Hola oDeskers! This is Dave McClure, O’Blogging for the first time here at oDesk. (and yes, i am Irish in addition to being a geek :)Abid & I are here in wonderful San Francisco at the Future of Web Apps conference, learning about all the latest & greatest web development technology, companies, products, and people. The conference is being held at the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts, home of the Exploratorium.
This morning, Mike Arrington of TechCrunch gave a great presentation on ‘What’s Next for Web Apps‘. He decided to pick a few winners (and losers), and some upcoming startups he called Ones to Watch… and oDesk was lucky enough to be chosen! Thanks Mike
Among other companies Mike talked about, here were the list of Winners (acquired), ‘Very Good Bets’, and ‘Ones To Watch':
- Winners (got acquired): Writely, del.icio.us, Userplane, Flickr, Weblogs, Inc., Myspace, Bloglines, Truveo, Grouper, Skype, Newroo
- Very good bets: Digg, Facebook YouTube, Photobucket, Zoho, Stumble Upon, Popsugar, PlentyofFish, Netvibes.
- Ones to watch: Jobster, Riya, Zillow, Flock, Sharpcast, Rocketboom, 1-800-FREE411, oDesk, Second Life, WordPress.
(note: Mike is a Dogster investor, but being a humble A-lister he didn’t select them as a ‘One to Watch’… but we think Ted Rheingold & friends are building an awesome company, and just announced a new round of financing from some terrific investors. congrats Ted!)
credits: screenshot & blog post above is courtesy of Dan Farber, one of the sharpest guys in the techreporting universe & blogosphere, shown here interviewing Ted at the conference: