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Los Angeles

Get Personalized, SMS-Based Recommendations From Cloe

By | Feb 6, 2015 at 2:30 pm

We can all agree that the best way to discover a new city is by following tips from the locals. But what happens when you don’t know anyone? Meet Cloe, an SMS-based recommendation engine that provides users with personal tips curated by real people. Cloe is very…


Los Angeles

Get Seamless, Flawless Movie Trailer Streaming on Celluloid

By | Jun 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

“I love watching trailers before my feature film at the theater; they’re a big part of the movie going experience and I never miss watching them if I can help it,” explains Zack Anton, CEO and founder of Celluloid. In my personal experience, nothing…

Breaking News


DC’s SocialRadar Launches Its Mobile App for iOS

By | Jan 30, 2014 at 8:00 am

This morning, SocialRadar released its long-anticipated mobile app for iOS. SocialRadar is a DC-based startup led by Michael Chasen, which raised a $12.75 million Series A round last June. Utilizing social networks with geo-location data (including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, and Google+), the SocialRadar app enables users to…

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Las Vegas

Damien Patton: “I Want to Bring You the Things That Matter”

By | Jan 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

The Tech Cocktail Week Sessions from November 2013 wasn’t the first opportunity we had to interview Damien Patton, CEO and founder of Banjo. In fact, we had the pleasure of talking with him right after SXSW 2012, where Banjo was the “most buzzed about…


Michael Chasen’s SocialRadar Raises $12.75 Million in Funding

By | Jun 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

SocialRadar, the new startup from Blackboard cofounder and former CEO Michael Chasen, today announced $12.75 million in Series A funding led by New Enterprises Associates, Grotech Ventures, and SWaN & Legend Ventures. After 15 years at Blackboard, the education company that he grew to…



NYC Combines Online Dating with Social Discovery; Interview with Founder Daniel Mattio [Video]

By | Nov 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm

The lines between social discovery and online dating were already blurry.  Finding someone nearby who shares your enthusiasm for the new Muse album, who knows your college roommate, and who also enjoys pumpkin spice lattes, is grounds for a conversation.  With a host of mobile apps…


San Francisco

Built on a “No Asshole” Policy, Traackr Wants to be the Google for Discovering People

By | Jul 25, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Perhaps you noticed that Google has started including authors in their search results.  The images you’re seeing next to certain results point to an individual’s Google+ profile.  Google is betting that the future of search is people – eventually all articles will be tied to…

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…


4 iPhone Apps for Discovering Local Events

By | Jul 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Living in a city is fun (source: science).  Whether you know it or not, there is  something going on in your vicinity.  Just a decade ago, finding these events required such archaic tactics as reading the local newspaper or talking to people.  Thankfully, with the…


San Francisco

Social Discovery App Answers “What Are You Doing Tonight?” – And Only Tonight

By | Jun 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Does the world need another social discovery app? Doingtonight co-founders Raji Bedi, Dan Koza and Alan Laudicina think so. “The world needs an easier way to find an answer to ‘What are you doing tonight?’” said Bedi.  “We are deadset on making that conversation…


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…



Springpad Launches 3.0 Today, Turning Social Discovery On Its Head

By | Apr 11, 2012 at 10:00 am

For my recent vacation in Hawaii (yes, it was awesome – yes, I suck), I carted along 5 books and 1 magazine the size of a phone book (and yes, I read them all).  I am a tactile person.  I like to hold stuff,…



Sam Zebarjadi of The Idea of Stealth Mode is Dying

By | Mar 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

If you like to travel, you might want to know about Zamp, a social travel service that connects travelers while they are traveling – not before or after.  According to co-founder Sam Zebarjadi, a billion hours are spent every year sitting around and waiting…



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…


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…