Startup Update: MakerCraft Launches Mobile App, HotPads and Update their Platforms, and NaturallyCurly Network Changes its Name

September 29, 2011

4:00 pm

MakerCraft, who demo’d at our Tech Cocktail Chicago event earlier this month, just launched their free Jewelry iPad app that lets anyone design their perfect piece of jewelry. It features a drag and drop necklace design interface; once your design is complete it can be purchased and mailed to you as complete piece or as DIY kit.

HotPads, meanwhile, has experienced tremendous growth in just over a year.  Since August 2010, HotPads mobile traffic has surged 387% – 95% of those visitors come from Android and iOS platforms.  To keep up with that growth, they have rolled out several updates for mobile search, including a new UI design, access to local housing trends and area stats and floor plans, smoother photo browsing, and seamless transitions between devices.

Another startup we just covered has also rolled out a new feature., a social music platform, just launched their live video streaming platform so you can private video chat with your friends or an entire room.

The NaturallyCurly Network, also known as the worldʼs leading social media company for curly-, kinky- and wavy-haired women, has changed its name to TextureMedia, Inc. to reflect their position as a social media company rather than an online community that happens to have a mobile app.  Smart move!

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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