Some words about Mind42 and the company behind it
Everybody wants to organize thoughts the fast way - we help to make it possible
In Mind42, "42" is not only the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything. We pronounce Mind42 as Mind FOR TWO, and the whole word play is not only a reference to Douglas Adams The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but indicates the collaborative character of mind mapping, and brain storming in general. And that's what Mind42 is. A collaborative browser-based online mind mapping tool.
Mind42 allows you to manage all your ideas, whether alone, twosome or working together with the whole world. Mind42 runs in your browser, so no installation necessary for the ultimate hassle-free mind mapping experience. Just open your browser and launch the application whenever and wherever needed.
About the company
IRIAN Solutions, the company behind Mind42, is a Java Enterprise Consulting and Training company based in Vienna, Austria. Our main competency is JavaEE, but as co-founders of the Apache MyFaces project we are also into open source, and as a consequence we are all into new and exciting technology. Using our knowledge and driven by our desire to innovate we started building web application like Mind42, Spaaze and SimpleMeet.me. We learned a lot by creating these applications, had a lot of fun driving the web forward like this, and ultimately built a large community of people we were able to help make their lifes easier with our apps.
Why it's free
Well, honestly, that's kind of an accident. When starting Mind42 in 2007 we, like every internet startup, had ambitious plans to build a flourshing empire of freemium web applications (free basic service and paid premium extras). But since it's not our core compentency, we never came to integrate any kind of payment. We just continued to develop, and never added any premium or paid content. So our users got used to all the available features. Pulling the plug and suddenly removing free features or limiting the number of mind maps just felt wrong. In the end we started to focus on advertisements to refinance the infrastructure and added the option to remove the ads for a payment for users who really couldn't live with them. At the moment we are quite happy with the way it works out now, and don't plan to limit free users in any way.