Wednesday, September 19, 2007

More Xobni Coverage

Om Malik: Is Email The Ultimate Social Environment?
A $350 million buyout of Zimbra by Yahoo (YHOO), Thunderbird being spun out as an independent entity by Mozilla, and the impressive launch of San Francisco-based Xobni: Email, the most socialist of all web apps, is back on the front burner.

Fred Wilson on Xobni:
"It's safe to say that we're blown away ... for those of us stuck in email hell in Outlook, Xobni is showing a way out.

Ed Kohler:
"TechCrunch had tons of impressive companies present, but the one that really jumped off the page for me was Xobni. They have created a new email platform that creates significant value without asking anything more from users. That's a killer combination.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Xobni Launch Pics on Flickr

Here are my pictures from today's TechCrunch 40 launch.

Xobni Launch: Initial Press Coverage

Some initial press coverage on our launch:

VentureBeat: "Email company Xobni launches, may steal Techcrunch prize":

"It’s extremely useful and we’ll make a bet now it will win the show here, after the two-day competition between 40 companies finishes (we’ve yet to see half the companies, but it blows away the competition so far). We’ve downloaded it, and are playing with it, and find it truly impressive."

ZDNet: Xobni and Orgoo - Weird Names, Useful Applications (Dan Farber)
"It makes you wonder what Microsoft has been doing with billions in R&D."

Brian Alvey: TechCrunch 40 at Xobni

"The first presenter this morning was probably better than any of yesterday's. It's called Xobni, which is inbox spelled backwards. It extracts some great contact and relationship information from your email stream."

Valleywag: I'm too sexy for my install script.

Drwn News: Xobni, Wow
"I just tried the beta release of Xobni on my machine and it is so great. It actually makes me regret switching away from Outlook for 60% of my mail (Thunderbird is my main business app). MSFT should buy these guys immediately and release the damn thing as an Outlook patch, like they did with Lookoutsoft's search."

TechCrunch 40 Panel: Esther Dyson on Xobni

Our session has just ended. Loved the Mint presentation, I'll probably be using that. Orgoo also seems very useful. On to the panel:

Some funny quotes from the panel:

  • Esther Dyson: "My favorite company from the session? I'd pick Xobni. These are exactly the problems I have."

  • Guy Kawasaki: "If you spent 25k on that name, and I were an investor, I would shoot you."
    Adam: "But - it's inbox backwards! At least you'll never forget the name."

TechCrunch 40 Presentation

We just arrived at TechCrunch 40.

As I'm writing this, Matt (Xobni's Steve Jobs) is on the stage delivering the presentation.

Going really well so far! The audience is a bit sleepy.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Xobni Launching at TechCrunch40

It's my pleasure to announce that Xobni will be launching its first product at TechCrunch 2000 40 tomorrow, Tuesday Sept 18th. This is a huge step for us.

We'll be launching in the session starting 9 am Pacific time. I fully expect y'all to be at home F5-ing your browsers.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Wash and Fold

The last weeks have been extremely busy here at Xobni. A casual observer could easily reach the conclusion that we have gone insane.

My total of 7 hours of non-sleep free time in the last weeks have been spent on going to a girlie band concert (I had my reasons), and the gym. Being this crunched for time, I decided to do the make the deal: I went to the wash and fold.

Now I looove doing laundry. Not so much the washing, or the drying, but the fresh smell and the great feeling of being organized at the end. Turns out you get both at the wash and fold.

I love a solid service economy in which you can trade money for time. Big thanks to the guys at the Doo Wash! Those were $20 well spent.

Friday, September 07, 2007

More Press = Good Press

Our mystery investors revealed: Venture Beat Article.

"Xobni, the secretive email company, reveals big-name backers."

Also, read these comments on news.yc - good thoughts.