Advertising is an important part of the Internet, but how are content creators and advertisers going to come together to start making money off videos? At Under the Radar this morning four new Web 2.0 advertising companies that specialize in video are trying to figure that out.Adap.tv is an online video advertising platform that looks at the context of a video to place advertisements. Almost like Google's contextual AdSense program, Adapt.tv reads a video's metadata to figure out what the video is about before serving up an ad that (hopefully) is related. Ads pop … Read more
We're big fans of Web-based productivity apps here at Webware, but we also like tools that bring Web 2.0 features, such as easy collaboration and access from anywhere, to the apps we know and use already. Xcellery (see Xcellery review) does that for Excel, and a new app, SlideAware, does a similar thing for PowerPoint.
SlideAware has two components. First, there's a plug-in you add to your PowerPoint toolbar (it doesn't work for Office 2007 yet, so I couldn't test this component). The plug-in lets you zap your PowerPoint presentations directly to the SlideAware service. … Read more
Thirty-two start-ups and 11 established companies pitched their Web-based business products at the Under the Radar: Why Office 2.0 Matters event last Friday. That's a lot of productivity right there. Webware bloggers Josh Lowensohn and Erica Ogg covered all the start-up pitches--click the "UTR" tag beneath this blog to read about them.
From the 31 start-ups, we picked five favorites (see video). They are:
Calgoo has a neat solution for working with schedules from your work and home lives. It's a problem we all have. See previous Webware coverage.
Sandy is the new e-mail assistant … Read more
David Allen, guru of geek productivity and author of the best-selling book, "Getting Things Done," was the keynote speaker at the Under the Radar conference last week. His system has inspired millions to strive for an in-box with zero messages in it, and I wanted to know if he could help me achieve this nirvana. Allen didn't offer any magic solution, although his organizational tips do make sense for those of us suffering from perpetual information and communications overload.
I asked Allen if there were any software or online tools he recommends for keeping the lists on … Read more
Harnessing the benefits of social bookmarks in a corporate setting seems like the next big thing. And if you've ever just wanted to write directly onto a Web page, the two best options are here at UTR.
Stikkit kind of cheated. Instead of talking about its little yellow notes that think, the presentation veered off to a lovely new e-mail assistant named Sandy. Simply cc her on your e-mail, telling her what you want--contacts, tasks, events, and so on--and she'll respond right back with your information. Cool for individuals ... not so cool if you can't cc people … Read more
Fax machines, couriers, and e-mail are old news. Today's reviewing and meeting apps use the Web to share desktops, photos, and live video.
ConceptShare is a neat reviewing tool. We have reviewed ConceptShare before. VH1 used the professional version of this tool to redesign its Web site. ConceptShare's demo was really slick, showing the crowd a step-by-step brainstorming session on a design for a business card. ConceptShare focuses on asynchronous communication, meaning users note suggestions and changes without the need to have people in the room. It's almost like passing around a story among copy editors. It'… Read more
Presenters for the post-lunch session today focused on two challenges. First was how to help people simultaneously collaborate on projects. Equally important was how to keep a room full of sleepy bloggers, analysts, and venture capitalists awake and alert after a lunch of turkey sandwiches. Luckily, we've played with all four of these applications before, and so we stuck with the roast beef.
Editgrid kicked off the round of presentations. Instead of PowerPoint, they used a tabbed spreadsheet in Editgrid to present. One of the really great features of Editgrid, which we've discussed before, is the option to … Read more
What's the best way to use the Web to organize your business? Approver and Big Contact, both here at Under the Radar, had some ideas for small- and medium-size businesses.
Approver wants to help businesses disentangle themselves from e-mail as a method of sharing documents. Approver.com lets users share, review and publish documents through a single interface, eliminating the (dreaded) "reply all" phenomenon--where everybody who sees one document sends their own responses, resulting in a deluge of "me too" e-mails. With Approver, documents can be edited directly in a browser, or uploaded from the … Read more
Under the Radar attendees were just treated to the battle of the online corporate-collaboration tools. There wasn't a shortage of good ideas; it's just that getting corporations to even warm to the idea of sharing information online or moving past e-mail for collaboration is a big challenge. The four tools presented are similar, with each demonstrating secure ways for users to share information and work together on projects.
This group of presenters at Under the Radar is focused on tools that let regular people (read: not coders) create Web sites and tools to make things easy for site visitors and customers.
My Payment Network provides small-businesses and education payment systems aimed at cutting administrative costs and the hassle of paper checks. For schools, it's a chance to add an online payment system for things like sports enrollment fees, and equipment costs. For small businesses, it's another way to handle payment processing. My Payment Network is comparable to PayPal, but offers customizable controls for those in charge … Read more