Pownce began as my hobby project, playing around with sending messages and media to my friends. I was also learning Django, a new web framework for Python. I really wanted to learn a new language and develop a web application from scratch. My friends Daniel Burka and Kevin Rose were thinking of their own ideas for a new website and after chatting we decided that together we could make something pretty cool.
We also thought that a desktop application would be really nice for Pownce. After hearing about the Adobe Apollo (now AIR) project, we thought it might work well with our application. Our friend Shawn Allen created the sweet Pownce desktop application.
We're working with several new technologies: Django, Adobe AIR, and Amazon's S3 for our file storage. Since we’d like to keep Pownce running smoothly, it’s invitation only right now. I really don’t want to lose my bet with Kevin and have to wear a shirt that says, "My website crashed, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt." So if you’d like to join Pownce, please enter your email address on the homepage and we'll get you an invite as soon as we can.
Thanks to Daniel, Kevin, and Shawn! A big thanks to all our Alpha testers and friends who helped us out with Pownce! You all rock.