Bagcheck

Bagcheck, a sharing and discovery platform. Bagcheck allows people to share and discover what's inside your “bags”. People can comment on and share lists of the stuff they use and why. By ‘bags', the startup refers to any sort of curated list or collection. For example, people can post a collection of photography gear or what their favorite cooking tools are.



about the company

Founders

Bryan most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Creative Solutions, Adobe’s largest business unit. Bryan led product strategy, marketing and product development for Adobe’s flagship software applications, including Photoshop, the Creative Suite, Dreamweaver, Flash and Illustrator. In his 14 years at Adobe Systems, Bryan held key management positions including Senior Vice President and General Manager, Digital Imaging and Video and Vice President of Marketing, Professional Publishing Solutions. He was responsible for new product development and marketing as well as the acquisition and product integration strategies that established Adobe’s overwhelming leadership in digital imaging and multimedia and web publishing. In April 2009, he was hired as the Senior Vice President of Applications Products at Yahoo!

Sam is joining Sutter Hill Ventures from Twitter where he was a senior infrastructure engineer and remains a technology advisor. He came to Twitter via the acquisition of Bagcheck in 2011 where he was co-founder and CEO. Previously Sam was an EIR at [Benchmark](/financial-organization/benchmark-capital), an angel investor, and the former Chief Technologist at [Yahoo!](/company/yahoo). While at Yahoo! Sam was responsible for technology strategy across the audience organization and platform team. Prior to his role as Chief Technologist, he worked as the Head of Application Platform at Yahoo! where he focused primarily on grid computing, virtualization, large scale reliable data systems and the implementation of Yahoo's open platform strategy. Before joining Yahoo, Sam worked as CEO of Gauntlet Systems, which developed the first Intelligent Continuous Integration system. Gauntlet was acquired by Borland, where Sam served as Chief Architect from the acquisition in January 2006 until July of that year. Sam came to Silicon Valley to work at WebLogic where he was the first server engineer after the founders and stayed on through the acquisition by BEA Systems. He received his Master of Science degree in Physics from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic InstituteSam Pullara is an engineer at Twitter. He joined when the company acquired Bagcheck, a startup he co-founded.

LukeW is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed or contributed to software used by more than 750 million people worldwide. Luke is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of Input Factory Inc. a Internet start-up focused on creating big value from micro mobile interactions. Prior to this, Luke was the Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer of Bagcheck which was acquired by Twitter just nine months after being launched publicly. Before he was founding start-up companies, Luke was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at Benchmark Capital, the Chief Design Architect (VP) at Yahoo!, Lead User Interface Designer at eBay, and a Senior Interface Designer at NCSA: the birthplace of the first popular graphical Web browser, NCSA Mosaic. Luke is the author of three popular Web design books (Mobile First, Web Form Design & Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability) in addition to many articles about digital product design and strategy. He is also a consistently top-rated speaker at conferences and companies around the world, and a Co-founder and former Board member of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA). Luke also founded LukeW Ideation & Design, a product strategy and design consultancy, and taught graduate interface design courses at the University of Illinois.

Bagcheck in the press

Sept. 18, 2013

An Insider’s View of Mobile-First Design: Don’t Make These Mistakes

I hope designers, product managers, and entrepreneurs can learn something from them — not just about how to design for mobile, but about how to think differently about mobile design. But these opportunities are also design constraints: Mobile screens are small, driven by touch, and often connected to spotty networks. Instagram’s technique here helped us with an early mistake we made on our mobile app, Polar, which allows people to collect, share, and vote on opinion polls. Contrast this standard approach to the one employed by Instagram’s mobile app: When people like or comment on a photo on Instagram, the results of their actions show up right away. Treating desired actions (in our case, voting on polls) as part of the main activity of our app — instead of as separate interface elements — makes a huge difference in their use.

Sept. 4, 2013

Polar Users Have a Favorite Yahoo Logo. Will Marissa Mayer Agree?

And judging from Polar users’ preferences, the plain and modern approach is smartest right now. Wroblewski says he created the logo polls on Polar because “this thing is near and dear to my heart. The version from Day 10 is the only one with a clear mandate: Polar users prefer it to the original by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent. But if she were listening to users of Polar, a new social polling app for smartphones, there would already be a clear winner. The Polar app, available only for iPhones so far, shows a scrolling list of survey questions contributed by users, each with just two possible answers, illustrated with big pictures.

