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The Plumtree founding fathers — where are they now?

The short answer: one is retired, two are involved in real estate (one as a business and one as a hobby) and one is seeking his next adventure while investing in promising Web 2.0 start-ups. Joe McVeigh I heard through the grapevine that Joe has invested part of his personal fortune in Skobee (web site, […]

The short answer: one is retired, two are involved in real estate (one as a business and one as a hobby) and one is seeking his next adventure while investing in promising Web 2.0 start-ups.

Joe McVeigh

I heard through the grapevine that Joe has invested part of his personal fortune in Skobee (web site, blog), a Web 2.0 online community where you can organize events, sort of like evite meets MySpace, I guess. Honestly, I still haven’t quite figured out a use for it, but to its credit, it has a nice UI, well-written copy and a very cool intelligent e-mail integration that gromms out keywords from e-mails and uses them to create events.

Joe and his wife Julia recently had a baby girl (Jacqueline). Joe and his family still reside in the San Francisco Bay Area and Joe claims to be seeking out the next big thing. If anyone can find it, he certainly can.

Glenn Kelman

Glenn moved to the Seattle, WA area and recently got married. He’s now the CEO of Redfin, a real estate company that focuses on San Francisco and Seattle. They’ve been getting some pretty good press lately — I’ll be keeping my eye on them for sure. According to his bio on the Redfin site, Glenn also serves on the board of Naviance, a hosted service for schools and colleges.

Kirill Sheynkman

Far and away the most enigmatic of the three founders, Kirill is officially in retirement, although I suspect he’s also looking for something to keep him busy (as people with his IQ probably don’t much enjoy watching the grass grow). He currently lives in NYC and as a hobby, seems to have put together a real estate calculator of sorts called House Math. He also smokes a pack a day, blogs (although somewhat infrequently) and rants about various topics from Bali and Saddam to the financial outlook for MSFT and GOOG.

2 replies on “The Plumtree founding fathers — where are they now?”

My Google alert told me I was mentioned on a blog, so I thought I’d add my two cents’ worth…
I am indeed retired and living in New York — the best place in the world, in my opinion, but also not a place to find people with whom to build software. And the people are the only thing I miss about San Francisco.
Recently married (Glenn went to my wedding in Moscow) to a cardiologist who is now an analyst at Lehman.
Unlike for Joe, for me investing in Web 2.0 startups is not quite good enough. I have a T1, 3 servers, 3 clients, and my main development machine is (oh my) a quad-proc Mac G5 because I can do all the Unix things and still play World of Warcraft.
I recently finished a very cool Web 2.0 application that looks better than any Web survey engine I have seen (not to brag or anything). It went live last month — we did a survey of European doctors that is now published and (according to other doctors) well done. Now I am looking at more applications for this thing and have plenty of leads. (BTW, it’s Linux/Ruby/Rails with lots of Ajax so I guess it qualifies as Web 2.0).
I’m off to Milan and Paris next week… Thailand/Singpore (for the ninth time) in a couple of months. And Moscow, again, of course… Other than that, retirement is pretty cool, but little time to blog.
Would still love to do a couple of more good software things, it just has to be in New York which, as I mentioned is tough.

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