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Location Based Services


Planning a Trip? Meet People Before You Leave with Tripl

By | Apr 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

It’s a new take on an old concept – I mean, older than the first leisure travel apps you saw. Old as in the days when a relative or friend would make a personal connection for you when traveling to another city – old. The…



Once a Foursquare Competitor, Forecast Innovates Beyond Just Check-Ins

By | Feb 28, 2012 at 11:30 am

When I covered Forecast after their beta launch last July, their position seemed precarious. The Austin-based startup was doing future check-ins: input the place and time you’ll be somewhere, then check in with one click when you arrive – features that Foursquare could easily…

Location Based Services

OnTheWay: Road Trips With a Twist

By | Jan 31, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Imagine this: you wait too long to buy a plane ticket to Austin for SXSW, and now you need to drive 1,500 miles or so.  From, like, Washington, DC.  But that’s OK, you just recruit friends who also waited too long to buy their…



Sponto Wants To Be Your Go-To Event-Finding Mobile Application

By | Jan 16, 2012 at 11:30 am

It’s Friday.  Your plans just fell through.  It’s 8pm – the night isn’t getting any younger.  You’ve worked hard all week, and you’re determined play.  You don’t know what to do.  More accurately, you don’t know what there is to do. Sponto does.  This…


Boost Your Daily Productivity with iDoneThis

By | Dec 29, 2011 at 2:00 pm

Do you ever have days where you feel tremendously busy but when 6pm roles around you look back at your day’s productivity, and there’s not much to show for it.  I have.  You get stuck on what’s urgent rather than what’s important. Your day…




Belly: The Universal Loyalty Program App

By | Dec 19, 2011 at 10:00 am

Logan LaHive wants you to get rid of all those pesky loyalty cards stacked in your wallet. You know.. the ones with the frayed edges that you usually forget you have until after you get home from the coffee shop. LaHive, formerly of Redbox…


Los Angeles

Recreating Events Digitally with Dather

By | Dec 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

Think of the last concert or major sporting event you attended – did you check in via Facebook, or maybe Foursquare? Tweet about it? Post a clip to YouTube? Chances are good that you did. And if you didn’t, guaranteed there were people who…

Gear & Gadgets


Little Printer Goes Retro To Bring You Digital Updates On Paper With A Smile

By | Nov 29, 2011 at 11:50 pm

London-based product development startup BERG introduced the Little Printer today, a new product that takes your digital news, puzzles and updates from friends and prints them out with a smile. It is definitely a step in the retro direction – the device prints those…



Chronically Late? Traveling? Share Your Location on a Map with Glympse

By | Nov 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Seattle-based Glympse is an app for the always-running-10-minutes late, the socially inclined, and the worried parent. Glympse is a location-sharing device with an innovative map that lets you share your exact location with friends, family, and business associates. You don’t have to download the…

Location Based Services


5 Questions for CEO David Liu of Jiepang, China’s Foursquare

By | Nov 26, 2011 at 10:00 am

Founded in 2010, Jiepang’s location-based check-in service has attracted more than 1.4 million users. Those users can earn badges and mayorships, share their check-ins on Chinese social networks, and interact with 300+ partner brands. “We learn a lot from Foursquare, Gowalla, and a lot…

Social Media

Los Angeles

Anybeat, Founded by Ex-MySpace Music CTO, Aims to Be Your 3rd Social Network

By | Nov 22, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Anybeat, a discussion-based social network founded by former MySpace Music CTO Dmitry Shapiro, launched yesterday out of beta. Previously called Altly, which we covered in June, the site received $1 million in seed funding led by Freestyle Capital and with participation from MySpace founder…



Startup Updates: BiteHunter’s New Mobile App, LiquidFare’s Foursquare Integration, SocialGuide’s Partnership with Zap2It

By | Nov 18, 2011 at 3:30 pm

Three NYC-based, entertainment-related startups we have covered previously –  2 focus on food and drinks, 1 focuses on social TV watching – shared some fun updates with me over the past month: BiteHunter, which we covered in April when they demo’d at Tech Cocktail…


Unleash Your Phonebook With Contapps

By | Nov 7, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Smartphones have opened many new channels for mobile communication. In the old days, you could either call your contacts or text them. Today there are endless ways to communicate and even more ways to follow your contacts: email, Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, LinkedIn…and the list…



Grandstand Data Visualization Game App Looks To Engage Social Media Users

By | Oct 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

With the number of social platform options for sharing your status, location, photos and more, there is an opportunity to leverage the existing data to create interesting new experiences. If this sounds a little vague then let me explain. For example, if you own…



Swarm Launches a Mobile Social Network Aimed at College Students

By | Oct 21, 2011 at 1:00 pm

It is true that some things – shopping or bar hopping, for instance – are better with friends.  In college, almost everything is done with friends, even the mundane and necessary thins, like laundry, running errands, and studying. Bloomington, IN-based Swarm is leveraging that…



After Attracting SurveyMonkey and Foursquare, Smartling Translation Targets Small Businesses

By | Oct 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

Smartling, the language translation service for websites and apps that we previously covered, has launched a new service for small businesses today. The New York startup updated its platform with new features, like a style guide and a glossary for translators, and a new…

Location Based Services

Dwolla’s Ben Milne: Proxi Mobile Payments Are Just the Beginning

By | Sep 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Imagine strolling into Starbucks for your regular morning coffee and seeing a message on your phone: “Would you like to buy a tall iced coffee with skim milk?” An app has detected your location and the time and noticed that you’ve bought the same…