Daily Archives: February 13, 2007

The “evite” killer?

I hate evites. Here’s why.

Tonight Maryam and I are going to the Tango Diva book launch party. Everything is hunky dory. Right?

Wrong. The evite email that I have doesn’t have any information on it. It doesn’t tell me where the party is. It doesn’t tell me when it starts. It forces me to click over to the Web site to look at all that info. I really, really hate that (because I drag emails from people to my calendar to keep the date and I hate clicking away from my calendar just to learn pertinent information because the service an inviter used is trying to collect page views by forcing me to visit the site).

So, when I saw MyPunchbowl.com today — founder Matt Douglas was here to show it to Maryam and me — that was one of my first concerns.

It passed the test. The emails that come from MyPunchBowl have all the pertinent information in them.

But that’s not all. It far exceeds evite by including integration with Google Maps for location, Flickr for photos before and after the event, an event-store lookup, and other cool features. Maryam liked the ability to customize emails per invitee (evite doesn’t do that either).

Anyway, it’s going to be hard for MyPunchbowl to compete with evite, because evite is such a strong brand name and has so many users, but I’m cheering it on because it’s superior to evite. Please, if you’re going to invite me to your next party, use MyPunchbowl. My calendar will love you for it.

Inside ODesk

ODesk is an impressive Web service that lets you hire (or be hired) for programming and other jobs.

I sat down with the founders and got a look at the site.

Interview. 17:48.
Demo. 7:49.

Oh, and thanks to Ryanne for doing my video production.

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A new kind of home builder

I really enjoyed getting out of the Web 2.0 world and talking with an architect in San Francisco who has built a new company, CleverHomes, to build new kinds of homes. He’s trying to build “green Legos for adults.”

Thanks to Jeremiah Owyang for introducing me to CleverHomes and running camera for me too. The discussion is fascinating to hear Toby Long talk about the various technological changes that are sweeping (or about to sweep) through the home building world.

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How do we keep up?

I got up early to read feeds and do email. I started at 5:45 a.m. and it’s now 7:26 a.m. and I still didn’t get through all my feeds. But, worse, is what I did find: dozens of new products, new companies, new phones (Gizmodo and Engadget are going crazy posting phone news, I’ve kept most of that off of my link blog). And even a couple of fun cat photos. Heheh.

Anyway, how do we keep up with this flow that is coming through the blogs? It’s much easier to build a company now than it was in the 1990s, plus access to capital is there again, so that leads to tons of new companies and a LOT of news. What does this lead to? Risk for new companies because the chances that a new company will be able to get adoption/build audience and community is very small. There’s simply too much out there to pay attention to.