The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing.

The Next Big Thing is: There is no Next Big Thing.


I liked Don Dodge's response to the 'there is no Next Big Thing':

"The Next Big Thing does just doesn't look BIG to IBM. That is a common problem with large companies. When you have revenues of $40B to $100B no one thing will move the needle. Nothing looks big or interesting. Innovative or disruptive technologies are viewed as a threat to the core revenue stream, rather than promising new opportunities. This is the premise of The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen."

Don works at Microsoft. He's 100% working with companies that could become the next big thing, and lists 32 of them. I've personally only heard of three that he mentions: Akimbo, Newsgator and Onfolio (Don - didn't we just buy them??). I need to find out more about Adesso Systems ('WinFS today'), Digipede (gridware) and Fractal Edge (data visualization).

(Don - check out RSSLabs (in Boston too...)  - they're using .NET to do some interesting stuff in the RSS and OPML space:, and Bela, Jim and John are the people there.)

If you're a startup and wanting to get in touch with someone at Microsoft, here are some people that could help you out.

Comments (5)

  1. Don Dodge says:

    Yes, Microsoft did acquire Onfolio on March 8th. I did a blog about that on the StartupZone. See

    I have been working with JJ Allaire, (founder of Onfolio, and previously founder of Allaire Corp.) to help build a partnership with Microsoft. That partnership evolved into a marriage on March 8th. The Onfolio team will be a great addition to Microsoft.

  2. MSDNArchive says:

    Thanks Don. Allaire at Microsoft? wow!

  3. Firefox says:

    Onfolio is off "the next big thing" list….

  4. ciruli says:

    Alex –  I’m Dan Ciruli, Product Manager at Digipede.  Thanks for the mention!  I’m going to be in Redmond next week for a partner summit; if you’re interested in meeting up at all to hear about what we’re doing, drop me a line:  dan at digipede dot net.

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