What Opportunities Exist
Now "> What Opportunities Exist Now Arrington said sites that offer services to help businesses, individual customers or other Web sites are always going to be in demand. "Things like [Web] platformsif you have something to help other sites, thats a good thing," he said. Other needed online services include:Of course, newspaper owners arent laughing along with Arrington. The Next Step: Moving Web 2.0 to the Enterprise "When companies start taking the new stuff that Web 2.0 is coming up with and apply it to enterprise solutions, then well see another boom," Arrington said. "Enterprise Web services are so important, all the time. TechCrunch will be starting a couple of new blogs on this topic soon." One more Arrington tip: "Watch out for Yahoos new Web e-mail upgrade this fall. Its [Microsoft] Outlook launching online; its less a back-end service and a better front-end experienceand you dont have to use Yahoos mail service to use it." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis in Web services.
- "Cloud," or online storage. "Hyper attention is being given to these kinds of startups now by VCs," Arrington said. "Were thinking this will explode next year. Microsoft, Google, Box.net, Yahoo, OmniDrive ... these are all coming out next year, and were nowhere near the saturation point."
- Desktop applications
- Office efficiency help in general
- Identity services
- Software development tools
- Anything that will help deconstruct a market. "Theres nothing like taking a $500 million market and turning it into a $200 million market," Arrington joked. "Look at what Craigslist has done to newspaper classifieds."