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Corporate Profile – 37signals

Company: 37signals, LLC

Company logo:

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Location: Chicago, IL

Launch Date: 1999

In the company’s own words, what is it? We’re a privately-held Chicago-based company committed to building the best web-based software products possible with the least number of features necessary. Our products do less than the competition — intentionally. We’ve been in business since 1999 and love what we do.

We believe most software is too complex. Too many features, too many buttons, too much confusion. We build easy to use web-based products with elegant interfaces and thoughtful features. We’re focused on executing on the basics beautifully.

While our products are mainly built for small businesses and individuals (we call this group the Fortune 5,000,000), companies of all sizes use them every day. From 1 person to teams of 3-5 people to companies of 5000. Everyone loves simple tools that help get the job done and then get out of your way.

Outside quote about company: Farhad Manjo of salon.com said, “Basecamp and Backpack represent the future of software on the Web not just because they’re elegant, easy-to-use programs that will likely make your life better. The two applications are also interesting because they were created in a novel way, using a new programming model that allowed 37 Signals to build each program very quickly, and with very few people. Indeed, this method of creating applications — doing it fast and on a tight budget — might well be called 37 Signal’s animating philosophy, its central mission.”

Features:
* Project management and collaboration (Basecamp)
* Real-time group chat (Campfire)
* Information organizer and calendar (Backpack)
* Simple to-do lists (Ta-da List)
* Collaborative writing (Writeboard)
* Open-source web-app framework (Ruby on Rails)
* Blogging read by over 30,000 a day (Signal vs. Noise)

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:

Jason Fried, Founder
David Heinemeier Hansson, Programmer
Ryan Singer, Designer
Sam Stephenson, Programmer
Marcel Molina, Programmer
Matt Linderman, Designer
Jamis Buck, Programmer

Relevant Links:
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/05_47/b3960428.htm
http://businessweek.com/magazine/content/06_13/b3977005.htm
http://www.businessweek.com/technology/bestof/editorpicks.htm
http://www.pcworld.com/article/id,122928-page,4/article.html

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January 11, 2007 at 4:22 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Todd Berkowitz, Director of Marketing for NewsGator

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Below is an interview with Todd Berkowitz, Director of Marketing for NewsGator. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.newsgator.com.

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

NewsGator: We like to think of NewsGator as “The RSS Company,” and we have three primary offerings:

For consumers or individuals, we provide RSS aggregators or readers via the Web, Microsoft Outlook, desktop clients (Windows and Mac) and mobile devices among others. More than a million individuals use NewsGator Online (Web), NewsGator Inbox (Outlook), FeedDemon (Windows), NetNewsWire (Mac) and NewsGator Go! (Mobile) to access their news and information via RSS, with synchronization across all the platforms. These products help users improve productivity and stay better informed by bringing information directly to them from across the Web and blogosphere.

For businesses, we offer two centrally managed solutions: NewsGator Enterprise Server (server-based) and NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand (SaaS) to help easily deliver both internal and external RSS feeds to employee intranets, portals, e-mail clients and mobile devices, without a large learning curve for users. The solutions help reduce information overload, improve internal communications, drive greater portal usage, increase knowledge worker productivity and help organizations better leverage investments in Web 2.0 technologies.

Finally, for publishers, media companies and other companies with large Web presences, we provide a range of RSS, personalization and social media tools through the NewsGator Private Label Platform. The solutions help them build increase page views and loyalty within their existing brands.

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TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

NewsGator: On a macro-level, we are the only RSS company to offer solutions to individuals, businesses and media/publishing companies alike. On a product level the differentiators include:

  • Individual/Consumer: Multiple interfaces/devices – all synchronized, a full-featured taxonomy, and an index of more than one million feeds
  • Enterprise: Largest share of deployments and seats (Approximately 80-90% of market), widest set of access points (only one to support SharePoint or offer desktop clients), access to external content (via NewsGator Online) and integration with key Microsoft technologies
  • Private Label: Only one to provide widgets and other tools beyond a branded RSS reader, deployments outside of newspaper market

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

NewsGator: This is described above, but from the beginning, the philosophy has always been to provide a back-end platform to handle users, feeds and subscriptions and then provide a wide variety of points to access the content – from power users with 200+ feeds to people who need to get relevant content delivered to Outlook or a portal without having the faintest idea what RSS is. Some key features along that point include clippings (find an article from a feed, clip it to a folder, let others subscribe/or subscribe others to that feed), read-state and subscription synchronization between different access points, and ajax-based Web interfaces.

