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ABOUT US

WebGenie is a technology innovation and transfer company that develops, grows and spins off new technologies as independent entities.

WebGenie was established in 1995. It was originally intended to provide Web page authoring and consulting for the use of Internet which was in its infancy at that time.

Towards the end of 1995 it became clear that, while there was a developing market for Internet Consulting, an area of unlimited potential was the development and support of electronic commerce software tools. The focus was shifted in early 1996 and WebGenie® Software Pty Ltd was registered on 1 July, 1996.

An operational agreement was reached between WebGenie® Software Pty Ltd and Luminis Pty Ltd - the technology transfer company of The University of Adelaide - and this agreement remained in place until 30 September, 1997.

WebGenie Software was one of the first companies accepted into the Playford Centre, the South Australian Government's vision for the future of Information Technology industry in the state.

WebGenie Software operated from the headquarters of Playford Centre from 1 October, 1997 till March 24, 1999 before moving to the Commerce and Research Campus of The University of Adelaide at Thebarton, South Australia.

Recognition and Awards

WebGenie was among 10 Australian companies selected for the inaugural Silicon Valley E-commerce Mission sponsored by Australian Trade Commission and The Australian Financial Review in October, 1998.

The founder of WebGenie Software Pty Ltd, Dr. Arapaut Sivaprasad, was nominated for the coveted "Ernst and Young's Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 2001 and also recognised as a "Successful Indian in Australia".

One of our products - "RealMail by BoxSentry" - won the coveted Consensus Software Award - jointly sponsored by Microsoft and others - in 2006.

In 2005, RealMail by BoxSentry was the winner of Secrets Of Australian IT innovation award by the Commonwealth Government of Australia. 

BoxSentry was selected in 2003 and 2004 to be part of ANZATech - a forum showcasing the most innovative Australian & NZ based technology companies.

In 2005 BoxSentry was selected for a Trade Mission - led by the premier of South Australia - to India.

Products and Services

"WebGenie Shopping Cart" was the first ever commercial software that allowed Small to Medium Businesses to create their online stores without too much investment of time and money. This software became the model for dozens of similar software that arrived in the market later-on. Interestingly, some companies are advertising their software via Google adwords as "WebGenie Alternative", "Considering WebGenie?", "Why WebGenie?" and even blatantly as "WebGenie Shopping Cart". This can be seen by a Google Search for "WebGenie Shopping Cart"

WebGenie's "SiteSponsor", released in 1997, was the first ever commercial affiliate tracking software that worked in conjunction with online stores. This too became the model for similar software in the years that followed.

"WebGenie GuestBook" was the first ever commercial software that allowed website owners to setup a facility to collect and display feedback and comments from visitors. This software which provided a 2-way web interactivity was released in 1997, well before the term "Web 2.0" was even coined in 2004.

SearchHound - a WebGenie innovation released in 1998 - was a pay-per-click search engine younger than only "goto.com" in the world. The "child-safe" feature in this search engine was the first among all search engines existed at that time and many SEs adopted this feature later-on. SearchHound was sold to a Canadian company in the year 2000 and it subsequently got listed in NASDAQ and Berlin stock exchanges.

BoxSentry Pte Ltd. - the next spin-off from WebGenie in 2003 - used the "challenge response system" for anti-spam and was released shortly after "spamarrest.com", even though BoxSentry and SpamArrest were conceived and developed independently at the same time. BoxSentry is now operating from its head quarters in Singapore.

WebGenie had been working in collaboration with ConstructZero to generate revenue for funding an ambitious project to improve the quality of life in the developing world. The idea behind this project is to create a non-profit research centre where scientists, engineers and inventors can get together to plan and create the designs for inexpensive devices (nick-named Dirt-Cheap Decentralised Distribution Devices or DC3Ds) that provide basic amenities - such as electricity, clean water, etc. - in the developing world. The total cost of an electricity generator, for example, to satisfy the needs of a single household should not exceed $5. The operating cost of the center would be met from profits generated by WebGenie and ConstructZero Inc. through their respective products and services. This vision is yet to be achieved.

The WebGenie vision for the future includes - among other things - an innovative technology to address a challenge facing mobile phone users. 

Prominent Client list of WebGenie

  • United Nations
  • IBM
  • Compaq
  • General Electric
  • Hewlett Packard
  • KPMG Consulting
  • US Army, Navy and Air Force
  • US Government Department of Human Services and Health
  • Canadian Department of Defence
  • University of Massachusetts
  • University of Florida
  • Purdue University
  •   ... and thousands more...

 

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