Goodbye Plaxo!

June 5, 2007

Well, it’s been 2 years and almost 3 months since I joined Plaxo and this Friday I’ll be moving on. Over the past two years, we’ve done a ton of stuff at Plaxo, including:

I’ve really enjoyed my time at Plaxo – I’ve learned a lot, shipped a ton of product, and worked with amazing people. πŸ˜€

As for my next gig, I’ll be joining my good friend Terry over at Tagged. There’s a ton of stuff to do over there – and since they’re in PHP/Java, I can probably jump in and do some coding too :). Lunch 2.0 up in SF here we come!

So… should I continue writing my blog here at Plaxoed? I suppose it is past tense, so it could fit as I move on after Plaxo. What do you guys think?


Quick Plaxo update

May 8, 2007

Whew, there’s a whole lot of stuff going on at Plaxo. Here’s a recap:

One of my personal favorite labs features is Plaxo Search. Basically, you sign-in (check “Remember me on this computer” if you’re on a personal machine) and you get a Google-like interface to search for anything you have in your Plaxo account. You can also hook it up to your browser’s search box in the top right (if you have IE7 or Firefox). It looks like this:

Plaxo Search

Give it a try; it’s the fastest way to get access to your contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes by far!

On the Plaxo front, we’re testing out an early release of Plaxo Mobile 3.0, a new WAP access product (direct link). Built on WAP 2.0/XHTML, this app allows you to get access to all your Plaxo contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes from the web browser on your mobile phone. If you already have a Plaxo account and you can’t wait, just point your mobile browser to

This means you can sync your Outlook, Mac, Thunderbird, or Yahoo! address books to Plaxo and then access it on your mobile phone. (Well, you’ll still have to pay for wireless internet charges, but come’on, don’t you have an unlimited data plan on your cell phone by now?)

If you’ve got questions, run into trouble while trying it out, or want to give feedback, please feel free to contact me, join our Google Group, or e-mail the team at

Woohoo, we’re getting close to releasing a major revision to Plaxo and we’re now collecting a list of people for our early access preview. If you’d like to check out what we’ve been working on, click through to Rikk’s latest blog post on the Plaxo blog.

What’s included?

  • A completely new version of Plaxo Online
  • Localized for various languages
  • Expanded list of “sync points” (including Google, Yahoo!, and Hotmail)
  • An innovative new online calendar
  • A few other surprises

Hope to see you in the beta

If you use Yahoo Mail for personal e-mail (like me) and Outlook for your corporate e-mail (like me), you can now sync your data between the two with an easy web interface. Plus, you’ll also be able to access it from a completely revamped, AJAXy Plaxo online.

So go ahead and send an e-mail to and we’ll let you know when we’re ready to let people in πŸ™‚

In Austin for SXSW

March 8, 2007

I’m flying out to Austin tomorrow for SXSW. It’s not my first time in Austin, but it’ll be my first time at SXSW. If you’re there too, drop me a line and we’ll meet up at a panel or something. Also, check out the cool new business cards we got printed up:


Find me if you want one πŸ™‚

You’ll notice on the back that I’ve got a cool MyPlaxo page at Soon, all Plaxo members will be able to get one (and it’ll always have your latest info). Basically, the first step in replacing the traditional business card which gets outdated all the time anyways. Hey! That’s what Plaxo was created for πŸ˜‰

A bunch of people here at the office have been shooting a “superbowl” ad over the past few days and they’ve just been uploaded to YouTube. HEre’s ours (I think it’s hilarious, but then again, I’m probably biased):

Check out all of the videos over there. Meebo, RockYou, Technorati, and other companies have submitted videos too.

Mini-MSFT has a post up about an idea he had – starting a 3 month bootcamp for people when they’re hired at Microsoft he calls “Microsoft Academy”. I think that’s a great idea, and one that many other industries/companies have had for a long time. If they implemented this and they accepted high school students, that would be awesome.

Wait a second, did I say high school students? Yup. For me, spending 3 years at University of Michigan to get a B.S.E. in Computer Engineering was mostly a waste of time. I learned a lot about low level computer architecture, but as far as software is concerned, I already knew half of it and the other half I would’ve been able to pick up in a few weeks anyways. (And of course, it turns out I haven’t worked in the hardware industry yet)

Now, if there was a Microsoft Academy and I could’ve enrolled in that out of high school, I would’ve been all set – technically that is. Socially… well, I’m still probably not quite there πŸ˜‰