30 Boxes Countdown

If all goes well, we plan to launch a beta on February 5. This will be an old school beta meaning the product will perform and look mostly primetime but we hope to get your feedback and will be adding some important features as we go.

What can you expect? I have written some stuff here and there. As I have mentioned, we are trying to create an application that you want to look at and work with every day. It is easy to add events (we have a very slick natural language parser that even your Mom will like) and it is easy to build up a small social network with whom you can share all or parts of your life.

When you think about it, a calendar is very much like a simple blog or journal and we anticipate that people (and application developers) will catch on to this potential. Ready to put your running log online? How about vacation notes that you can revisit down the road?

30B is also a handy way to passively communicate by letting people know where you’ll be or where you’ve been as well as a DLA (digital lifestyle aggregator) gluing together all the pieces of your online presence (e.g. photos, blogs, myspace, and the like).

There are only a handful of people using it right now and so far so good. It takes a long time to build a product and we hope that our beta testers will enjoy contributing to something new and fun!


  1. OK you get it. From your description above, I can tell that this is very close to what I’ve been thinking the next calendar is should be. I can’t wait to see this!

    I’d like to speak with you sometime…

    Good luck with the beta launch. 🙂

  2. Derek

    If ever there was an award for “Most Trendy Web Company” – 83 Degrees would be it.

    [Narendra: Thanks Derek! We’re proud of our boy-band-like icons and tag cloud as well. I bet you haven’t printed the page, because it even has a separate CSS for print output 😉 ]

  3. Rob

    Can’t wait to give it a try!

  4. I really want to give this a try. I need to find a good alternative to my Blackberry since I may not have it much longer…. great timing guys. I hope to be one of the first to give it a try…

  5. Looks great, I’ll check it out the second it comes out, can’t wait to try!

  6. I’ve been waiting for Google to put together a calendar in Gmail, so I hope this will take its place. The ‘buddies’ and sharing of calendars seems very useful.

    I’ll be waking up early this Sunday to download whatever it is that you folks are launching!

    Looking forward to it …

  7. Dennis

    Honestly I’ve been looking for a while, cause outlook didn’t cut it. I’m looking forward to this, but I got a good feeling that it’ll be all that I hoped for and more.

  8. sahib

    Can’t wait to try this out. Sounds very interesting.

  9. I’ve heard a lot of hype and am looking for a decent calendar to share with my business partners without having to load another app.

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  11. With so many alternatives there (see http://www.kiko.com/ or http://www.hipcal.com/ or http://calendarhub.com/) why should we need another one? 30 Boxes MUST be special. Is it?

  12. Pakeras

    The idea would be perfect with the possibility of accessing 30B, also from my PDA or Mobile Phone… think about it.

  13. bob stachel

    (sung to the tune of ‘Little Boxes’)


    30 boxes
    On a web site
    And they’re all marked up with user taggies
    And they all look just the same

    There’s a blue one
    And a blue one
    And it’s right next to a blue one
    And they’re all marked up with user taggies
    And they all look just the same

    couldn’t resist

  14. I was talking to some friends of mine back in December about how there should be some sort of product or protocol that can manage passive communication and low-value information stuff. If I understand what you guys have done, I think you’ve done exactly what I was hoping would be made. I’m looking forward to checking this out.

  15. I personally can not wait to see what you guys come up with!

  16. Saw the blurb on lifehacker. Looks very interesting….

    Currently, I use Yahoo! calendar that I have to sync with my microsoft Outlook Calendar on my home pc in order to get my Pocket PC (yes, I still use one–as a GPS solution, mainly) and my MSN Smart Watch to keep track of my calendar.

    The reason why I use Yahoo! calendar is it can send text messages through Archwireless to my pager (the only device I keep with me in the hospital) to tell me what I have to do next. I also like that I can share the Yahoo! calendar with my fiance. It’s a little complicated, but it works well.

    If there is any way you can make 30 boxes support functionality for text messaging and syncing with other devices, I think you’d have a killer app and I’d be able to simplify my life a bit.

    Good luck and I look forward to seeing the results!!

  17. Mike

    I am amazed at all the various 2.0 sites and none do what I am looking for, which is something close to http://www.multiply.com …. I want a journaling, calendar, photo sharing, storage, messaging site, maybe more – all in one easy-to-navigate site. Yes, Yahoo can do these things, but you can’t do it all from a single control panel-like, simple-to-use interface. Multiply is the closest thing I can find – and it’s lacking in several areas.

  18. Rudy

    I’m hoping for some flexibility towards developers. I need to setup a calendar for a volunteer group with some uncommon calendar feature like events/meetings with limited RSVP membership and it would be nice to be able to incorporate them into an existing social system rather than a rough homebuilt.

  19. Looking forward to it.

  20. Jay

    I’m quite looking forward to trying out the beta. I’ve yet to find an online calendar that offers everything I want. Planzo comes somewhat close, but leave PLENTY to be desired. Good luck with the upcoming launch guys!

  21. I can’t wait for Feb 5 to roll in in a couple of hours…

  22. Clement

    Here’s wishing you all the best on the release. I get the impression from what I’ve read that 30 Boxes has the potential to become my calendar of choice – I’m looking forward to seeing what you have created.

  23. I look forward to this beta.

  24. Come on Feb 5th only 3 hours to go! 😛

  25. ray

    looks very cool. however, will it synchronize with a cpu based program?

    i need alarms to go off reminding me to do something; i can’t depend on looking at the web at the right time.

    also, what if i don’t have a live net connection? if i’m in an airport that doesn’t have wireless, i still need to be able to check my schedule for the next few days, and be reminded about important things coming up.

    your program looks very promising; i’m only mentioning these things because i really hope your program is the solution i’m looking for. currently i have to check like eight calendars just to see if i can go out to dinner (private, public, work-specific internal, work-specific external, staff, etc. etc. ). i’m sick of this and would much rather have multiple layers that i can easily coordinate together and also link to in my website.

    hope to be one of your beta testers.

  26. ummm… it’s Feb 5 already… guys?

  27. G

    Now, that’d be funny if they couldn’t hold their deadline for a *calendar* app 🙂

  28. Hmmmm…. It is Feb 5th and http://30boxes.com/ now is asking for a password. I submitted my request for an invitation but no word yet. Here’s to hoping and praying I receive one.

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