What in the world is going on? There are people out there who are always determining that we must be labeled something. The Early 2000s was the dot.com era, then there was the bubble bursting era and it seems now that we live in the "Web 2.0 Era". Whatever label is put on any era there are always head-scratchers out there who catch someone's eye and this has definitely caught mine. In a recent article on webware.com, one of the brightest, high-flying Web 2.0 companies is now up for sale oneBay. Per the listing, these are the following attributes that make Xcellery an excellent Acquisition target (outside of the "buy on the cheap from ebay" thing):
- The startup was ranked among the Top 5 at the Office 2.0 conference.
- Approx. 10,000 subscriptions include paying customers on SalesForce.com/AppExchange
- Huge waiting list for Xcellery Enterprise Edition (XEE) customers
- State of the art technology: C#, ASP.NET 2.0, AJAX, MySQL/SQL server
- Two years development time was invested to build Xcellery
- Xcellery is integrated into SalesForce.com/AppExchange including a payment system with PayPal
- www.xcellery.com has reached a PR five and is in the top three when searching for "Online Excel" and others
- The founder team is interested to stay on board and help continue the venture
What this tells me is that no matter how technology changes our lives and how optimistic we are about conquering the world, underlying fundamentals of business are the key to any company's success. We (Softlayer) host a tremendous number of web 2.0 firms and are excited to see the growth and opportunities that are presented to many of these companies. After all, our customers' successes equate to a long-term relationship with us, so we are rooting for all of you.
So Web 2.0'ers, as we all set our sights for greatness, don't forget -- old school business-fundamentals drive a lot of the abilities for us to be innovative and ground breaking!