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Hot new 25 Web 2.0 Companies

My latest issue of Business 2.0 arrived yesterday in the mail. Oh boy.

This month's cover story features "The Next Net" - 25 hot start ups to watch.

We all know Stumble Upon, I have the widget on my Firefox browser (net surfing app for the channel surfer in your house - highly addictive).

Some of the others were new to me. Some were interesting. Some were shoe-ins.

You can read the reviews online or in Business 2.0 if you subscribe to the tree-killer like I do.

Here at MarketingMe, you get my very own Miss Web 2.0 beauty pageant!

Best New Company * - JanRain. I have wanted this for about ten years. Now, add a universal, profile fill feature and I am sold.
* Best New Company has to be one year old or less.

Most Likely To Succeed - Joost. From the founders of Kazaa and Skype. Billions in their pocket and a proven track record which will attract every major sponsor, investor and channel. Please.

The Stretch Award - FON - Home and small business consumers buy a FON wireless router and allow anyone to use their WiFi network for a small fee they determine of which FON gets a cut. Besides the name having been used before and might be confusing to US subscribers, how is this business plan going to work? Especially in a day and age of free WiFi networks popping up everywhere? Further, I have a T-Mobile HotSpot account which pays for itself on one trip out of the house.

The "Duh'O!" Award (For Why Didn't I Think Of That?) - Simulscribe - Voice mails to text messages or emails. Would like to see the back end system which interoperates with different phone systems. Simple and useful.

The Neat, I Have To Try That Award - Meebo. Portable IM client for your blog or web page which supports all of your current IM logins. Neato.

Brick and Mortar Disruptor Award - 2 won this top spot - LogoWorks and SuccessFactors.

The Yes, When You Sell This You Are Going To Be A Billionaire Award - AdMob.

We Can Hope This Works Award, Because Competition Is Good - Turn.


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Jason Alba said...

Hey, for the record, the web2.x company I'm watching most is...

drum roll... - of course! Geesh, how come they didn't give me any ink? ;)

Jack said...

Jason - it is a conspiracy! I like JibberJobber by the way!

I don't know what the requirements were to be on the list, but I think buzz had a lot to do with it more than anything.

Jason Alba said...

yep - I need a buzz generator :) I'm glad to hear you like JibberJobber - based on your analysis of other stuff that's a great compliment.

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