Web 2.0: Kim Polese

Web 2.0: Kim Polese

: She introduces her new company, SpikeSource. “What happens when Web 2.0 meets enterprise IT.” She lists entire countries now kicking Microsoft out to go open source. She says companies are moving to run their entire operations on open source. The nirvana of object-oriented, reusable software has arrived.

“Web 2.0 arrived when demand began to supply itself.”

She says IT guys are the unsung heroes of corporations. They are bringing in open source. But they are “drowning in component choices.”

The rules of open source: nobody owns it, everybody can use it, and anybody can improve it.

“Innovation is moving to a new lawyer.”

“What kind of company assembles software that Ford did for cars or Dell did for hardware… well, we do.” Aha. The point. They are building an automated system for assembling software.

The company has been in incubation at Kleiner Perkins for 18 months. She came on as CEO two months ago. They are coming out of stealth mode today. They are going live with a public beta in December.

She says there will be a time when any application you can conceive of — even an airline reservation system — can be built from open-source software elements.

  • John Van Laer

    What is this Web 2.0 thing? Sounds like tub-thumping evangelism.

  • dh

    We’re rapidly approaching the post-Bush era. The plutocrats are losing their puppet. You’ll see a larger stimulus to the economy now that the people who tried to rig the system are being ousted.
    Globalism, not invasion; open source, not proprietary software; creative freedom, not cease and desist orders.
    Look at all the innovation being talked about today; the old hierarchies didn’t work.

  • JBV

    While Im sure that SpikeSourse has a great story to tell …I have a betterone..what they have is a complier. Been around quite a while. Nothing wrong with her doing what shes doing but its not new…just using it in a new way. An ignorance of history was a big contributor to the dot-com bubble. I have been in the software business since 1982 and was a consultant and advisor to Internet start-ups. In addition to my two technical degrees from MIT, I have an interdisciplinary Ph.D from MIT in nuclear engineering, political science, and the history of technology. I am also a visiting scholar in the Science, Technology and Society program at MIT. I think I have some credentials to speak to this issue.

  • JBV, I have zero doubt you’re a clever and knowlegable guy on the subject, however…
    To me the story was never about compiling, integrating, aggregrating. Like you said, old news.
    To me the story was, is and always, always will be HOW WELL Spikesource can do the compiling, integrating, aggregrating.
    There’s a fun new space that’s opening up in the business world:
    “Be the best in the world or die.”
    Some companies can handle that space; others can’t. Spikesource obviously thinks it can, which is what drives their excitement.
    Like the old song says, it ain’t whatcha do, it’s the way that you do it.
    The proportion of companies that have to be able to handle that space just in order to survive (let alone grow and prosper) is growing at such a fast rate it’s starting to scare me ;-)
    Disclaimer: I’m the cartoonist who drew the squigglies on the Spikesource Powerpoint presentation.

  • ZF

    Kim Polese’s presentation misfired on so many levels it was gruesome to watch.
    Presentation technique notes: it’s not impressive when the next slide appears if you are visibly as surprised as the audience is. Glancing at the slide, making a statement related to the headline which you clearly believe gives the point of the slide, then looking at the rest of the slide and changing your story to reflect the quite different point made by the text is not great way to persuade either.
    Then there was the fact that there were few, if any, of the large old-line company CIO’s or IT managers to whom the presentation seemed to be addressed in the audience. If there is a case to be made about why those present should care much whether Kim Polese gets to save those guys’ jobs for them, which seems to be the point of her company, she did not reveal what it is.
    The stuff about the origins of the company made it worse. According to Kim these two guys were passionate about their concept, just not apparently passionate enough to either step in and run the company themselves or hire a CEO who can figure out who she is speaking to.
    Droning on at too much length in what was billed as a brief segment towards the end of the last day when the earlier speakers were great and the schedule was already running behind made it even worse…
    PS The cartoons would have been great if the whole presentation had been shorter and more concise. As it was their fresh simplicity ended up contrasting unfavorably with the meandering, loosely organized story line. A stunningly effective lesson in how good graphics, when not properly integrated, can torpedo the rest of your presentation.