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September 8, 2008

Kadoo Launches;
Future of Software

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How's this for starting the week off right? Kadoo, a DC-based social networking site is announcing its official beta launch this morning at DEMOfall '08 in San Diego. We met CEO Chris Etesse at his Eye Street office and CTO Dan Cane joined us on conference call from the company's Delray Beach, Fla. office (it's actually on the beach—we're officially jealous).


Chris and Dan tell us Kadoo gives users 10 gigs of free space to store and share pics, videos, bookmarks (really any online file) with their friends and family. "Instead of trying to email over a couple of megs in pictures, a person can instantly send them through Kadoo." The site also lets users pick who can view their site and also show different faces to the outside world, so you can keep that picture of you at the bar away from potential employers. Dan and Chris started the privately-funded 27-person company last year.

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Dan co-founded Blackboard, an e-learning software company that is currently used by more than 22 million students at 3,200 schools, while a student at Cornell (he roomed with Blackboard co-founder and WeddingWire CEO Tim Chi). Chris was one of Blackboard's first employees, moving with the company to D.C. Dan spends downtime with his three daughters, while Dan still has season tickets for the University of Kentucky (his alma mater) basketball team.

Future of Software

We woke up bright and early Friday for Potomac Tech Wire's Future of Software roundtable featuring LeverPoint CEO Todd Bramblett, Zenoss chairman Andre Boisvert, Odeo VP Greg Gershman and Intridea founding partner Barg Upender. What'd they predict? Software-as-a-Service is here to stay while social networks will struggle to monetize their product. "Facebook was devalued from $15 billion to $3 billion, so it's obvious no one knows quite how to value these companies quite yet," Todd says.


LeverPoint SVP Larry Roe, Zenoss CEO Bill Karpovich and LeverPoint CEO Todd Bramblett. Winner as "Hottest Bootstrap" at the NVTC Hot Ticket Awards, Todd just returned from Jackson Hole where he went fly fishing with some vc's (his company has a venture arm), Grotech's Don Rainey and Mike Lincoln, among others. Bill tells us Zenoss combines original programming with open source projects to integrate data storage and data collection processes, which sounds quite fancy, we must say.


Here's Barg with Q-Paradigm's Gerald Hane. Barg tells us Intridea is launching a new product on Sept. 16 he describes as "twitter for businesses," using instant messaging and group chat to better connect employees. If we were on Barg's network, we could hear about how he recently saw the Blue Man Group with his two kids. Q-Paradigm is a Rockville-based venture capital advisory company.


LondonInk's Bob London with Zephyr Solutions President Kelly Harman and SVP Darcie Davis. Bob, who does marketing for start up companies (mostly tech), tells us he's hosting Vonage founder and VoIP legend Jeff Pulver at a networking event Sept. 22. Kelly tells us her company talks to her clients' "worst customers" to see where the business can improve. Kelly is heading to Italy soon to "eat and drink" her way around the country.


Inscite president David Giebink and Sysazzle's Michael Paradise. David's company helps companies outsource working to other countries and is leading a trip to China next month with 40 to 50 company heads (spots still available). Michael's company helps businesses hire employees specializing in business intelligence for either full-time or contract work.


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