AVAMobile : Breakthrough multi-media sharing

avamobile logoRecently, I watched a demo of AVA Mobile, which promises to be the next breakthrough technology in instantaneous sharing of multimedia. AVA is an application, which can turn the desktop into a powerful videoconferencing and communication platform.

A group of people, who are running the application, can interact simultaneously via chat and voice, along with an on screen dashboard, which allows them to interactively drag and drop their favorite pictures, videos and music, and share them with the group. Members can play videos and music for each other, and draw diagrams on the fly, with every member of the group being able to participate in the whole multimedia experience.

avamobile introBob Goodstein, CEO of AVA Mobile, showed the product at a recent demo. He chatted on IM and voice, with a friend in New York. They played their music selections for each other. They exchanged pictures of their dogs on the screen, and interactively drew on the pictures. Each person’s changes appeared practically instantaneously, other than for slight latencies due to server traffic.

San Francisco based AVAmobile is expected to launch its beta product, soon.

The features that distinguish this application from other programs that are out there, such as Apple’s video conferencing application, iChat, are the ability to share video as well as photos, in real time. The instant sharing places it in a different category from instant messaging services such as Yahoo IM and Google Talk, where the exchange of any media files is through permission based file downloads. Also the interactivity sets it apart from static sharing sites such as Flikr and YouTube.

AVAmobile also allows pc to pc, pc to mobile and mobile to mobile communication.

So what could an application like this be used for? The uses are limitless - organization multimedia conferences, better and more interactive service calls - you name it!


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Another hit for Andreessen: HP to acquire Opsware for 1.6 billion

HP has announced that it will acquire Opsware for $1.6 billion. The company was founded by Marc Andreessen, who was also founder of Netscape, and a major force behind making the Internet what what it is today. The company, originally called Loudcloud, settled on the enterprise software arena, after several forays into other areas, including web hosting. Loudcloud had an IPO in 2001.



Tagged : How did a spam site get a $117M valuation?

taggedA while ago I heard from TechCrunch that Tagged was the fastest growing social network! I ignored the news, because I knew that they were doing it by spamming and tricking people into signing up.

I have received may be a couple of dozen “invitations” to join Tagged, from people I have never communicated with, except that a few years ago they may have written to me. I got the invitation because I was in their address book - Tagged somehow picked up all the email addresses from the victim’s address book and spammed them.

I have also gotten more apologies from people who wrote to me and explained how the Tagged service tricked them into spamming.

Hi5 has done that too but I think Tagged has been more “aggressive”, which is how people describe them when they are in polite company.

Here is another example of how they are tricking people; And other things people have said about them.

Tagged.com Sucks!; I hate tagged.com, Avoid Tagged.com like the plague.
The only thing they are big in, is spamming.

Also, can somebody explain to me why, if I click on the “browse” in Tagged, 80%+ of the pictures are of scantily dressed women? And they all joined on June 7, 2007! When did the demographic of the web surfer change? Why didn’t I get a memo?

Now I hear that they might have received funding of $15M with a premoney valuation of $102M. Let me spell that out if you didn’t get the full impact of it; $117,000,000.00 post money. Presumably someone thinks that this venture is going to be a $500M enterprise someday!?

What happened to doing “due diligence” on the companies before investing? Have the pickings been really that slim?

May be you can make short term money out of spamming, but that is not a business model.


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Google Double click acquisition under investigation

Google is having a bad week. First earnings were below expectations. Now it is getting scrutinized by the government for its acquisition of DoubleClick. Life is rough, sometimes, in the fast lane.



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