How It All Started
Most innovations stem from self-use and in this case it was no different.
Victor, Founder and Chief Techie of NexLabs, realized he was wasting too much
time surfing frequently to some sites for information. A self-confessed VCR
addict, he wanted to create the VCR-equivalent for the Internet. "I wanted to
'tape' down new stuff from the Internet. I didn't want to miss a thing. After
that, I could at least view new content at my leisure, or simply trash it."
At that time, he put together a few PERL scripts and a simple client tool
called Web Secretary was born. "It was pretty simple, nothing sophisticated
like the current TrackEngine, and since it was for personal use, it got the job
A university lecturer at NUS responsible for computer-based training
recognized the usefulness of Web Secretary and commissioned Victor to develop a
more comprehensive product that could scale to multitudes of users.
It was a product way different from Web Secretary, being much more powerful
in terms of features, interactivity and database handling. NexLabs was born to
cater to these commercial demands of TrackEngine, and the rest is history.
ComputerWorld magazine actually did a feature story on us a couple of months
ComputerWorld's version of the story.