Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Summify News’ Category

Summify Joins The Flock At Twitter!

You’ve probably noticed we’ve been quiet lately. Well, we’re extremely excited to announce that Summify has been acquired by Twitter! I know, right? We can hardly believe it ourselves!

Roughly 2 years ago, we moved from Romania to Vancouver after being accepted into Bootup Labs, an awesome startup incubator. It has been an incredible journey, with lots of highs, a few lows, and many product iterations. In March 2011 we launched our email summary product and we’ve been blown away by the response ever since. Many of our users tell us we found a magical solution to a truly unsolved problem.

Our long-term vision at Summify has always been to connect people with the most relevant news for them, in the most time efficient manner. As hundreds of millions of people worldwide are signing up and consuming Twitter, we realized it’s the best platform to execute our vision at a truly global scale. Since Twitter shared this vision with us, joining the company made perfect sense.

We’d like to give a big thanks to all of our investors and advisors, especially Bootup Labs, Boris Wertz, Rob Glaser, Andrew Braccia, Stewart Butterfield, Steve Olechowski, our users, our team and, of course, the city of Vancouver. Thank you for your support and your faith in us, we couldn’t have made it so far without you!

Follow us on Twitter:
@mirceapasoi, @cgst, @mkychua, @therealnybbles@prostul

And, a huge thanks to @robncampbell for all his work with us over the last 7 months.

Best,
The Summify Team


FAQ

What happens to Summify?

We will be disabling new account registrations immediately and we will also be removing some features. We will keep the email summaries for a few more weeks, but at some point we will shut down the current Summify product. In the meantime, if you’re a user of Summify you’ll still receive your summaries, just like before.

What features are you removing?

Starting today, the following changes will take effect:
We’re removing the ability to make your summaries public (i.e. all summaries will be private)
We’re removing profile pages and influence pages
We’re removing the auto-publish feature
We’re disabling user registration from the website, iPhone and Hootsuite apps

Why are you removing these features?

We are offering a more streamlined service as we transition our efforts to working at Twitter.

Will you still be in Vancouver?

We will be moving down to San Francisco and will work out of the Twitter office.

What will you be doing at Twitter?

We are joining Twitter’s Growth team and will continue to explore ways to help people connect and engage with relevant, timely news.


UPDATE

Thanks for your notes of congratulations. We’re thrilled to be joining Twitter. Some of you have expressed concerns about the product being shut down. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm. At Twitter, we are going to focus our efforts on making Twitter even more engaging and useful for you. While we can’t get into details on what’s to come, we can say that we’re excited and we think you will be too.

Summify Announced as Mashable Awards Finalist Thanks to Community Support

A huge THANK YOU goes out to everyone in our amazing community who nominated us – Summify has been named a finalist for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service in the 2011 Mashable Awards!

Final voting is now open and you may vote once per day until closing on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Mashable Dec. 19. With your permission and support, let’s keep the momentum moving toward a Mashable Award!
 

 

Vote Summify in 2 Clicks:

1) Find and click a “Vote Summify” link to view the pending vote on Mashable’s site (requires Facebook or Twitter connect).
2) Click the green “Vote” button to submit.

We’ve done our best to make voting quick and easy for you. You can temporarily bookmark this link during the awards or find it:

In your daily email digest

In our blog sidebar –>


In our Twitter bio

Your kind words of praise and support for Summify continue pushing us to work even harder on improving your news consumption experience. If we can help you anytime please drop us a line on our Get Satisfaction forum or email team(at)summify(dot)com.

Our sincerest thanks again,

Team Summify!

Summify Adds Read it Later Integration for Summaries

Too busy to read it now? Like your reading list all in one spot? Prefer to read offline? Your reason for wanting it doesn’t really matter, the point is, RiL junkies rejoice, it’s here – Read it Later is now integrated with Summify email and web summaries (iPhone soon), bringing you a more flexible reading experience.

Read it Later is one of the more popular read-later services, just releasing a new visually appealing, media-friendly look. It also boasts a whack of official and fan-made apps, handy bookmarklets and is available on Android, iPhone/iPad, and all major browsers. Let’s get down to it.
 

Adding your Read it Later Account to Summify

Similarly to how we’ve integrated with Instapaper, add your Read it Later account in the “Read Later” section of your account settings.

Once you click the RiL button and punch in your account details you’ll be able to send any story straight to your Read it Later list, regardless of where you read your summary:

Email summary – click “Read it Later” below a story’s excerpt

Web summary – click the share button under each story followed by the Read it Later icon

Share Bar – while reading any story, click the share button and then Read it Later

 
iPhone – Read it Later coming soon in the upcoming 1.5 release

We’ve been getting a lot of requests for Read it Later support, so we hope you’re feeling as good as we are as we cross this addition off our list. If you want to stay in the loop with Read it Later you can follow @readitlater on Twitter or check out their blog.

As always, keep the feedback coming and drop us a line anytime we can be of any help.

Happy Summifying – whenever that is!

