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Socialy connected…

Posted on June 21, 2007. Filed under: social networking, startups |

After seeing multi million deals surrounding social network, one can marvel the fact that none of them were a technical breakthroughs. So what made them such a hit?
I am talking about, the major social networks like MySpace, video sharing site like YouTube etc. More often than not it is being at right place and at right time. Social networks were there way back before MySpace, Facebook or Orkut came. But still only few are raking moolah. The most important thing behind the success of a social network is the initial crowd which surrounds it. But why am I talking about it, when we all know about it somewhere inside our brain?
The thing which prompted me to write about this is the arrival of new phenomenon; having a social network of own. And the avalanching force behind this post; social network surrounding Mashable, a very popular blog, and probably the best when it comes to pure social network news. Mashable recently got a social network of its own and woila it got zillion members already. Now thats ok for a Mashable but that not be ok for you, cause you must have a sizable network to start with, either from good advertising or from your connections. And, from my little expireince I can tell you, when it comes to creating a social network, any publicity is not good publicity, and bad publicity is really a bad publicity. I will try to explain it in my future post. And let me tell you, My mom is asking me to leave my laptop and get into the world of my course books, as I am having my Physics examination of second semester on Monday.

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Wiredness, indeed but simple.

Posted on June 6, 2007. Filed under: Kool, startups, web services |

This is not at all a post to reckon with, and this site might not be listed by any of the A list bloggers, for a very simple reason that this is not a out of the world web application. This has been done by many others and would be done by many more. Wiredness is a simple image manipulator, but what strikes is its utter simplicity. You go on site and you know that you have to upload image, only one at a time, and do some manipulation, save it, take your image and go away. Written using Prototype.

All this is fine at its own place, but this is not more than a project for the guy who made it. One can be sure after seeing the simplicity that there is no big organization behind it. Only big site which is as simple as this is, is Google.

There is still one thing which is itching my brain, what kind of money making model can be there behind any image manipulator over the web. With Picasa from Google which is not a very big application and having some kind of roots in webosphere is more than enough for minor editing. Then why would some one go to such image manipulator. The only possible situation when I will go to online image editor is when I would be with my bags, i.e; traveling. And whole world is not packing its bag. Not talking about Wierdness in particular, any image editing option available online does not excite me more than being a good piece of code. There are already big players with some editing tools, and there are few with experience. Even the person behind wierdness would be knowing that he wont be getting any thing VC funding from what he did, and the max he would be getting will be some highly valuable experience, and a good thing to put in his CV.

Only thing which I can say to every one, and to self is, keep creating.

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Quizlet : Nice learning tool.

Posted on February 13, 2007. Filed under: startups, web services |


I some how stumbled on it, and was astounded by it. Its high on simplicity, and is pretty useful and addictive. Three things which I reckon are essential for a good startup, or any new web service. Though there are always more things required to make a killer product, but for a successful product the above three things are very important. But this is not why I was astounded while going through Quizlet, I would tell it after I finish what Quizlet is all about.
We all know that flashcards are nice learning tool, if you didn’t knew about it then also Quizlet will keep you busy, why? just because it is informative in nature. It is very simple flashcard using tool, you can create a set of your flash cards, and then use it for future use, and keep on using them. But thats not all, yes, its social, which means that you can learn from others flashcard. Not only this much but it also provides multi user editing, much like a wiki. So your set an be more than your set but can be your groups set as it also provides option to create a group. Since it is focused on vocabulary building and similar things therefore a simple statistic tool also works beautifully.
Now comes the astounding part, this whole website is a brainchild of a child, rather I should say teen, his name is Andrew Sutherland, and is just 17 and launched Quizlet when he was 15. As he has mentioned, it took some 420 days for him and him alone to make Quizlet, and few more days to become president of his startup firm Brainflare.
Thats not all, what I found more admirable was outlook towards his job, he does have a definite business plan for Quizlet, in his words…

Quizlet is free and will remain free to all users. The current plan is to offer targeted advertising on the non-studying pages. I’m hoping to make some deals with some educational and test-prep companies and perhaps some universities. If you’re interested in advertising to my userbase of highly-motivated high-school and college students, shoot me a note (see above right).

For future I wold love to see its mash ups with flick images or Google maps and anything else, which can make it more interesting. Much higher on want list would be a web widget of Quizlet which we can put on our web pages or blogs. He is an intelligent kid, what it seems from here, and soon we may fine such things.

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