For particular products, there are other features. FeedDemon and NetNewsWire both have three-pane “newspaper” reading windows and are lightning fast. NewsGator Enterprise Server has integration with Microsoft Exchange, Active Directory and other LDAP stores. NewsGator Private Label Platform has widgets called “Buzz” that can be dropped into a site and provide content from the publisher or outside with only a few lines of code. We also provide a wide-range of security features across all of the offerings.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

NewsGator: It depends on the product. Here are some examples:

  • Individual/Consumer products: These are targeted to individuals with more casual users going for the free NewsGator Online, power and business users targeted for Inbox and FeedDemon, Mac owners targeted for NetNewsWire and mobile device power users targeted for NewsGator Go!.
  • Enterprise products: NewsGator Enterprise Server is targeted to the Fortune 1000 and other large companies (5,000+ users) as well as organizations with 250 or more employees and a high concentration of knowledge workers such as pharmaceutical/chemical manufacturers, law firms, PR/marketing agencies, high tech companies, government and professional services firms. Targets include IT (Advanced Technology or Technology Architects), Corp Comm/Marketing and Librarians/Knowledge Management. NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand is more suited for smaller companies (less than 250 employees), divisions or functional groups of larger organizations without IT staffs supporting them. Targets include Corp Comm/Marketing, Librarians/Knowledge Management as well as business owners such as sales, research etc;
  • Private Label: Newspapers, magazines, media companies, online content providers, publishers and B2C companies with a significant Web presence and content.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

NewsGator: Of course. NewsGator Enterprise On-Demand will be coming out later in January. A significant update of NewsGator Enterprise Server will be available in the first half of the year. We’re also part of the “SuiteTwo” project announced by Intel (www.suitetwo.com) which will ship in the next few months. On the consumer side, new versions of Inbox, FeedDemon and NetNewsWire are in the works as well as an even snazzier interface for NewsGator Online. Private Label is also constantly coming out with great new features like the recently announced Hosted Conversations. Subscribe to our blog to keep up-to-date on all major NewsGator developments: http://blogs.newsgator.com/daily/.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

NewsGator: Although RSS is one of the hottest Web 2.0 technologies around, it’s still only being knowingly used by a small percentage of the Internet population (less than 5% according to Forrester). As the technology matures and gains wider adoption, we plan to continually innovate and make it easier for people to access RSS and Web 2.0 content and maintain and even grow our leadership position.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

NewsGator: Not really, but used the wrong way, RSS can become as bad as e-mail in terms of information overload. If people subscribe to too many feeds it can be problematic. This means that businesses should think about the knowledge management implications of RSS and use best practices when embarking on a corporate initiative.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

NewsGator: Making it as easy as possible for as many people and companies to take full advantage of the power of RSS.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

NewsGator: The mission is really the same as the guiding principle. From a development standpoint we try to provide solutions and features that the market is asking for and also stay ahead of the curve and innovate in ways that people haven’t even thought was possible.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

NewsGator: NewsGator was founded in 2003 and accepted its first round of funding in June 2004. NewsGator closed its second, third and fourth round of financings in December 2004, April 2005 and June 2006 respectively. The company’s investors include Mobius Ventures and Masthead Venture Partners.

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January 10, 2007 at 12:04 pm 3 comments

Corporate Profile – FeedBurner, Inc.

Company: FeedBurner, Inc.

Company logo:

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Location: Headquartered in Chicago, IL

Launch Date:
February, 2004

In the company’s own words, what is it? FeedBurner is the leading provider of media distribution and audience engagement services for blogs and RSS feeds. Our Web-based tools help bloggers, podcasters and commercial publishers promote, deliver and profit from their content on the Web.

FeedBurner also offers the largest feed and blog advertising network that brings together an unprecedented caliber of content aggregated from the world’s most recognized media companies (e.g. Wall Street Journal Online, Wired News, Ziff Davis), A-list bloggers and blog networks and individual publishers from around the world.

Outside quote about company: Raanan Bar-Cohen, director of product strategy at Dow Jones Online said, “Our adoption of FeedFlare, coupled with FeedBurner’s growing suite of tools that leverage RSS, will yield tremendous benefits for our audience and advertisers. Working with FeedBurner gives us the ability to rapidly test and deploy integrated offerings in our feeds, providing the flexibility and speed that is critical in today’s media marketplace.”

Features:
* Exceptional network of publishers
* Media is priced on a CPM basis, and ads are targeted by content channel
* Self-serve ad creation and performance monitoring
* Full third-party ad serving support

Screen Shots:

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Management/Directors:
Dick Costolo, co-founder and CEO
Eric Lunt, co-founder and CTO
Steve Olechowski, co-founder and COO
Matt Shobe, co-founder and Chief Design Officer

Relevant Links:
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_delivering_feeds_an.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=dow_jones_online_selects_feedb_1.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=twenty_of_the_worlds_top_blog.jsp
http://www.feedburner.com/fb/a/pressreleases?release=feedburner_wins_chicago_innova.jsp

January 8, 2007 at 4:07 pm 1 comment

Interview with Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Fleck

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Below is an interview with Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten, co-founder of Fleck. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://fleck.com/.

