Launchability Inc. CEO Jesse Engle explains how the startup's CoTweet program helps companies and brands leverage Twitter in this episode of The Deal's Behind the Money video show.
"CoTweet makes it possible for people to tweet from the same account and still maintain the human touch," says Engle. "It encourages behavior that keeps brands human on Twitter and allows companies to manage workflow with both proactive out-bound marketing as well as reactive responses to customer-service requests."
CoTweet was recently featured at a NY Tech Meetup that focused on programs running on Twitter. CoTweet is still in private beta and will be available publicly this spring.
Launchability has not raised any institutional funding yet. Two recent additions to its advisory board are Jerry Michalski, former managing editor of Esther Dyson's Release 1.0, and John Loftus, a venture partner at Internet Capital Group.
Engle also talks about what it's like to build a business on top of Twitter, a still immature technology platform that has had outages and security breaches but nevertheless has attracted a loyal and growing following. Warts and all, Twitter recently raised another $35 million in Series C funding.
A mommy blogger meetup is held at ScanMyPhotos in Irvine, CA and their reactions to Kodak products are captured. (Related to the Mitch Goldstone interview)
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Apple's announcement was Tuesday. iPhone 3.0 won't come out until this summer, but it'll bring some much desired features, including cut and paste! Last week, I tweeted about the Dell Adamo, and now it's been launched. At first, we thought it would a MacBook Pro competitor, but it's actually more comparable to the Air. It'll sell for $2000. If you were in the Geek Brief family last year, you saw my breaking story about Woopra, a live web analytics program. I've never experienced an app or site that has taught me so much about my website. They released version 1.3, although in my opinion it should be 2.0, because there are so many new features. It's not being pushed out to everyone yet, but if you'd like to give it an advanced look, you can download Woopra 1.3 here. Android Live Folders will be a new feature that delivers live updates to Android phones. I'm on my way to Los Angeles. Here are the details on the meetup. For more details about my LA trip, click here. Sunday, March 22nd, Tourism Queensland will be holding an event and GIVING AWAY two tickets every hour to Australia!!! It's being held on the lawns of the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, so it's the perfect place for us to hang out and get to know each other! Date: Sunday, March 22nd Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM Location: Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach, California - on the lawns There is no registration or RSVP required, but I would love to know who's thinking about coming, so leave a comment below or send me a email! I'm looking forward to meeting you LA folks! Follow my Twitter account for any updates on the day - I'll post exactly where I am when I get there. Vote for Cali
Today, I saw Star Trek with my longtime friends Bill Boyd and Lars Frykman at matinee showing at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland, thus following through on a plan we formed almost a month ago and I wrote about a few days ago. It was a cool reunion as I'd not seen Lars for just over 30 years and Bill and I get together for lunch maybe twice a year. Regardless of how little you see of each other, there's something about the friends you had when you were a teenager, especially when they last as long as ours has. Star Trek was always a rallying point for us, so today's meetup was a perfect way for the originators of the Bret Harte Star Trek Club to reconnect. Distributed by Tubemogul.
Drop.io founder and CEO Sam Lessin talks about how his company's file-sharing service takes advantage of the "real-time Web," also known as the "Now Web," in this episode of The Deal's Behind the Money online video show.
Drop.io creates online environments, or drops, for people to share videos and other large files privately. Drop.io recently added the ability to share files in real-time and on Thursday, Drop.io added the ability to share presentations.
The New York startup has raised $3.9 million from DFJ Gotham Ventures and RRE Ventures.
Click here to see Part 1 of our conversation with Sam Lessin, in which he talks about the New York startup community and the sense of kinship among 20- and 30-something entrepreneurs, including Charles Forman (OMGPOP, previously called Iminlikewithyou), Mike Hudack (Blip.tv), Rob Kalin (Etsy Inc.), David Karp (Tumblr Inc.), Charlie O'Donnell (Path101 Inc. and nextNY) and Nate Westheimer (AnyClip and NY Tech Meetup).
Members of the BCGolfPages Meetup Group gathered at Heather Hills Golf Course in Mapls Ridge to try the Birdie Ball.
