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Ritetag for your business or group: July is free SSO seminar month! Just ask for one, we'll do it by G+ hangout - me and up to 9 of you and your group/company/etc.
RiteTag is free for beta-testers, and even after we go live to the public, searching on some networks will remain free for a limited no. of searches.
Findmycompany.com was tired of not getting attention on social so they piled a bunch of bananas on their ping pong table and are offering an ipad for the person who can guess how many bananas are blocking this Austin SEO company's ability to play ping pong. Here is what I love about this contest:
* Simple, fun and easy.
* Funny& Fun
* Reinforces key themes (crowdsourcing, how easy it is to get lost in crowd)
* Takes some time to resolve (could take weeks before a correct estimate)
SEO, like all businesses, is crowded and tough. FindMyCompany in Austin is walking their talk and sure to receive a nice $10 to $1 return on their banana investment. Well Done social media doesn't take a million bucks. Creativity and courage matter more than money in what may be the last Wild West on earth.
VentureBeatVC Fred Wilson says mobile is where the growth isVentureBeatMobile is where the growth is in startups, venture capital portolios, and user activity, according to a post by Fred Wilson, managing partner at venture capital firm Union Square...
***** As a web designer I feel yhis shift to as new ways o accomplishing our goals become apparent. Marty
Infographics on creating a Success Pitch for Startup business in achieving goals and success early with good marketing and business ideas and models...
***** Done this wrong a few times so appreciate this scoop from someone who is rapidly becoming a trusted source for me - Chintan Jain. Thanks CJ, Marty
Via Christino Martin
Getting feedback on decisions isn't always easy as it sounds, especially when it involves visual options or more in depth questions. That's a problem that former AdMob founder and CEO Omar Hamoui is trying to target with his new startup Maybe.
**** Looks like a cool decision tool and with the right API could prove very helpful in wisdom of crowds marketing. Mary
Robin Good: Pathbrite is a new web service which allows you to collect, bring together and layout any kind of media content (from video clips, to images and text) to create a visually compelling personal portfolio of skills and experiences.
In fact, Pathbrite can be used for any number of purposes that involve creating a good looking web presence in which one can easily bring together different types of content to create a "collection".
A music band video portfolio, a photographer book and list of achievements, a sport master illustrated hall of fame.
From the official site: "Curate all your stuff to create beautiful portfolios.
"Pathbrite ePortfolios are the best way to collect, track and showcase a lifetime of learning and achievements, and to get recommended pathways for continuous success."
-> Aggregate everything about you in one place.
-> Import anything digital from any source, including a resume, documents, audio, video, recommendations.
-> Configure and personalize the layout of your portfolio.
Examples: https://beta.pathbrite.com/#!/public/Gallery/Collection%20of%20example%20portfolios ;
Try it out now: www.pathbrite.com
***** Looks like Robin found another great tool. Marty
Via Robin Good
This offering is a world first for an album launch of this size offering fans around the world an opportunity to hear tracks from his new album and unlock exclusive virtual content and features through Blippar. Bieber fans simply point their smart phone at the ‘Believe’ album cover, or even an ad or poster for the album and the image comes to life, unlocking content including track samples, an opportunity to buy the album directly from iTunes and competitions. Users can even have their photo taken with the virtual star which can then be shared through their social channels. Fans can return each week to blipp for new photos and fresh content. A great move from Blippar to hit a mass market. Download Blippar here. Thanks Alicia!
Via Gary Hayes
Between Pinterest and Fab and Fancy and Svpply and Wanelo and Lyst and many other similar startups, the social-meets-design-meets-commerce space is nothing if not crowded.
***** This reminds me of how Hollywood gets on similar ideas all at the same time. At the core is the battle between Israel's and text. The first web revolution was about text. It is clear the second is going to be about visuals. Marty
Robin Good: DisplayNote is an cross-platform app which allows a presenter to share (over WiFi) his presentation live to his audience, by allowing them to capture, view, edit and contribute to it in real-time fom whichever device they use.
Key features include:
Capture - Capture the presenter's notes, slides, images and video in real-time and all on your own device.
Annotate- Highlight what is important to you, underline key phrases, mark / tag important items for later review, and send annotations to other connected devices.
