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2/25/2011
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Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad: 2010 Elite 8

Innovation is at the heart of software development, and it's the name of the game in the Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad competition. Held in conjunction with both the Santa Clara and Boston editions of the 2010 Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Launch Pad produced four finalists at each site -- the best of the best applications produced and submitted to the competition that year. Best of all? Entering Launch Pad was free, and open to all software developers -- large and small -- who were building, launching




FlowChart.com is a Web-based collaboration tool that allows teams to work together from anywhere with an Internet connection -- no software download necessary. The FlowChart user interface works with any browser on any operating system. An extensive image library plus image uploading, drawing tools, multi-page flowcharts, file exporting in popular formats such as PDF, and record/playback functionality highlight some of the tool's key features. And FlowChart's API allows for additional development and customization for those that like to get under the hood and tinker with the engine. While FlowChart is still in beta, you can request an invitation on their Web site.

Read on for capsules on the four finalists from each location: A bit about what they do and why they made the grade. You'll notice themes of efficiency, productivity, simplicity -- in other words, these developers are building software to help people do their jobs better. Whether that means meeting and collaborating from anywhere in the world, sharing knowledge effectively throughout an organization, or simply helping time-strapped folks better manage their email, these companies earned their Launch Pad recognition by not being satisfied with today's tools and developing applications for how you'll do business tomorrow and beyond.

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Moxie's Engagement Spaces has both a customer and employee application -- think of them as social sites, specifically built for business use. Employee Spaces includes collaboration and knowledge sharing with the hallmarks of social media: Profiles, news feeds, microblogging, and the like. Customer Spaces is essentially social customer service, deploying of customer care channels alongside social media tools. Moxie has another trait worth mentioning: Formerly, nGenera, it's not a new company. Paige Finkelman, chairperson for the Launch Pad competitions, notes: "[Moxie] goes to show that Launch Pad is not limited to start ups -- we welcome submission from any (existing or established) E2.0 vendor with a new solution, integration point, partnership, or version released or planning to launch in the calendar year of the contest."

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Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Final Four

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Final Four!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Semi Finalists!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Semifinalists

Enterprise 2.0: Meetzi Wins Launch Pad Contest

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The winner in Boston, Baydin's Boomerang application aims to win the war against unruly email inboxes, with versions for both Outlook and Gmail currently available. Baydin describes Boomerang as "a snooze button for an email message," allowing users to keep their inbox lean without missing important messages. The company's founders note their electrical engineering background as a driving motivation behind their software: "We understand the frustration that comes with email that won't get out of the damned way so we can get back to designing circuits." In a company blog post, CEO Alex Moore wrote: "Baydin was incredibly excited to be named the winner of the Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad. … Our fellow finalists put together some amazing demos. They did a great job presenting, and all of them are working on stuff that could really have an impact. We were honored that the Enterprise 2.0 attendees selected us as the winner out of a group with this much potential."

SEE ALSO:

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Final Four

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Final Four!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Semi Finalists!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Semifinalists

Enterprise 2.0: Meetzi Wins Launch Pad Contest

Enterprise 2.0 Focuses On Cloud, Community, Collaboration


Itensil's Team Orchestrator is a cloud-based collaboration and project management tool. A key feature of the software is its "Reusable Process" function, which aims to address the problem of managers starting from scratch on every task and duplication effort. In fact, virtually all of the features share a similar overarching goal: Efficiency, or what Itensil calls "repeatable team success." Predefined team assignments, one-click handoffs, and in-progress project reviews are among other notable tools. "We are honored to be selected as a finalist in the premier enterprise 2.0 product competition," said Keith Patterson, founder and CEO of Itensil, said in a statement. "We are looking forward to demonstrating instant knowledge capture as reusable applications." SEE ALSO:

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Final Four

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Final Four!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Semi Finalists!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Semifinalists

