Imagine if the web didn’t have to live in the browser. In many ways, we are experiencing that today (i.e. Foursquare or Tweetdeck) but what if we put it onto the desktop?
For those unfamiliar with RIA or “Rich Internet Applications,” they can be defined here:
Rich Internet applications (RIAs) are web applications that have most of the characteristics of desktop applications, typically delivered either by way of a standards based web browser, via a browser plug-in, or independently via sandboxes or virtual machines. Examples of RIA frameworks include Ajax, Curl, GWT, Adobe Flash/Adobe Flex/AIR, Java/JavaFX, Mozilla’s XUL and Microsoft Silverlight.
I think there is an opportunity to take much of what is happening on the web and put it into it’s own desktop application which can have many different uses based on what the user wants. Companies and projects like Stocktwits, Tweetdeck, Snackr, and others are building ontop of this philosophy and it seems to be working.
Check out Adobe’s gallery of AIR apps.
To be open and candid, I am seriously contemplating an investment in this area. If you go back to many of the blog posts here, you can probably figure out what the investment will be. What I’m looking for right now are talented RIA (Flex, AIR, and ActionScript) developers who have some open bandwidth to work on a project (paid of course) as well, as, anyone (investors, entrepreneurs, consultants) who have some war stories building a RIA based consumer and B2B product.
If you know anyone or are interested in conversation, please reach out.