My New Adventure

The day after I left PlayMotion, I decided that I was going to take a little time away and clear my head and figure out what my next “thing” was going to be.  About 2 days later, I was approached by a friend of mine (Michael McChesney) about taking over the operations of one of his companies. The short version is that my self-imposed sabbatical didn’t last terribly long.

Think Visio, but with little boxes that actually “do something”.

I quietly took over the reigns at StarPound back in late May or so.  StarPound is playing in an incredibly compelling space – Enterprise 2.0 mashups, a topic that I plan on writing a bit about moving forward. The company has been in heavy R&D mode for the past four years, funded by investments from Michael, Tripp Rackley, and Noro-Moseley Partners.

So for the past four or five months, we’ve been busy cranking out code, getting traction from some early customers, refining the business model, and preparing for the launchpad. We’ve nearly completed the shift from R&D to market mode, and that’s always simultaneously draining and exhilarating.

We’ll be rolling out a new web site in the next few weeks which will get into a lot more specifics. But for now, think a cloud-based, open-source J2EE application server that drives voice/data/web services (via SOAP/REST/SIP/etc), with a visual business process modeling tool sitting on top of it. Think Visio, but with little boxes that actually “do something”.

We’ve also built a number of open-source add-on modules, including a free cloud-based PBX, and an entire suite of applications for contact centers.  Think telephony (Avaya) + BPM (Pega), but for free.


More soon …



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