 2007 11:43 PM
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia (NYSE: NOK) at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, Senior Marketing Manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third screen.

Google Mobile Causing an Industry War?

Google’s mobile initiative, which happily confirmed this year’s rumors and officially announced itself as an open platform, is apparently starting to see the big ripple effect of its actual existence. With 34 companies lined up to take advantage of the mobile platform, the ones on the outside aren’t too happy. That would be wireless providers like Verizon and Nokia. But considering the necessity of Google and its partners to access the Internet via their mobile devices, the question of the UHF broadcast spectrum auction has come into play. We know Google wants it, along with everybody else. And with Google’s proposed participation in the auction, it requested that the winner be required to open its airwaves to any device, application, and ISP, as well as selling access wholesale to resellers. You may recall that Verizon wasn’t too happy with this demand by Google, and lobbied against it. The FCC didn’t listen to either company and got rid of the wholesale reselling requirement all tog… Google’s mobile local search effort?

By Eric Eldon 11.8.07Whatsopen is an unlaunched web and mobile local search engine — and a secret testing ground for Google’s new search offerings, a source tells us.From screenshots we’ve been shown off-the-record, the site offers a way to search for nearby stores and their hours of operation from your phone.Whatsopen is doing invite-only alpha testing in the US and China and will launch in late 2007, a note on the site says.Our source says Google has been interested in purchasing the company and its search technology, and may have already purchased it and started using it as a testing ground.We have not been able to verify any of this information with the company. Google declined to comment.Valleywag has screenshots here (including the one, above) — obtained from a different source, our source claims.

Mobile 2.0 Start-Up Ecosystem

From Digital Design Blog:
m-Trends‘ Rudy De Waele has posted his presentation on the Mobile 2.0 Start-Up Ecosystem from the Mobile Web 2.0 Conference. The presentation looks the key features being developed by mobile startups such as “harnessing collective intelligence” and “operator-independent access”. Nokia mentioned numerous times.

Mashup Startup Teqlo Shuts Down After Struggles

Written by Anne Zelenka
Thursday, November 8, 2007 at 9:08 AM PT

Wow. I remember having these guys on the top of my mashup competitor watch list while as the product marketing mgr at JackBe. Slow leak in the 2.0 bubble here as GigaOM's Anne Zelenka writes. I believe so. She also continues to say what I believe is indicative of any cycle bubble when technology drives products and not market needs. Anne mentions, "Even in the best of times, many companies fail to find a match between what they’ve built and what customers want to buy.

The killer app is is anything you want it to be, except what I have found is that people just want to be told or given something rather than worrying about building something so they can then go do their job. I believe that there is great potential but some companies need to do a serious do a market need inventory to ensure or readjust their offerings are meeting real market needs.

If sales and revenues are pouring in like an open water spicket…

New New Internet

I Just got back from the New New Internet show which I also attended last year. Compared to last year, the emphasis was more on implementing web 2.0 in enterprise and other line of business constructs. Something I and the rest of the JackBe team was preaching - and JackBe still is as the leading the Enterprise Mashup thought leadership arena. I saw the demo of their Wires visual mashup composer which was still in alpha when I was there and it is slick is all I can say.

I hope to post more on a new subject - Map Based Marketing & Location Based Services - as I definitely feel location-based services will be the next area web 2.0 will penetrate. This leading into another buzzy trend - Mobile 2.0 - which really can be broken down into "Everything you need in the palm of your hand."

This is a short post but now that I'm part of Map Network, a NAVTEQ company it is an area I will be focusing more on.

The Map Network, a NAVTEQ company

I know I have been silent lately. I just joined the Map Network, a NAVTEQ company as Product Marketing Manager I'm busy ramping up. I will write more later but just as with watching the web 2.0 trend at JackBe, I see an0ther long-term, location-based marketing trend emerging that leverages certain web 2.0 technologies and user-driven community concepts.

More to come later, this is just a glimpse into how I will be steering the posts I write moving forward.


Never Give Up

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There isn't really anything else I can say; its pretty self explanatory.

Dion H. Latest Blog

The Enterprise 2.0 Conference: Web 2.0 Continues Its Move To The Workplace«HEemail posted Tuesday, 19 June 2007 It's the second day of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference here at the Boston waterfront. Yesterday was the workshop day for the event as well as the much-ballyhooed showdown between Andrew McAfee and Tom Davenport, the original point of disagreement around the real impact of Enterprise 2.0 which I've covered before . Today the main conference sessions begin and a quick look at the show program tells you that an all-star cast of Enterprise 2.0 folks has been assembled here.

