While TellMe’s 411-like service sounds swell, it doesn’t seemingly do anything important that freeware tools like DirAssist don’t already do on my Palm. So why all the buzz for a directory assistance product?
Good question. As Josh Jaffe points out, the company has received more than $230m in venture money since 1999, and oodles of VCs are out there barking for an exit. I’m sure they will all be more than a little gleeful to see the front-page treatment being accorded it on Techmeme and elsewhere today for some relatively inconsequential news.
Let’s just call it what it is: Carefully engineered Pre-IPO buzz.