Jelly - AB

ABC/D 13.01.14: Once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur!

People who love studying, always study; even after topping the class.

People who love telling stories, always tell stories; even after being awarded for it (let’s say).

And, more importantly for us, people who love building products, continue to build products; even after having built a highly successful product.

Consider Twitter, and it’s co-founders!

Twitter is an online social networking and microblogging service that enables users to send and read “tweets”, which are text messages limited to 140 characters. Twitter Inc. is based in San Francisco and has offices in New York City, Boston, San Antonio and Detroit.

Twitter was created in March 2006 by Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass.

  1. Noah Glass was considered the spiritual founder of Twitter, and has since been largely expunged from Twitter history (read more about it here). He’s not really done anything of note since.
  2. Jack Dorsey followed up Twitter with the very interesting Square Inc. – a mobile credit card payment method.
  3. Evan Williams, who’s probably the most successful entrepreneur of the four, created Blogger (and sold to Google) before he setup Twitter. He later created the very popular blogging platform Medium.
  4. Biz Stone is the latest one to create another project. He’s come up with Jelly!

Jelly is a graphic question and answer social network.

Here’s how the website defines Jelly:

Say you’re walking along and you spot something unusual. You want to know what it is so you launch Jelly, take a picture, circle it with your finger, and type, “What’s this?” That query is submitted to some people in your network who also have Jelly. Jelly notifies you when you have answers.

I’ve spent the last week tinkering with the app on my iPhone (it’s available for iOS and Android). Getting started is simple; once you’ve connected Facebook and Twitter, you get a number of questions from within you networks and you can tap on one to add an answer or read existing ones. To get rid of one, or move on to the next, just flick downwards. If you want t put up a question of your own, just add a photo and the question. You will be notified when you receive an answer or if someone “likes” an answer you supplied. Additionally, you can give other users virtual thank-you notes for their answers; which I thought was a nice personal touch.

However, I don’t see much intellectual questions floating about (apologies for the intended pun). I suspect it’ll be a much more popular platform for inviting opinions from your social network, when shopping or travelling.

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Atin Batra

Atin Batra is the Accelerator Lead at blueprint, Swire Properties’ tech focussed co-working space and B2B accelerator in Hong Kong. An ex-entrepreneur, Atin is a digital marketer by profession, startup mentor/connector by passion!

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