Differences in 2.0's Continued

We got such good feedback from the post last week I decided to expand upon it a bit.

Differences in 2.0's ContinuedWow, we received fantastic feedback the last post Differences in 2.0's. In particular, we received emails asking for more clarification about the difference of Enterprise Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0. I created a pic that I hope will help in addition to an attempt to relate Enterprise 2.0 to Ford Motor (A stretch I know but why not try)........... Click link for the whole post.

Differences of 2.0's

I wrote a post on my company's blog about ... "A lot of people ask me about the definition and or differences between Web 2.0, Enterprise Web 2.0 and Enterprise 2.0.So here are some of my thoughts simplified for a blog post." You can read the whole post at JackBe Blogs.
I wanted to post a video from one of JackBe's most tech savvy Reps Mark Milligan. Mark has been recording vids on subjects such as Ajax, Enterprise Web 2.0, Portals, ect. All are on YouTube and I would reccommend taking a look. Here's one:

3 New Google Web 2.0 Releases Tomorrow

New additions for google in the web 2.0 space. A offline browser plug-in aimed at making web apps work both on and offline – Similar to Adobe Apollo. Mashup Editor which is like Yahoo Pipes but more scriptic. Also a new version of GWT which has no new functionality, but they did make a lot of changes to get the source code and build scripts into presentable shape to prepare for ongoing open source development.--------------------------Tomorrow, Google will be hosting a developer day for 5,000 developers worldwide. The bulk of developers will be gathering at the San Jose convention center for a keynote by Google’s VP of Engineering, Jeff Huber. At the conference Google will be outlinging their their developer strategy. But the big announcement will be Google Gears, an open source browser plugin that will enable developers to create offline web applications using JavaScript APIs. As a developer, you’ll be able to make an application with the assurance that it will work o…

The Force 2.0: 'Star Wars' site launches video mashups

Even George Lucas is mashing. The Force 2.0: 'Star Wars' site launches video mashupsOn Friday, 30 years to the day after the first Star Wars hit theaters, the film's official Web site,, will relaunch with a new design. One of the hallmarks of the new site is a feature that invites fans to remix video and music clips from all six Star Wars movies, as well as add in their own homemade videos. They'll then be able to share them on the Star Wars site with other fans, as well as embed them in their blogs or profiles on social-networking sites.Licensed remix tools have become popular promotional campaigns in recent months: not only are they essentially free advertising, but they also allow fans to play around with video and audio footage with a reduced potential for copyright infringement lawsuits. The remixing platform for the Star Wars Web site was created by Eyespot, which has also created remix tools for a number of pop singers, comedian Ste…

China Natural Gas Update

I mentioned China Natural Gas and it seems the company is delivering on what it promised. For me its my energy play in an energy constrained populas and growing country...
China Natural Gas Reports First Quarter 2007 Financial Results
Tuesday May 15, 4:38 pm ET
Net Income Up 414% to $2.1 MillionNEW YORK, May 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. (OTC BB: CHNG - News), one of the leading providers of pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial and residential use and compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel in Xi'an, China, today announced its first quarter financial results for the period ended March 31, 2007. Financial Highlights for the First Quarter 2007:

- Revenue increased 277% year over year to $6.7 million
- Gross profit increased 272% year over year to $3.5 million
- Income from operations increased 421% year over year to $2.5 million
- Net income increased 414% year over year to $2.1 million
- Net income per share increased to $0.09 per…

Enterprise Mashups

Deepak Alur of JackBe has a great post on the question a lot of us or asking "what exactely is a mashup?" He was recently at the Mashup Ecosystem Summit organized by IBM and recaps some thoughts on the subject of his and others.

[I was at the Mashup Ecosystem Summit organized by IBM at their offices in San Francisco last week. Our CTO, John Crupi, and our Chief Architect, Raj Krishnamurthy, also attended with me. It was an interesting mix of people from different backgrounds and companies all converging on the concept of Mashups. Jeff Nolan (ex-Teqlo, ex-SAP) gave an interesting talk about his experiences in a starting up a mashup company. Some notable points were: (lack of) availability of APIs; Do-it-yourself Data Formats; Performance can be a challenge; Need for strong visual composition tools; Lack of Standards. I think these are questions that this group will be able to tackle over time. (At least, I hope!)]
Read the full post here.

