If you are following the status of Zooomr, Mark III is up and running. If you are not, Zoli has a good writeup.
Zooomr is a photo service supported by some awesome fans across the globe. Prior to the recent Zooomr episode, I just heard about it but never paid any attention. But when Scoble called for help in his blog, we discussed internally and thought we can help Zooomr. We know how challenging it is to run a company initially without raising any capital. We have been there (For those of you who don’t know, Zoho/AdventNet after 11 years is still privately owned, self-funded and a very profitable company) and we decided to help Kris Tate and Thomas Hawk.
Once Robert Scoble put us in touch with Kris and Thomas, things moved fast. We managed to get Zooomr into one of our Zoho/AdventNet data centers and couple of days later, Zooomr Mark III is online.
The Zooomr community was exceptional. I received close to 100 emails thanking us for helping Zooomr. I can clearly say that these are very passionate Zooomr users. To quote some…
Hi, Zoho team,
I wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much the Zooomr community appreciates your assistance in these difficult times. You have no idea how much respect and appreciation you have garnered because of this selfless act.
Having worked in the tech industry for a number of years, I find the times that a company has reached out to assist at this level and this speed to be severely lacking. You have not only shown up the big guys, but you have earned a devoted following because of it.
Keep up the great work and thank you again,
Raju and the rest of the Zoho crew,
Much thanks and the highest appreciation for all you’ve done for Zooomr. I hope that as a community we’ve adequately displayed our thanks. Your quick response in our time of need is incredibly admirable. It’s allowing Zooomr to grow as a community and reach our goal of doing incredible things with photo sharing.
If there is anything I or any of us can do, don’t hesitate to ask.
Please keep the faith, and many happy returns!
I hope you’ve already had an awful lot of praise for doing this, but I
wanted to add mine to the heap.
Zoho’s assistance no doubt helped Zooomr – specifically Kris Tate – in
a physical sense, but more importantly it will have helped in an
emotional sense. Without Zoho’s assistance, the psychological hill
that Kris needed to climb would have seemed all the more
My faith in humanity, the web community, and good old fashioned
technology has been boosted enormously by the support Zooomr have
Kudos to Zooomr guys for being very transperant to the community on whatever they did while their service was down. The community also created a Wiki (in Zoho Wiki) on the status of the service. Over the next few days, I assume Kris will be busy fine tuning Mark III.
We are glad we could help Zooomr. We wish them good luck.
Me personally, I just created a Zooomr account. I am heading there to upload some of my photos.