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Six Apart Acquires Pownce And Shuts It Down


Pownce was a pretty cool service while it lasted.  I actually did not really sign up until last week and just found out that they would be shutting the service down because Six Apart acquired them.  Six Apart created blogging software TypePad, Movable Type, and Vox.

“We’re very happy that Six Apart wants to invest in growing the vision that we the founders of Pownce believe so strongly in and we’re very excited to take our vision to all of Six Apart’s products,” stated Culver on the Pownce Blog.  “Mike and I have joined Six Apart as part of their engineering team and we’re looking forward to being a part of the talented group that has created amazing tools for blogging and publishing.”

Pownce launched in June 2007 and will be officially shutting down on December 15.  Leah Culver and Mike Malone will be joining the Six Apart team while Daniel Burka and Kevin Rose will become their advisers.

“Pownce Is Alive!” States Kevin Rose

Pownce LogoPownce[1] is the latest venture by Kevin Rose, founder of Revision3 and Digg.com.  Pownce is basically an IM tool that allows users to send messages, files, links, and events to other users on the IM tool.  Right now Pownce is still testing and only sending out invites to selected users.  Pownce’s software runs on Adobe Integrated Runtime (AIR)[2], a software that is similar to Adobe Flash.

Below is a screen shot of the Pownce software:
Pownce Screen Shot 2
And here is a screen shot of Kevin Roses’ Pownce profile available at http://pownce.com/kevin/[3]:
pownce_ss1.png
The rest of the Pownce team includes Leah Culver, Daniel Burka, and Shawn Allen.  The four of them created a parent company that designs the software.  The company is called Megatechtronium.  The software can be downloaded at: http://pownce.com/download/.[4] The software is still in Alpha stage.  Companies will be able to buy advertisement space in the software.

Below is a description of how Pownce is made.  I took this screen shot from Pownce’s About[5] page:
Pownce Screen Shot 3
“Pownce Is Alive!” exclaimed Rose on his blog.[6]

[1] Pownce.com
[2] Adobe: Adobe Integrated Runtime
[3] Pownce: Kevin Rose’s profile
[4] Pownce: Download
[5] Pownce: About
[6] kevinhasablogg: Pownce Is Alive!