Tacit Workers

As "tacit" interactions replace more routine business activities and the scale and complexity of many corporations creep upward, the need to manage collaboration is growing. According to McKinsey, nearly 80 percent of the senior executives surveyed in a 2005 study said that effective coordination across product, functional, and geographic lines was crucial for growth. Yet only 25 percent of the respondents described their organizations as "effective" at sharing knowledge across boundaries. Read the rest of my company post here:

Is RSS Ready for the Enterprise?

Mike’s take: Again, we see here the benefit to enterprises as being that of time. Wasted time that is. Time spent searching for the information one knows they need. RSS like other services, can be predefined to present the information one wants, when they want it, and how they want it. All leading to reduced time and costs employees incure attempting to do their job better. Is RSS Ready for the Enterprise?Yuval Tarsi 30, 2007
RSS is a format for syndicating news and content from Web sites such as media outlets, community sites and Weblogs. Recently, RSS has been extended beyond news and this trend hasn’t escaped the corporate world. Now, companies routinely use RSS to inform customers about new offerings and products. The next natural step forward is to provide employees with changes to enterprise application data using RSS.

The main challenges to using RSS in the enterprise include ensuring appropriate data securit…

Micropayments After All: S3, iTunes, Adsense and more

I work for JackBe as the Product Marketing Manager and this post caught my eye. Internally, we have talked for awile about use cases for our Presto Enterprise Web 2.0 Edge server component. I think this case is one. Edge lowers the transactional cost of entry barrier making micropayments that much more a reality. Edge allows enterprises to finally expose valuable intellectual property previously trapped behind the firewall for governed consumption by employees, end customers, or partners. Tim O'ReillyMicropayments After All: S3, iTunes, Adsense and moreAndrew Savikas made an interesting comment on the Radar backchannel that seemed sharing more widely:I remember a few years ago when there was a ton of buzz about micropayments being the future of ecommerce, followed by a backlash on how micropayments were a horrible idea, and would never overcome the transactional costs. In the meantime, iTunes and S3 (among others) have quietly been building great businesses on top o…

China Natural Gas Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2006 Financial Results

NEW YORK, April 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Natural Gas, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: CHNG - News), one of the leading providers of pipeline natural gas for industrial, commercial and residential use and compressed natural gas (CNG) for vehicular fuel in Xi'an, China, today announced its fourth quarter and full year financial results for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2006. Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter 2006:
-- Revenue increased 218% to $6.8 million, driven by the
construction of an additional 14 CNG filling stations
in the Xian area in 2006 and
continued growth of pipeline customers;
-- Gross profit up 189% to $3.3 million;
-- Income from operations increased 286% to $2.3 million;
-- Net income increased 271% to $2.1 million; and
-- Net income per diluted share increased 304% to $0.08
per share.
"We are very pleased with our performance through the fourth quarter of 2006, which exceeded our expectations by all measures," sta…

BungeeLabs, Sneaking Out of Stealth

BungeeLabs, Sneaking Out of StealthApril 16, 2007 — 05:56 AM PDT — by Pete CashmoreAlso at the Web 2.0 Expo: Bungee Labs, which is starting to drop hints about its Bungee Connect product. Connect is a “100% on-demand web development and deployment environment” that launches in May. So what is it? Without going too deep into dev speak, it’s an IDE (integrated development environment) for building rich Ajax web apps. Among its strengths: automated support for the integration of SOAP and REST-based web services and the ability to deploy apps without using FTP (apps are deployed through the browser). They’re working with Amazon, Ebay, Google, Windows Live, PayPal, RealNetworks,, Yahoo and more to make sure Bungee Connect works with all their web services (read: lots of mashable APIs).For those who haven’t touched a line of code, that might not mean much, but those who have should look out for further details and the launch in May.

The Fifth Level of Ajax

We are watching the evolution of web2.0 unfold in front of us and I believe it will eventually evolve into a web cloud of information and data for Users to search, gather, and remix to meet their needs. Whether it be personal or in the enterprise construct. This second location though requires an environment that delivers these user driven capabilities but still adheres to enterprise IT regulations.
Our CTO John Crupi recently described and blog on JackBe's corp blog about what he is seeing as a 5th level to Gartner's Levels of Ajax which is part of this story.

I think that all Ajax vendors have been touting the benefits of 'improved user experience' as their value proposition for a while. The problem with this proposition is that it is very hard to quantify.
But, they are missing something. It isn't just about the "experience" but about empowering the user with a better view and access to any data source. Consider the "Four Levels of Ajax Adoption…

New Service is Yet Another Web 2.0 Proof Point

From my JackBe corp. blog....

