Interview with tag2find
TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?
tag2find: The idea started at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Austria (in the heart of Europe). After so many times having trouble finding our files on the desktop we came up with the idea to develop a tool based on tagging. We do believe in a future where intuitive information retrieval will no longer be a difficult task, rather than something people will enjoy.
TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?
tag2find: We combine several sophisticated technologies in a very tiny and easy to use application that is highly flexible and will grow along with the community development. Our idea is to embrace existing technologies and existing desktop search engines and integrate them and provide additional features. Therefore, tag2find is positioned between the information and the desktop search.
TechAddress: What are some of the main features?
tag2find: tag2find empowers the user to find his files on the desktop by simply using tags. Based on this technology, the file directory hierarchy is no longer relevant on an operating system because it does not matter where your files are stored. Speed and ease of use are the main concerns of the software. No overwhelming user interface distracts the user from his task, but simple and ready-to-use integration in the existing desktop software provides fast access to all tasks at hand. While entering tags, the software supports the user in deciding the appropriate tags for given files by providing tag suggestions.
tag2find helps migration from current, traditionally hierarchical file structures to the new, interlinked tag structure by providing tools for setting up initial tags based on existing documents and structures within the system. A fully tagged environment provides the huge advantage of searching and finding information based on semantic relations – those relations are easily defined by the users. A stored file can be found by any combination of its attached tags, releasing the user from the burden of having to remember strict and unique paths to the files. At the moment, even with strict guidelines for placing files within folders, situations arrive every minute where the user has to decide about the correct placement of a file. With tags, he can simply attach both, providing him and his colleagues the possibility of finding a file both ways.
TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?
tag2find: Everyone who is seeking for a convenient way to organize their files or information in a very flexible way.
TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?
tag2find: We are working on the next hot upcoming features which will get the user to a next step for tagging (see http://www.tag2find.com/upcomingfeatures.html) on the desktop. Based on the current feedback, the look & feel of tag2find will change as well as some parts will be re-implemented. Cooperative tagging is another topic we are working on.
TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?
tag2find: We will incorporate the continuous community feedback and this approach proves to be just the right thing to do. We will grow as more and more users are coming across our tool and appreciating the powerful features and the convenience for their daily use.
TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?
tag2find: As a start-up we are still facing some bugs we have to fix. Fortunately, the test users are supporting us with a lot of feedback and feature requests. Of course, we are just beginning and there is still a way to go to make all our visions come true.
TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?
tag2find: We are guided by the vision to eliminate inflexible hierarchical folder structures on the PC and create a new experience and a new level of productivity when cooperating with others, based on simple, yet efficient means, like tagging.
TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?
tag2find: Combining tagging with sophisticated features into a useful application to create something that provides a great value to customers.
TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?
tag2find: We just released a very early technical preview, which is just a glimpse on what is about to come. At the moment we are setting up some financing for 2007.
TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date? If you have already launched, when was your launch date?
tag2find: Our first, very early technical preview version was published on December 23rd, 2006. This version is more or less a working demo, yet incomplete regarding features and performance. We are now collecting feedback and improving tag2find.
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