Mashable Awards – Nominate #Summify for Up-and-Coming Social Media Service

The 2011 Mashable Awards, an annual community-focused competition rewarding the best of digital and social media, is now underway!

We’d like to take this moment to thank all of you Summifyers around the world for your support and help in building Summify’s daily summary service. Every time you share Summify with your networks and send us your feedback we have the opportunity to improve your social news experience for the better. Thanks to the support of our great community we had the chance to pitch at Grow Conference earlier this year and we’d like to ask for your support once again as we gun for “Up-and-Coming Social Media Service” in this year’s Mashable Awards:

 

 

Nominate Summify in two clicks:

1) Find and click a “nominate us” link to see your nomination on the Mashable site (requires Facebook or Twitter connect).
2) Click the green “Nominate” button to submit.

You can nominate us once per day and we’ve done our best to make it extra easy for you. You can temporarily bookmark this link during the awards or find it:

Inside your daily email digest

In the blog sidebar over on the right hand side –>

Inside our bio on Twitter

Nominations run until Nov 18. From there, Mashable’s editors will select seven finalists for each category from the most nominated submissions. The finalists will be announced on Nov. 21, at which time readers will vote for the winners. Final voting will close on Dec. 16. Winners will be announced on Dec. 19.

Our sincere thanks,

Team Summify!

#Summify Welcomes New Intern

Stefan Filip Summify Intern

Team Summify welcomes Stefan Filip, another crazy hacker and our new intern! As you can tell from the photo He’s excited to be here, and I’m envisioning he struck a similar pose for the paparazzi when he hopped of the airplane at YVR. After only a few short days, he’s enjoying Vancouver and says the trains, streets, signal lights and diners remind him a lot of New York.

Joining us until December, Stefan is on the home stretch of completing his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Bucharest in Romania. He’s an international medalist in programming contests and recently interned at Google’s New York office during the Summer of 2010. After working in one of the most powerful technology companies of our time, Stefan wanted to find out what it’s like to work with a small team trying to make it big. During Cristian’s visit back to Romania last winter, Stefan heard that Summify was looking for interns and jumped at the opportunity to join the team. He hopes to learn more about the developmental challenges and lifestyle of a start-up company, so that one day he’ll be prepared to launch his own. It’s safe to say he’s in the right place and we look forward to throwing a few challenges his way. Offline, Stefan enjoys running, reading, dancing and games, be they on a computer, board, or sports field.

Be sure to check back in to see how Stefan’s doing. If you have any questions about his life as an intern at Summify tweet us @Summify or drop us a line at team(at)summify.com. Check out Stefan on Summify and Twitter to get to know him a little better:

Stefan on Summify
Stefan on Twitter
Stefan(at)summify.com

Launch@Grow Highlights from #Summify

Team Summify - Launch@Grow 2011

Team Summify (minus Mircea)

We have lift off. Last week’s Launch@Grow launch party to the 2011 Grow Conference celebrated the blast-off of 15 of Canada’s top early stage startups, as chosen by Canadian and Silicon valley judges.

With a fashionably late arrival, Team Summify setup shop quickly and got ready for an evening of mingling. Thanks to Bootup, beer, bunnies, and a little foosball, a great time was had by all. Here’s the highlight reel:

Foosball: Summify vs A Thinking Ape
Nim represents for Summify in @athinkingape‘s foosball tournament, and Urbandig brings a party bunny.

demonstrating summify at launch@grown
Our favorite part was mixing with everyone and getting to talk with current and potential new Summifyers. It’s always interesting to see how people react to our value proposition, and it’s even nicer to talk to loads of people who already use and love the service.

Summify's super hero trophy - Launch@Grow 2011Summify Victory - Launch@Grow 2011
Summify was among the four winning startups chosen to pitch to Silicon Valley Angels and VCs at Under The Radar on Day 2 of the Grow Conference. Cristian Strat stepped up to pitch Summify to the high-caliber tech judges; some of which are already active Summify users. He had a great experience and we would like to thank you for your valuable insights and tough questions:

Wesley Chan, Investment Partner Google Ventures

Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner SoftTech VC

Rob Hayes, Managing Partner First Round Capital

Lars Leckie, Partner Hummer Winblad

Eghosa Omoigui, Founder EchoVC Partners

Aydin Senkut, Founder and President Felicis Ventures

A congratulations is also in order to the promising companies who joined us to pitch on Day 2: Unbounce (pitch winner), Tiipz and Rocketr. Great work!

Mircea with Dave from Hootsuite
Dave from Hoosuite is so cool that someone made a cardboard cut-out of him. We’re big fans of Hootsuite and @daveohoots so we got in on the action. Be sure to check out his Vancouver, BC craft beer tour on Urbandig.


From the launch party to the after party – as if @dannyrobinson hasn’t got enough of us, he made Mircea swallow some helium and attempt to pitch Summify again. Romanian helium accents are fantastic.