Collaborate- Work together in groups of any size and on any device. Share annotations with the presenter and other connected devices. Create and join groups for collaborative learning.
Note Taking- Add written notes, post-its and references to any slide, image and video.
Display Control- In presenter mode, use your tablet device to present from anywhere in the room, access and control your desktop, create collaborative groups, pass control to other participant's devices and even view the screen of another connected device.
Private messaging- Send and receive private messages with the presenter and other connected devices while you work.
Any Device, any Platform - Works on any device (smartphone, tablet, laptop etc.) and across all the major platforms including iOS, Android, Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
More info: http://www.displaynote.com/
**** I just curated a piece of Robin's into Curation Revolution explaining there are times when a straight scoop or curation without much comment makes sense. This excellent summary of Robin's is a perfect example. The other thing I keep in mind on my straight scoops, curation without much comment, is where am I curating too. If I were moving Robin's notes and this new Display Note tool into my blog or my Technorati startups series I would write more, but it can be safely "Scooped" into my Startups feed inside of Scoop.it because that is where I share cool tools like this one. Sometimes I scoop naked first and then go back and fill notes in after I've had a chance to take a pass through the tool. I do this to rescue the piece so I don't lose it back into the sea of STUFF I review daily.
PS. See my Scoop of Robin's Rewriting News Stories Is Not Content Curation to read Part I of this conversation :).
Via Robin Good
I've been obsessed with Internet Startups for almost a decade now, and I still find myself consuming as much content as possible about the best way to startup a...
Kurt Varner is like a lot of young men trying to launch a business. Except that he's living in his car. It's kind of a necessity, it's kind of a gimmick--and it's kind of working.
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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Amazon.com Inc reportedly agreed on Monday to buy mapping startup UpNext, the latest sign of increased competition between the world's largest Internet retailer (For #startups: Amazon buys map startup UpNext: report - Reuters...
****** I guess mapping is KING of VC right now because it ties to SoLoMo (Social, Local and Mobile). Interesting move for the least SoLoMo player, Amazon. I'm betting Amazon feels the presure of mobile searching tied to mobile commerce. I stopped by our mall today an it looked like a war zone. There were at last 15 major renovations and moves going on as the recession created by Moore's Law, Google and mobile rolls on and spares nothing.
Apple's new Podcasts app is free and easy to navigate and use. Let's take it for a spin.
***** Just downloaded this app and it is very cool. Don't let "podcast" fool you, I've been watching videos on mine all morning. Great UI (duh it is Apple), beatiful on an iPad and some of the best new media taxonomy I've ever seen make this app a winner...oh yeah, and there is great content on it too (lol). Marty
Over 80 percent of people seek health-related information online, on everything from insurance to help diagnosing aches and pains. As the world goes mobile, so too does health. Instead of using Google for your health ...
The Imps get down to business the moment you wake up: Your blinds automatically open, and your coffee maker starts brewing your favorite dar...
***** Cool, I want this thing just to know my garage door is down. The older I get the more I forget if I did key stuff like put the garage door down as I fly out to the office late and thinking about 1,000 things that aren't related to putting a garage door down. I would gladly like parts of my life be Imp-congroled :).
Pinterest has been working on partnering with other creative communities to make sharing on the pinboard more inclusive and less of a copyright hazard. On Wednesday, the visual pinboard turned up the volume and set up ...
***** Cool, but hard to imagine how much easier than having my Pin It button on my browser bar :). Marty
Via Daniel J Smith
Catherine Kaputa image via SelfBrand.com Starting a business is usually the result of a personal dream or need. Investors tell me that they invest in people, more than the idea.
**** Not sure I am 100% all the way where this article takes us, but is branding yourself always a good idea? Absolutley yes since brands create a shorthand and "Made To Stick" way to know who you are and what you are all about. Problem is it is hard to THINK about personal branding in real life and real time without coming across as too scripted and calculated.
That doesn't mean you can't take what is out there about you, the stuff you created in an organic way, and build on it. I created "revolution" feeds on Scoop.it at least partially because my brand is marketing rebel. By creating Mobile, Ecommerce and Curation Revolution feeds I stoke that fire.
Via Jose H. Flores