Interview: Svetlana Gladkova, Profy Vice President

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Svetlana Gladkova is the Vice President of Business Development at Profy is a new and exciting entry into the hosted blog market that is aiming to outdo the current heavy hitters by building from the ground up as a one stop blogging, social network, and RSS reader. The social features and the greater customization and monetization options should put Profy in a good position after the service exits beta. There’s a lot more to recommend Profy and as long as users won’t scoff at Profy placing an ad on their free blogs, I think we’ll see a steady rise in traffic as users switch or supplement their other blogs with Profy. I do have a few Profy invites if you leave a comment I’ll see what I can do. If you want to see a Profy blog you can take a peek @ Svetlana was kind enough to talk to me about Profy and share some of her thoughts about blogging in general:

What benefits do you see in going with a hosted blog service over self-hosting? Why should users choose Profy in particular? (more…)

Interview: TipJoy CEO, Abby Kirigin

tipjoy TipJoy is a new startup coming out of Y Combinator that aims to help bloggers earn tips from grateful readers and at the same uses the tip data to rank popular sites and articles. I really like the idea and the execution and hope to see these guys succeed, in fact I liked the idea so much that I have put together the TipJoy TipThis plugin for WordPress. This is a company that respects its users and is very responsive to feedback. To give you a better idea of how TipJoy works, I’ve hijacked their flowchart comic (with permission of course, you may need to click on it for a clearer view): (more…)