I always hate to report on this stuff, but sometimes you just have to. Portland-based LUNARR, one of the first companies to come out of stealth mode after I started Silicon Florist, has decided to close its doors.
Last Thursday, users of LUNARR’s Elements and Themes products received the following notice: Read More
Tom Foremski of Silicon Valley Watcher has a recent post that touches on an interview with Hideshi Hamaguchi and Toru Takasuka of Portland-based startup Lunarr. (You may also remember Hideshi for his presentation, “How to live like Japanese in Portland” at the first Ignite Portland.)
What struck me about “Portland’s High Tech Community And The Space To Think” was this little gem:
When I met with them four months ago, I asked why did they choose Portland as the home base for Lunarr, why not Silicon Valley? After all, there are many companies moving to Silicon Valley every day/week to become part of the great conversation that goes on here.
They said that Portland allowed them to think.
Yes, I know it’s in the headline, too. I get that. I’m just a little dense. Apparently, I need more time to think.
The post also touches on Portland on Fire, Raven Zachary’s side project that introduces us to one interesting Portlander a day. A side project which, coincidentally, is always looking for new folks to profile. So head on over there, and participate.
To read the post in its entirety—and to learn why Portland may be a better place for startups than the Valley—visit “Portland’s High Tech Community And The Space To Think“
After operating for two years in stealth mode, LUNARR stepped into the light, last night, unveiling its collaboration-oriented product offering to a crowd of bloggers and other interested parties in its hometown, Portland, Oregon.
For a week where all tech eyes seem to be on the little Arrington-Calacanis get-together down south, LUNARR is pulling down some pretty impressive coverage.
As always, I’ll work to roundup all of the posts that I can. Here’s what I’ve found, so far:
- Lunarr Launches Thought Provoking Collaboration Tool – With Issues
“Cofounder Hideshi Hamaguchi, who probably has a career as a poet in his future if this doesn’t work out, says that Lunarr leverages the creative tension between structure and chaos. In that mental place, Hamaguchi says, we just may find more time for creativity in our work. I buy that.”
- Lunarr: A different philosophy for collaboration
“Lunarr is based on a simple idea, but not quite ready for prime time for a few reasons, which I believe could be fixed before the product goes into beta.”
- Lunarr’s Online Document Collaboration: Write on the Back of Papers
“One of the most helpful tools for Lunarr is the automated organization tools that are included with this service. All documents that you attach to a message are automatically stored in a section dedicated to related files. A complete revision history is also maintained, which is rather pertinent for a document collaboration site.”
- Lunarr: A Once in a Blue Moon Company with a Unique Collaborative App
“The Lunarr concept is a hybrid model of the different way Japanese and US workers share their work space. In Japan, offices have communal areas where shared resources such as manuals are kept. In US offices, cubicles with their private areas are the norm.”
- Lunarr eclipse
“Instead of attaching the document to an email, you attach the email to the document. That is to say, you click the document tab and it flips over, providing a simple mail form. You specify a recipient, include a short note, and send it on. They then can open the document, make some changes, and do the same in return.”
- LUNARR Launches Online Collaboration Service
“LUNARR’s online collaboration service provides web-based access to a collaborative document which is linked into an email system and version tracking, along with commenting and message features. “
- LUNARR Launch
“The answer to the question on everyone’s mind: ‘Do they compete with Jive Software’ is No. We have a large, open collaboration platform, while LUNARR is laser focused on document collaboration, but with a different spin.”
- For those of you who like the video, Scoble has promised coverage on LUNARR. I’ll work to get it posted it as soon as it’s available. [Update] Scoble has posted the video—LUNARR brings a new “backward” way to collaborate—so I’ve embedded it below.
If you’ve written about LUNARR, and I’ve (inadvertently) missed your post, link it up in the comments below. I’ll make sure to add it to this list.For more on LUNARR, see the product descriptions on the LUNARR site.
Bringing two years of stealth to a close, LUNARR, the Portland-based company founded on the premise that every knowledge worker in an organization has the potential to be a creative contributor, will unveil its Web-based collaboration product, this evening, at CubeSpace. The event starts at 6:00 PM.
What should you expect to see?
LUNARR is a service that allows people to create and share documents in an efficient and convenient way. As a member, once you login you can create or access a document, and then revise or simply share the document with whomever you like. Share a report with a colleague. Change a contract with your attorney. LUNARR makes it fast and simple.
LUNARR was founded by wildly successful Japanese entrepreneur Toru Takasuka of Cybozu fame. Takasuka is scheduled to present, as is LUNARR Chief Operating Officer, Hideshi Hamaguchi.
For more information on the event or to RSVP, please visit the Upcoming page.
Apparently, Wednesday is the “Announce the events I’d really like to attend yet upon which I will inevitably be forced to bail” Day at Silicon Florist. Here’s another one:
Portland-based LUNARR, which has gotten quite a bit of press for a company in stealth mode, is disengaging its cloaking device on September 17 at CubeSpace.
LUNARR was founded by wildly successful Japanese entrepreneur Toru Takasuka of Cybozu fame:
LUNARR was founded in January of 2006 in the high tech corridor of Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. The brainchild of Toru Takasuka, one of Japan’s foremost technology entrepreneurs, LUNARR was founded on the idea that every knowledge worker in an organization has the potential to be a creative contributor, one who can have a significant impact on the organization’s success by sharing his or her unique ideas and perspectives through collaboration.
What do they do? Do you not understand the concept of “stealth”? I don’t know. We’ll just have to go to the launch party, won’t we? And by “we,” I mean “you.”
For information on the launch party, see the Upcoming page.
(Hat tip to Dawn Foster)