ET SIG: Taking “wikis” to the next level with JotSpot



  • The Monthly Meeting of the Emerging Technology SIG

    Presentation Overview

    Start up veterans Joe Kraus and Graham Spencer are taking “wikis” to the next level with JotSpot ( Building upon the growing popularity of wiki technology and recognizing the emerging market need for simpler Web-based applications, JotSpot extends wiki technology into the realm of workgroup applications -- making Web-based applications for businesses, from meeting and project management tools to call centers. JotSpot was launched at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco last month, generating a fair amount of buzz. So far, their team has signed up 3,000 beta testers.

    Come, learn, and, most importantly, bring your questions and curiosity. As usual, the meeting will be held in the Cubberley Community Center, in room H-1.


    About the Presenters

    Joe Kraus, co-founder and CEO, JotSpot

    Joe Kraus is co-founder and CEO of JotSpot, the first application-wiki company. A long time entrepreneur, Joe has been involved with early-stage technology development and starting companies for more than twelve years. Upon graduation from Stanford University in 1993, he joined with five engineering friends to found the highly successful Internet company, Excite,Inc. The original president of Excite, Joe was deeply involved in product strategy, direction and vision as the company grew. He also held senior operational roles in business development, international development and content.

    After leaving Excite@Home in 2000, Joe was a co-founder of, a non-profit grassroots consumer organization with more than 50,000 members dedicated to protecting consumers fair-use rights to digital media. Joe, along with other co-founder Graham Spencer, continues to work on these important issues. In addition to his non-profit focus, he has also spent many years as an angel investor, working with numerous early-stage technology companies.

    Graham Spencer, co-founder and CTO, JotSpot

    As the Chief Technology officer, Graham Spencer designed and built the JotSpot application wiki foundation. He currently spearheads all technology design and development for the company. Prior to JotSpot, Graham spent three years as a co-founder of, a consumer rights organization that works to preserve consumers' existing digital rights as well as get passed into law its Consumer Technology Bill of Rights. He continues to run as a non-profit. Graham was formerly the original Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of, the popular Internet search engine and portal.

    Graham is widely recognized as one of the first technologists developing search technologies for the mainstream. He has teamed with Joe Kraus, JotSpot co-founder, on technology and company entrepreneurial efforts for the last 12 years. Graham holds a BS and MS in Computer Science from Stanford University.


    Event Logistics


    Cubberley Community Center
    4000 Middlefield Road, Room H-1
    Palo Alto, CA



    7:00 - 7:20 p.m. Registration / Networking / Refreshments / Pizza
    7:20 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    Please call 408.494.8378 for student memberships
    No registration required

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