Launch@Grow Summary

For some of you, and our camera, the night may have been a little blurry. In case you need some help to remember all the cool companies that you bumped into, we made a Launch@Grow Summary just for you (click the images for a readable size):

Launch@Grow 2011 Summary FrontLaunch@Grow 2011 Summary back

Finally, thank you to Grow Conference 2011 organizers Debbie Landa and Jasmine Antonick of Dealmaker Media and our friends at Bootup for an amazing Launch@Grow event. For more on everyone behind the event and photos check out Bootup’s #LPGROW It’s a Wrap blog and their Flickr stream. Cheers!

Photo: @sonia, @dannyrobinson, @maurar. Not present, but equally awesome: @janisbehan, @dshanahan, @mackflavelle.

Summify Heads to Launch@Grow: Grow Conference 2011

The Grow Conference is a unique three-day conference that brings together the top minds in business, entrepreneurship, technology, and capital to inspire and engage the next generation of disruptive entrepreneurs. Startups from all over the map have been eagerly awaiting the results of the Launch@GROW Contest: the opportunity for 15 top startups to show-off at the Opening Reception to the 2011 Grow Conference in Vancouver, BC.

61 startups from across Canada entered the Launch@Grow contest and public voting ended July 16. The top 25 leaders who rocked the most votes moved on to the semi-finals where they have been picked apart by Canadian and Silicon Valley judges.

With only 15 days left until The Launch@GROW Launch Party the results are in. The top 15 startups walking down the entrepreneurial red carpet (there’s less botox) are:

Unbounce
Summify
Rocketr
Tiipz
ToggleMe with Tradable Bits
Storypanda
MentionMapp
Hoseanna
Food.ee
Cargoh
Warranty Life
Jostle.me
ZapTap
Hipsell
Wishpond

Techvibes will be highlighting these companies over the next two weeks with startup profiles. Vancouver’s Unbounce led during public voting, so Techvibes jumped the gun yesterday with the first of their 15 startup profiles.

Congratulations to all of our fellow startups! It’s GROW time.

Team Summify Expands

For some of us, nothing beats the atmosphere of energy and learning offered by an early stage start-up. With the recent launch of the iPhone app and many more releases on the way, it’s an exciting time at Summify, so exciting that we almost forgot to introduce ourselves!

Although we’re from entirely different backgrounds, the common thread that brought us all together was the opportunity to join two uber cool founders at ground level as they build an internet company. There’s something about the unknown, the chance to make a difference, or is it just the free lunch? Either way, we’re amped to be a part of a team we believe in. Here we are: the new kids on the block.

Mark Chua – Software Engineer
Joining us back in April, Mark has a degree in Computer Science from SFU and China’s Zhejiang University. Outside of the office he enjoys origami and playing badminton. We had him at “free lunch.”

Nimalan Mahendran – Software Engineer
It was a natural celebration when Nimalan joined us on the 4 of July. We may not be Americans, but who doesn’t like fireworks? Previously, Nimalan worked at SAP and graduated from UBC with a MSc in Machine Learning, as well as a BMath in Computer Science from Waterloo. You may find him distance running in home-made sandals or planning a trip to Antarctica to visit penguins. We’ll remind him to take a plane.

Robin Campbell – Community Guy
In a room full of hackers, Robin is the odd guy out. Prior to joining the Summify family in June, Robin was building the Canadian breakdance community through Famouscircle.com, organizing international events and managing online content. Graduating with a BCom in Entrepreneurship, he plans to shake things up a little. Office bootcamps, West Coast adventures and salsa lessons are not out of the question. He recently celebrated the 10 year anniversary of his breakdance crew, Filthee Feet.

Less Stories, More Funding!

The last few months at Summify have been really groundbreaking and we wanted to share some of the exciting updates with you!

More Funding

We have raised a seed round from a great group of investors and here is the full list is in no particular order:

It wasn’t that long ago that we were back in Romania dreaming of startup ideas and hoping someday we’d get to work with such great industry leaders. It’s truly amazing to us how far we’ve come. While the investment will help Summify accelerate its growth, the experience our investors bring to the table is even more important to us. 

By the way, did we mention we’re hiring?

Less Stories

Like just about everybody we know, we’ve been struggling to keep up with the avalanche of updates coming at us in the news, on Facebook, Twitter and RSS. It’s amazing that people have just sort of gotten used to so much noise and so little signal. It’s impossible to keep up and it’s only getting worse! 

We first thought the solution was to build a better social news reader, so we did that. After we released it, we realized that we had built the wrong thing. Our users didn’t really want another news reader, another destination site to check every day… they just wanted the serendipity offered by our results!

The nature of social media is such that even the most devoted users miss more than half of what comes at them, so we established the idea that you can’t and shouldn’t read everything – read just the good stuff! It stands to reason that the good stuff is usually what your friends and your sources are talking about the most.

We rebuilt Summify by mixing these two ideas together and we think we have hit on something magical. With Summify, you can know what’s going on by just looking at an intelligent summary of the news, only 5 to 10 stories, every few hours!

Obviously, we had to put a lot effort in making sure it doesn’t become a popularity contest, and we think we’ve struck the right balance of highly relevant and diverse stories. Sign up, check it out and please tell us what you think!

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 87 other followers