Intel Cool Software site - a Digg-like project for software

Posted on Thursday, Oct 11 2007 @ 08:20 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Intel unveiled a new site called Cool Software. This site is a bit like Digg but not for random bits and bytes but for software:
The CoolSW site is an online community of people passionate about software. Members can post information about an interesting new software company and, more important, the community votes on whether they think a software company is, well, "cool." Companies that receive a lot of votes get elevated to the site's front page where the casual visitor can see what community members consider the most interesting software.

Aside from the pure entertainment, get the latest information about new up-and-coming applications or companies. Contributors are putting "Collective Intelligence" to work and software innovation creates growth opportunities for everyone. You are welcome to visit, enjoy the postings and conversation, but if you would like to be part of community to post, vote or comment, then you'll need to take the free and easy membership plunge. Although CoolSW shares some common features with other voting communities, we are different in practice.
One of the goals of this project is to find "The Next Big Thing" before it becomes popular, as ARS Technica reports:
In a briefing, Intel's Innovation Acceleration manager, Dave McKinney, told me that "we want to find the next Google, before it becomes Google." But the problem that the company has in guiding its research and investing efforts is that the pool of potential future Googles is just too big. So Intel decided to "crowd-source" the task of identifying hot new ideas and companies by building an internal bookmarking site where the Intel folks responsible for keeping their fingers on the pulse of the software industry could collectively work to spot future Google (or future VMware) contenders.


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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