Archive for April, 2007

Take home message from Web 2.0 Expo: The birth of the giant component

April 24, 2007

Web 2.0 Expo is behind us, our cool LEGO wall is safely tucked away till MashupCamp and we even had 19 hours of flight to think it through, and ponder what is the take home message from Expo.

Well, since we were totally swamped and didn’t get a chance to visit even one talk throughout the three days, my insight is totally based on what was going on in the floor downstairs. Yes, there were 115 companies presenting, most of them start-ups which try to ride on this marketing slogan called “web 2.0”, but we also saw quite a few participants coming from mainstream businesses. IBM is probably the best example, leaving a big blue (or actually red) footprint with its demos and great booth. Then there was Nokia, which rocked with what stands to just might be a worthy response to iPhone, and of course, all of the usual Web suspects. More importantly, the floor was filled with guys that are not your typical “web 2.0” geek, but rather enterprise folks who tried in ernest to figure out how we are relevant to their business, and what can they do with us internally. So my take home message is that we should be ready to see an avalanche of companies and enterprises adopting products and services which we’ve come to think of as “web 2.0”. I suspect though, that these won’t be the usual suspects you tend to see in “productivity 2.0” conferences. Google Docs is cool, as well as thinkfree and Zoho, but they’re probably not the first candidates to penetrate the concrete wall a.k.a. “the IT department”.

Rather, disruption will penetrate first. Think of e.g. Twitter for the enterprise (“Big Boss: Going to fire Jonny”, “Jonny: Just got fired :(“). Companies like IBM (which we should thank for promoting Dapper during their sessions), Reuters and Nokia are paving the way, proving agility and response velocity a la web 2.0. Perhaps then, that’s the true meme of web 2.0: Release Early, Release Often


Web 2 Expo-licious

April 22, 2007

I’m sitting in the airport waiting for my flight back to home office.

…And making a widget to check my bank account balance.  Yes, dorky.  But I can’t help it — last week’s excitement of hearing such positive and helpful critical feedback on Dapper really inspired our creativity and the Dapps are flying.  As Jon posted yesterday, we’re still working out the kinks of the new version, so do be vocal and shoot us a note if you get stuck — Dapper became this great from user contributions, and it will continue to get better because of you guys.

In the coming days and weeks we’ll see jumps in our progress and will be rolling out some really cool ideas, so stay tuned.

And once again, special thanks to Brian at Brickworkz for pulling together the Lego project so masterfully.  The thing, all crated up, weighed about 500 pounds and had to be loaded on a wide-body aircraft to be *overnighted* to San Fran in time for the conference (!)

Dapp on!

Some Bug Fixes

April 22, 2007

Based on a bunch of feedback you’ve given us over the last couple weeks, we’ve fixed some bugs.

The first involves logins – some sites that require login were not working.  We’ve fixed some issues with this part of the code, so if you were having trouble before, you should try again and let us know if the problem has been resolved.

Additionally, we’ve fixed an issue causing many sites to jump out of the Dapp Factory when trying to create a Dapp.  If you find a site that still exhibits this behavior, let us know and we’ll fix it up for you.

Top 5 at Web 2.0 Expo

April 19, 2007

We’re honored to have been chosen out of over 115 companies presenting at Web 2.0 Expo as one of the top five.  Webware has a video and writeup with the details.

We’ll be posting more about Expo in the coming days, but to everyone who came by: thank you for your interest, your feedback, and we look forward to seeing you next time.  In the mean time, please keep you comments, questions, and suggestions coming.

Good Times at Expo

April 18, 2007

Originally uploaded by Roebot.

So we’re having a good time at Expo. More photos and stories will come as soon as we catch our breath, but in the mean time perhaps you’ll enjoy this photo of Aaron Fulkerson, founder of MindTouch, picking me up in front of our Lego wall.

If you’re at Expo and haven’t come by, stop by tomorrow!

It’s like, LEGOS!!!

April 16, 2007

Whoever has heard us talk about Dapper with the phrase, “it’s like legos” will understand what we’re getting at here. We had a huge lego mosaic built for the Web 2 Expo conference we’re sponsoring and exhibiting at. Basically, we look at the web as a bunch of little pieces you put together to make your world. Kind of like legos…Check it out (picture from the lego artist, Brian Korte from Brickworkz):


Here’s a short video of Brian Korte and the Brickworkz staff making our little lego world in time-lapse photography:

Biz Dev @ Dapper

April 16, 2007

As Dapper is being catapulted into more and more great collaborations and opportunities, the time has come to expand its business development team to nurture all these great new relationships…

So I’m Paul — I’ve joined the team and am happy to introduce myself as Dapper’s “Biz Dev Guy.” Feel free contact me through (and/or add me on LinkedIn).

Getting on board and becoming close with the team has been a really exciting experience. Our vision of changing the way we look at content on the web is one that I know we aren’t alone in…but being one of the pioneers in making it happen is a great place to be.

I’m also our resident “novice-user-at-large” in that I don’t come from a programming or web development background. Sometimes these programmy types can get pretty wrapped up in the amazing creations they make…but are they useful? What can I do with it? Can I do it? These are all questions I intend to drive my coworkers crazy with. All for you guys.

Anyway, you’ll see me around on the blog from time to time and at the various events that you might run into Jon and Eran at. Come by and say hi!

Dapper Version 2!

April 12, 2007

Today is a happy day!  After a long time in the making, Dapper version 2 is ready for everyone to enjoy.

The new version entails a massive overhaul to Dapper’s user interface in an attempt to address the many insightful comments and suggestions that users like you have submitted over the last six months.  We hope that you’ll find the interface more intuitive, faster, and easier to use.

Another big new feature is the Dapper widget.  You can now create an embeddable Flash widget for any content on the web.  We think you’ll love this.

We’re very eager to hear your reactions, comments, feedback (and, of course, bug reports) so please be in touch.


Web 2.0 Expo

April 12, 2007

Come visit us at Web 2.0 Expo!

Drop by our booth (#235) for an exciting competition with great prizes!

New Version Coming Soon

April 8, 2007

We’re pleased to announce that in short order we will be releasing a new version of Dapper.  The new version entails a major overhaul to the user interface in an attempt to make Dapper much easier to use.  For those of you interested in a sneak peak, contact us – we’ll be happy to get your feedback and suggestions.