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In case you were wondering why I did not go to the Steve Jobs Show yesterday, let me tell you the reason: I was meeting with 83 Degrees co-founders Julie Davidson, Nick Wilder and Narendra Rocherolle, the Webshots trio, that are working on an online calendar […]

In case you were wondering why I did not go to the Steve Jobs Show yesterday, let me tell you the reason: I was meeting with 83 Degrees co-founders Julie Davidson, Nick Wilder and Narendra Rocherolle, the Webshots trio, that are working on an online calendar called 30 Boxes. 30 days 30 boxes. Scoble had mentioned the company on his blog earlier, following a dinner all of us had in my favorite curry joint in San Francisco. Was it worth staying back? Absolutely! They showed me their early early alpha, and it is safe to say 30 Boxes will be to calendars what GMail was to Email.

Narendra RocherolleThe trio were tight lipped about their plans, but beta will come soon sometime. They are mum, because the threat of a Google calendar has everyone worried. Clearly, calendar space is getting hot. Silicon Beat had reported that another online calendar company, Trumba, had raised $8 million in funding, joining the ranks of Zimbra and AirSet. I like what all these guys are doing: trying to make the magic happen in a category that till recently seen little innovation. I loved Nick’s comment: “You don’t need millions to build a great web application.” If what I saw was any indication, then well, he is spot on.

  1. Will there be a beta any time soon? Or will they first go through the route of closed beta with the invitation-based system?

    I’m kinda tired of all these new products that are using random invitation system to register to their service(s)… Geez…

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  2. i am sure they will have a beta soon, but nothing as of now. you can sign-up, and be informed!

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  3. Om – the space is most certainly heating up. I met Narendra at When 2.0 and he was a pleasure to be around.

    There are also a few apps being built to help you plan the events before they make their way into your calendar. We’re working on one such app. :)

    I’d love to give you a demo and see what you think. Let me know if you’re interested…

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  4. Noam,

    thanks for the message… would love to get together and take a look at your app. i am sure it will be impressive.

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  5. Great. I can’t seem to find your email. Would you mind sending me a note so we could arrange a time?

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  6. Noam, you can pop me an email from the contact form. fairly easy. i will be able to then email you back

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  7. What’s with the name? 83 Degreess is “37 Signal”ish and 30 Boxes is “43Folders”ish.

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  8. Om, let’s join together and declare a moratorium on all startups with numbers in their name. Back in the 1990s, there was a plethora of startups with colors and nouns — RedCart, Red Gorilla, PurpleTie, et cetera. I called them colornouns. These new startups are just a bunch of numberthings as far as I’m concerned!

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  9. Whoops, I meant “43things”ish.

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  10. Wow. Another calendar. Someone help me hold back my enthusiasm.

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