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Over the course of the last 30 days or so TechCrunch has been promoting a new iOS app called Dots. It has been covered by multiple TC staff writers and all have given the app glowing accolades. This of course translates to the app being downloaded by millions of people with the ultimate goal I would suspect of the app getting acquired by a company like Zynga.
If you look at the social feedback from the articles you'll even see Michael Arrington boasting about his high score. Well, no surprise, Betaworks, the company that built the app, has investors and team tied to TechCrunch and AOL Ventures is an investor, (AOL of course owns TC).
Just returned from my trip, sitting at my desk: Top pile is cards I don't recognize (straight to the trash), smaller pile at bottom are cards I'm following up on.
Whenever I speak at a conference like I did last week, a bunch of people always come up afterwards to hand me their business cards.
For all of you Entrepreneurs and Startups people in San Francisco and the bay area:This event is going to be Big. It has +300 people expected and a dozens of Startup presenting (including Blacklist)http://tech.co/who-is-san-franciscos-hottest-showcasing-startup-poll-4-2013-05 You should vote for Blacklist on the poll and share it along. Here's the eventbrite pageMake sure to register and come on over with a friend, It is going to be a great opportunity to meet and connect with great people from the community.
I'll be happy to met you there on Blacklist's booth where we'll shoot Vine videos of people ranting on brands with a Blacklist megaphone.
Sounds exciting, see you there guys.
I judged the NFTE Quarter Final competition at a local San Francisco high school today. One of the pitches was made by 9th grader Simran Pabla. Her startup is called Ready4Rain.
Here's a video of her pitch to the judges: (Skip to minute 1:39 to see her start presenting)
Here's some feedback for Simran -- please feel free to give her your feedback here as well:
I judged the NFTE Quarter Final competition at a local San Francisco high school today. One of the pitches was made by Jocelyn Hernandez. Her startup is called Functional Couture.
Here's a video of her pitch to the judges: (Skip to minute 3:48 to see her start presenting)
Jocelyn, let me know if you see this blog post by dropping a comment below, and I'll give you a bunch of feedback on your pitch!
I judged the NFTE Quarter Final competition at a local San Francisco high school today. One of the pitches was made by Mariana Ponce. Her startup is called Mariana's Corny Cup.
Here's a video of her pitch to the judges: (Skip to minute 3:30 to see her start presenting)
I want to share some exciting news: We just released the beta version of Blacklist. Check it out here: http://www.blacklist.co/members.html You can now start Blacklisting brands & products you dislike or had a bad experience with.
You should also go check out this Startup competition for this "Tech Cocktail" event to vote for the "Hotest San Francisco Startup" http://tech.co/who-is-san-franciscos-hottest-showcasing-startup-poll-4-2013-05
Please vote Blacklist so I can have a chance to pitch it at this cool event and share it along so we can push up the votes.
There's an organization that's all about mobile called the "MMA". No, not the Mixed Martial Arts group, but rather the Mobile Marketing Association. ShareThis sent me to its 2013 Forum in NYC last week.
At the Forum, one speaker really stood out: Trish Mueller, the CMO of The Home Depot. Her talk about how THD is effectively using mobile inspired me to write a blog about "inherent vs. enhancement engagement" in mobile.
Another great thing that MMA did was having someone draw a visual representation of what was being discussed on a huge 4' by 8' piece of posterboard in real-time. They they displayed these visual representations of the panels & sessions in the conference area. I don't know if it was MXM that was actually providing the service, or just sponsoring it, but t was really powerful and well done.
Here's an example of someone in the process of drawing on the board as the panel was happening:
Daniel - even if our companies die, we (the crazy, whirlwind spirits who give them life) must never.
If you wanna build something, you gotta be a cockroach. No choice.
It's with the cockroach spirit we're building SafeApp. SafeApp's like a privacy "nutrition label" for Android apps. We make it dead simple for end-users to see what data the app is accessing, how it's accessing it, why, and what 3rd parties get to see it. The kicker is, we're more than just a "nutrition label," SafeApp's been proven to actually increase installation, 24-hour and 7-day retention rates.
Here's what I'm wondering: not sure how active you still are with AppMakr, but we're thinking SafeApp might be a great value-add for "developers" using your platform. We could quickly and easily help them mitigate the rising legal risks associated with mobile privacy while also helping them boost retention.
Does that sound like something you guys would be interested in chatting about? Would love to connect.
Daniel, really insightful presentation at Mobile Outlook. You cut right to the good stuff. You taught me more in 15 minutes than a week's worth of reading and research. Looking forward to more.
We got the Everylog.com iPhone beta app up on TestFlight per your suggestion. Please email me your and Sue's UUIDs and we'll send you the link to install the beta app. Really appreciate you taking the time to give us the feedback. We're ready for Sue to rip it apart!