Two years after leaving Napster Inc., company co-founder Sean Parker is reemerging as the head of a Silicon Valley consumer software firm that he hopes will provoke a lot less excitement.
Mountain View, Calif.-based start-up Plaxo Inc. today will begin distributing a free system that sends e-mail messages to a user's correspondents, asking for updated contact information. Once received, the system automatically changes the user's Microsoft Outlook contact list to reflect the new data.
The system will become more useful as more people join because it allows users to dispatch updates on their whereabouts to everyone else who uses Plaxo without sending any e-mail.
Parker, 22, said he came up with the idea out of frustration after assembling a huge number of contacts very quickly, then having much of the information go bad.