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Our Investment In Memeo

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I love when we find magic technology that just does what it is supposed to.  That – plus a handful of amazing people – are the underpinnings of the investment we just led in Memeo.  My partner Ryan McIntyre – who joined the board – has a detailed post up titled Foundry Group Invests in Memeo.

I’ve been searching for brainless backup and sync software for a long time.  I’ve never been happy.  I am now.  I’m using Memeo to keep five Vista machines (going on seven) in sync and it just automagically happens.  Oh – and my server is a Mac – how fun is that?

We did a couple of other investments in Q4 of last year that we’ll be writing about soon, along with what we are up to at Foundry Group.  In the meantime, if you use a PC or a Mac and have any digital data on any of your computers that you care about (say photos, music, videos, movies, or even Word docs), give Memeo a try and tell me what you think.

  • Mauricio Freitas

    Ok… So perhaps now they have the time and money to fix some problems… Like Memeo Autobackup failing to copy files, or Memeo Autosync simply ignoring the mapped drives after a while and only restart copying to those drives if the PC is rebooted.

    I thought these were fixed and I installed both Memeo Autosync and Memeo Autobackup on a fresh Windows Vista reinstall, thinking of having my files being nicely copied to my Windows Home Server box – no such luck.

    Both software were removed after 12 hours because neither would keep copying things without a reboot now and then. Exactly the same thing I saw happening on a Windows XP machine when I got a copy of Memeo software at Showstoppers during the CES 2007.

    • http://www.feld.com Brad Feld

      Mauricio – drop me an email (brad@feld.com) – I know the Memeo guys would be interested in troubleshooting your Vista + Home Server issues. I've occasionally seen issues on sync appearing to “stall” on network drives. We've determined it's a function of my network / VPN config which will get fixed in the next version. For the time being, the solution seems to be clicking on “Verify Sync” for the specific sync plan – this should restart it without a need for a reboot. The next version will have a specific “Restart” button / option that's more obvious.

      I haven't seen this problem on Vista with Autobackup so your config would be very useful to see.

      • http://www.memeo.com Chris Halim

        Hi Brad — thank you for the vote of confidence. We are so excited to have Foundry Group's backing. We are growing stronger everyday :-)

        Hi Mauricio — please contact me (chris at memeo dot com). We are very interested in understanding and resolving any issues that you have encountered. We have made significant progress in improving our software since CES last year. But more work lies ahead. We will continue to invest in making our products more and more robust and reliable. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

        Best regards,
        Chris Halim

  • http://theconvergingnetwork.com Mitchell Ashley

    Brad, Interesting – I didn't know you'd invested in Memeo. Actually, I just did a review of the product up on my Network World blog. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/23575

    What I really appreciate about this product is how Memeo re-thought the problem of backup software from the user's perspective and came up with a much better (and simpler) mouse trap. Kudos. I think you made a smart investment.

    Mitcell

  • http://timwolters.blogspot.com Tim Wolters

    Have been using memeo on an XP box and my MacBook Pro for about a year. The interface has gotten a lot better for XP. I haven't tried the new Mac software yet, and have just been using an rsync script. This is all connected to a Buffalo LinkStation box that I've been very happy with for cheap NAS.

  • Cliff Cate

    I have been using Memeo for at least 18 months and it works great. I am glad to hear that you made an invest and it should mean that the product should get even better.

  • http://blog.offbeatmammal.com OffBeatMammal

    It looks very neat. But it doesn't solve the one big problem I have… MP3 libraries scattered over 4 machines, some files with better tags. Some songs duplicated, some songs the same filename but better quality… and a manual process to sort out what I want as the master!
    Now if they could create an add-on to do that sort of data management it would rock!

    • http://www.memeo.com hong

      Dear OffBeatMammal,

      The scattered problem as you have described is problematic with both music and photos due to high growth and organic nature. We agree and we are developing software to address both of these issues.

      Hong

  • Marc Heiland

    Glad to hear there are some investors. We are a small company that has been looking for a simple way to sync data from laptops to the network. We love the software but have one fatal flaw…..the software requires admin access to run on an everyday basis. We have about 50 users that would benefit from software like this but I can't have my team give them admin access for one piece of software. Might this issue be resolved in a future release?

