Archive for July, 2008

Walt Mossberg (WSJ) "Xobni makes Outlook much faster and more useful"

We are happy to announce that Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, and the #1 product review guru in the country has given Xobni a glowing review in the Wall Street Journal

See the article and video here

We had a great time meeting with Walt in DC last week. It was quickly obvious that he understood the size of the problem Xobni solves and he was excited about our approach. We couldn’t ask for for a bigger endorsement.

Some choice quotes:

Xobni turned my Outlook experience from one that was organized by messages and dates into one that was organized by people, relationships and histories.

I’ve been testing Xobni and I like it.

I found that it made Outlook much faster and more useful

Xobni is a smart addition to Outlook that makes email much more useful

Xobni Joins Facebook Connect Partner Launch at F8 Conference

As many of you saw (we know because usage has been crazy!), we recently announced a deal with LinkedIn where you can seamlessly receive important information and photos of your contacts directly into your Xobni sidebar. Our mission is to help our users get the information they need right into the inbox.

Today, we’ve expanded on that effort. We’ve been working with Facebook and are announcing today that we are among the first participants in Facebook Connect, which brings Facebook profile information right into the Xobni sidebar. Once implemented, Xobni will be leveraging Facebook’s massive global user base and development platform to automatically show your contacts’ Facebook profile pictures, status, recent photos, mutual friends, location and online presence inside Xobni. Now that is a handy use of your social graph!

This integration speaks to the ever-increasing importance of social networking data and Facebook’s prominence in the space with over 70 million users around the world. The Xobni sidebar in Outlook will display public data from Facebook profiles and will also offer the user an option to sign into their Facebook account through Xobni and view private data like photos and status messages for their Facebook friends. By leveraging the profiles of Facebook users, Xobni provides greater context around emails by seamlessly informing you of what else is going on in your contacts’ lives.

Facebook has become a killer social app for tens of millions of people, serving as a new kind of address book for keeping track of contacts. A recent Washington Post article on the future of address books spoke about Facebook, LinkedIn, and the value of the data trapped in social networks. The article also spoke about how Xobni is advancing the address book for email: “The best you can get is a free plug-in for Outlook called Xobni.” We believe that combining data from social networks like Facebook with Xobni will make us all better at personal and professional relationship management.

We’ll be sure to announce here on our blog, to our mailing list, and in our forums when Xobni with Facebook integration is available. To signup for this and future announcements, please do so on our download page (look for the “Keep in Touch” box where you can type in your email).

Vroooom – Building the Team

Focus, experience, skill, passion, and fun – these are the things we look for in hires. We’ve found these traits in the two latest additions to our product team.

We are pleased to announce that Josh Jacobson will be joining Xobni as our Director of Product Management and Brian Kobashikawa will join Xobni as our Principal Designer.

Both of these guys were part of the Yahoo Messenger team that supplanted AOL Messenger as the #1 instant messaging platform in the United States. They were also both part of the product team that released the Yahoo Messenger Vista client to rave reviews. Their skill and experience will translate perfectly to Xobni; they are great at building products that fit into narrow rectangular boxes!

Josh headed product management for all of Yahoo Messenger including the Vista, XP, Web Messenger, and Mac Messenger clients.

Brian brings a rare combination of visual design and user experience design. He was a principal designer at Yahoo, the highest title held by individual contributor designers at Yahoo.

Both have worked for big companies as well as multiple startups and are excited to return to the startup life. We are excited to have them!

The Xobni race car is about to hit 3rd gear.

Xobni is Growing, Adding Technical Teeth, and Saying Goodbye to a Good Friend

Today we’re are announcing some additions, changes and opportunities for the Xobni team.

Engineering excellence is in Xobni’s DNA. We are on seeking teammates who will help us extend our technical and product ambitions.

The key open roles for Xobni today are QA Automation Engineer, software developers, and a VP of Engineering to lead our band of merry engineers.

Ryan Gerard, our QA engineering lead, seeks an QA Automation Engineer. Ryan wrote a great blog post that gives a good perspective on the value quality engineering. If you are interested in this position, please email with the subject “QA Automation Engineer”. 

This week we just had an offer accepted for a Sr. Software Engineer position. Great news, but we have more roles open, and it took us months to find this candidate. We are seeking more fantastic software developers, so if the problems Xobni is tackling inspire you, send us your resume at You will find our software engineering job description here.

And finally, at the end of this summer Gabor Cselle will be leaving Xobni to work on his very own startup. Gabor has filled the role of VP of Engineering admirably for the past year and half. We will capture some great Gabor moments in a future blog post, and maybe we can inspire one of the team to put together a “Best of Gabor” video 😉 And while we are sad to see Gabor go, his departure is a big opportunity for Xobni.

Today we kick off a search for that perfect engineering leader to come join Xobni for the next set of challenges. The right person will champion our engineering ethos, while delivering a fantastic product, on-time. The team will be growing quickly, so a candidate should be an able manager who excels at rapid company growth. They must know how to ship desktop software, particularly with today’s tools and challenges.  They must know how to add or remove process as a company grows, and they must command the team’s respect through their hard work and character.

This is a key role for Xobni, reporting to the CEO with board of directors visibility. If you are or know the perfect engineering leader for Xobni, drop us a line. You will find the full job description for our VP of Engineering here.

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