I got to sit down, shortly, with Tim Morgan the founder of Picirus a backup solution where you backup your cloud data, not to the cloud. This is a fun device that was created during, and since, Startup Weekend Tulsa has a very bright future ahead of it. So without further ado here is the interview:
Me: How did you come up with the idea for Picirus?
Tim: I was thinking about all my photos on flickr and Facebook, and not knowing what was backed up. I have some backups, but I wasn’t sure how much actually was. So I started thinking it would be nice if I had a device which runs all the time and backs up everything in the cloud, and on all the social networks I am on.
Me: How does this differ from other backup services? like Time Machine or a NAS with Rsync?
Tim: All other solutions require you to think about how to store locally before uploading to the cloud. Picirus is different because it is reactive it gets all the data from the cloud and pulls it down so you don’t need to worry about how to store the files locally. Which is a plus because you can just plug it in configure it, which is simple, and if you didn’t have a backup before, you do now.
Me: So why wouldn’t I write a ruby script to download my files?
Tim: Tech people might, but the everyday person, non-tech person, like my wife or mother wouldn’t know how to do that and they want backups too.
Me: Why don’t you think this has been made before?
Tim: Computing is now cheap enough to allow this powerful enough of a device to be affordable, in the past it would take a full computer sitting somewhere. Also only in the last couple of years has sharing to the cloud become something major, but people aren’t, yet, considering how to access their data at a future date or even whether it should be backed up.
Me: What do you think is the coolest feature of Picirus?
Tim: User Feature: Once you set it up you can forget about it with little to no intervention from you until you need to.
Tim: Geek Feature: Images and files and data are stored on the files system in a open format for the “its your data do what you want with it”.
Me: I will say my favorite feature is that if it pulls photos from a social network site it pulls all of the social data about it as well like comments, likes, etc. So I get to see what happened with that photo.
Me: When will it be released?
Tim: First Quarter 2013