EverNote is the last company I expected to raise venture funding: has a mature product, a mix of freeware and a $35 version, and I pretty much considered them a good candidate for safe, organic growth. GigaOM just reported it EverNote’s funding to the tune of $6M. Wow…
My Love & Hate relationship? The love part is easy to understand; it’s a handy, easy-to-use notetaker, which I prefer to the comparable Microsoft OneNote, and the $0 price is quite unbeatable. The hate part: it really does not fit into strategy of moving off the desktop into the Cloud.
In fact it’s the only application that breaks my sync efforts between two laptops using FolderShare: if EverNote is loaded at bootup (which is the best way to use it), it will “renew” it’s data file even on the PC I am not actively using, and FolderShare will attempt to overwrite my good working copy with an older one (which however has a newer time stamp). The only solution: remember to remove EverNote from the auto-launch sequence on the secondary computer. Yet another reason why it’s safer in the Cloud.
My ideal solution would be an option to use EverNote on a data file stored online. Perhaps the $6M will cover this, too (?).