Who are we?

Cognase Labs is an innovation group focused on development of promising technological and business ideas currently in the fields of web services and applications, biotechnology and health/nutrition. We also provide investment and policy related services in the same fields.

Local Cooperation Made Easy

We just launched a new web application called "SplitStuff" that should help people harness the power of local communities. It empowers them to cooperatively reduce expenses and effort on local projects and purchase of durable goods, non-durable goods and services. It is a very cool synthesis of well-documented traditional neighborhood techniques and powerful new collaborative social and semantic technologies.

The technical description is:

"SplitStuff is a geo-mashup application facilitating the formation of local ad hoc micro-cooperatives by people and businesses seeking to reduce expenses and effort through bulk purchasing, fractional ownership, local community cooperation and collective buying power."

Visit it at http://splitstuff.com and let us know what you think.

Rails Developers

Help solve one of the most interesting and challenging puzzles on the internet. You can contribute in your spare time, as much as you like, when you like - no obligations. Looking for innovative and experienced Rails developers for: Facebook apps (to test the POC), UI/usability, and algorithms/math/statistics.

More info here

Famous Jews just got more Friendly

We just published the new version of Famous Jews by Heebz. We took the old static site and gave it a bit of database-backed functionality using Ruby on Rails. It now ranks #1 on Google for "Famous Jews".

Technology Highlights:

  • fuzzy autocomplete "search" box - uses n-grams and is very fast.
  • jquery and blueprint "frameworks"
  • list sort with cookie storage and re-sort
  • restful_authentication and rspec
  • served by Phusion Passenger (mod_rails)
  • mod_rewrite (yes, it works fine with Passenger) and RewriteMap to 301 redirect users and bots to the new friendly URLs
  • staging and production environments are on the same Linux VPS, deployed by Capistrano
  • Development using the Netbeans IDE

Future Plans:

  • better design and logo
  • public list sort "voting" via ajax (we already wrote the sort algorithms)
  • upgrade authorization system from role_requirement (for admins, etc.)
  • forum and wikis per category and name
  • photo/video pulling system
  • Paypal API integration for subscriptions
  • tagging system to replace(?) categories
  • spiders to find additional data
  • Facebook App(s)

Any suggestions or requests?



We are creating this blog to give an early peek at some of our projects and activities. We may also use this forum to talk about development issues and ideas. Hopefully readers will find something useful in it.

We will try to post context if possible, though we will have to walk a fine line as many of the project under development are not public. We may also call for beta-testers when the time is right and announce new public projects for view.