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Business 2.0’s 11 ideas that’ll change EVERYTHING?

Business 2.0 recently published a list of 11 companies with “11 big ideas that will change EVERYTHING”.

Usually I am deeply suspicious of lists such as these (and to some extent the US-slant) but there is no doubt that there are some nice companies highlighted here

Disruptive Ideas Three of the eleven are European – which is very nice. alarm:clock euro believes this is proof that “When it comes to telecoms, finance, and Internet apps, Europe is more disruptive this time around…”   

It goes on to say that:  

“During the last big wave of investment in technology ventures, aka the bubble, we were writing more often about European followers that had innovated to serve the local markets here and companies that had a small part of new disruptive value-chain.  It is looking a little different this time around. Three out of eleven disrupters identified by Business 2.0 are European. “   

Oddly, not a single company from Asia on the list (neither from Israel). This is the full list (have not yet looked at all of them so will reserve judgement on my personal favourite for later)      

  • Netvibes: Customizable start pages (nice, tried it many months ago)  

  • BlueLithium: Highly targeted ads on the Web  

  • A web-based challenge to enterprise software  

  • Coghead: Tools for building customized business apps  

  • Clearwire: Nationwide wireless broadband network  

  • Jajah: free phone calls/ no downloads/ no headsets (cool)  

  • NextMedium: Automated Product Placement (I need to dig this more)  

  • EEStor: Ceramic power source for cars (if true, its mind-blowing; could not find the link to their ewbsite; possibly in stealth. Here’s a little bit more about the technology)  

  • Zopa: Peer to Peer lending (tempted to try it; will give it a spin to see how it works) 

  • NanoLife Sciences: More precise cancer treatment  

  • Applied Location: satellite-based system for toll collection, traffic congestion management, and pay-as-you-drive insurance    

September 24th, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 comments


  1. Shatanu,

    Drop me a line and I’ll tell you all about! I’m off to San Francisco next week and staying over for the annual love-in, I expect there to be some big platform-centric announcements. Trust me this one really is a game-changer.


    Comment by Gareth Davies | September 24, 2006

  2. The reason you don’t see (and will not see) too many Israeli startups around the Web 2.0 is mainly due to Israeli VC’s that (not due to money shortage) do not tend investing in local Web 2.0 neither in early stage companies.
    One of the reasons for that is lack of qualified investment managers and partners, it is true that recently several local top tier investors did a trendy move and try to learn more about Web 2.0 by bringing new partners and analysts that should know something about the “new” developing market. Nevertheless, when the senior partners are old generation with background in Semiconductors, communication, or just have the right connections to be a VC (believing they are among the best of the best) they serve as a major hurdle for the young investment managers who bring then great mobile, content and Web 2.0 base companies.

    Comment by Entrepreneur | September 24, 2006

  3. Gareth, Looking forward to it. will get in touch in a day or two.

    Entrepreneur: Interesting observation. Wonder whether it applies to Europe as well? You may also find this post intersting:

    Comment by Shantanu Bhagwat | September 25, 2006

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