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Colayer Web Conversations
Limited liability company
Industry Knowledge management
Information Technology
Web 2.0
Founded 2000, Incorporated 2004
Headquarters Zurich, Switzerland
Key people
Markus Hegi, Founder & CEO
Siddhi Nagaonkar, Director
Number of employees
40 (2009)
Subsidiaries Colayer India

Colayer GmbH is a software product company, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, founded in 2000 by Markus Hegi, the current CEO. Colayer GmbH also has a subsidiary, Colayer Web Conversations Private Limited located in Pune, India. Colayer offers a context-driven platform to build social interactive Web 2.0 environments and Virtual workplaces for enterprises.


  • 1999: The concepts which eventually became Colayer, were worked out by founder, Markus Hegi, and a small working prototype was developed on his laptop.
  • 2000-2003: Markus Hegi founded Metalayer AG,[1] to work further on his concepts. The development of these concepts started as a collaboration tool prototype, referred to as "The metalayer Comty Hub". The exploration of suitable technologies were taken out for further scalability of the platform.
  • 2004-2006: In 2004, Colayer GmbH was established by the same founder who started Metalayer. The management team decided to develop the platform to C++ architecture from the ASP.NET model. The focus was to build the core of the Colayer, a Web 2.0 platform for the social web.
  • 2009: Colayer offers a platform to build interactive social Web 2.0 environments. Colayer aims to be the environment for creating social networking websites and applications. In 2009, the similarities of Colayer and Google Wave were discussed.[2][3][4]

Use in business[edit]

Colayer has integrated web technologies 2.0, to come up with the contextualized collaborative software—enabling businesses from different geographical locations to communicate. Colayer (or Collaboration layer) is also the name of the product, a social web software that can be used to create a virtual organisation.[5] It has content management system,[6] virtual conferencing (online meetings, email and SMS notification),[7] reporting and statistical analysis.


  1. ^ "Metalayer - Colayer's previous 'incarnation' from 2000-2003". 
  2. ^ "Pune-based Colayer develops future of communication years ago". Sakaal Times. 2009-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Origin of spaces". Pune Mirror. 2009-07-04. 
  4. ^ "Links and overview of Colayer and Google Wave". 
  5. ^ "Virtual Headquarters of Lilly Critical Care, Europe". Lilly CCE. 
  6. ^ "Content Management Solution". Executive Insight. 
  7. ^ "Virtual Online Conferences". Douglas Connect. 

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