As software production cycles reduce dramatically, software development becomes more of an exercise in assembly – an environment that should suit teams like Gixaw.
Their value proposition is simple – if you’re making either a web-based product or upgrading your website, and want to offer near real-time AJAX-based chat, you could either try building it yourself, or just buy their library and integrate it into your solution. Compare the price point with how long it would take a developer to put together a library like that, and it seems like a steal.
These days, though, AJAX Chat is fast-losing its appeal as a library or solution. AJAX Chat libraries are becoming a dime a dozen, even though many of the free ones dont look nearly as pretty or offer the same featureset. I hear the team is working on a newer version of the library now.
Still, the Gixaw team should continue to build up other more libraries that would be in-demand for other startups trying to get to market in the shortest time possible, based on what web2.0 guys are trying to build today.
The one thing that I found very interesting about Gixaw, though, was their pricing — $200 to remove a copyright notice? Interesting, I wonder how many people bought that.