Loopt, an early leader in location-based social services, just announced that mobile industry veteran Steve Boom (pictured left) is joining the company as its first president. Boom will lead the Mountain View, Calif. startup with cofounder Sam Altman (pictured right), who continues to serve as chief executive.
Foursquare has hit 3 million users for its location-based social network. Facebook launched a rival location service, Facebook Places, in mid-August. But that apparently hasn’t lessened interest in Foursquare’s service, as some had feared. Foursquare’s growth is still accelerating, the numbers show.
Ever wish you could strike up a conversation with that cute redhead on the commuter train? Well, a startup called Bumped.in may finally give you the courage.
Facebook’s latest feature, Places, mimics the core function of another hot startup, Foursquare: announcing to your friends where you are. The long-expected competition stirred a lot of buzz in Facebook’s Silicon Valley turf and Foursquare’s home base, media-soaked Manhattan.
Location-based startup Hot Potato just announced that it has been purchased by Facebook, confirming acquisition rumors from last month.
Google’s timing can be peculiar — but rarely coincidental. A day after Facebook launched its first location feature, the search giant revealed in a blog post Thursday that more than 100 million users check Google Maps on mobile devices.
Keith Lee, chief executive of location-based game company Booyah, said today that his team built its new Facebook Places location app — InCrowd — in just three weeks. The app lets users interact with friends and share posts in real-time in real-world locations.
Scott Raymond is the chief technology officer and co-founder of Gowalla, a location-based entertainment firm. His company is one of the partners that is launching a new app for Facebook’s new location service, Facebook Places, which Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed this evening.
Facebook concluded the unveiling of its new Places location check-in feature today with a speech from vice president of product Chris Cox (pictured here at another event) that was either inspiring or cheesy, depending on how charitable you were. Either way, it hinted at the bigger vision that company executives have for the product.
Location-based ad and alert companies Placecast and Location Labs have teamed up to send shopping alerts to more than 180 million consumers across multiple cell phone networks.
If you look at a bunch of cool location-based apps, you’re likely to find Mashery under the hood. Mashery has a software platform that companies (in this case, location-service companies) can use to market, distribute and keep track of their application programming interfaces (APIs), which allow third-party developers to build apps on their services.
It has been clear for months now that Facebook on features that allow users to share their location with friends. All that discussion could come to a head tomorrow afternoon, when Facebook holds a press event at its Palo Alto headquarters where the company is expected to finally unveil its location service.
After building up quite a bit of buzz over the past few months, the Palo Alto, Calif. startup Shopkick — which can best be described as FourSquare meets shopping — officially launched its iPhone app today.
Location-based service The Hotlist aggregates Facebook and Twitter feeds to tell its users where the hottest spots in town are – as defined by where their friends are going. The service was solely available online for the past year. But now it’s launching an iPhone app and plans to deliver Blackberry and Android apps shortly.
PlacePop, a company that allows any company to create and maintain virtual loyalty cards, launched its iPhone app today. It also announced fresh funding of $1.4 million from a number of angel investors.
The check-in game as popularized by location-based services Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt and others, desperately needs something more tangible than just the mere exclamation of a user’s location. One way to bring more value – and thus more interest – to the check-in is tying it to a real-world deal, like getting a cheaper beverage at a coffee shop in return for frequent check-ins. Now, a company specializing in digitizing the loyalty cards people carry in their wallets, CardStar, is integrating its service with Foursquare check-ins in an effort to make checking in more relevant.
After announcing 2 million users last week, Foursquare is quickly looking to monetize the massive amounts of user data it’s amassing. Now company founder and CEO Dennis Crowley has told The Telegraph that Foursquare is in talks with Google, Yahoo and Microsoft about a data partnership.
After the popular check-in service Foursquare finally closed its second round of funding in June after much speculation in the press, the company announced it had secured $20 million from Andreessen Horowitz and others. According to a recent SEC filing, the company’s top executives are taking a $4,636,688 cut out of the total – which, to be exact, is four dollars shy of $20 million.
Facebook is going to go beyond rolling out standalone applications for iPhones, Google Android devices or feature phones and start considering itself a platform for developers to distribute mobile apps with.
