It is an uncharacteristically hot day in the pacific northwest and a beautiful one to travel by train between Portland and Seattle. I spent a few hours today in the emerald city with Jeremy Jaech, founder and CEO of Trumba. I got know Jeremy years ago when I convinced him to join my board of directors at Extensis, and have tried to stay in touch over the years since selling Extensis in 2000 (to a bunch of knuckleheads unfortunately, but that's another story completely.)
Jeremy is not as well known as other Seattle based entrepreneurs but he is certainly one of the most accomplished high tech execs in the history of the software business. There are a lot of former Microsoft execs up there who are smart, impressive, rich, etc. but not many have built successful software companies from scratch. If you haven't heard of Trumba, you will, but I bet you've heard of two other companies he co-founded, namely Visio (now part of Microsoft) and Aldus (the PageMaker folks that Adobe gobbled up years ago.)
Since leaving Attensa I have gotten involved in some fun and interesting projects, and since more than one discussion recently raised the idea of sophisticated calendar technology, I decided to give Jeremy a call. Jeremy gets things quickly, pays attention, and asks smart questions...I wish he was on the board of my last few companies. Maybe I can convince him one more time when I spin up the next one.
Regardless, check out Trumba. While they are not targeting consumers, it's a full featured offering and quite impressive.