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Matthias Winkelmann

Hey, seems like sometimes it's just the right time for an idea: http://discuss.joelonsoftware.com/default.asp?joel.3.248620.4

And now I'm just waiting for yahoo to buy them for $25m.

Philipp Schumann

They always try cloning first, I think. They tried to clone delicious first, too. Only without a massive userbase, there is not much of a point: so they buy their userbase from a successful start-up.

Depends on the technology, of course---but the barrier to create something like delicious, coComment, Flickr etc. is fairly low (lower than for creating something like Skype), so most acquisitions are really based more on the buzz that the startups have managed to build up, and to buy marketshare on what could soon be hot---or not.

How come I missed this post on JoS? Would have addded my 2 cents!... =)

Ah, I see, it was not in the Business of Software forum, but in the main one, which I don't track because of its bad signal-to-noise ratio...

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  • [2007] Portal Systems Consulting
    A major, ongoing client of mine for software development and SharePoint consulting, including conducting workshops and training for their clients and employees.
  • [2006] Quotator
    Keep your favourite quotes organised and enhance your email signatures with random quotes from your collection.
  • [2005] SuDoku Pro
    The highly addictive puzzle craze—with SuDoku Pro now available for PC!

Projects & Clients

  • Adhaero (Hemel Hampstead)
    Software localization of (now-defunct) DRM product suite for Microsoft Office (2003, mokka'logic)
  • Collaborative Commerce Marketplace (Coventry)
    On-site consulting and co-development of .NET-based, intelligent supply chain management solution (2005, Tometa)
  • dSPACE (Paderborn)
    Corporate design integration into the SharePoint corporate intranet (March 2007, PSC); development of an Applicants Management System based on SharePoint, .NET WebParts and the Microsoft Business Data Catalog (May through July 2007, PSC)
  • Gildemeister Seidensticker (Bielefeld)
    On-site workshop: SharePoint installation, administration, customization and enterprise search (March 2007, PSC)
  • Göde Science Trust (Aschaffenburg)
    On-site workshop: intranet migration to Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 (July 2007, PSC)
  • I&M (Berlin)
    Conceptual design, architecture and prototyping of an extensive, all-inclusive online hub to serve the German and European insurance industry (2004-2005, dualogy/aXon)
  • Ikon (Potsdam)
    Design, architecture and co-development of a web-based, custom business-to-business e-commerce solution in the security appliances sector (1999, c:ndg)
  • Masters Wines (New York)
    Business intelligence dashboards with advanced charting, key performance indicators and custom data aggregation (2006, Shedd)
  • Seminar for Advanced English Studies (Oxford)
    Website design and development, custom content management and customer relationship management tailored down to the requirements of SAES (2004, mokka'logic)
  • Solarlux (Osnabrück)
    On-site workshop on SharePoint design customization and live integration of corporate design into SharePoint (August 2007, PSC)
  • Sony Europe (Berlin)
    Development of a "MS Office Online"-lookalike theme for the new SharePoint corporate intranet (February 2007, PSC)
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