The sun is up, most of the first round of Demo 2006 demonstrators are awake and so am I. I'm sitting here in my outside office with a strong wireless signal, the mocking birds are making fun of me, and I'm thinking about what technologies will be on stage at Demo 2006 in about two hours.
I'm going to limit my first post to a couple of companies.
Here's what I think. MooBella is going to get a lot of ink and his Chris Shipley pick is right on target. MooBella incorporates everything that's great about a leading technology:
It has a great interface that allows you to create something that reflects truly individual tastes. In fact, the word "individuality" defines MooBella. You make your selection, pay for your product and put the machine to work. It delivers a product that your unique product in an individual serving. I just wish it could add fresh cherries to my infrequently satiated craving for french vanilla ice cream. Oh well, there's always a 2.0 of a product.
Note to Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers or other deep pockets VC: Jump on these guys now! they're the next JambaJuice.
MyPeople-- i really like the idea of anything that adds "torque" to the VOIP movement. I first heard about this company anecdotally three months ago. Anything that increases the value of VOIP is a great. Yes, adding videoconferencing, teleconferencing and minimal contact management is nice and I do like Skype because of it.
But hey, since I use my computer for VOIP calls isn't it about time someone took this to the next level, giving me real time feeds on topics I need? Well My People does this with a voice command interface that's a natural extension to the VOIP concept.
N.B. Because of a major change in my life status, I now find going to San Diego International Airport at 5:30 a.m. every Monday morning and again at 5:30 p.m. Friday evenings. Wake up and reminder calls to my phone would be very nice, and is something I will use initially. Also, making a product feature set dependent on voice recognition can be challenging. VR has to work right each and every time it's used. If it doesn't you might as well not use it, because consumer will discard your product or service immediately.
One of the great things about Demo is the chance to put new, small companies in front of investor and an experienced press audiences. I hope VC's like Mobius or Draper Fisher (a Skype investor)invest in this company soon. I suspect that My People will force Skype, Vonage and others to add competitive features to their services. I also hope that My People uses Demo to link up with previous show alums like Jabra, which has the best headset I've ever used for VOIP calling.
I'll come back to the\is later. I need to move my irrigation in the grove in front of my house.