    • Chris Halim

      Hi Marc, thank you for the feedback. Indeed, this problem will be resolved in the next AutoSync release.

      • http://www.memeo.com Hong

        Marc, Feel free to contact us if you want an early look. hong@memeo.com.

        Hong

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mauricio_fr4245 mauricio_fr4245

    Ok… So perhaps now they have the time and money to fix some problems… Like Memeo Autobackup failing to copy files, or Memeo Autosync simply ignoring the mapped drives after a while and only restart copying to those drives if the PC is rebooted.

    I thought these were fixed and I installed both Memeo Autosync and Memeo Autobackup on a fresh Windows Vista reinstall, thinking of having my files being nicely copied to my Windows Home Server box – no such luck.

    Both software were removed after 12 hours because neither would keep copying things without a reboot now and then. Exactly the same thing I saw happening on a Windows XP machine when I got a copy of Memeo software at Showstoppers during the CES 2007.

  • Mitchell Ashley

    Brad, Interesting – I didn't know you'd invested in Memeo. Actually, I just did a review of the product up on my Network World blog. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/23575

    What I really appreciate about this product is how Memeo re-thought the problem of backup software from the user's perspective and came up with a much better (and simpler) mouse trap. Kudos. I think you made a smart investment.

    Mitcell

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/tim_wolters4266 tim_wolters4266

    Have been using memeo on an XP box and my MacBook Pro for about a year. The interface has gotten a lot better for XP. I haven't tried the new Mac software yet, and have just been using an rsync script. This is all connected to a Buffalo LinkStation box that I've been very happy with for cheap NAS.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld bfeld

    Mauricio – drop me an email (brad@feld.com) – I know the Memeo guys would be interested in troubleshooting your Vista + Home Server issues. I've occasionally seen issues on sync appearing to "stall" on network drives. We've determined it's a function of my network / VPN config which will get fixed in the next version. For the time being, the solution seems to be clicking on "Verify Sync" for the specific sync plan – this should restart it without a need for a reboot. The next version will have a specific "Restart" button / option that's more obvious.

    I haven't seen this problem on Vista with Autobackup so your config would be very useful to see.

  • Chris Halim

    Hi Brad — thank you for the vote of confidence. We are so excited to have Foundry Group's backing. We are growing stronger everyday :-)

    Hi Mauricio — please contact me (chris at memeo dot com). We are very interested in understanding and resolving any issues that you have encountered. We have made significant progress in improving our software since CES last year. But more work lies ahead. We will continue to invest in making our products more and more robust and reliable. Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

    Best regards,
    Chris Halim

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/cliff_cate4270 cliff_cate4270

    I have been using Memeo for at least 18 months and it works great. I am glad to hear that you made an invest and it should mean that the product should get even better.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/offbeatmamm4340 offbeatmamm4340

    It looks very neat. But it doesn't solve the one big problem I have… MP3 libraries scattered over 4 machines, some files with better tags. Some songs duplicated, some songs the same filename but better quality… and a manual process to sort out what I want as the master!
    Now if they could create an add-on to do that sort of data management it would rock!

  • hong

    Dear OffBeatMammal,

    The scattered problem as you have described is problematic with both music and photos due to high growth and organic nature. We agree and we are developing software to address both of these issues.

    Hong

  • Marc Heiland

    Glad to hear there are some investors. We are a small company that has been looking for a simple way to sync data from laptops to the network. We love the software but have one fatal flaw…..the software requires admin access to run on an everyday basis. We have about 50 users that would benefit from software like this but I can't have my team give them admin access for one piece of software. Might this issue be resolved in a future release?

  • Hong

    Marc, Feel free to contact us if you want an early look. hong@memeo.com.

    Hong

  • Chris Halim

    Hi Marc, thank you for the feedback. Indeed, this problem will be resolved in the next AutoSync release.

  • Tim

    Every time that I turn on my computer, I get the Memeo auto backup startup page. Can I stop this from coming up?

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/bfeld Brad Feld

      Tim – give the Support section of their site a try – http://www.memeo.com/autobackup_1.php.  If you don’t get your problem solved that way, drop me an email (brad@feld.com) and I’ll get you connected directly with support.

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