Read/Write Web reported yesterday that ' Brings Web 2.0 To The Enterprise With ContentExchange': Today announced a new product called Salesforce ContentExchange, a content management product for unstructured data such as email and html. They also publicly announced the acquisition of Koral, a web 2.0 content collaboration platform that was at DEMO07 earlier this year... Koral is a key enabling technology for Salesforce ContentExchange. The new product means that now manages all types of content in a company - both structured information (e.g. CRM data like contacts and sales information) and unstructured information (office documents, HTML, video/audio files and email, etc). Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of, calls this “another step towards our vision of managing all information on demand”.
So far, Web 2.0 migration into the enterprise world has seemed largely been limited to the notion…

Clean Energy China Stock Pick - CHNG

Based in the city of Xian in China’s north-central province of Shaanxi, China Natural Gas distributes natural gas (to approximately 50,000 households, as well as commercial buildings) and compressed natural gas (CNG) (to CNG wholesales and retail automobile filling stations). Recently CHNG has introduced its own network of retail filling stations to sell CNG directly to consumers—by the end of 2006, CHNG operated 17 filling stations in or near Xian. The company also owns a 70-mile high pressure gas pipeline, which connects CHNG’s distributionnetwork to the government-owned high-pressure pipeline serving the province. In 2007, CHNG plans to construct its own liquid natural gas plant, which will allow the company to expand the geographic market it serves. CHNG came public in the US via a reverse merger in December 2005. Although CNG currently represents only about three percent of China’s energy consumption, it is becoming an increasingly important source of fuel in the PRC. CNG is the …

What will the new spring crop yield?

Posted by Susan Scrupski on April 4th, 2007I’ve been taking a lot of satisfaction these past few weeks in how our little enterprise 2.0 garden is growing. In the past few weeks I’ve been asked to podcast, to appear on a video segment, and to participate in an enterprise 2.0 “rave.” All good stuff. The analyst and media coverage of enterprise 2.0 has really started to pick up too. I’m particularly encouraged by the management findings and recommendations we’ve seen coming out of MIT’s Sloan Management Report and McKinsey. I guess they legitimize our inner-circle zealot ramblings.A few items of interest: I attended Ajax World a couple weeks ago. I listened to a few of the speakers, but spent more time trolling the vendors in the exhibit hall for real examples of how Ajax solutions were generating real business advantages for their customers. Nexaweb had some interesting case studies. They quickly rattled off projects at Bank of Toyko, Mitsubishi, Seimans, AFLAC and EMC where compani…

Enterprise Web 2.0 Facebook Group

I think the title pretty much says it all.

SOA Report: IONA Adds Active Governance

3/26/2007By Kurt Mackie Companies providing service-oriented architecture (SOA) solutions for the enterprise issued announcements about new products, partnerships and deals last week. Here are some of them to date. IONA Technologies has a new version of its SOA infrastructure suite with active governance capabilities. Its Artix Registry/Repository product manages policies and provides a complete record of services in distributed SOA environments. Global 2000 customers can use the product for the capture and discovery of critical information, service network provisioning, schema validation, and visual service management.Wily Technology has extended its enterprise application management solution to automatically identify dependencies among Web services and monitor business processes on a 24 x 7 basis. The Wily SOA Manager product works with the Wily Introscope solution on platforms such as Apache Axis, BEA WebLogic Server, IBM WebSphere Application Server, NetWeaver and Microsoft .…

Stock pick of the week - Mobl.ob

Not for the risk averse, but the stock has been beaten down to the levels where it is hard for those risk takers not to pick up some shares at all time lows.

LAS VEGAS, MIAMI, and BETHESDA, Md., March 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ProGames Network, a subsidiary of broadband telecommunications services company MobilePro Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: MOBL - News), announced today that Frank Catania, one of the world's leading experts regarding on-line gaming, has agreed to join the board of directors of The Winning Edge (OTC Bulletin Board: WNED - News) upon the completion of its merger with ProGames Network. The transaction is currently expected to close in late April.

