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Mixer: Network at Events without the Agony

By | Jul 23, 2012 at 9:26 am

Polite nods, furtive glances around the room, the automatic exchange of business cards: you must be suffering through another networking event. Almost everyone has felt the agony of networking, and startups are trying to relieve it: from general people discovery apps like Highlight and…


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1 Million Users in 9 Months: The 3 Keys to Banjo’s Early Success

By | Apr 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm

The last time we featured Banjo and their founder and CEO Damien Patton, social discovery was the next big thing.  Earlier this week, the Redwood City-based startup passed the one million user mark – in nine months.   Social discovery is mainstream, and it looks…

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9 Apps for Meeting People and Hanging Out with Friends

By | Apr 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Now that we’re all addicted to Facebook, a bunch of new apps want us to step out into the real world and (gasp) meet people in-person. One of the newest is GiddyUp, launching today. GiddyUp helps you plan meetups with your phone contacts. If…



SXSW From 1998 To 2012: A Local Perspective

By | Mar 20, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I went to my first SXSW when I was 17, using my sister’s badge to catch a glimpse of Janeane Garofolo at Emos in Austin. You can watch that SXSW described by then-musician Fred Armisen here. The conference has come a very long way since…



An Interview with Damien Patton, Founder of Banjo

By | Mar 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

Who is going to win social discovery? Last week, we interviewed Paul Davison, founder Highlight – this year’s most buzzed about social discovery app at SXSW.  We also had the opportunity to sit down with Damien Patton, founder of Banjo, likely the consensus as…


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An Interview with Paul Davison, CEO And Founder of Highlight

By | Mar 16, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Who won SXSW?  The question is almost as silly as it is inevitable.  Every year, we use the Austin-based technology conference to gauge what the next big thing is going to be. If forced to choose who won SXSW 2012, however, undoubtedly Highlight would have…


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Glancee, The Dark Horse of Social Discovery Apps, Interview with Co-Founder Alberto Tretti

By | Mar 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the trend for this year’s SXSW interactive was undoubtedly social discovery.  There are an influx of mobile apps trying to connect you with those nearby based on mutual friends and interests.  In five years, going…


Trends at SXSW: The Hottest Startup, Social Network, and More

By | Mar 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

Buzz, buzz, buzz: That’s the sound of SXSWers frenetically typing on their mobile phones and clogging up social networks with their thoughts on this week’s event. And they’ve been collectively anointing the most popular startup there, which – according to social analytics platform AddThis…


Highlight vs. Banjo: 2 Approaches to Social Discovery

By | Mar 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Social discovery – finding people nearby whom you might want to meet – is shaping up to be a startup trend this year. And what better way to test drive this new crop of apps than at SXSW, an over 15,000-person event where everyone…



Sonar CEO Brett Martin: “I Do the Exact Opposite of What I Did on Wall Street”

By | Mar 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Ice breaker app Sonar is propelling forward: since their launch in May 2011, they’ve quadrupled their employees, ran a partnership with Wired, and started the SonarU program on college campuses. Available on iOS and in beta on Android (with a new version released this…


Gauss Wants to be the People Magnet For Your Pocket

By | Mar 8, 2012 at 9:29 am

Social bridging: a mobile application built to bridge the gap between on and offline social interaction based upon proximity, mutual friends and interests – is a term I just made up to describe a trend to look for at this year’s SXSWi.  It’s clear…