Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Here we goooooo...

Finally -- after six months of discussion and development, I get to talk about what I'm doing again. Stealth mode is exciting, but it can get tiring after a while. But the website went live an hour or two ago, and we just had the company meeting to announce the official name change, so it's time to start down the fun side of the roller coaster.

So: Convoq has changed its name to Zingdom. Yes, it's an awfully Web 2.0 name, but it's easy to remember and (unlike Convoq) easy to spell. And we wound up with the shortest domain I've ever been in, zing.dm.

What's the product? The website gives the official view and a bunch of examples, but basically it's all about providing users with controllable ways to contact each other. The core notion is that people have lots of ways to contact each other (phone, IM, SMS, email, etc), but are understandably leery about simply posting their contact information online. We provide intermediary services so that people can use the communications devices they're used to, but do so privately, keeping control over their communication.

I suspect that some of the tech blogs are going to initially dismiss us as just another phone-anonymizing service (of which a bunch have popped up in recent months), but that misses the point of what's going on here. We're well ahead of the pack in a bunch of ways:
  • Unlike all the other services, we're explicitly multi-modal. We're supporting phone and AIM initially, with more to come soon.

  • The name of the game for us isn't just anonymity, it's control. So we provide things like scheduling capability: for instance, you can easily allow access to your business phone during work hours, and IM in the evening.

  • We really aren't selling just a single service, we're selling a platform. Our system was designed from the very beginning to be API-based, so we're set up to do all kinds of integrations quickly. (But we also have a really slick default UI.)

  • We're mainly focused on integrating with sites, providing them with ways to help their users communicate contextually, rather than mainly selling to end users. (Translation: we have a plausible business plan.) Yes, I'm afraid this means you can't just sign up, at least not yet.

  • Our name doesn't start with J. (Hey, after Jangl and Jaxtr, the company was unanimously agreed on this one.)
Of course, having revealed ourselves, things only get more interesting from here. We've got a lot of irons in the fire over the next couple of months, both in starting to integrate with partners and trying some cool new experiments of our own. We've only scratched the surface of this project so far: there's an amazing amount we can do with this platform, and it's time to kick the tires and have some fun...
Tags: technology, work, zingdom

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