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Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. His business interests include a diverse range of industries from manufacturing to property to technology. As a technology commentator he has a broad presence both in the traditional media and extensively online. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.

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4 responses to “Launchpad Finalists Announced – Meh, whatever”

  1. Ludovic Dubost

    Hi Ben,

    I’m Ludovic from XWiki: the guy in the video which “though authentic, lacks Charisma”.

    I actually agree with you on the video, which we shooted in a very small amount of time and in which my performance was really bad. Unfortunately we were out of time for this video and it was too late to get me out of the picture.

    I surely hope to be able to do a much better performance in San Francisco and I hope you will be there and that I can show you that Wikis are and XWiki are not last year’s story.

    On this subject, first let me state you that for many of the companies we work with, Wikis are not last years story and there is still a lot of work to get the Word out and bring enterprises to adopt the way of working that are in Wikis. Wikis are collaboration tools brought to the ultimate level, where participation is maximal. Currently we are still more seeing less ambitious tools that have the objective of getting Enterprises aboard the 2.0 wave.

    In our vision Wikis are an very important role to play long term as they are the space where links between content get organized, and I mean all contents. This goes from usual Wiki content you are familiar with but also files, structured content, application built on top of the Wiki apis, external content sitting in Enterprise databases or in the cloud.

    The vision we are proposing at XWiki is not only a Wiki where you share content in Wiki mode, but a vision where you can build applications collaboratively and mashup content from other applications and this 100% through your Web Browser. On this blog which talks about the Cloud, you should be particularly sensible to solutions that allows this.

    We believe building this inside a Wiki is key because it will allow you to connect the content of these applications with the content of the Wiki like any other content.

    I’d be very happy to see you at the Enterprise 2.0 conf and show you this in action. What we have shown in the video is just a glimpse about the technology we have why by the way is Open Source as we are strong believers in Open technologies.

    Ludovic Dubost
    XWiki Founder and CEO

  2. Ben Kepes

    @Ludovic – thanks for the response. Yes I’ll be at e2conf and I’d be happy to take a look at XWiki