When
· Naughties
· · 2006
· · · June
· · · · 27 (1 entry)

Dabble DB, Check It Out · Paul Ke­drosky broke the sto­ry: Vancouver’s own Dab­ble DB has tak­en some in­vest­ment mon­ey and are open for busi­ness. I get pitched by a lot of star­tup­s, and Dab­ble DB is the best I’ve seen in years. It’s Soft­ware as a Ser­vice; an on­line per­son­al database. Mil­lions of of peo­ple in busi­ness­es large and small around the world do this kind of thing via Ex­cel kludges, some­times with some Ac­cess and Out­look in the mix. On­ly Dab­ble doesn’t need any soft­ware on the desk­top and still has a bet­ter us­er in­ter­face than any­thing Mi­crosoft ship­s. In fac­t, one smart per­son told me it didn’t mat­ter that much what Dab­ble did, be­cause its au­thors Avi Bryant and An­drew Cat­ton are such great UI de­sign­ers they could make a ceme­tery sched­uler in­ter­est­ing. But it does mat­ter, be­cause Dab­ble is in that mag­ic cat­e­go­ry where it does some­thing that you re­al­ize you need af­ter you’ve tried it, and there’s noth­ing else that does it. Go check it out; but if you like it, you’ll have to pay (not much) to use it; what a con­cep­t! Dis­clo­sure: Avi and An­drew and I have bought each oth­er lots of lunch­es. I ad­vised them, re­peat­ed­ly, not to take VC mon­ey, ar­gu­ing that there’s a deep dis­con­nect be­tween ven­ture in­vest­ing as it’s cur­rent­ly done, and the re­al­i­ties of Web-based busi­ness­es. Paul Ke­drosky and Ven­tures West are mak­ing a de­ter­mined at­tempt to prove me wrong; I can’t talk about the de­tails but I’m re­al­ly im­pressed at the cre­ativ­i­ty they’ve brought to the table. I couldn’t in good con­science ad­vise the guys to pass on the deal; but I did ask if I could take a piece of it.
 
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