Archive for September 4th, 2007

Schwag Bagger!

We all love free stuff. When geeks get together at conferences and the like, you’ll always see people rushing to get their paws on the latest cool startup’s tshirt or frisbee or flashing bouncy ball.

TechCrunch has a story on StartUpSchwag which will be doing a similar thing which ValleySchwag started doing last year, which was to bag up all the ‘schwag’ (that’s free stuff, folks) they could from the plethora of startups in Silicon Valley and deliver to all the schwagheads every month for $15.

StartUpSchwag differs from ValleySchwag in that it will actually do the production of the merch for the companies too, making it easy to fulfill – which ValleySchwag sometimes found hard to do every month.

Nice idea! I heart schwag! And I happen to have the kewlest domain for said service : !! Niiiice 🙂

I’ve had a website system planned for tshirt, mug, mousemat, etc designing for a while, over at, for user generated merchandise for a few years. I still need to find a decent (global) printer/fulfiller to help me in this venture. I already have a redesigned doodler thing ready to go.

There’s also quite a few of these things cropping up all the time, some with some great tools for designing stuff. CafePress being the obvious one and PixelTees being an early starter in the self-made tee game.

There’s also more on this story over on ReadWriteWeb.

Who is this ‘kosso’ anyway?

I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

Used to work at BBC News interactive and created the publishing and delivery systems for video news to get distributed on huge screens in major railway stations around the country.

I left the BBC to become CTO / sole-lead architect/developer at for three years.

I have now left them to build a start up a new system called 'Phreadz', which is a 'Social Multimedia Conversation Network', integrating everything that is 'V.I.T.A.L' to us on the web. Video, Images, Text, Audio and Links.

I built the whole thing my myself. I programmed every line of code and positioned every pixel. I'm looking forward to attracting an hiring new members of the team to help me out! :)

There are currently over 1000 happy and helpful beta testers on the system so far and one client of a white-labelled solution.

@kosso : twitter

kosso's flickr stream

September 2007


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