Archive for the 'Enigmatic Names' Category

Sometimes it takes a crazy kind of name to snap a name inspector out of a long dry spell. Verb for Shoe is just that kind of name. It belongs to a computerized, interactive shoe created by MIT-spinoff VectraSense Technologies. Apparently this shoe detects different activities of its wearer and inflates and deflates cushions in [...]

Six Apart

Web publishing platform builders Six Apart sort of recently released Movable Type 4. This is as good an excuse as The Name Inspector is likely to get to write about the name Six Apart, so… Like Jackson Fish Market or 37signals, Six Apart is an enigmatic name. You have to visit the website or learn [...]

If you’ve bought an artsy-crafty item on the web lately, or if you read Fred Wilson’s blog A VC, then you’ve probably run into Etsy. Since launching in June 2005, this Brooklyn-based company has managed to build an extremely enthusiastic fan base and become the eBay of handmade goods. Etsy is all about community. There’s [...]

The name Skype combines the familiar and the peculiar. Though there’s that unmistakable word sky in there, the end of the name is a bit of a mystery. On the Skype forum, an employee reveals that the name was derived from the expression sky peer-to-peer, which was shortened to Skyper and then to Skype. So [...]

Paul Montgomery writes about his company’s name: Tinfinger is intended to be to the Who’s Who what Wikipedia was to the Encyclopedia Britannica. Its main function is a search engine of biographical information on famous and semi-famous public figures. It also has news aggregation features similar to Techmeme, based around people’s names instead of hyperlink [...]

Hillel Cooperman of Jackson Fish Market sent a pointer to his naming story, which appears in the first post of his company blog. Head on over and take a look. But please do come back. Back? Good. The name Jackson Fish Market belongs to a small software company. That could be outright confusing, couldn’t it? [...]

The striking thing about the name 37signals is that almost no one will have any idea where it comes from or what it means. It’s an enigma, and if you want to get to the bottom of it, you have to do some investigating. Curiosity is rewarded in the company manifesto: Mankind constantly analyzes radio [...]