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A "Space" Business Gets Launched June 12, 2006

Posted by shubber in Uncategorized.
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Apologies for the slight delay in posting recently – i’ve been busy helping* a new exciting startup company get through their initial launch this weekend with their first customer, and they are already generating revenue!

The company, comprised mainly of young smart space tragics, is only tangentially related to space, in that one of the key components of their system is taken from the free signals being provided by the GPS constellation. The rest of the technology comes from the internet and wireless world, and combines some great bits of clever engineering/integration to go after a wide open, multi-billion dollar market.

So, without further ado, I’d just like to offer a huge congratulations to the team at SnowSports Interactive and the launch of their whispar service at Mt. Buller in Victoria (that’s in Australia). Special congratulations to Steve Kenny, the Managing Director/CEO, for taking them from idea to implementation in 7 short months.

* “helping” – v. normally means to assist, but mostly i just stood by the sidelines and cheered them on.

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1. Shubber Ali - June 18, 2006

Well, it appears that CNet and the mainstream web press has given them a bit of coverage, so here are the links:

Ski.com

Cnet

2. Chris Mann - June 25, 2006

That’s just totally lame. $70 per day wifi hotspot on a ski field, who would buy such a thing?

If I were to drag a my HPaq smartphone, or god help me, my Vaio UX series tablet onto a snow field, I could get a full days worth of EV-DO connectivity from Telstra for a tenth of that price.

If they were also putting small tablet sized touchscreen terminals on the ski lifts with resort information, that would be interesting. This however is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

3. Shubber Ali - June 25, 2006

That’s just totally lame. $70 per day wifi hotspot on a ski field, who would buy such a thing?

No one.

Which is why they aren’t selling it that way. Don’t know what box of cereal you get your information out of, but you may want to switch brands.

If I were to drag a my HPaq smartphone, or god help me, my Vaio UX series tablet onto a snow field, I could get a full days worth of EV-DO connectivity from Telstra for a tenth of that price.

Really? They have a bunch of wires just laying around on the snow, do they? Or do they already have wireless in these resorts and just aren’t telling anyone, including their own marketing staff?

If they were also putting small tablet sized touchscreen terminals on the ski lifts with resort information, that would be interesting.

Keep watching, they will be doing quite a bit more. The wireless network is just the enabler.

This however is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard.

Then you must never have heard of the trillion dollar asteroid.

4. brettski - June 25, 2006

Nice tyrade there Chris but, as you know, the best tyrades are based on fact:

Check out the coverage map for Victoria EV-DO here and then tell me how you’re planning on checking your emails when you’re at Mt Buller.


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