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Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Startups | 0 comments

Venturocket – Making Searching For a Job Suck Less.

Venturocket – Making Searching For a Job Suck Less.

If you haven’t heard about Venturocket already, you’re about to.  But before I give you the low-down of this awesome company, let me first tell you who they are.  In short: Venturocket can be seen as the AdWords for job search. Sort of. Like AdWords, increased competition increases the price of keywords. But unlike AdWords, where paying more money makes your ads more visible and thus more likely to be clicked, on Venturocket, it it is NOT the case that if you pay more then you increase your visibility by employers. VR uses money as a FILTER and NOT as a promotion. In fact, if you are honest (e.g., you say you’re intermediate instead of expert at certain skills), then the price will be LOWER and you will actually INCREASE your chances of landing an interview and therefore a job too. Diving a little deeper: Venturocket is a job/talent marketplace and “talent discovery platform” (TDP) that automatically connects job seekers with the most relevant jobs for their skills without any searching...

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Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Apps, Mobile, Startups | 0 comments

Kickfolio rebrands as App.io

Kickfolio rebrands as App.io

Spotted by the folks over at 9to5 earlier yesterday. Kickfolio: a service that allows developers to offer demos of their iOS apps directly in the browser using an HTML5-based platform, announced it’s now allowing developers to embed their iOS apps directly in the Facebook news feed. In addition, the company has just raised over $1 million in seed funding and changed its name from ‘Kickfolio’ to “App.io”. To find out more about Kickfolio (now App.io) you can read this article which was previously written by MobileMinute on how awesome they are. As it stand, App.io currently has about 3000 developers signed up, most of which are using the service as to drive users to the App Store. The company stated: the average user spends about 1 minute, 19 seconds playing the demo with 12 percent making their way to the App Store. Now that facebook is being brought into the picture, it is said that these stats will likely increase as well. Presumably, App.io has plans to integrate its...

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Posted by on May 27, 2013 in Random, Funny, or Cool, Startups | 0 comments

Why Wait for Google Glass When EpiphanyEyewear is Here Now?

Why Wait for Google Glass When EpiphanyEyewear is Here Now?

Following a recent visit to a ‘wearable tech’ event I attended here in San Francisco.  I had a chance to meet some cool dudes who are working on some cool things.  I am of course referring to their Epiphany Eyewear product which is basically a pair of sun glasses that allows you to record video, decrease sun brightens with a button, and looks cool all at the same time. If you’ve been holding out for Google Glass, and just CAN’T WAIT to have a pair of sunglasses that can record video (and other cool things) then maybe EpiphanyEyewear is what you’ve been looking for.  Starting at $299 (8gb) and up to $499 (32gb) you can order these bad boys off their website.   Here’s a look of how the device looks in action as I was having a conversation with Founder and CEO Erick Miller,   As described on their website: Epiphany Eyewear is designed with a modern take on the classic thick-framed style. The updated design is both...

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Posted by on May 25, 2013 in Apps, Mobile, Startups | 0 comments

Appfuel  – Fueling Developers Success Since 2013′

Appfuel – Fueling Developers Success Since 2013′

Appfuel (formerly AppSpree) is a company that was forged on the foundation of culture, which is something I see as an especially important subject (as well as one that seems to rise to the top of discussion among founders and CEO’s I encounter) in the startup world quite often. Upon discovering that CEO and Co-Founder Andrew Boos and Co-founder Alfred Kam had actually known each-other for more than 10 years, it was clear to me that this type of ‘cultural foundation’ had already been established, not to mention their network in China (Beijing – having been involved in an accelerator).  With a current team that has survived a couple pivots, and proven to be persistent despite obstacles (every start-up encounters), I can without-a-doubt say that Appfuel is a company you want to keep your eye on. After all, when it comes to investing most look at these 3 things (in this order): Growing Market Team & Technology Everyone knows China is a growing market (a massive one at that).  The cultural...

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Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Apps, Mobile, Startups | 0 comments

Why Gamerholic is Awesome

Why Gamerholic is Awesome

Living in San Francisco I hear about a new startup more often than I get an email from one of my long lost brothers in Nigeria who wants to wire me $8,000,000 and just needs to be reminded of my banking credentials (among other things).  It’s not too often however that I hear about a Startup that I feel is noteworthy.  Sure, we see founders, boot-strappers, and visionaries almost around every corner but how many of them have you spoken to, heard out, and felt that their IDEA was something you would invest in, yet alone have an interest in (after your conversation ended)?   Well, last week I had the chance to meet one of these diamonds in the rough; Anari Sengbe co-founder of Gamerholic.  It was during this encounter where he told me about what Gamerholic is –  “an innovative competitive gamification service”.  Gamerholic enhances natural competition with cash and prize rewards.  Additionally, Gamerholic prides themselves on being able to gamify just about anything. Whether it be:...

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Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Mobile, Startups | 0 comments

Parse Announces Parse Hosting

Parse Announces Parse Hosting

Parse may be a company you’ve never heard of, or it may be a company you’ve just recently heard of (likely because of its recent acquisition by Facebook).  With the acquisition having just happened less than 2 weeks ago the company shows no signs of slowing down with its product solutions.  The newest being: Parse Hosting. Parse is said to simplify the process of mobile app development by providing “mobile backend-as-a-service.” (MBAAS). Basically, the company handles the server side of things so developers can focus on the user experience and design. Additionally,  mobile developers that need a web presence can now host that content through Parse Hosting. CEO Ilya Sukhar said in an interview with VentureBeat, “Combined with our JavaScript SDK and Cloud Code, developers can now host their entire web presence on Parse and there is no need for a third party to host the static assets like HTML, JavaScript, or CSS,”    “We always dog-food our own platform and found it annoying that we had to use...

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