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Spanning founder launches Numerous because dashboards are the new black

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Charlie Wood, the former CEO and cofounder of backup company Spanning, has a new app up his sleeve designed for the internet of things. The app, called Numerous, launched Thursday on iOS(s AAPL) and tracks your daily metrics. While I was, and still am a bit skeptical, about the app, it does have some appeal.

The app is supposed to be a quick place to aggregate numbers that matter in your life — from your Fitbit data to the number of days until your anniversary. Wood tracks his car’s total mileage, his gas mileage, his kids’ allowance and data on Spanning customer wins from Salesforce. He also tracks the days until Mother’s Day, the number of miles a running buddy logs and whatever else he’s interested in.

As you might see, this app could be useful for folks who track stocks, sports scores or even have a ton of connected devices they might be interested in monitoring. You can also share the numbers and set alerts. For example, Wood has a Withing’s scale that shares his weight with his trainer and alerts her when he gets above or below a certain mark.

Bringing in data will be taken care of via a service like If This Then that or Zapier for the non-programmers, or you can have a buddy write a script, as Numerous supports Rest APIs. Wood isn’t sure yet about the revenue model, but envisions people subscribing to premium data streams, such as sports data or scores in real time. There may also be a freemium model affiliated with devices. Something like this might be nice for a Glass or watch-based glance-able interface.

Wood, and his co-founder John Scalo, who is a 20-year Apple veteran, are supporting iOS for the time being with an Android app coming out at some unspecified time.

4 Responses to “Spanning founder launches Numerous because dashboards are the new black”

  1. moog-man

    Still a way to go. Sitting in Munich Numerous tells me it can’t find the temperature for my location. Stock prices are read from Google in USD but displayed as Euros but not converted into Euros before….

    • charliewood

      You’re absolutely right–we’re just getting started, and we have a lot to do, especially for our non-US-based users. But we’re improving quickly–the fourth version (v1.0.3) should be available in the App Store in the next couple of days.

      The lack of weather data for Munich hits particularly close to home–I used to live in Regensburg. We’re working with our weather data provider to make sure we get 100% coverage for our users.

      We hope you’ll give us feedback at [email protected] so we can continue to make Numerous even more useful to you.


  2. Dashboards are soooo last decade.

    Since Numerous appears to be a free app, could Charlie Wood please explain how the company intends to make money from my “most important numbers, all in one place”? (And thus ripe for corporate exploitation.)