Check out Peek – a great simple device to get your email anywhere.
Peek was born on a walk in the park when Amol Sarva and his wife, Ursula, were expecting their first child. At six months pregnant, Ursula couldn’t sit still and found comfort in taking long walks. But planning for a new arrival and a busy life besides, Amol saw that Ursula would return feeling behind. Emails were piling up. She had inbox anxiety.
A seasoned wireless industry entrepreneur, Amol had long been using smartphones for mobile email. With smartphone in hand, their long walks were actually a great way for him to stay on top of things at the office. Amol tried to get Ursula to use one, describing the many features: email, texting, voice calling, Internet, etc. But the bells and whistles are exactly what turned her off. She didn’t want a complicated smartphone with extras she didn’t need.
What she really wanted was a simple, nifty device that would let her do email on the go since email was how everyone she knew made plans, caught up, and shared news.
Amol thought a simple, fun, and attractive mobile email device had to exist. He asked his contacts at the cell phone companies, but they were dismissive. Nobody wants “simple”, they want “more”, they said. But Amol saw an opportunity, which he discussed with a few colleagues from earlier ventures. They explored the idea in the “real world”, closely observing real people using email at their desks and on the go.
Amol’s hunch was right; people really want a device that simply does email.
via Peek – About Peek.
Update: 9/18/09: Testing them out… I’m in the middle of a testing period of the publishing apps – Tumblr, Posterous, WordPress.com and a few other tools. Will report feedback on a later post.
As more and more new communication tools (Social Media and Networking) are offered to everyone, I realize that there is a need for aggregating services (which are popping up all over in the Internet space). With membership to many of the life publishing tools available it has become necessary to have aggregation for your feeds.
Why am I using all of these tools anyway? I’m creating a lifestream, I’m becoming ubiquist and creating multiple streams of my personal and professional messages.
I have a bio, a blog, a Twitter feed, a Flickr account, a Tumblr account, a FriendFeed account, a Facebook account, a LinkedIn account, and numerous other accounts including Vodpod, Picassa, Delicious, Digg, Twitpic, SlideShare, YouTube, and Last.fm.
This allows you to produce or share content and have it appear everywhere. But you need to manage your stream.
So go out and expand your mind and cruise the Internet. Save what you have interest in and read it, if it stirs something within, then share it with others. Add your thoughts for each item you want to share on the micro blogging sites I’ve mentioned. Just pick a subject that you have interest in.
Back when I taught the basics of the internet to my son’s first grade, (1997), I explained if you love Lima Beans and Green Jello – the Internet is for you!! Post that you love it and it will allow others who feel the same way to connect.
Some things never change in society, connections are made due to similar interest. The tools have just gotten better out there to find your connections. Enjoy!
The final item I’ll add is to be yourself, just share the color in your life.
As an idea person, I’m constantly amazed at the speed of which new ones seem to be entering the main stream. If ideas use to be “a dime a dozen“, they are more like “penny for a pound” today.
From tweeting stuff your older father says to discussing the life of a squirrel, these ideas seem to be finding an audience and gaining sucess in short timeframes. Today the New York Times released an article that showcased the case of a Twitter account named “shitmydadsays”. Less than 30 days after launch, this young man has over 200,000 followers, media coverage, market appeal, an agent and multiple book offers.
So here’s to the speed of ideas and to hitting that sweet spot that only the world can tell you about.
Richard Laermer’s book 2011: Trendspotting for the Next Decade. It’s a book about how to find the signal in the noise as well as a few predictions on how media will be forced to change for it to remain useful.This video is an interview with 2 guys from Mashable.com and Richard Laermer
i know you’ve heard of or visited LoLCats or Failblog, here is Ben the founder talking about one of my favorite subjects
how his company makes 7 figures in ad sales last year is due to this method of development
as many of my friends and family members know, i’ve been dreaming and planning my move to the Netherlands and possibly Amsterdam within the next decade to work with some of the most progressive technology folks i’ve ever met.
here is just another example of why i feel this way:
smart products that can change the world – they test them first in Amsterdam
i work for an international organization
they have just completed a two year overhaul while building a dedicated department of talented people to manage all forward facing web work
as i have worked for them these last 4 months, i’ve noticed several things
while they have just finished growing the department from 4 to 22, they are still working out a few growing pains
since i have been there i have seen tremendous growth in the standards of the department and experience joy at the majority of staff that have passion for their jobs
but i notice technology might be speeding up again and i’m not sure they are making all the connections they could be making
search engines are evolving – and no, I don’t mean the math that Google performs i’m taking about the fact that search is changing – it’s going to become about words, snippets and links communities share – not just whose page indexes the best
and it’s not just search – it’s the linking as well
so is this a SEO thing or a SoMe thing
maybe it’s a hybrid of both
we need a taxonomist where ever they fit
what you say is a taxonomist?
it’s a person who makes the logical connection with words using editorial indexing and information hierarchies
someone who can understand retrieval systems and indexes