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

Fleck: Fleck is an annotation service. It allows you to add notes to pages on the web.

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TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

Fleck: Its simple and easy to use interface. Annotation is a fairly new concept for most people so it is important not to confuse them with too many features.

TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

Fleck: You can use Fleck without installing software. Just go to the website, enter a URL and click go. You will be able to annotate right away and share your annotated pages with other people and they won’t have to install anything or become members first.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

Fleck: At this moment everybody with Firefox. We will launch the Explorer compatible version in a week or so. I think that people who are used to leaving comments on blogs are the kind of people who will first adopt our service. But everybody who has ever emailed a website to someone else is a potential user of Fleck too.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

Fleck: Lots. We will offer a PRO package soon. Different kind of notes and expert settings. This space is going to be very exciting.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

Fleck: We expect the added content to be interesting at some point. You might use Fleck to search for interesting websites based on user annotations.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

Fleck: People really want the Explorer version to work.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

Fleck: We want to build something that people will want to use several times a day and miss if it is not there.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

Fleck: The product we launched isn’t completely new. In fact, Vannevar Bush invented a similar system in 1945. It is innovative because we took a difficult technical process and simplified it in a way so that it becomes useful for normal internet users.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

Fleck: Just finished a first round with informal investors.

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?

Fleck: We launched on November 16 in New York during the TechCrunch party.

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November 27, 2006 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment

Feedtext Inc. Launches Corporate Website and Corporate Blog

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San Francisco-based Content Provider Does a Website Facelift and Dips Their Toes in the Blogosphere

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. November 15, 2006 – Feedtext Inc., a content provider based in San Francisco, proudly announces the launch of their company’s website (http://www.feedtext.com) donning a new look and the birth of their corporate blog, The Feedtext Blog (http://blog.feedtext.com).

Feedtext.com now serves like a portal to all the products and services the company is offering to their market. The products found on their current roster are SMSJock (http://www.smsjock.com), a web-based application for radio stations geared to increase radio-listener interaction, and Moblabber (http://www.moblabber.com), a web to mobile broadcast tool, which aims to provide users with a venue to discuss their common interests online and mobile.

There are products seen on the site but are still in the works and will soon be launched, Hobnobster (http://www.hobnobster.com), and Ringtone Deck (http://www.ringtonedeck.com).

The Feedtext Blog, the official blog of Feedtext Inc., will be a place for customers, business partners and industry players to educate, speculate and mingle among themselves. It also aims to share information on company movements, key industry news, and a relatively large dose of commentary on key areas within, but not limited to, the web and mobile services industry, managed by their corporate blogger, Sasha Manuel.

“We recognize the importance of communication, that’s why we are in this business,” Vince T. Yamat, CEO of Feedtext, Inc., explains. “By creating different avenues wherein we can interact with all our customers, adapting a mentality that this company is fueled by the passion to communicate, gives us a sense of satisfaction that we can address their needs better, effectively improve our product and services and, hopefully, rightfully exceed their expectations.” 

Feedtext Inc. is a web and mobile entertainment company that develops consumer and business applications for media companies and wireless carriers in North America. The company also offers other services such as chat, community applications, interactive TV applications and mobile entertainment storefronts.

For more information, please visit the website at www.feedtext.com or call +1 415.839.0091.

Media contact:                                                                                                      

Vince T. Yamat
Email: vince.yamat@feedtext.com
Phone: + 1 415.839.0091

November 22, 2006 at 11:11 pm 392 comments

Interview with Andy Hagans, President of ReviewMe

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Below is an interview with Andy Hagans, President of ReviewMe. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.reviewme.com/

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

ReviewMe: ReviewMe aims to provide both valuable feedback and buzz to advertisers in the blogosphere, simultaneously allowing bloggers to increase their revenue while maintaining their editorial integrity and true voice.

*Minus the buzzwords: Advertisers, you pay to get your stuff reviewed by bloggers. Bloggers, you get paid to review their stuff. And it’s not payola.

TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

ReviewMe:
– We charge for reviews based on a blog’s reach; to my knowledge competitors treat all blogs as if they had equal value/reach, which is ludicrous.

– Transparency: Bloggers in our system must disclose the sponsored nature of a review, and are encouraged to give both negative and positive feedback.

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TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

ReviewMe: Right now we’re just concentrating on the core product. One thing I do like is that every ReviewMe member has their own unique RSS feed which gives them alerts (when a review is ordered from their blog, etc.)

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

ReviewMe: Bloggers! Marketers! Usability professionals who want a focus group & feedback! People who like making money!

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

ReviewMe: An affiliate program is coming next month.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

ReviewMe: To the top of the universe!

