Over three years ago I knew about direct competition. I’m not talking about spreadsheets, I’m talking about companies who have websites that are very similar to JibberJobber.
I haven’t blogged about competition for a few reasons, but it makes sense to blog about them now.
The first competitor launched the week after we did, in May of 2006. It was called Isabont, but has since been renamed to Virtual Job Coach. I had a phone conversation with the founder that November and found him to be a nice person.
For a while it was just Isabont and JibberJobber – we did a lot of stuff the same, and I tried to watch what they were doing. Over time I heard about other sites that were considered competition – we watched all of them, wondering who was going to do what.
Regularly when I am on the road speaking I hear about a new competitor coming out – it has happened across the country – most recently from someone from my hometown (lol).
Today I got the following Contact Us message (this is the entire message):
I have known about Red Salsa for a while, and figured someone had hired them to develop a competitive system. Someone at Red Salsa told their team to get JibberJobber accounts so they could reverse engineer the system (or, as the message above says, copy the features).
I sent an email to Red Salsa and asked them what was up, but of course got no reply.
It is unfortunate that companies can’t create their own stuff, and use unethical/deceptive means to reverse engineer someone else’s intellectual property.
I’d love to know who is behind this (is it Red Salsa or someone else), and what they plan to do. I wish them well as they enter this market with about 10 other competitors.
I think I can only do one thing about my competition (outperform them and gain a critical mass of users/evangelists)… what do you think I should do?