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What to Do with $6.5M and Flex

Posted by Charles | February 21, 2008 .

With $6.5M from Frazier Technology Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures, blist is to make it the “easiest database” in the world, in Flash/Flex.

I think the money invested is for the believe of the next generation web, the Semantic Web (Google called Web 3.0). A Flex based RIA approach is certainly a niche enough drawing attention from VCs. Blist is competing (or exploring) in the same space as where Freebase is in, which has generated more than 3 million topics, 1200 types in 70 domains. While Freebase is at plain data side, Blist seems intent to provide more integrated tools as well. Some how I like both approaches.

The blist UI is fluent and perform very well. The table, or a “blist”, design tool reminds me MS Access but simpler and easier. Even though this design is not for creative works, RIA does helps on anything related to design. There is another concept called “lens”, which is data filter or Database View as in a RDBMS. Of cause, all the data generated (structures, contents, etc) can be shared. I can’t find there is any API available yet for mashup consumption, where is Freebase’s strength.

I really like everything I’ve seen while playing inside my blist account. However, on back of my head, I’m wondering why I need come back use it and generate data here?

BTW, I have some invites if you want sign up there. Just drop me a line in comment with email address.

blist What to Do with $6.5M and Flex

Update: It’s open to everybody now.

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13 Comments so far
  1. Mike  February 21, 2008 9:15 am

    Hi – I’d be interested in an invite if you’ve got a few to spare.

  2. Paul  February 21, 2008 9:18 am

    I’m interested, can you send me a invitation?
    Thanks in advance…

  3. mattjpoole  February 21, 2008 10:00 am

    Count me in if there are any left.
    Many thanks
    Matt

  4. Mario Talavera  February 21, 2008 10:10 am

    Me too please! Thanks.

  5. Mario Talavera  February 21, 2008 10:10 am

    Me too please!

  6. Tariq Ahmed  February 21, 2008 10:12 am

    Is the idea to have an online + shared + collaborative database? So that you can access your stuff from where ever you are?

    The other trend I’m seeing is these “Web 2.0″ (for lack of a better term) companies build a framework and a major application on top of it… but expose alot of APIs, modules, widgets, etc… and let the community drive the platform by seeing what people do with it.

  7. joao  February 21, 2008 6:22 pm

    i will be interested, if you please send me an invitation

  8. N.M.  February 22, 2008 1:08 am

    Hey, interesting post.

    I would like an invitation also, if there are any left.

    Thanks.

  9. Justin Freitag  February 22, 2008 3:17 am

    i’d like an invite if there’s still some left. I’m looking to demonstrate the use of Flex today…

  10. suketu  February 22, 2008 9:34 am

    would like to have 1 account.

  11. Nic  February 22, 2008 12:59 pm

    Sounds like a cool system and I would love to see what Flex is capable of. Could you send me an invite?

  12. David Boeke  February 22, 2008 8:25 pm

    Thanks for the article, would love to get an invite. Have you compared its features to that of coghead?

  13. jizzle  February 23, 2008 10:51 am

    I just signed up. No invite needed.

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