It’s not every week that I get an inside look into two companies that are absolutely nailing it, both with real results and with PR and awards.
But these two companies are why I travel so much and like visiting the companies themselves (I think I’m the only tech blogger who actually VISITS most of the tech companies they cover). Why? Because you can see a lot more about how people work together and what the culture is like better if you actually visit than if you just do interviews over Skype or something like that.
These two companies impress from all angles and are evidence of some new trends in startups:
1. Companies are springing up that sell access to APIs. Twilio, SimpleGeo, and others (Twitter makes a good chunk of its revenue by selling access to its firehose feed, too).
2. A new raft of enterprise-focused companies are finding major revenue sources around how social media is changing business. Spigit joins a bunch, from Jive, Yammer, Salesforce Chatter, Box.net, etc.
What I like about both of these companies is that they have a business model from the start!
Anyway, enjoy this inside look.