Tuesday, April 29, 2008

The Next Big Thing

Since I left Oracle last January, I've been spending time looking around the technology industry for interesting trends. Sooner or later I will have to take a job, so this is my chance to pick a horse that will be fun to ride.

There are now roughly one million Software-as-a-Service companies per square mile in Silicon Valley (they are thicker than that in Palo Alto, but Stanford has always been peculiarly fecund). Even Microsoft is on the bandwagon, so you can be sure that SaaS has jumped the shark. Just lately, I've seen pitches for Data-as-a-Service, Hardware-as-a-Service and Infrastructure-as-a-Service.

Here at the Subclock blog, we're getting out in front of this thing. I'm pleased to announce today the creation of Service-as-a-Service. Want to start your own -as-a-Service company, but not sure what that means, exactly? Just set your business plan down on top of Service-as-a-Service and let that advertising revenue roll in! In fact, Service-as-a-Service is itself built on Service-as-a-Service. It's turtles all the way down, baby!

Service-as-a-Service takes advantage of all the latest Web buzzwords. It's platform-enabled, naturally. It's fully cloud-compliant. We leverage community. Our tech is simultaneously green and clean. We've sprayed so much Xen around here that the floors are sticky.

Service-as-a-Service isn't a company. It's way more Valley than that. Think big O'Reilly-style unconference, with probably some blogs and a wiki. Think Facebook, but cooler. Think tweet storm. Most of all, think huge VC investment opportunity. Got an office on Sand Hill Road? Give us a call here at the Subclock blog -- operators are standing by.