Wednesday, May 31st, 2006>p> According to this post over on TechCrunch, a company called Benchmark Capital has taken a genuine interest in the Ajax desktop site Pageflakes and has even conducted a round of financing for the company.
They make mention of the Netvibes seed round that took place before and how both they and Pageflakes are competing with Microsoft’s offering of Live.com. Benchmark has also invested time and effort into other European-headquartered companies as well, including Bebo.
It’s interesting to see companies starting to get behind the “Ajax desktop” kinds of sites – PageFlakes, Protopage, Netvibes. I’ll be anxious to see what kinds of futures they really have besides just being a place for fun little toy modules that dipslay RSS feeds or keep sticky notes for each user.