Can text messages really motivate you to get off the couch and into the gym? The fitness buffs behind Poosh, a new motivational SMS startup launching today, think they can.
Mobile apps continue to be one of the richest areas for startups. Case in point: The four companies collected here, each of which made an appearance onstage today at the Demo Fall 2011 conference in Silicon Valley. We’ve noticed a focus on discovery in mobile apps, as well as tools for reaching the student populations of the world.
The Open Mobile App Directory (OMAD), a new site by Orange Silicon Valley, aims to be the one app directory to rule them all.
Demo, the VentureBeat-affiliated conference series that acts as a launchpad for emerging technology, is adding a new Brazil event to its portfolio.
How’s your back feeling right now? About 80 percent of Americans experience significant back pain sometime in their lives and that pain costs more than $50 billion per year. It’s a leading cause of missed work days, disability claims, and visits to the doctor, outnumbered by only the common cold. LUMOback from zero2one is hoping to do something about that.
MeMeTales wants to make reading “the funnest thing ever.” Yep, the funnest. The mobile application launched its publishing product today, with the intent of roping kids into a love of reading.
If you’re not a coder, but you’ve got a great idea for a mobile app (and need to communicate that idea to developers, investors, beta testers and others) FieldTest is one way to quickly and easily solve your problems.
FieldTest allows you to upload images — paper sketches, wireframes, beautifully illustrated mock-ups, whatever — then designate interactions, touch hotspots and more to create a functioning application for testing and demos.
Wantlet is a new social shopping site that lets consumers compare product listings across several retail stores.
Video editing doesn’t have to be a lonely undertaking. Stoome, a web-based video editing startup, wants to turn the creation and sharing of videos into a truly collaborative and social experience. Today at Demo Fall 2011 in Silicon Valley, Stroome announced that Mozilla has come on board as a new adviser on its open source efforts.
TasteJive wants to make wine just a little bit easier to swallow. Today the company launched its wine recommendation engine to take the jargon out and make wine more contemporary.
Thirteen startups presented in the Social and Media Technologies category at this week’s Demo Fall 2011 conference in Silicon Valley. Common themes were getting advice from strangers and trying out items for purchase virtually before buying. Here’s a look at three of those startups we haven’t covered yet in our Demo reporting:
The next time you post a tweet saying you’re hungry, you might be surprised to see a response in your @ reply stream, offering you a discount at the pizza joint down the block.
Gumhoo, which gathers opinions about shopping lists from social connections, launched today at VentureBeat’s Demo Fall 2011 conference.
If the new startup 1Ring has its way, soon we’ll be punching in phone numbers to learn more about the world around us.
Sixteen startups intend to break out big with consumers in the Consumer Technologies category at theDemo Fall 2011 conference in Silicon Valley. Here are two companies that presented today.
Newman Infinite today launched yGGLE, an online service for building a Java-based website from scratch without any programming, at VentureBeat’s DEMO Fall 2011 conference.
Two and a half years ago, Sri Rao’s mother-in-law had a stroke. The event left her with almost no mobility on her left side — and with a great need for the attention of caregivers.
“It turned all of our lives upside down,” Rao told VentureBeat. And ultimately, the stroke inspired and motivated Rao to start working on Senseaide, a startup that focuses on the health needs of senior citizens and the information needs of their caregivers.
Tradepal is bringing bartering of goods back into style, this time virtually.
Oil means more than just gasoline. For many folks, it’s also how they heat their homes.
NeighborOil is a startup that’s reexamining how communities buy oil for heating and helping consumers negotiate for better prices and better service. And starting today, it’s bringing its revolutionary model to a wide range of residential utilities, including electricity and natural gas.
Six out of 10 Americans will outlive their money, according to MyFinance, makers of a new product called Me&MyMoney that launched today at the DEMO Fall 2011 event in Silicon Valley.
Hiring managers know it’s hard to judge how a job candidate will come across in an interview based on their resume and cover letter. But it takes a lot of time to meet everyone who applies for a position in person, even just for a brief chat.
I hate those printed coupons that come along with my grocery receipts. They’re too easy to forget or lose and too hard to redeem. I also hate loyalty cards, mail-in rebates, and all the other tricks that retailers use to come between me and the discounts they’ve promised.
If you’re enjoying your 15 minutes of fame, maybe it’s time to cash in with some merchandising. MashON lets you create your own customizable, branded products and sell them on your web site.
If you dream of robots and wake to your smartphone, have we got a treat for you: robotics company OLogic is launching the AMP (that’s Automated Music Personality), a two-wheeled, self-balancing, musical robot powered by your smartphone or MP3 player.
AMP will follow you around and plays your music for you. You can either attach your iPod or other digital music player to its back, or you can stream your tunes via Bluetooth from your phone. AMP also comes with mobile apps for iPhone and Android to control the bot and your music.