Location-based services that are taking advantage of a smartphone’s GPS and wi-fi triangulation capabilities are continuously struggling to get even more accurate location data to pinpoint phones and, by extension, their users. While accuracy is a boon for many, there are companies taking a different approach to location: Close enough is good enough.
With over 225,000 apps available in Apple’s App Store and 65,000 apps on Android Market, it’s no wonder some smartphone users feel overwhelmed by the numbers. For now, the different marketplaces for apps offer recommendations, list the most popular downloads and categorize the existing hordes of apps. But there’s a cool new app called ScatterTree that filters apps by location.
The popular location-based check-in service Foursquare today added a feature called “location layers”. In essence, it means that established brands –- at first, the Independent Film Channel and the Huffington Post – can use Foursquare’s “tips” feature to push the information they want to users. The bigger picture here is that this a step in Foursquare moving from a mere game to a location platform.
Feel like there are no singles out there? Have no fear. Skout, the location-based dating app, now boasts one million registered users in its service. Summer seems to be the time when people are looking for love, as Skout says more than 200,000 users signed up in the month of June, breaking the one-million mark.
One of the hottest phenomena in the mobile world right now is location — and the place to hear about is in San Francisco on July 12-13 at VentureBeat’s MobileBeat conference.
Waze, the company that’s specialized in providing crowdsourced driving directions, is venturing deeper into the social sphere by integrating Twitter and Facebook into the service.
Online maps are extremely useful, but not very innovative in their present form, as most maps we use today merely mirror paper maps. The road map serves most of our everyday needs, but as more and more data with a location component to it is accumulated – geo-tagged photos, videos, or information from social networks like Facebook and Twitter – we’ll need to represent that data in a way that adds value without overwhelming users.
Geodelic, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based mobile application company specializing in location-based services, has raised $7 million in a Series B funding. The round was led by MK Capital, with previous investors Clearstone Ventures Partners and Shasta Ventures also taking part.
Maybe it’s true: Nice guys do finish last in Silicon Valley.
More speed bumps lie ahead for in-car navigation devices. As maps are becoming a standard feature in smartphones, handheld devices are truly taking over the navigation market for cars, according to a recent report by market research firm iSuppli.
Goodbye WaveMarket, hello Location Labs! WaveMarket, a company that has built a platform for location-based services, is changing its name today to Location Labs and releasing new features for developers, even as its existing business is propelling revenues to heights where an initial public offering is plausible, according to the startup’s CEO, Tasso Roumeliotis.
Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook’s offering in geo-location is being finalized and is on its way soon at a developer meetup in London.
A new company is making blips on the location-based services radar. New York-based Topguest is moving into the market with an idea to bridge location-based services with the travel industry. Working in “sneak-preview” mode — meaning it’s aching to make announcements but isn’t ready yet — the company is backed up by an experienced venture capitalist, Peter Thiel, the co-founder and ex-CEO of PayPal.
You’ve heard this mantra before: “Location, location, location.” There’s a new player in town called PlaceBook, and if it is to be believed, the proper mantra should be “privacy, privacy, privacy.”
Mobile recommendations startup Rummble raised $800,000 from m8 Capital to grow its arsenal of apps that record and match people’s tastes and preferences.
TeleNav (TNAV), provider of mobile-phone navigation services, had an incredibly strong first day on the market, with its share price rising 23 percent — even though it slashed its price from the forecasted $11 to $13 range to $8 upon its debut. The turnaround, closing at $9.80 for each of 7 million shares (totaling $56 million), is a pleasant surprise for its investors.
It’s Bike To Work Day 2010 in San Francisco, a city where people take their biking seriously. As famous as San Francisco is for its bicycle-friendly attitude, transportation planning for the city remains a highly contested issue. Bicyclists always want more bike lanes, while the opposition will go to court to prevent painting new “sharrows” on the streets. For city policymakers, proving things like the demand for new bike routes is not as simple as it sounds, which is where mobile location-based technology comes in handy.
A Web 2.0 Expo panel discussion focusing on location-based services—or LBS—for mobile phones narrowed down the one fundamental requirement for any service hoping to make it big in the space: It needs to be fun.
We can already navigate the outside world using our cell phones or GPS devices to a high degree of accuracy, but what about indoor locations? Mapping the giant, labyrinthine shopping malls, airports and convention centers of the world is a daunting task, but something that presents a huge business opportunity for that very reason.