The Story Of Good

from the still-possible-to-do-a-silicon-valley-startup dept

USA Today has an article all about what happened at Good Technologies, one of the popular Silicon Valley startups around these days. It’s definitely an “insiders'” startup, made up of a bunch of people who worked on various high profile startups in the past. I always thought it was an interesting company because they had released a product a while back, which failed miserably, and then went back into stealth mode to develop something new. Of course, it helped that they had many millions of dollars from two of the bigger named VC firms out there. Anyway, they finally released their product, which doesn’t seem all that revolutionary to me. It’s a system to deliver Microsoft Outlook to handheld devices. Yet another competitor to the Blackberry system. Of course, I’m not sure why the Blackberry isn’t already good enough for most people, since it works with Outlook.

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Mike (profile) says:

Re: No Subject Given

Heh. Good point. My argument isn’t that there isn’t a market for other devices beyond the Blackberry (in fact, I think there’s a huge market), but that the devices need to be functionally superior in many noticeable ways for it to make a dent. So, for instance, I still really like the Danger Hiptop since that gives you a similar form factor, with significantly greater functionality.

The Good device may be cool, and useful, but not significantly more so than the RIM from what I can see.

Brian says:

Re: Re: No Subject Given

The thing that puzzles me is that it sure looks like their stuff is built on top of RIM technology (note the picture of a blackberry running their software on their website as well as their screenshots all having very distinctive not-connected menu box lines RIM look to ’em (can’t imagine why someone would mimic that if they were doing their own thing)). So I’m not sure how it’s a blackberry-killer exactly. Also it seems like it’s aimed at corporate clients and not individuals… at least from what I can learn on their website.
— Brian

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