At PodTech, there is a podcast of former BuildOnline CEO Mark Suster (see previous post) talking about Koral and his “past life” at BO. However, Robert Scoble, the interviewer, corrects himself to say BO “is still your present life as you’re on the board of directors,” to which Suster responds: “that’s true” (interpretation: Suster is now a non-executive director).
About three minutes in, there’s a frank admission that BO managed to raise $16.5m in 2000 “without even having a product” [laughter]. He then says BuildOnline:
“… has merged with a US player and is now a global operation, it’s operating in nine different countries, we have projects in 19 different countries, seven different languages, it’s become a global business. We have operations in India, China, US, central Europe, everything….”
However, this just leaves us with the question. Who? Which ‘US player’ did BO merge with? I’ve had a quick flick through the websites of some of the more obvious potential AEC candidates – Citadon, e-Builder, Bricsnet, etc – and a few of the generic collaboration vendors, but no one is owning up… yet.
(For those interested in seeing Koral in action, there is also a fascinating podcast demonstration by Tim Barker.)