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Web calendar Kiko has put its domain and code up for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of just under $50,000. Web 2.0 is not all launch parties and magazine covers and bubbly! The online calendar space is one of the more crowded spots to […]

Web calendar Kiko has put its domain and code up for sale on eBay with a minimum bid of just under $50,000.

Web 2.0 is not all launch parties and magazine covers and bubbly! The online calendar space is one of the more crowded spots to be right now, and the two Kiko founders say they want to have the freedom to work on a new project.

The calendar (condition: used; shipping: free!) gets about 40,000 visitors per month, has natural language functionality, lots of AJAX, RSS feeds, sharing, iCal and vCard support, and an API, according to the eBay post. No bidders have chimed in yet but the listing has only been live a couple of hours.

I just talked to Kiko founder Justin Kan and he says the sale isn’t a sore point, simply “the easiest exit” for the project. He had previously asserted in a blog post that Kiko had nothing to fear from Google Calendar. Today he admitted “Our desire to move on to another project, while helped along by Google, isn’t because of them.”

Kiko had emerged from last year’s Y Combinator summer session in Boston, along with Reddit. Thanks for the tip, Narendra!

  1. Hi! Kiko team member here and I just wanted to say that “the easiest exit” isn’t exactly how we feel (though I’m not saying Justin didn’t say that). I’m honestly very proud that rather than burn through the rest of our investors money until the coffers were empty that we are trying to recoup their investments. And as you mentioned the team’s heart really wasn’t in it any more and the longer we held onto Kiko the bigger disservice we would be doing to our users.

    As for the Google Calendar thing, I won’t try to pretend that they weren’t a factor because everyone would know that’s just not true.
    In all seriousness

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  2. I didn’t get cut off on that last comment just left a vestigal ‘In all seriousness’ in there. Whoops.

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  3. $50k for 40,000 visitors a month? That’s seems pretty steep. Sure you are getting the code, but obviously it’s not extremely useful as the calendar space, as you say, is already pretty crowded.

    I think spending $50k on this is a foolish move for anyone.

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  4. I have to agree with the last poster – it is absurd to think this is worth $50k. I’ve demo’d Kiko and no doubt it is a beautiful ap. The developers were obviously inspired at some point and poured a lot of sweat into it. Still there is no path to revenue. I’d say the domain name is worth $3 or $4k which exceeds the value of the code base.

    I hope the developers bring in some of those worthless marketing types earlier on their next project, so it can be better positioned.

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  5. @Dan: You might have hit on the achilles heel of the Y-Combinator experiment: the young developer types will work for peanuts, but can you get good marketing/PR types for that as well?

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  7. [...] product is suicide, just because of the company’s size. (See the somewhat relevant story of Kiko’s calendars, for example.) If investigators find reason to believe that Google is using its search dominance [...]

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