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

ReviewMe: Yes we’ve gotten plenty of bug reports, and it seems we had a few oversights on launch day (can you believe we forgot the FAQ?) But we’re working around the clock to fix these issues (many have been fixed already).

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

ReviewMe: Value. For an ad network to succeed, you have to provide high value to advertisers and publishers both, or you won’t last. BOTH SIDES need to be getting “a good deal”. That’s our focus.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

ReviewMe: Our mission is to provide high value to both advertisers and publishers; our innovation lies in the core product: “Minus the buzzwords: Advertisers, you pay to get your stuff reviewed by bloggers. Bloggers, you get paid to review their stuff. And it’s not payola.”

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

ReviewMe: We’re owned by MediaWhiz. We are not seeking funding.

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?

ReviewMe: Launched yesterday [November, 9th]!

November 14, 2006 at 3:56 pm Leave a comment

Interview with Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio

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Below is an interview with Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio. We hope you find the interview informative and useful. Please visit their website and check it out! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/.

TechAddress: Tell me a bit about your company, what it does and what’s your value proposition?

BlogTalkRadio: BlogTalkRadio is the world’s first “social radio network”. Blogtalkradio allows anyone with something valuable to say to engage a live audience. By merging radio, the oldest broadcast medium, with Web 2.0, Blogtalkradio is enabling citizen broadcasters around the world to express themselves.

TechAddress: What makes your company stand apart from your competitors?

BlogTalkRadio: While we are the only true social radio network, there a few companies which have products which allow users to engage a live audience; however, there are important differences between these platforms. For example, Skype has a service called Skypecast, which allows up to 100 people to speak with one another at the same time. Unlike BlogTalkRadio, the Skypecast shows require the host and listener to be a Skype user, the shows are not archived, and they do not have universal streaming.

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TechAddress: What are some of the main features?

BlogTalkRadio: BlogTalkRadio hosts create their own host channel which describes their show, scheduled segments, and archived segments, which can be pod casts with a link to their blog or website. The host schedules their own show, when they want it to air and whatever topic they choose to discuss. When the show is schedule to air, the host manages a switchboard to receive callers. Each show can accommodate up to 5 live callers at any given time. All of our shows are free to the host and the listener and the host uses any type of phone to broadcast the show.

TechAddress: Who’s your target customer or audience?

BlogTalkRadio: Anyone with something valuable to say can use BlogTalkRadio. All you need is a phone or an Internet connection. Any blogger with an audience of 1 or 10,000 can use this platform to engage their audience in real time. Political bloggers (right, left and center), business professionals and consultants, politicians can use our platform to conduct town hall meetings, authors to conduct book readings, musicians to promote their music and be interviewed, etc. There are really endless uses for this platform.

TechAddress: Any new things in particular that you’re working on right now?

BlogTalkRadio:
We have been in beta for less than three months so we are continually looking to upgrade the platform and experience. We are looking to develop a flash player so our hosts can play archived segments directly on their blog, Myspace page or website. Also, very shortly our hosts will be able to upload mp3 files to be played during their blogshows. We have many other plans in place, so stay tuned.

TechAddress: Where do you see your company heading in the future?

BlogTalkRadio: We are very excited about where this platform has developed in such a short time. Building upon services such as Myspace, Youtube and other social networking services, Blogtalkradio actually provides a live interactive platform where people can engage one another in real time. We talked about the potential uses of BTR above, and I envision significant international usage. Regardless of language or geographic location, people love to talk and people love to listen and BlogTalkRadio provides an outlet for both.

TechAddress: Any negative feedback or criticism regarding technology and services?

BlogTalkRadio: As a new company, which has developed a platform, which has not yet been seen, we spend a lot of time simplifying our feature set and getting the kinks out. So far, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

TechAddress: So what would you say is the guiding principle behind your company?

BlogTalkRadio: We are excited about giving people a platform to share something with their audience. It’s called empowerment. We want to make sure that the user experience is the best that it can be. Everyone has the ability to host or listen to radio now.

TechAddress: What is the mission of your company and what are you bringing to the market that is innovative?

BlogTalkRadio: We are allowing everyone to broadcast their own radio show or listen to a show from a member of his or her community without constraint. It is a movement of citizen broadcasters who can now extend their blogs or sites easily through live audio.

TechAddress: Where are you in terms of funding and your lifecycle?

BlogTalkRadio: I have funded BlogTalkRadio and as of now we have no outside funding in the company. Down the road, it may make sense on a number of levels to bring in outside investors but until now, this hasn’t been the case.

TechAddress: If your technology or service is not formally launched yet, when’s the launch date?

BlogTalkRadio: We launched the beta version of BlogTalkRadio on August 1, 2006, and we continue to operate in beta as we develop new features to enhance the experience for hosts and listeners.

November 7, 2006 at 4:20 pm 2 comments

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