Today we announced our investment in Gist on the Foundry Group website. This is a really exciting investment for us in that Gist is attempting to solve the "inbox problem" that we’ve been thinking about and living with for a long time.
If you are like me and have multiple inboxes and social networks, I spend a lot of time wondering "where" the particular information that I’m looking for exists.
Gist takes the users inbox and connects it with the flow of information on the web to make it more meaningful to the end-user. They’ve built a web service that integrates tightly with Microsoft Outlook, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In addition, a Microsoft Exchange server version is in the works and will be released by the end of the summer.
Gist does a magical job of dynamically building a user’s social network from existing information sources, using this to surface relevant information around the web in real time and then organizing and presenting it in a way that is useful both in the short term as well as over a longer period of time. Gist addresses both the issue of inbox fatigue / email overload and information discovery on the web, while doing it in a way that is unobtrusive to a user’s existing information flows.
As for my blog post title, I apologize to Will Smith (and embarrassingly this video still works for me), but figured that everyone else was saying that we got the "gist of it" and I wanted to be unique.