Archive for April, 2006

Calling all Hackers

The wind is to our back and the sea ahead looks welcoming. We have so many good ideas to work on and we need some good help. Please read the following description of what we are doing.

We are making email more efficient for power users. We are doing this by sorting important email from the unimportant. We are leveraging our skills in Outlook/MAPI interfacing, machine learning, and collaborative systems.

We have a strong support network with Paul Graham and the Y Combinator network. Our first handful of products will target MS Outlook, the email client of choice in corporate settings. We have plotted a product lineage that will build a user base and introduce new paradigms into email.

We are planning to launch our first product, Xobni Statistics, within the next month. It will show people their email usage patterns, such as “Time spent writing, reading email” or “Time between message received and reply.”

My cofounder, Adam Smith is an MIT CS BS, and put his master’s degree on hold to pursue this opportunity. His personal web site is at My name is Matt Brezina. I just finished my MS in EE from UMD. We both consider ourselves smart, aggressive, and focused. We value the fun atmosphere that our company maintains. We have been in close contact with potential customers. (Everyone is passionate about their email!)

You would be getting in on the ground level. We have many challenging systems problems, including databases, networking, Windows internals, and computationally intensive code.

The proposition is something like: work hard (~ 80 hour weeks) for a few years for a good shot to become independently wealthy.

We have been told that our idea is very VC-fundable, if we decide to go that route. We are confident that we are on a vector towards success, and are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. We are looking for people with the same MO.

If you are excited about what we are doing, then we should talk. Please contact us.

Hackers Wanted!

Join an exciting Paul Graham Y-Combinator funded start-up company for the summer. Work in a fun and independent environment, and participate in the Y-Combinator Summer Founder’s Program. Join us for weekly dinner discussions with successful software big wigs (think Excite, Flickr, Google). After the summer we can discuss part-time work during the school year or you can join us full time!

The product:
We are making better email. The killer part is in how users are presented with the emails that are important to them.

About us:
The team consists of a recent MIT CS grad and UMD M.S. EE grad. We believe in continuous interaction with end users. We value elegance and usability. We love nothing more than working for ourselves.

C#, SQL, Windows internals, overall damn good hacker

Salary is as good as or better than a summer research position in a dark campus lab. We will be offering stock options.

Here is a good summary of our proposition, written by one of our investors.

Contact us:

The Adventure Begins

We have been officially working at Xobni for a little over a week now. We figured it is time to share our progress with the world. Hello world!

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About Xobni

Xobni’s contact management products offer lightning fast email search and organization of your inbox, as well as an innovative and comprehensive address book for the mobile device.


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