Geeks, Tech, Startups, India, Web 2.0

Top Web apps in Sweden

Bjorn Fant has written a nice article on Top Web 2.0 apps in Sweden. It reminds of the current Top Web 2.0 apps in India.

So many apps in India and apparently Sweden are doing the same thing (nonetheless, have been successful in doing these) :

* A Digg clone

* A Youtube clone

* A social networking / Myspace clone

* A Meetings Calendar, clone

* Podcasting / WordPress or clone

* A Wikipedia clone…

Geeks, Tech, Startups, Skype, Web 2.0

Messagr – A Skype social network


Joel Selvadurai has launched  the beta version of Messagr. Messagr lets you search for Skype users according to their interests and/or expertise.

Users only appear in the search results if they are available to chat. It needs a lot more people to join it to make it fly, but it’s got huge potential. Find friends through common tags. Signup here

Ivan Pope of Snipperoo has put the messagr on digg!. Here’s the link 

Geeks, Tech, Startups, Web 2.0

Realize that before you succeed it will seem like you have failed

Anand has referenced the Texas startup blog that lists some advice on would-be entrepreneurs:

  • Commit 13 months to making the business a success.
  • Prepare your family for the 13 month commitment and get their buy-in.
  • Work on and in your business for 12 hours a day (including weekends).
  • Be prepared not to make any money for the first 13 months.
  • Be prepared to change your business plan over and over until you get it right.
  • Be prepared to do everything yourself.
  • Be prepared to fight with your partners, spouse, friends and family.
  • Realize that before you succeed it will seem like you have failed – don’t give up.
  • Realize that if it was easy everyone would do it

I particularly liked the “Realize that before you succeed it will seem like you have failed – don’t give up.” I believe that is true to a great extent for any non-traditional, move that has enough risk in it, to make it an opportunity. There are times before you see the success that it would seem that you’ve failed.

Geeks, Tech, Startups, Web 2.0

BillMonk Video by Co-Founders, Gaurav Oberoi & Chuck Groom

The co-founders of share in this video, at the Google Techtalk, their background, design & UI decisions that they made when working on BillMonk and the lessons learnt.

ABSTRACT The web 2.0 bubble inflates as geeks pump out an astonishing number of web-based solutions to daily problems. But a lot of these solutions only appeal to a small niche. What goes into a service that appeals to a broad range of people?

How can it start and grow without a generous helping of capital? The two guys behind, a service for helping friends with the casual borrowing of money and stuff, will share their views from the trenches. They will share the story of what it took to quit their comfy jobs at Amazon, how a handful of philosophical axioms dictated the entire site design and interface, anthropological observations about the 18-26 year-old demographic with respect to money and computers, and some of the technical challenges they’ve faced. There will be room for discussion about Ruby, Linux, when to open-source parts of your platform, and business lessons for geeks. 

Geeks, Tech, Startups, Web 2.0

VideoEgg Hatches $12 Million in Funding

I have been using VideoEgg a lot these days. Their service is simple, easy to use & powerful.

They got another $12 million in Round C funding.

VideoEgg, a social video ad network which launched on Monday, has just announced it has received $12 million in round C funding, headed by venture firm Maveron. August Capital and First Round Capital, two of VideoEgg’s existing investors, also contributed.

VideoEgg will use the new funds to expand the ad network and make VideoEgg videos more attractive to publishers. Currently users of sites like Bebo, Hi5, AOL, Dogster, Tagged, and Current TV can post videos from any devices using the VideoEgg system.

Geeks, Tech, Startups

Yahoo acquires Web video-editing company Jumpcut

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Internet media giant Yahoo Inc. said on Wednesday it had acquired Jumpcut, a site that provides simple-to-use online video-editing tools, its latest bid to enhance its Web video services offerings.

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

Six-month-old Jumpcut of San Francisco provides Web users a free set of online video editing tools that give people the ability to manipulate moving video images without the need to own or install software on their own computers.


Blogosphere, Geeks, Tech, Startups, MicroISV, Web Culture

15 lines of Perl => 1 million / month

via MicroISV

There is a recent fad for Japanese schoolgirls to send each other messages in basically Japanese schoolgirld l33tsp34k. The problem is that, despite this being very trendy, its very annoying difficult to do well on a cellphone. Enter a web service which, if you send it a mail, will l33tify it for your friend without having to do any work. They then charge your phone bill about 5 cents. (Figure on 2 cents going to the phone company, incidentally).

Sounds like a complete waste of time, right? Yeah, probably… unless you process 20 million messages a month. Which apparently one of these companies is doing. For a service which is, approximately, a 15 line Perl script and a 100 line Japanese-to-gibberish table of rules.