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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…


San Francisco

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…

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…


San Francisco

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…


33 Startups Showcasing At Tech Cocktail’s SXSW Event – Vote For Your Favorite

By | Feb 29, 2012 at 3:00 pm

We are excited to announce the participating startups for Tech Cocktail’s South by Southwest (SXSW) event: #Startuplife Celebration presented by .CO. It was one of the toughest group of startups we’ve ever had to sort through, and in all honesty, we wish we had…


Los Angeles

Mingle: A Location-Based Social Network with No Names or Usernames

By | Dec 5, 2011 at 10:09 am

Long Beach-based startup Mingle, founded in July, looks a lot like your typical location-based social network. Like Sonor, it lets you view and chat with people nearby, but it focuses on professional networking. This free iOS app has attracted over 37,000 downloads – I even…


Use Sonar to Connect with People Nearby

By | Jun 5, 2011 at 3:00 pm

Just as dolphins use biosonar to get the lay of the land, err–water, you can use Sonar to get a feel for any room you walk into. Sonar is a mobile app that uses your public profiles on places like Facebook, Foursquare, and Twitter,…