Team and Concepts 遠從香港玩互聯網

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香港商Team and Concept是一間相當有趣的軟體公司,顯然是五、六個從大學時代就一直在玩網路、創業大賽的年輕人,甫畢業便自己出錢集資出來一起創辦的,後來拿到一點點天使基金,團隊裡包括很強的開發人員(號稱小學二年級就會寫Basic程式語言)、很會寫流利英文的專業BP寫手(獲新加坡創業計畫寫作獎),還有一直不斷的觀察網路、欣賞網路的用心。

他們目前做得怎樣,我不知道,不過2005年它竟然搶搭風潮推出了一套EditGrid線上試算表,而且還是目前市場上頗受好評的,中文部落格評點的請看這裡這裡這裡

一般軟體公司從接案開始,賺點小錢;運氣好的,多接幾個類似的案子,便可以慢慢醞成穩定的產品,開始賺大錢。Team and Concept一開始做的是2001年很多矽谷創業家也在熱中的「活動管理」(Event Management)市場(今天幾點開某某會、工作人員有誰、與會人員旅館與住宿接機事宜等等),先搞了一個「個人活動管理系統」(personal event management)之後,賣不到什麼量,再往企業的方向搞出一個「活動資訊全系統」(Event Information System)。

他們現在搞的這個EditGrid線上試算表,和原本的生意可說是不太搭配,他們要搞mashup,也該搞個「總集活動一覽表」之類如WhatsthePlan.com,要不然也應該做個「群眾活動交換平台」如upcoming.org的,動作快一點的話,說不定Yahoo買的就是他們,而不是upcoming.org。由此可見,他們在活動的生意上可能有些挫敗,因此極思轉型。

這些只是看表自己想像說故事,我和團隊並不認識,也沒有拜訪過。重點是為什麼一間香港的軟體公司,竟然願意耗資源搞個mashup,是什麼思維讓他們有這樣的雄心壯志?或許是因為香港本地科技內需市場真的太小,大陸亂成一團,相較之下,台灣軟體商的選擇太多了,所以永遠只是做漂漂亮亮完完整整的終端產品end product、賣台灣國內市場先。

其實,放一點資源在最新網路觀念,並不需要太多資源,卻有機會像EditGrid一樣,將公司的層面瞬間提升至國際水準。

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32 Responses to Team and Concepts 遠從香港玩互聯網

  1. David says:

    Hi, this is David from EditGrid. Thanks so much for your mentioning and appreciation.

    Your guesses are correct. May be let me share with you our little story briefly.

    We started by doing web calendar – the calendar we made 3 years ago really looks like Google Calendar today – with the use of advanced javascript, now acquired a new name: Ajax. At that time, we do not have any funding like most Web2.0 startups do today. Obviously, we found doing web calendar cannot survive us. Then we changed to doing something that closely related to calendar – event management systems. But event is not a very scalable market. It is a market of service users more than software users. Still, we turned out to be able to serve some of the major events in Hong Kong and achieved a slightly profitable operation.

    We are not satisfied. What we really love to do is something that is able to change the world a bit. Since most event organisers are intensive Excel users, in the process of serving them, we acquired skills and tackled a few technical barriers on how to deliver spreadsheet experience on the web, hence EditGrid.

    We want to do online spreadsheet better than anybody else. We still have lots to do.

    By the way, a Traditional Chinese version will be available in our beta 8 release which is due next week. I’ll update you when it is released.

    Thanks again for your encouragement.

  2. Cliff says:

    你好,謝謝你對EditGrid的留意,如David所提及,我們的中文版已於日前推出了,歡迎光臨,多給我們一些意見。

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