We finally announced Qwaq. I am sure one or two of you were wondering why this blog went silent for such a long time. I had some good excuses - I was busy, and I didn't want to say anything about what I was doing anyway.
Qwaq was founded by a group of us that believe Croquet can have an impact on the business world. Even an open source project like Croquet must have a revenue stream to drive it, and Qwaq is the first of what I hope will be many companies that will focus their efforts around making Croquet even more valuable. You can read more about the company here: http://www.qwaq.com.
Alan Kay and David Reed are advisers to Qwaq and Andreas Raab is a cofounder so we are still working together. In addition, Greg Nuyens, our other co-founder is the Qwaq CEO. I met Greg at a previous company I co-founded, and was extremely impressed by his intelligence, drive, and in particular his interest in the customers.
Why Qwaq? I wanted a short word that was easy to remember and easy to type. Look at the top left three keys of your keyboard - QW are next to each other and the A is directly below these. I also thought that it sounded fun.
There is evidently quite a bit of interest out there in what we are doing. Typing Qwaq into Google and you will see an amazing amount of coverage just since we announced the product a few weeks ago. I should mention that Remy Malan is our VP of Enterprise and did a terrific job with this.
Finally, what impact will Qwaq have on the continued development of Croquet as an open source project? A very positive one. We are still extremely committed to this project and if anything have accelerated the amount of effort we have put into it. Croquet continues to improve - much of what we learned in building Qwaq Forums was directly incorporated into the next Croquet release (imminent) and I think it is better than ever. I plan to continue using this particular forum to keep people up-to-date on where Croquet will be going.
Thanks for checking back - it is a really exciting time for Croquet (Qwaq is just half of the story), so watch this space and the Croquet Project home for more details to come.