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Louisville-Based Mavizon Announces Pre-Sale of Mavia, A Car Tracking & Diagnostics Device

By | Aug 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

When we last covered Mavizon Technologies in early 2011, the Louisville, KY team was hard at work refining the Mavia, a device that tracks and transmits basic information regarding your vehicle.  A year and a half later, it’s ready – recently announcing a limited…


Nextdoor Announces $18.6 Million in Funding As It Brings Community Back to Neighborhoods

By | Jul 24, 2012 at 9:10 am

Nextdoor, the private social network for the neighborhood that we covered earlier this year, has raised $18.6 million in a new round of financing from Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Greylock Partners and Shasta Ventures. Other investors include Allen & Company and Pinnacle Ventures, along…

Location Based Services

Los Angeles

3 Reasons to Rebrand and Relaunch – Case Study of At The Pool

By | Jul 16, 2012 at 9:32 am

When I last covered Hyphos, CEO Alex Capecelatro explained the goal of his team’s new, LA-based social discovery site: “Our social networks are built around the people we know; they don’t help us expand our local social network…. Hyphos should make it easier to…



Why CrowdCloud Pivoted to Filter Social Media Data – and Why Managing Big Data Is the Next Big Thing

By | Jun 15, 2012 at 2:00 pm

If you’re on social media (and I am assuming all of you reading this are), then you know how much junk is posted all day every day.  Stupid status updates – “Gosh, it’s hot out today” – and tweets that are even more inane…


San Francisco

How a Move From Italy to San Francisco Will Help Startup Map2App Succeed

By | Jun 2, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Originally based in Florence, Italy, Pietro Ferraris decided to move his startup to San Francisco to ensure its growth and success.  Thanks to his experience at his first startup, Noody, his new startup, map2app, is poised to break through – especially since it is…


Los Angeles

BuzzMob Lets You Connect and Share with Others at an Event

By | May 31, 2012 at 10:42 am

Jeff Jackel was sitting at a Los Angeles Angels game a year and a half ago when he noticed that everyone around him was on their device.  They were sharing with others outside the baseball game, but no one was sharing with others at…


Los Angeles

Find On-Street and Garage Parking Easily With the ParkMe App

By | May 16, 2012 at 11:54 am

When we last covered ParkMe, they were known as Parking in Motion. While the app still uses technology to help you find parking spaces, this young startup has made quite a few changes so they can better capitalize on their potential: “The end game…


Startup Update: Drippler and Echoer Apps Take Off, GrubHub Releases New Mobile Technology

By | May 6, 2012 at 10:00 am

If you’re an app developer, what’s more exciting than rave reviews and happy users?  How about 1 million downloads, which Drippler is just about to reach?  The app, which delivers personalized news to you about the devices you own, also just launched a new…



Startup Update: New Features From TroopSwap and Grabio, Vsnap Launches Apps, and More

By | Apr 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Since launching nearly a year ago, DC-based TroopSwap has been growing by leaps and bounds, raising nearly $1M from angel investors and then raising $2.5M in equity financing and partnering with Lego.  The ecommerce platform exclusively for active service members and veterans now offers…

Location Based Services

Loyalty Rewards Platform Zavee: “We Keep Customers Coming Back”

By | Apr 9, 2012 at 11:30 am

The best way to explain loyalty rewards platform Zavee comes courtesy of Cofounder and COO Ron Stack: “Daily deal sites like LivingSocial and Groupon get the customers in the door.  Zavee keeps them coming back.” Sounds like a no-brainer – what merchant wouldn’t want…


Des Moines

The Future of Future Check-Ins and Starting Up in Des Moines, ShareWhere Founder Dylan Hamilton Shares Insights

By | Mar 21, 2012 at 4:45 pm

“What are you doing?”  This was the simple question posed by Twitter back in its early days.  Now with a roughly $8 billion valuation, turns out that was a very valuable question.  There stands reason to believe that there is gold buried in the…


Stay Safe on Campus With Anti-Violence App circleof6

By | Mar 21, 2012 at 9:43 am

circleof6, the winning app in from this summer’s Apps Against Abuse Challenge, which was sponsored by the Office of the Vice President and the White House Office of Science and Technology, is now available in iTunes. This icon-based app is geared for college students,…


San Francisco

Keep The Finger on Your City’s Event Pulse With RAVN Events

By | Mar 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm

With a rush of new mobile apps focusing on connecting us to nearby people, RAVN’s new mobile app, RAVN Events, is taking a different approach to location based-discovery by connecting us to nearby events.   After registering with your Facebook account and selecting the categories…



Bo Fishback of Zaarly: We Didn’t Even Exist at SXSW Last Year

By | Mar 14, 2012 at 10:00 am

Bo Fishback’s background is a bit different from most entrepreneurs’ – after studying biomedical engineering, he started two research-heavy drug delivery and genome sequencing companies. He also served as vice president of entrepreneurship for the non-profit Kauffman Foundation. But these days he’s helping dinners…


Twin Cities

Rock Your Block: The Social-Networked Job Engine for Teens

By | Mar 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

I wish Rock Your Block existed when I was in high school.  (Of course, there was no Internet then, so that is truly wishful thinking….)  This Minneapolis-based startup has developed an online and mobile location-based application that helps 13-17 year-olds find neighborhood jobs, part-time…



Overseas Competition: Hit Japanese App Comes to SXSW

By | Mar 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

The team at Compath Me will be taking a long flight to SXSW this weekend to show off their app, one of the earlier and hotter location-based discovery apps in Japan. To wit: Compath Me was incubated through Open Network Lab, funded, and chosen…



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…