By Javier el 4 January 2008
Every time it’s getting more difficult to do such selections as the majority of the really interesting projects in the hispanic web 2.0 have received funding during the course of 2007 or are about to get funded.
Summarizing a bit we can see that I haven’t erred much in my selections:
The prediction of end of 2006 has been realized in its entirety. Panoramio purchased by Google, Econozco purchased by Xing and Mobuzztv hasn’t disclosed any information but I’m almost certain that they have received investment.
In the summer of this year, I dared to do a second selection with Festuc, Trovit and eyeOS. The only one that has been confirmed has been Trovit just a few days ago. At Festuc they still haven’t gone for the first round of financing, but I’m sure that they will find the money as soon as they decide to get funded. And eyeOS doesn’t lack suitors, Martin Varsavsky was very close to investing but it seems that they couldn’t agree on the valuation of the project.
I didn’t want to end 2007 without making another selection of projects in which to invest, so here are those who I believe will receive funding during the course of 2008:
Catodicos: it’s a social network for aficionados of television series, created by Ivan San MartÃn and has the support of Fivelab. With a rage for television series these days and taking into account how well designed this social network is, I have no doubt that VCs will be interested in investing in this project.
Ebuga: is a social network about the world of cars and motor, founded by Edu Bayo and John Shaw. As far as I know, it hasn’t received investment although it’s founders have had to put a good amount of money as the development has been of a high standard. When they do receive external funding, I’m sure it will be of several million euros.
Escapada Rural: is a directory of rural cottages which is slowly incorporating social functionalities. For the moment, it’s a simple project but it has been designed with such care that it could become a huge hit amongst its users. My advice for its creators is to keep going on the same lines and to be seen at events where projects are presented to investors.
Other projects worth following which I believe haven’t received any investment are: Kroonos, 20palabras, RedKaraoke, Omemo and Adnstream.
With this I conclude, and all that’s left for me to do is to wish you a Happy 2008!
Read the original article in Spanish.