Coghead announced an $8 million Series B round of financing, adding to the $3.2 million previously raised from El Dorado Ventures last year.

American Capital and SAP Ventures invested in this round, which also included investment from El Dorado as well.

Coghead provides a new way for tech-savvy business people to create, manage, and deliver their own web-based applications. The Coghead service enables the users closest to a business challenge to create customized solutions in hours or days at a fraction of the cost of large packaged applications or custom development projects.

by Brian Solis


Megan McCarthy of Valleywag and Julia French


Robert Scoble and Dan Farber


Debbie Landa, Chief Dealmaker, Michael McDerment of FreshBooks, Alison McNeill of PR2.0


Giselle Umbland and Ferrin Schriner of Dealmaker Media

The Under The Radar VIP party was held at Zibibbo in Palo Alto and it was bub.blicio.us; not with over-the-top drinks, entertainment, or gourmet foods, it was packed with a-list influencers, visionaries and other top dealmakers. Don’t get me wrong though, the wine and appetizers were delicious.

As the official Office 2.0 event kickoff party, the team at Dealmaker Media ensured top connections, great conversations, all wrapped in the nervous excitement of having to the next day.

We arrived at 6:30 (the start time) and it was already overflowing…I can’t say that I’ve been to a party recently where everyone was on time, usually 50% are fashionably late.

In one room, the leaders of the Office 2.0 movement discussed its future.  Imagine where applications and business adoption will be this time next year.  Many of these players, I’m sure, will have folded, changed business models, been acquired by applications looking for new features, or hopefully, cultivated a paying subscriber base.

Either way, the movement is showcasing how to work more efficiently using online applications to the edglings, who in turn, share their vision with the rest of the world.

 


Jason Hoffman of Joyent (Left), Kristie Wells of Joyent


Selfportrait along with Kristie Wells

I held some great discussions with several attendees including:

UNDER THE RADAR COMPANIES:

Approver | Big ContactsBlogtronix | Brainkeeper | Cogenz | ConceptShare | ConnectBeam | Diigo | EditGrid | Firestoker | InvisibleCRM | Koral | Longjump | Mashery | My Payment Network | Proto Software | Scrybe |  Sitekreator | Slideaware | Smartsheet | Spresent | Stikkit | System One | Terapad | Teqlo | TimeSearch Inc. (Calgoo) | Tungle | Vyew | WorkLight | Wrike | Wufoo | Xcellery  

GRADUATE CIRCLE:

Atlassian | Colligo | DabbleDB | EchoSign | Etelos | FreshBooks | Jive Software | Joyent | iUpload | Oddcast | ThinkFree | Zoho

Additional Office 2.0 VIP party pictures are available on flickr.  Office 2.0 event pictures are located here.

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By Julie Blaustein
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The time is ripe. Web 2.0 fever is hot. The VCs are out there. Things still look quite bub.blicio.us. The Entrepreneurs are seriously seeking networking opportunities. Developers are hanging out knowing there are bound to be folks desperate to finish their product. This is where SFWIN comes in.

San Francisco Web Innovators (SFWIN) is a monthly interactive Web networking event for emerging companies and entrepreneurs to hook up with one another.

Unfortunately the ratio of men to woman was about 20:1. Perhaps they should partner with Women 2.0. The event was sponsored by Orick which is a great match as they are legal advisors for emerging companies, the type to demonstrate at their events.

SFWIN Founders
SFWIN Founders of SFWIN – Photo Credit: Julie Blaustein (unless otherwise noted)

There were 3 demos that refreshingly moved along at a fast clip:

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Change.org: Ben Rattray, Founder

This is not what one expects from a social network – its a social network for hundreds of social causes and over 1 million nonprofit organizations. It has great content throughout, truly networking users with other users and their causes. Once the cause is posted, there are reviews, supporters, photos, videos, projects, action to take and of course a blog to promote it. There are some cool features like AJAX maps and tech clouds giving it a the “cool” factor.

eRealInvestor
eRealInvestor: Mike Genstil, Founder

These guys love technology, real estate and numbers, not necessarily in that order. They have come up with a site that will help anyone who is investing through their patent-pending eRealAnalyzer to combine the latest Web technologies with their domain experience in real estate.

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Two Lattes: Pascal Perez, Founder

The place where you can make lists and post it on the Internet. You can make them for family or friends or you can share them on your social network sites, blogs or forums.Here is an example of a list that was set up by them.

SFWIN Scene

The SFWIN Scene
Christian and Friend
Christain Perry and Colleague

Hrash of Connan Investors
Hrach of Conan Partners

Claudia and Tom of Penguin Computers
Clauda and Tom of Penguin Computers


Julie Blaustein mixing it up! – Photo Credit: Brian Caldwell

Ralph and friend
Ralph Maxx and Susan Mayz

To see more pictures go to Julie Blaustein’s Photobucket or Brian Caldwell’s album with SFBIG’s gig on flickr.

Stirr 2.3 Founder's Mixer


Valleywag’s Megan McCarthy


Sarah Meyers and Tara Anderson

STIRR is the premier monthly tech event, and not just in Silicon Valley, across the U.S. Through an invite-only process, STIRR attracts a powerful mix of VCs, bloggers, reporters, founders, and developers.

The crew attended the event to capture the evening for the next episode of bub.blicio.us tv.

  • Buxfer, Ashwin Bharambe, Founder
  • Criteo, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, CEO
  • Metaweb, Jamie Taylor, Minister of Information
  • Wrike, Andrew Filev, Founder

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  • For more pictures, view Brian Solis’ album on flickr.


    Brian Solis with Nick Gonzales of TechCrunch

    SFBeta’s Christian Perry


    Lane Hartwell of Fetching.net shooting for Valleywag


    Pascal Josselin of Yoono and Brian Solis – Photo Credit: Lane Hartwell


    TechCrunch’s Michael Arrington – Photo Credit: Lane Hartwell