Back in 2000, I was co-founder of a soon to be defunct tech startup company called Intrinsigo. This was the twilight of the bubble. We got just enough funding to get excited, develop a product, hire some people, buy a basement full of computers… and be seriously let down when investors realized that tech start-ups had to actually be profitable.
Here was the Idea: A content authoring tool for handhelds. You know. Like Authorware, but for handhelds. We were targeting PalmOS and PocketPC. We used XML. We wrote a SAXish XML parser for the PalmOS. We were ahead of the game. We got really close to being acquired. We met with Palm. Lycos had drafted up a term sheet. We were going to be rich.
Well, Palm wasn’t interested. Lycos funded another startup instead. Our angel investor went chapter 11. I moved away from the big city. I got married. It was the best thing that ever happened to me. But it left a product in limbo.
So now, I have this software. It’s aging rapidly. I think it could be useful to someone. I actually think it could make some money, but I could care less about that. Sometimes, I wish there was a thrift store for donating old software. I’d like to port the VB6 authoring tool into dotnet, but I don’t have the time. Anyhow. If anyone has any ideas. Let me know.
Music tip: Belle and Sebastian - Dear Catastrophe Waitress./FONT>