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How to Leverage Location Services With Beacons

By | Feb 3, 2017 at 9:15 am

Bluetooth low energy beacons, or BLEs, are low cost devices that can be used to detect and communicate with connected devices that are in close proximity. Beacons may be stand alone devices that plug into walls or into devices via USB ports. Tablets, cell phones,…

Location Based Services


Find Your Family, and Keep a Full Battery While Doing it

By | Aug 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm

For as connected as we all to each other these days, it never ceases to amaze me how incredibly easy it is to lose track of somebody. I don’t mean falling out of touch after you haven’t talked for a few years: I’m talking…

Internet of Things

Why You Should Jump on the Beacon Bandwagon Now

By | Mar 7, 2015 at 5:00 pm

We are all watching the growth stage of an industry projected by ABI Research to be worth $4 billion annually by 2018. Multibillion-dollar companies like Facebook and Apple are ramping up their engagement in this space. You likely have a piece of the required…


San Francisco

Telefónica Partners with Bluesmart to Bring Connectivity to Smart Luggage

By | Mar 2, 2015 at 11:00 am

Bluesmart is partnering with telecommunication giant, Telefónica, to provide connectivity and location tracking for the Bluesmart Connected Carry-on luggage. The Y Combinator-backed startup launched Bluesmart luggage last year through crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where they raised 3,860 percent over the original goal of $50,000. They…


Three Ad Tech Trends to Watch in 2015

By | Feb 19, 2015 at 8:00 am

I like to equate the digital ad tech ecosystem to the island on Lost. You think you have it all figured out until a polar bear spontaneously rushes you from behind, adding another variable to an already complex equation. You adjust your thinking only…



Disrupting Ads and Alerts: Discover Howler

By | Feb 16, 2015 at 7:00 am

The Howler platform is designed to spread the word about small businesses. When Tech Cocktail’s Mixer and Startup Showcase visited Boston late last year, the Howler team won the Reader’s Choice award for best showcasing startup. And now, they’ve announced that their app is…


Funny or Die Launched a Weather App

By | Jan 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Funny or Die, the viral comedy website renowned for such masterpieces as “The Landlord” (featuring Will Ferrell and his toddler landlord) and Zach Galifianakis’s ‘Between Two Ferns’ series, has made a surprising move into meteorology and just launched its own weather app. And, just…

Location Based Services


“Remember to Buy Milk”: Send Texts Triggered by Location with Locotext

By | May 14, 2013 at 3:06 pm

SMS messaging has been the cornerstone of cell phones since before they were smartphones. Anthony Nguyen, founder of Locotext, posed a question to himself one day though: Why has nobody innovated around traditional SMS messaging? What about geo SMS? “My initial thoughts lead me…


Los Angeles

Find Dog-Friendly Places and People with Where My Dogs At

By | May 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

Dog owners and their loyal companions share similar characteristics. They are approachable, affectionate, passionate, fun-loving, social, energetic, and silly. Dog owners take on the personalities of their dogs…or is it dogs who take on the personalities of their owners? Jonathan Kolker, cofounder and CEO of…


Los Angeles

Meet and Treat New Connections with myTreat

By | Apr 28, 2013 at 4:00 pm

In recent years, online meeting sites and applications have focused on bringing the online connection offline for in-person meetings. The only problem is, these online sites are primarily focused on dating. Eric Lai and Ben Tao saw this as an opportunity to build a…


Pakistan’s Olaround Offers Location-Based Deals and Loyalty Rewards

By | Jan 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

Daily deal sites aren’t hard to come by these days, but what makes Olaround different is that it’s based in a part of the world not well known for its startup scene. Olaround is Pakistan’s first location-based loyalty application that works on iPhone and…

Location Based Services

Ann Arbor

Ornicept: Protecting Air Traffic with Live Bird Data from the Airfield to the Office

By | Jan 17, 2013 at 9:00 am

Natural disasters and flight delays–partners in crime. From a airline customer perspective, we’re much more likely to fly an airline repeatedly if it has fewer delays AND superior customer service. Yes, natural disasters are out of our control, but how about bird disasters? With…

Location Based Services


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…


WhosHere Wants to Remove the Creepiness from Meeting People on an App

By | May 23, 2012 at 9:00 am

For the privacy conscious, some of the hot new applications for meeting people are causing a double take. Apps like Highlight and Banjo are so useful, the story goes – they show you everyone nearby on a map. They show you everyone nearby on…



4 Years after Motorola Acquired His Startup, Asian Founder Shares Top Tips

By | May 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

As cofounder of Soundbuzz, Simon Lower was the king of iteration: the company went from online to mobile, ringtones to 3G downloads, and B2C to B2B. But this “trial by fire” turned out well, with Soundbuzz getting acquired by Motorola in 2008. Much the…

Location Based Services

San Francisco

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…

Location Based Services


Businesses: Get More Customers in the Door with the Hot or Cold Game

By | Apr 2, 2012 at 11:00 am

Remember Hot or Cold? Not the Katie Perry song, but the kids’ game: you hide something and help the seeker find it by telling her if she’s “hot” or “cold.” Well, now you can play it on your iPhone – or, for businesses, you…