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My long-time  friend  Richard Lang, whose company (OTC: BRST.PK) won a couple of big patent infringement suits a while back, but essentially lost its product window in the bargain, has taken the company in a brave new direction with the launch of Collaborize, an online communications and decision tool for groups of all sizes that I believe could and should replace Yahoo Groups.  (Disclosure: I’m a small investor in Burst, and have been for about ten years.)


Lang would like the product to be used by governments to solve large world problems, and by the enterprise to manage distributed teams. (I wish we had launched it last summer during the health care town halls, so they could have been virtualized and made more effective and less angry.)


To make sure smaller communities like parent organizations can also use it, Collaborize is non-geeky, and inexpensive.


The public announcement of Collaborize™ was made this morning at the Spring DEMO Conference.  I am here in Palm Springs watching and supporting, wearing my Collaborize shirt. Life could be worse; the hotel is over the top, with swimming pools I will only see from a distance, but cover acres. is in the process of changing its company name to Democrasoft and  has queued up a nice list of beta partners that include Medtronic, Robert Cringely, TechSoup Global, Monitor Group, Maverick Media, and Wine Industry Network. It’s neat that these companies are willing to lend their names to the launch.


Cringely is using the product in a way that isn’t exactly what it’s designed for, but one to which it can easily be converted: he’s asking his audience to submit nominations for top startup companies outside big tech centers. The winning 24 companies will be on a PBS series he’s doing.


Collaborize can empower groups and organizations of all sizes: businesses, non-profits, governments and their citizens. It taps into the "Wisdom of We"™ to turn a group, organization or social network into a functioning community that can make decisions and share information in real time. It’s what we all hoped the internet would become – a way of producing positive outcomes from all our new connections.


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