June 29, 2011
Consumers can currently download showcased Pokkies which include eBay, Gmail, Facebook, LivingSocial, The Wall Street Journal and other popular services. Currently Pokkies are available for PC’s only – Mac versions should be offered later this year.
“The desktop is the largest, yet ironically, the most ignored technology ecosystem on the planet, and our goal is to give developers and users something they don’t have today; a standards-based platform to create and enjoy beautiful, connected applications on the desktop,” said Darrius Thompson, co-founder and CEO of SweetLabs, the company behind Pokki.
We had a chance to get a sneak peek of Pokki while visiting the SweetLabs office in San Diego in May as part of our West Coast Tour and was impressed with the approach and overall lack of web app driven PC application options in the marketplace today. It’s a huge opportunity, and reminds me of the widgetization of the Web that took place in 2006 with iGoogle, Netvibes, PageFlakes, MyYahoo and myAol among others when they took a crack at distributing content via your web browser. Goowy Media took it one step further by building desktop applications that were created in Flash, but quickly moved towards the then hot web widget space with yourminis which ultimately got them acquired by Aol. Fast forward a few years later and Apple was the first to offer apps that did the same type of thing, so it only makes sense to see it come full circle and could change the way we think of our desktops. In our view of startups across the nation, SweetLabs is at the top of our list of companies to watch.
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