Bush Announces Iraq Exit Strategy: 'We'll Go Through Iran'

by The Onion
WASHINGTON, DC—Almost a year after the cessation of major combat and a month after the nation's first free democratic elections, President Bush unveiled the coalition forces' strategy for exiting Iraq. Enlarge ImageBush announces the pullout of Iraq through Iran. "I'm pleased to announce that the Department of Defense and I have formulated a plan for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq," Bush announced Monday morning. "We'll just go through Iran." Bush said the U.S. Army, which deposed Iran's longtime enemy Saddam Hussein, should be welcomed with open arms by the Islamic-fundamentalist state. "And Iran's so nearby," Bush said. "It's only a hop, skip, and a jump to the east." According to White House officials, coalition air units will leave forward air bases in Iraq and transport munitions to undisclosed locations in Iran. After 72 to 96 hours of aerial-bomb retreats, armored-cavalry units will ret…

Genaera Corporation Announces 2006 Financial Results

PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., March 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Genaera Corporation (Nasdaq: GENR - News) today announced its financial results for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2006. The net loss for the year ended December 31, 2006 was $21.2 million, or $(0.24) per share basic and diluted, as compared to a net loss of $26.4 million, or $(0.44) per share basic and diluted, for the year ended December 31, 2005. The net loss for the quarter ended December 31, 2006 was $3.6 million, or $(0.03) per share basic and diluted, as compared to a net loss of $7.8 million, or $(0.11) per share basic and diluted, for the quarter ended December 31, 2005. The loss from operations for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2006 was $22.8 million and $4.0 million, respectively, as compared to $27.2 million and $8.2 million for the same periods in 2005.

REA is to RIA, as Enterprise Web 2.0 is to Web 2.0 Returns


I posted this a little while back, and the thoughts were expanded by our CTO, John Crupi in TechNewsWorld.Rich Enterprise Applications enable developers to create new situational applications that can offer improved usability and flexibility for the end user, and can deliver them faster than was possible using traditional approaches. This can empower users to easily assemble situational applications in response to rapid changing business requirements. Click the link to read the full article.

2007 is the year enterprises will start to more aggresively push for ways to realize the benefits of the Web 2.0 paragim shift and bring these efficiencies into the enterprise construct. In short, to empower users to consume, compose, and collaborate in ways that still adhere to enterprise standards and requirements.

Original post.....
[Tuesday, October 03, 2006 REA is to RIA, as Enterprise Web 2.0 is to Web 2.0 MikeWagner
JackBe coined the term R…

Log on to for Comprehensive Information & Analysis of Budget 2007

Watch Live Video Streaming of the Analysis of the Budget by Experts CHENNAI, India--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sify Limited (Nasdaq:SIFY - News), a leader in Consumer Internet and Enterprise Services in India with global delivery capabilities, announced its comprehensive coverage of Budget 2007 on its portal In addition, on February 28, 2007, users can log on to to watch the live video streaming of the analysis of the Budget by experts including's Budget special is aimed at ensuring that its users can easily understand the Budget and its impact on their daily lives. Besides the comprehensive overview, the portal provides a unique service wherein users can opt for personalized mailers based on their preference for topics that directly impact them. Users can also have their concerns and queries on topics like Personal Finance, Stock Market etc. addressed by noted experts like A.N. Shanbhag, Dhirendra Kumar etc. through web…

Good Green Investment oppertunity in China of all places.

ABOUT CHINA NATURAL GAS, INC.:China Natural Gas, Inc. ( is a US Delaware registered public company that owns and operates its natural gas related businesses in China. China Natural Gas is the first China based natural gas company publicly traded in the US capital markets (stock symbol: CHNG). Managed by seasoned industry executives, the Company owns a 120 kilometer long Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) pipeline located in the city of Xi'An (Population 8.5 million), the capital city of China's Shaanxi Province and a gateway to China's vast western regions. The northern region of Shaanxi Province is the home to China's second largest natural gas reserve. The Company has been consistently profitable since its inception.

Top Secret: DIA embraces Web 2.0

February 23, 2007(Computerworld) -- The U.S. Department of Defense's lead intelligence agency is using wikis, blogs, RSS feeds and enterprise "mashups" to help its analysts collaborate better when sifting through data used to support military operations. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) is seeing "mushrooming" use of these various Web 2.0 technologies that are becoming critical to accomplishing missions that require intelligence sharing among analysts, said Lewis Shepherd, chief of DIA's Requirements and Research Group at the Pentagon. The tools are helping DIA meet the directives set by the 9/11 Commission and other entities for intelligence agencies to "improve and deepen our collaborative work processes," he said. DIA first launched a wiki it dubbed Intellipedia in 2004 on the Defense Department's Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS), a top-secret network that links all the government's intelligence agencies. …