Enterprise 2.0: Meetzi Wins Launch Pad Contest

Enterprise 2.0 Focuses On Cloud, Community, Collaboration


The People's Choice winner in Santa Clara, Meetzi is an in-meeting management tool that promises to make the time you spend hunched around the conference room table more productive. The features are geared around keeping meeting on time, organized, actionable, and quantifiable -- in other words, making sure that all that time is just vanishing into the ether. True to its time-sensitive mission, the company announced its win on its blog in succinct form: "So happy!" Founder Brad Garland, in Meetzi's 90-second elevator pitch posted on the Enterprise 2.0 site, asks: "Don't you want a tool that can give you your time back?" And, apropos for the product, Garland wrapped up his pitch with a couple of seconds to spare: "See? Thanks to Meetzi, right on time."

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Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Final Four

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Final Four!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Semi Finalists!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Semifinalists

Enterprise 2.0: Meetzi Wins Launch Pad Contest

Enterprise 2.0 Focuses On Cloud, Community, Collaboration


Doodle promises easier online scheduling of meeting and other events requiring participants via its polls-based technology. Launch Pad chairperson Paige Finkelman noted that Doodle delivers "calendar integration we hadn't seen yet." To that end, Doodle is compatible with Outlook, Google Calendar, and Lotus Notes. Doodle polls can be embedded in iCal, Live, Yahoo, and other online calendars. In addition to its browser-based functionality, Doodle supports apps for iPhone and Android. The developer's based Web-based software is free and requires no registration or downloads, though it also offers premium business and enterprise versions. When it was selected as a finalist, Doodle showed some marketing chops, too: It offered a three-for-one deal on its "Branded Doodle" premium products for customers who used a special Enterprise 2.0-themed code.

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Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Final Four

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Final Four!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Semi Finalists!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Semifinalists

Enterprise 2.0: Meetzi Wins Launch Pad Contest

Enterprise 2.0 Focuses On Cloud, Community, Collaboration


How many great ideas get lost in the frenzy of day-to-day business? Too many to count -- and that's the problem that InnovationCast aims to solve. The developer of an "end-to-end enterprise innovation management" application wants to help organizations foster good ideas from concept to execution. In fact, InnovationCast goes takes one extra step back in the process, actively promoting innovation by asking users to identify and address challenges. Anyone can pose a challenge in InnovationCast's system -- which runs on Telligent's platform -- and solicit ideas, which can then be discussed, refined, and put into action through a variety of collaboration and project management tools. Analytics tools help track results, while "innovation profiles" help managers gauge individual performance and progress. Similar features can be deployed for competitive tracking, research, and development use cases.

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Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Final Four

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Final Four!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Semi Finalists!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Semifinalists

Enterprise 2.0: Meetzi Wins Launch Pad Contest

Enterprise 2.0 Focuses On Cloud, Community, Collaboration


The name might sound cozy, but the software means business -- with a bit of gaming thrown in to keep users coming back for more. MindQuilt's enterprise knowledge sharing platform leverages social media and video game dynamics to encourage employee engagement and performance across its system. You might even say it has a bit of online dating in the mix, thanks to its "semantic matchmaking" functionality that helps pair questions with answers. MindQuilt features automatic tagging of questions, "Just-in-Time Documentation" to generate documents around specific knowledge areas, and enterprise-grade security to keep proprietary information, well, proprietary. It's a new take on the age-old business problem: John faces Challenge X, Jane sits two doors down and has an efficient way to meet Challenge X; but John and Jane somehow never cross paths, leading to duplication of effort, wasted time, and needless frustration. The software integrates with common email, instant messaging, and other applications.

SEE ALSO:

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Final Four

Congrats To Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Final Four!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Santa Clara Launch Pad Semi Finalists!

Congrats To 8 Enterprise 2.0 Boston Launch Pad Semifinalists

Enterprise 2.0: Meetzi Wins Launch Pad Contest

Enterprise 2.0 Focuses On Cloud, Community, Collaboration

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