Windows Vista Service Pack 2 is available for download. You can get the 32-bit version here, or the 64-bit version here. Jorge Colombo has begun creating iSketches using an iPhone app called Brushes. Instead of setting up an easel in the middle of the street, he "paints" on his iPhone, and sells archival prints. The June 2009 cover of New Yorker Magazine is one of his iSketches. Nokia phone owners have access to the Ovi Store as of today, where they can get a variety of apps. Panasonic's 9-Inch Portable Blu-Ray Player supports Amazon Movie downloads and has Viera Cast so you can watch YouTube videos, view photos stored on Picasa and get weather information. You can pre-order it from Amazon now. I'll be one of the judges for the Boxee Dev Challenge, along with Veronica Belmont, Chris Pirillo and Avner Ronen. If you're interested in learning more, click here for contest details. see you at Mezzanine! - we were able to book Mezzanine in San Francisco as the venue for the event on June 23rd. following our meetup in Webster Hall in NYC, we thought we should find a similar place in San Francisco. how to build a boxee app - there are now two examples of boxee apps that could serve as a good starting point for building your own app. the first one is ThruYou and the second is songza. if you have any question about the API or the development process you can check out the boxee dev forum, or connect with idan on twitter. Drobo + 4TB - our friends at Seagate are sponsoring 4TB of Barracuda drives for each of the 3 Drobos we are giving away at the event. Drobo + 4TB is my personal setup at home, connected to my Mac Mini over the network and serving all my videos, music and pictures. it is excellent! ideas for boxee apps - want to build an app, but don’t have a specific idea? you can look at what people are asking for on getsatisfaction, search on twitter, look at services with open APIs, or just think of what you’d love to see on boxee and is not already there. fred wilson will be happy to see someone build a La Blogoteque app. working on a boxee app? let us know *******bit.ly/boxeedevchallenge You can save money on domain name registrations and renewals from GoDaddy**** with discount codes GB1, GB2 and GB3. For an explanation of each code, click here. William, the former Geek Brief intern used promo code GB1 at GoDaddy**** to RENEW WilliaMedia****.
We're celebrating Internet Week New York with a special edition of The Deal's award-winning Behind the Money online video show, in which we ask entrepreneurs and venture capitalists why they love New York.
Special thanks to our guests: Drop.io's Sam Lessin, Spark Capital's Bijan Sabet, KPG Ventures' Dave Hill, Buddy Media's Mike Lazerow, NY Tech Meetup's Nate Westheimer and mediabistro****'s Laurel Touby. And big thanks to The Deal's George White and Maria Woehr for conceiving, producing and editing the piece.
Internet Week New York, which kicks off Monday, is a festival of events saluting New York's thriving Internet industry. It is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the City of New York and The Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting. Like the Web itself, Internet Week is open: Anyone can attend events, and anyone can throw events citywide.
Look for us at Silicon Alley Insider's Startup 2009, where 10 startups will compete for a $25,000 investment from General Catalyst Partners and $50,000 in services, and where we'll be conducting video interviews with presenters all day on Wednesday, June 3.
Members of the BCGolfpages Meetup Group compete for $180.00 at a Glow in the Dark putting contest help at Eaglequest Coquitlam Golf course on May 30, 2009
"Jimmy Wales started his search company a year ago, and he was on the cover of Fast Company saying he's going to kill Google, and then he gave up after 11 or 12 months," says provocative serial entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, referring to the co-founder of Wikipedia in this episode of The Deal's Behind the Money video show. "That's not being an entrepreneur. That's being a poser."
"I think you have to fight the fight for years and not give up; so I don't have a lot of respect for people who give up," Calacanis (pictured) tells The Deal. "I have a tremendous amount of respect for people who fight and fight and fight and then fail."
Calacanis is no stranger to failure. As a teenager, he watched federal marshals show up with shotguns and close his family's bar in Brooklyn after his father failed to pay taxes.
"I was 16, and I curled up in a ball and just cried," Calacanis told Silicon Alley Insider co-founder Henry Blodget at Startup 2009 on Wednesday, a few minutes before we interviewed Calacanis.
When his media company Silicon Alley Reporter crumbled in 2001 along with the New York dot-coms it chronicled, he watched other founders go on yoga retreats, but he kept his nose to the grindstone.
His efforts paid off in 2005 when he sold his pioneering blog network Weblogs Inc. to AOL LLC for $25 million.
These days, Calacanis lives in Los Angeles and focuses on his search startup Mahalo****. He demonstrated a new version of it at the NY Tech Meetup showcase for Internet Week New York on Tuesday evening.
"I'm bullish on Silicon Alley, more than ever," he told The Deal, pointing to the mix of seasoned Internet entrepreneurs and talented 20-somethings here, including Kevin Ryan, co-founder of AlleyCorp, and John Borthwick, co-founder of Betaworks, in the first category and David Karp, founder of Tumblr Inc., and Charles Forman, founder of OMGPOP (previously known as Iminlikewithyou) in the second.
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Recruiting members can be done online or offline. Online, classified sites like craigslist****, meetup**** or your local city or newspaper webpages can be used to recruit members already savvy on computers.
Members of the BCGolfPages Meetup Group try to win $185.00 in a sudden death putting contest held after the golf meetup at Poppy Estate Putting Course in Langley British Columbia on June 13, 2009.
Members of the BCGolfPages Meetup Group compete for $80.00 in a putting contest held on July 12, 2009 at Nicklaus North Golf Course in Whistler British Columbia
Pat Ramsey, along with Alex Jones, are the two motivating forces behind Refresh Austin, a vibrant meetup group of html coders, web developers and designers. Distributed by Tubemogul.