Skip to main content

SXSWi 2010: Noteworthy Exhibitor Profiles

The following is a short list of exhibiting vendors, service providers and others that captured my attention at the SXSW Interactive event earlier this week in Austin, Texas.

I encourage you to check out their Web sites to learn more. The two basic themes I noticed were new tools that aggregate your online presence on various social media sites -- most are attempts at creating a dashboard-like solution.

The other noteworthy theme was a variety of easy to use do-it-yourself content management and microsite publishing tools, with a resurgence of basic HTML page designs (SEO-friendly CSS rather than Adobe Flash).

Awareness has created what they call "social marketing software" -- it's an integrated good-enough solution to building online communities for those who prefer not to apply the free best-of-breed tools that essentially do the same thing.

Sobees created what they call "my social client" -- the latest release adds Digg to the list of supported services which already includes Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr, as well as RSS feeds.

Flavors.me says their service allows anyone to create an elegant website using personal content from around the internet -- the basic version is a simple landing page that combines all your profiles together in one place.

SnapPages describes itself as "website creation for the rest of us" -- they enable anyone to quickly build a public online presence of a couple Web pages.

Lifeyo is a new, Southern California-based start-up that is on a mission to make polished, professional websites accessible to anyone.

concrete5 makes running a website easy. Go to any page in your site, and an editing toolbar gives you all the controls you need to update your website. No intimidating manuals, no complicated administration interfaces -- just point and click.

Dotspots is a service that enables anyone to update the news in real-time with dots, or distributed objects of thought: mini-blog posts containing text, videos, images, documents, perspectives from the blogosphere, or eye-witness accounts from the scene.

Other interesting offerings include Phonebooth and Sliderocket. The Digital Mission from the UK included lots of interesting companies.

Update: One notable hardware vendor exhibitor was LaCie -- they featured several innovative tiny mobile hard drives that would be very suitable for on-the-go video editing and storage applications.

Popular posts from this blog

How Data and Analytics Drive Business Growth

Senior executives in the world’s largest and most complex organizations will develop the insights required to achieve lasting Digital Transformation. Gartner has identified a model for digital business growth that binds together data, analytics, technology, and forward-looking transformation capabilities. The Gartner Research Board said that data and analytics (D&A) leaders are uniquely positioned to drive this strategic organizational change that will make their companies behave like 'digital native' leaders.  "The most advanced and successful D&A leaders are driving new opportunities to use digital capabilities – often data and analytics products – to capture value. Those opportunities should directly connect to the business priorities," said Mario Faria, vice president at Gartner . Digital Business Market Development At the same time, some leaders are using digital and D&A to create whole new business models. These leaders – which Gartner named the CxO

Anywhere, Anytime Workplace Demand for SASE

The ongoing adoption of flexible working models within the enterprise market has significant implications for typical IT organizations that must now support knowledge workers and front-line employees that operate outside the corporate network perimeter. The global COVID-19 pandemic created IT networking and security challenges. The expansion of the distributed workforce, an increasing reliance on cloud computing infrastructure, and the requirement to securely connect online employees -- wherever they choose to work, at any given moment in time. Legacy IT solutions that have rigid network underlays and a requirement for on-premises infrastructure cannot adequately deal with these trends. This 'Anywhere, Anytime Workplace' led to demand for new Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) solutions, with networking and security delivered as-a-service. Anywhere, Anytime Workplace Market Development   Although converging networking and security capabilities offer enterprises a promising solut

The Metaverse Raised Virtual Reality Interest

After years of slow growth and limited use cases, the Virtual Reality (VR) market is now forecast to grow significantly over the next five years. Consumer interest in VR games and media continues to grow after the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated activity. At the same time, the need for employee enablement and immersive content within the enterprise environment remains strong. According to the latest market study by ABI Research, over 90 million Head Mounted Display (HMD) shipments in 2027 will drive total VR market revenues to reach over $95 billion across hardware, software, and services. Virtual Reality Market Development "The virtual reality market is no stranger to false starts, with identifiable efforts in VR dating back to the 1980s and 1990s. While the technology never found purchase results, the increased capability of VR hardware combined with the demand for immersive content in numerous markets, presents a significant opportunity," says Eric Abbruzzese, research direc