We are super psyched about our investment in Pogoplug. Generally, I hate self-referential tech analogies as a way of describing a product, but in Pogoplug’s case it’s easy: “Pogoplug is a Slingbox for your hard drive.” Our big insight about Sling as an investment was that it was “a bunch of magic software packaged in a cool plastic box that just works.” Similarly, Pogoplug is “a bunch of magic software packaged in a cool plastic box that just works.”
While it’s easy to pimp our own investments, it’s better when others do. I came home from vacation to Tim Wolters (co-founder Collective Intellect; previously co-founder/CTO Dante Group) post on Pogoplug (yes – I stuck one in his hand after we talked about it.) He was skeptical, but nails the use case and asks for my favorite “on the roadmap” feature – automagical data sync.
In April, Todd Vernon (co-founder/CEO of Lijit; previously co-founder/CTO Raindance) also had a great Pogoplug review. Todd is a consumer electronics junkie (he makes me look tame) and is notoriously hard on products and companies. Praise from Todd is high praise indeed.
Hell – my dad even likes his! And – yes – all of my data is now on a drive attached to a Pogoplug sitting in a cabinet in my house, available to me from anywhere at anytime. It’s conceivable that I’ll even get Amy to like it.