The last two years of high school every teacher talked about getting us ready for college. I guess they did a good job because the transition to college was relatively painless. I packed up all of my stuff and moved to Boulder but for the most part, transitioning was easy.
It’s called ZenBookings - it’s an online booking service for people who run classes like dance, yoga, fitness, cooking teachers and more. We provide them with a simple but elegantly designed website out of the box where they setup their class schedule and details and then lets their…
At the end of February, I launched a side project, Loft Resumes, with a friend of mine, Emory Cash. Our tagline is “Style-Conscious Resumes for the Standout Job Seeker.” As you can tell from the Google Analytics screenshot below, from the time that we first tweeted about it on February 21st…
BlabNote.com : Genius or just a new late night 1-800-HOTCHAT
One industry that I can’t quite understand is the mobile “hot” chat industry. I see the advertisements late hours of the night and not only does the crappy acting crack me up and trust me it does, but I wondered to myslef who actually uses this. So when I came across BlabNote.com embarassingly the first thing that came to my mind were the late night infomericals, which basically sums up the type of guy that I am. NontheLess moving on to BlabNote.
BlabNote.com(whose website really proves that pink is the new blue) is a new mobile service that allows users with the use of their mobile phones to 1.) Create Groups 2.) Add certain Friends to certain Groups 3.) Leave messages for those friends. The unqiue approach is that everything is driven by “magical voice recognition” according to BlabNote. Instead of the user doing all of these functions by hand, the user will now do all of this functions by voice. You can decide if it’s a worthy payoff.
How this works is, you will say to your phone certain commands and BlabNote will execute it. For example: “Create Group called GTA4 Rocks”, then “Add Shelly and Busta to GTA4 Rocks”. Lastly,”Message GTA4 Rocks. The New Cheat is Out”. What you have just done is Create a new Group named “GTA4 Rocks” of which Shelly and Busta are now apart of plus you left a the message in each person’s message box. You can even call the Group and instanely start a conference call between all members.
Upon first glance Blabnote seems rather gimmicky hence why 1-800-HOTCHAT first came to mind, but I must say after analysing the concept it may come in handy after all.
BlabNote.com is base in the UK, and currently in private beta you can sign up over at BlabNote.
Techcrunch & Omnidrive too close for comfort? You decide
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During the past two weeks I have noticed two names floating around the web2.0 or “hackers” atmosphere those two names being Omnidrive and Nik Cubrilovic. One of those rang a bell in my head as I remembered TechCrunch (TC) covering them quite favourable and even as far as one of the leaders in the Online Storage Industry. To my surprise the news buzzing around on Omnidrive was not the good news that I was expecting, but on the other hand it was quite bitter. Not bitter as in traffic stats are down or even that the startup is going under, but bitter as in money allegedly withheld from investors and even salaries not paid to the employees (almost $250,000).
Lets recap a bit. Omnidrive was founded late 2004 by Austraiian Web Enterpreneur Nik Cubrilovic and launched two years later in 2006. During that stage it went through a raising various rounds of finances. Raising up to $800K inlcuding investors such as Michael Arrington (TechCrunch) and Clay Cook. Everything seemed fine as I personally remember reading TechCrunch and seeing glaring reviews and even considering it near perfection. Michael rightfully disclaims that he is an investor in the company.
As we all know the world of business is tough especially that of the online kind so when I noticed that the Omnidrive site was not up, I sang a little sad song for the startup that could or so I thought. Nik replied the post on ReadWriteWeb (RRW) that basically “deadpooled" Omnidrive saying that "Omnidrive is profitable at the moment, and we actually knocked back a round of financing recently (we will likely raise a round in the new year)". I have be following this industry for the past couple years and this was the first time that I saw this: A Founder saying his company isn’t dead even though his homepage is down and seemed like it was expired.
Omnidrive has recently re/launch/start again, like nothing has happened.
According to Nik ( Foudner and CEO) this is what happened:
"The domain is up but it is taking a while for the DNS change to propagate. It all started when I tried to change registrars in time before the domain expiration, and I put the transfer request through (to godaddy) and even though there was a confirmation it was never completed."
"The main server that hosts this website (which is seperate from the application and storage servers that run Omnidrive) had a hard drive fail, went offline and was down for a period. We had a new server up within hours and we restored backups of the site, and it is up-and-running again. I am really sorry for the inconvenience to our users of not being able to access the main site, although the actual Omnidrive servers were not affected at all and you would not have had any problems accessing your accounts"
I want to roll away from the nitty gitty and the rising conflicts between Founder and Investor(read Clay Cook’s account if you want that), as im sure they both knew that risks were invovled but they decided to take the plunge anyways. My little pet-peeve is that NO WHERE on TechCrunch can you even find a mention of this. I’m not saying that Mike should try and predict that one of his investment was a flop but I feel that he has an editorial duty to let us know. After RRW wrote not 1 or even 2 but 3 posts on this topic I figured that TC most of covered it but I had missed it. I searched on TC for any update on this story and could find nothing. Shame In closing, Does the friendship between our sources ( Press) and Companies hurt us.
My answer to that being Yes..Tell me yours in the comments below
EDIT : May 15th 2007 Omnidrive.com is currently experience Wordpress Database problems.