Archive for July 2007
First things first, thank you to all our visitors and all the users who are signing up. We hope you enjoy the experience. Also, please excuse the barebones appearance of this blog. We kind of just created one in a rush and, with so many users coming to our site and so many tasks to take care of, we are not able to put enough time making it look nice. However, we thought it was important to at least get it started and have this essential medium of communication with our users out there. So pls. bear with our appearance for now…
Well, now the juice; so many developments this week…
First, Matt Marshall, VentureBeat, featured us on Tuesday 7/24/07. That kind of triggered it all – Thanks Matt, you are the finest journalist in the Valley. Then, the blogosphere picked up and it hasn’t stopped since then. One of the cool postings we liked was the one by Philippe Lagane @ AccesoWeb2.0, who wishes that the service was also available in France (Philipe and France, hang in there… we are working hard to get there sooner rather than later). Then, yesterday, we were featured on Webware/CNET and Lifehacker, among others, and the thing just took off.
We’ve been getting great feedback (Thanks to all the fans!!!) and suggestions (Thanks to all the free advisors!!!). Among them, I wanted to address the prominent ones:
- Mozilla users – we are finding that the majority of our site visitors use Mozilla (a whoopping 61% vs. general population stat of 34%). While for now you have to use the Phone-based recorder, or use IE for the web recorder, we are working on a more universal solution other than ActiveX for the recorder/player (maybe flash? any suggestions?).
- Business/Premium users – got lot of inquiries from people who want to use Phonevite for business purposes. While we are currently focusing on the consumer market, we are weighing how to offer this service for small businesses and organizations to use. However, we will always be careful that our service does not get perceived as a telemarketing tool (We don’t like getting calls in the middle of our dinner either). One of the initial tools we have put in place is an automated Do-Not-Call registry, where anybody can opt-out from receiving any calls from a specific caller ID or from phonevite altogether (we’d rather lose potential users than our reputation).
- VoIP Fans - We are unabashedly VoIP based. While VoIP has been losing a lot of steam and getting a bad rep lately with the stock performance of Vonage and the flameout of Sunrocket, we are all-in believers of VoIP. Our origins are in VoIP and we plan to stay in this space for quite a while – we believe that Data and Voice will converge totally one day. Our company name, Ifonoclast, is a twist of the word Iconoclast, which means somebody who breaks tradition, and we are here to destroy the tradition of the regular phone and the internet, to allow people to call in ways never done before. Thanks for supporting our cause! (sorry for the initial long rambling, it has been a long week with lots of developments)