Dec. 5, 2012

Social Voting App Polar Has Had Over A Half Million Votes In Its First Eleven Days

For Polar, Wroblewski wanted to make everything insanely fast:We knew we were making it fast and easy, in the past eleven days we’ve had a half a million votes. Vote, Vote, VoteTaking fast action is fun, that’s why a lot of people use Facebook’s Poke feature. Watch this video:Not only is the app fast, but the ability to get people to vote for things is quick too. Today, I spoke with one of the co-founders of a company called Input factory, Inc., that’s behind a new social voting app for iOS called Polar. How obsessed was the team with making Polar fast?

Nov. 21, 2012

Bagcheck Founder Launches Polar, A Micro-Survey Mobile App

Learn morePut it in another way: As Quora is to blogging, so too is Polar akin to microblogging. The goal is to get people to share their opinions and offer feedback to people’s questions in a fun, engaging way. It tells us that the average votes per user is in the hundreds with more than 20 votes per user visiting the app. Well one service is hoping to solve this problem and it’s having a bit of fun with it too. Why can’t there be a way to poll and solicit someone’s opinion about something without having it be so mundane?

Oct. 23, 2012

Senior Twitter and Juniper Executives Join VC Firm Sutter Hill As Managing Directors

For Sutter, it’s noteworthy for the otherwise very quiet venture capital firm. It’s the company’s 50th anniversary as a venture capital firm. Previously Pullara worked as Yahoo’s chief technologist, responsible for technology strategy across the audience organization and platform team. At Twitter, Pullara has had the task of moving the company’s infrastructure from Ruby-on-Rails to Scala, a Java framework. Stefan Dyckerhoff joins Sutter from Juniper Network Systems where he worked as executive vice president of the company’s platform systems division.

Aug. 9, 2011

Twitter Buys Bagcheck

Bagcheck, a site where consumers can list and discuss their favorite personal gear and other products, has been purchased by San Francisco-based social media giant Twitter, according to a blog post on the Bagcheck site. Bagcheck co-founder and Yahoo alum Sam Pullara has joined Twitter’s enginering team and will continue to maintain the Bagcheck site, at least for now, according to the post. Co-founder Luke Wroblewski has not joined Twitter. Bagcheck raised venture funding from Sutter Hill Ventures and Morado Ventures as well as individual investors Jonathan Katzman and Peter Fenton. Follow @wroushTrending on Xconomy

Aug. 8, 2011

Twitter Acquires List Sharing And Discovery Platform Bagcheck, Sam Pullara Joins Engineering Team

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, and co-founder Sam Pullara will be joining the Twitter engineering team. We’re very excited to announce that Bagcheck has been acquired by Twitter, and as of today, Sam Pullara will be joining the Twitter engineering team. Twitter has acquired Bagcheck, a sharing and discovery platform. Pullara’s fellow cofounder at Bagcheck, Luke Wroblewski writes that he won’t be joining Twitter’s engineering team. Now, Sam will bring his passion for connecting people to what interests them to his new role at Twitter.

Aug. 8, 2011

Twitter Buys Bagcheck for Engineering Talent

""We've acquired Bagcheck, and Sam Pullara, its co-founder and CTO will join us today," a Twitter spokesperson tells Mashable. "It's too soon at this point to share any details on how and whether Bagcheck will be incorporated into Twitter," Twitter's spokesperson says. Twitter has purchased lists and interests-focused startup Bagcheck for an undisclosed sum, co-founders Sam Pullara and Luke Wroblewski revealed in announcements Monday. ""Sam Pullara is a rare talent with a deep appreciation for connecting people with their interests," Twitter's representative says. Pullara is joining Twitter's engineering team, but Wroblewski is said to be working on the "next big thing.

Aug. 8, 2011

Twitter picks up Bagcheck search startup

At the heart of things, Bagcheck comes down to searching for and sharing for things people like. However, it is not clear yet as to how Bagcheck will fit in and be utilized by Twitter. Twitter continues to step up its arsenal of acquired startups with the purchase of Bagcheck. From the earliest days of Bagcheck, I was blown away by all the useful, funny, and original bags people consistently made using our site. Naturally, Wroblewski ended the note by informing readers that they can follow him on Twitter.

Jan. 9, 2011

Daniel Raffel's Favorite New Geek Stuff Of 2010

The iPad app, which launched this year, is particularly powerful given the flexibility of the additional real estate. The post below is an updated list of his favorite new geek stuff from 2010. Uber’s goals appear to stretch beyond the creature comforts of simplifying a pickup via a mobile app and offering a high quality ride. The Android app is a faithful reproduction that feels more buggy than it should. Integrating voice recognition into mobile services is a trend that’s likely to accelerate next year and the good news is that it’s never been easier.