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So I'm starting to build my team and raise capital.  More on that later.

I've had a technical setback with Focus, and decided to take a break from that and whip out something else I've wanted to build for a long time. It should have taken a week, but I, being me, had to try a wide variety of methods and land on the best one.

I think I've nailed it, finally. I'm just wrapping it up over the next few days--literally cleaning up some of the code, fixing a few known issues, adding accounts, save, undo, etc.

Buckets is a simple way to do a braindump and organize that which you've dumped(there's got to be better semantics than that).

It is not a mindmap. Mindmaps are full of stuff--too much stuff, too much information, too many lines.  It's not a task manager; Focus will have one, both products will integrate with online task managers and Outlook.

It's just a very simple, quick, fluid way to dump and collect your thoughts or tasks. Things. Whatever. That's the part I'm opening up to a private beta in a few days, anyway.

It goes a lot deeper, without complexity--it's a platform with APIs, and hopefully you'll dig it. Sign up here: on the left side of the page. (It's not Focus, but let me know if you want to check that out).

Investment--so yes, I'm building a team here in Lancaster.  If you are a C++ dev lead, an architect, a Flex developer, or Cocoa dev please drop me a line.

If you're an investor looking to invest in a high-growth, disruptive company, please contact me and we'll talk about how we're going to make you a hero.


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