Innovation is at the heart of software development, and it's the name of the game in the Enterprise 2.0 Launch Pad competition. Held in conjunction with both the Santa Clara and Boston editions of the 2010 Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Launch Pad produced four finalists at each site -- the best of the best applications produced and submitted to the competition that year. Best of all? Entering Launch Pad was free, and open to all software developers -- large and small -- who were building, launching
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Read on for capsules on the four finalists from each location: A bit about what they do and why they made the grade. You'll notice themes of efficiency, productivity, simplicity -- in other words, these developers are building software to help people do their jobs better. Whether that means meeting and collaborating from anywhere in the world, sharing knowledge effectively throughout an organization, or simply helping time-strapped folks better manage their email, these companies earned their Launch Pad recognition by not being satisfied with today's tools and developing applications for how you'll do business tomorrow and beyond.
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