During the lovely dinner as we floated down the Siene, most of the journalists were happy enough at being invited to Autodesk's press event in Paris that the conversation stayed light and pleasant. But one among us could not be contained. What do you guys think about SpaceClaim, he asked of Autodesk.
What followed was a round of product and company bashing. They won't amount to anything. The revenue model is flawed. Blah, blah, blah. That was typical, you can expect any competition to be trounced in such a context. But what interested me was that everyone at the table had heard of SpaceClaim, a company in its infancy, one with scarcely a customer. It was like an elephant noticing a flea.
What make SpaceClaim so noticeable? I've seen the product early on, before its release. Sure, it looks easy enough to use--but so do many others. It puts out a inordinate amount of press releases, for sure. It seems to have created some interesting relationships among CAD vendors, ostensibly partnerships, even to the point of finagling a booth at the upcoming Autodesk University -- a venue in which Autodesk has strictly forbidden competition. No, it has to be more than all that for the entire industry to take note...
I think the buzz is due to Mike Payne, CEO of SpaceClaim. You see, Mike has the enviable pedigree of starting PTC. He followed that with SolidWorks. Is SpaceClaim the Third Coming?