Google acquired JotSpot, which provided wiki-based applets that users could modify and extend to create spreadsheets, calendars, and galleries. Now that JotSpot is in the belly of the GooglePlex, Google is mum on its plans and is taking no new JotSpot customers. The company has said that the JotSpot technology fits within its plans for Google’s own consumer-oriented, Web-based editing and spreadsheet tool and sharing-oriented tools such as online portfolios, family sites, and class reunion sites.
As for the other companies we profiled? Most continue to do what they were doing a year ago, with a few clearly focused on building up their internal managerial and sales talent to help make the transition from startup to established provider. For example, ActiveGrid, brought in a new CEO and a new VP of marketing to focus on growth, while founder and original CEO Peter Yared moved to the CTO role to focus on the AJAX-oriented development environment’s technology base.
XenSource brought in a slew of managers from companies such as Intel, Microsoft, and Veritas Software while “hardening” the virtualization technology’s support for Windows to run datacenter applications better. Similarly, network access control appliance vendor ConSentry Networks has bolstered its marketing and distribution efforts while also upgrading its product’s capabilities somewhat.
All in all, not a bad report card.