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RIA in Business Trends 2006: A VC’s Perspective

Posted by Moxie Zhang | January 11, 2006 .

The prediction and trend setting keep coming in. After all, it’s still in January. What VC (ventral capital) crowd sees the future does have something to ponder about. Here is a piece  from Outlook Ventures about 2006 trends from VC perspective. The trending and the greener areas are Consumers as Content Producers and Distributors, Social Networks, Next Generation Search and Convergence. All those areas are really backed by broadband connection and all have something to do with internet. Convergence is certainly a big buzz word on top of all. Of cause it mentions Rich Internet Application too.

If we take a layered approach to seriously look at these trends, on top of all the solutions, there will be RIA to provide the consumers the rich interactive experience, because, from Flickr to blogs, consumers are not just consuming anymore, they create contents. The internet is our desktop.

Want a proof of the VC’s trending claims? The AJAX tool company JackBe just received $6.5 million funding from several VCs led by Blue Chip Venture Company. JackBe is on my RIA Tools Roundup list. It’s a good news for the rich internet application world. But again, it puts pressure on our beloved Flex technologies.

If we are talking marketing and branding, AJAX seems has better spiral effect. It all has something to do with the low entry level. Questions I asked myself after reading those news: can you build a startup based on Flex technologies and get funding from VCs? How should we utilize Flex into the web 2.0 age? And what we should ask Adobe for?

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