Wump Commentary

Shopping List Site combines Desktop Power with Cell Phone Flexibility.
April 19, 2007, 4:28 pm
Filed under: innovation

Summary:Listingly.com is a free mobile friendly site that allows users to create and manage private or shared lists at the desktop, and view them on any web enabled cell phone mobile device. Perfect for grocery, todo, wishlists or any other type of checklist.

In a perfect world, lists should be so smart they help you create them, be sharable with friends, family and others, and always be right there in your pocket.

WUMP Services Inc. announces the launch of Listingly.com, a free service that brings together the power of the desktop computer and the “always-close-at-hand” availability of the mobile cell phone device.

Listingly can be used for any kind of list, and at launch includes a “Smart List” for Groceries allowing for less typing at home, and less walking at the store!

The Grocery Smart List auto-suggests items as the user types and auto-groups the shopping list by grocery department. This and the ability to remember previously deleted items makes compiling a list fast and easy, and of course, items can be checked off at the store using any web enabled cell phone.

At it’s core, Listingly is a sophisticated list manager useful for to do lists, shopping lists and any other type of checklist. Lists can be private or open to any number of people. Items can be grouped together, and item history can be remembered for fast re-insertion and memory jogging.

Signup, sharing and configuration actions are performed on the desktop. Listingly’s clean and spacious design provides powerful tools to create and manage lists. On the cell phone mobile device, Listingly provides a simplified interface that is fast, clear and uses a minimum of bandwidth.

About Listingly.com
Listingly.com is a creation of WUMP Services Inc. is a Denver based Internet development company that focuses on the creation of innovative and dynamic web applications.



The snowball principle of business strategy
January 22, 2007, 7:03 am
Filed under: business strategy, innovation

The snowball principle. Sound impressive? I hope so, I made it up myself.

To me you can judge the sanity of a company based on their understanding of the snowball principle. To make this clearer, my idea of a good business plan is one where what you are effectively doing is making a snowball, and starting to roll it down a hill.

That might sound like simple common sense.. and “like duh” it is.. so why are there so many companies that don’t get it? When I look at Corporate America, and venture capital startups, this is what I see:

  • 1: Typical: The belief that the way to run a business is to get a bunch of people to push a really big snowball up a hill. I kid thee not. I’ve seen this over and over again. Soooo many of the traditional beliefs surrounding US industry support this business model.. like “Work Hard’ for example. That’s great, but somewhat bogus. Sadly, there are lots of people capable of genius who don’t have time to allow it to float to the surface.. too busy.
  • 2: Typical startup: We need $6million dollars to build a really big snowball to roll down a hill. I think this annoys me even more. These are businesses started by people who leave Corporate America knowing in their gut that there can be a better way, who come up with good ideas, but still have that “big snowball” thing stuck in their head from the Corporate mindset. Part of it is ego. These are the guys who can make it big – but they don’t think it’s OK to have two employees and do under $250k in the first year.

Well here’s the thing. Group 1 are always going to struggle. If they manage to keep that snowball rolling then their struggle looks like success, if not it looks like failure, but it’s still struggle!

Group 2 could have just started with a smaller snowball and waited it to build momentum for 6 months to a year. If they’d done that, then a venture capital firm wouldn’t own more than half their company and breathing down their necks.

Thankfully I’m not the only person who thinks this way, and better still, other guys put it in words better. Go read the free ebook at 37signals.com. These guys rock.

Wake up people. If you are sick of working for someone else, then be very careful, because doing your own thing is more than “doing your own thing”. It’s all about leaving behind some of the corporate BS.. They don’t have it right most of the time.