The Next Net 25


Business 2.0’s Next Net 25 list is up. (I have been away and currently posting this from LAX, otherwise would have linked sooner.) The Next Net will encompass all digital devices and the Next Net is deeply collaborative.

Driven by ubiquitous broadband, cheap hardware, and open-source software, the Web is mutating into a radically different beast than it has been. And that is leading to the creation of entirely new kinds of companies, new business models, and oceans of new opportunity.

We have spliced this list into five categories – Social Media, Mash-Up & Filters, The New Phone, The Web Top and Under The Hood. The VoIP Companies we picked for this category include Fonality, SIPphone, iotum, Vivox with Skype (eBay) as the incumbent to watch.


Dave McClure

i beg to differ… 37signals puts out both great product(s) and great product philosophy. what’s more, they charge for their products and people pay to use them.

if that’s not a measure of “real value”, i don’t know what is.

while they may not be pulling down Google-like revenues, i think they’ve done a fine job building a great set of web 2.0 solutions with simple, yet effective design. not everything is perfect, but there’s a lot there to appreciate.

thumbs up in my book.

Vivek Puri

I think 37signals is pretty much hyped up without adding any real value. You should better take it off the list.


David Evns

These applications are really the next generation of IM and videoconferencing. Let’s lose the VOIP categorization as it’s not helping the cause as much as hurting it.

Saul Weiner

We spend so much time thinking about consumer web apps that we hardly ever thing about those business apps that have more stringent and structured requirements, but that still lead. Long live business and consumer innovation.

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