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 Y Combinator is a VC-slash-Incubator organization that seems to be producing some interesting companies (with a definite leaning toward Flash based technologies). They recently held a demo day to showcase some of their apps. The following ones caught my attention for the reasons described.

I have been using for a couple of weeks now and really like it. Although I have a bit of an aversion to Flash apps hosted in web browsers this actually seems like a great implementation. That said, it wouldn’t be that hard to pull off as an Ajax app. My company’s next product code-named m*******t will do some similar things and with a much better interface 🙂 For now, you can create an account at, upload your music collection, the stream it from any other Flash enabled browser. From a SoNet perspective you can stream, but not download, your friends music collection too.


Another product out of the Y Combinator world is Versionate. While it is yet-another-wiki-as-a-hosted-service it is dead easy to setup and use. I think one of its biggest attractions to me is that is has so few features. If you need a feature-rich and robust wiki solution then look elsewhere. However, if you are looking for something easy to setup that loads quickly and allows you to capture a thought mid-stream then this is well worth the consideration. We have a very informal (aka non-existent) documentation process where I work. I am finding versionate invaluable in capturing, storing and organizing critical information.


I just came across fauxto this evening so I have not had any opportunity to use it yet. According to the claims it offers a lot of the functionality of Adobe’s Photoshop in a web delivered Flash app. Since my forte is in server-side development I can not justify the license for Photoshop. However I do find myself having to do basic image manipulation from time-to–time and it is almost always for low/non paying charity gigs where I can not leverage the kick-ass front-end skills of some of my designer friends. I’m looking forward to trying out fauxto in the coming days.

If you are interested in learning more about Y Combinator then check out the link. If you think you have a great idea that is worthy of their financing then take a look at where they talk about their application process and deadline for next round of financing and assistance.

Y Combinator Demo Day: The Summer Startups

From the comes this interesting article about short term blogging.  The article is clearly aimed at the corporate blogger and presents some useful tips and tricks. 

The Complete Guide to Short Term Blogging