Turf Talk

  • Through This Ourglass, Watching TV in Public Is More Fun

    … At the outset, Ourglass, based in Campbell, Calif., thought it was going to be selling hardware products to bars and restaurants. But why do that when you can give all that away and sell lucrative sponsorships? And how? By making the TV smarter of course. “Making TV smarter” has been the mantra for many a failed startup over the years. I won’t…

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  • Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk — There’s a ‘Mode’ for That

    … reps’ suggestions. We hired many students at every major university and surveyed them to find the best places to go out. We also took in user suggestions when we first launched the feature. Now, the X-Mode [see below] network is powering our HotSpots, not with only Drunk Mode users, but numerous partners via our SDK (which also helps developers…

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  • If the Gym Fits, Reserve It — Startup Makes It Easy to Never Miss a Workout

    … How many times have you been stuck in traffic trying to get to the gym before the window closes and you need to be at work or home for dinner? I’m betting for many of you it’s a lot — certainly is for me. But suppose that gym on the other side of a sea of taillights was suddenly at the next off ramp? And, for that matter, the next ramp as well…

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  • CloudSponge: Soaking Up Your Contacts to Connect You Anywhere

    … of approval. But do some do it better? Maybe. One startup is touting tremendous success for at least one company using their service: the (under radar) giant, Nextdoor, has seen a significant uptick in growth since deploying CloudSponge’s technology. How? We talked with Jay Gibb, CEO of CloudSponge (founded in 2009 by his agency Arizona Bay and now…

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  • Voice Bots Have One Big Problem: Human Behavior

    … I love you. What are the best shampoos to fight hair loss? When does the next season of Girls begin? Find local spas with a male masseur. What is the average weight of a 5’7” woman? Please make a dinner reservation for our anniversary. Find the nearest divorce lawyer. My boss is an imbecile. I hate you. Imagine saying these things aloud…

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  • Google Analytics for Brick-and-Mortar? Spatially Targets Where to Set Up Shop

    … Creating a business is harder than you think. Even if you’ve done it before, your recollections are likely whitewashed by a self-preserving subconscious — a salve to the many pains of creating something from nothing and trying to keep it upright. When you own your own business, you worry about everything — from making payroll, covering inventory…

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  • Post in the Machine: How Blockast is Taking a Shot at Local News Collection

    … Were I to count the ways mainstream news outlets, hyperlocals and other hopefuls have tried to tackle the challenge of successfully covering local news for a mobile audience (which is to say… everyone), I’d need more hands. This is not to imply prior efforts have been in vain. Rather, for me, it’s evidence this nut is far from cracked…

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  • The Buzz on Wikileaf: Compare Pot Prices Then Map a Route to Your Next High

    … A GasBuddy for pot? Why not? At least that seems to be the conclusion of one Seattle-based entrepreneur, whose location-based pricing-and-reviews service wants a slice of what he estimates will be an $8 billion industry in 2017. Dan Nelson started Wikileaf as a guide for those looking to legally purchase marijuana (in all its forms) and become…

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  • Mobile 1.0 Had Its Own Uber: Recalling the Birth of the Future

    …. One of those companies was Qsent (more on them later). Mobile Web 1.0 In Mobile Web 1.0, flip phones were the primary vessel. Consider it: People were still getting accustomed to holding voice conversations on these devices when we started asking them to type into the screen rather than simply talk. Not the smallest hurdle to leap. In many ways…

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  • Pingup and EatStreet Set the Table for Simple Digital Food Ordering

    … Pingup and EatStreet Set the Table for Simple Digital Food Ordering September 27, 2016 by Rick Robinson Leave a Comment Filed Under: Turf Talk Ordering dinner is getting a little bit easier. Two powerhouses in the chain that links that Chicken Phad Thai to the plate on your table are partnering to simplify the process of actually getting…

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  • App Connects Travelers With Revelers, Parties Ensue

    … So you’re finally taking that big trip to Athens, Greece — the one you’ve talked about ever since daydreaming over pictures in a fifth-grade history book. You’ve got mental sketches of the incredible sights waiting to be colored in by reality: The Acropolis! The Parthenon! Zeus’s Temple! Beers with Mary! Wait, what? Well, maybe not necessarily…

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  • Can Augmented VR Turn Window Shoppers Into Buyers?

    … For starters, nobody wants to wear the headgear — those myriad virtual reality headsets that open a second life for our senses. Heck, people wouldn’t even wear the slender Google Glass to achieve an augmentation of their reality. As for the gamers and experiential entertainment enthusiasts, they’ll likely suffer the headsets just fine — during…

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  • Local Loyalty: Klosebuy Plans to Bring Powerful Marketing to Main Street

    … I’ve never really taken advantage of loyalty programs — at least not those that require me to do more than verbally communicate a number, like I do at my grocery store. Cards, coupons and their ilk (even when digitized) seem to slip into a clutter of potential savings that I have never seemed to tidy. But that’s me, and that was then. New…

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  • TRAY Cooks Up Ways to Make Restaurant Checkout More Mobile and Social

    … Dauman Jr. (COO). Their growing 12-person startup is seeking to reinvent service businesses for both customers and proprietors by bringing a different experience to the table. With backgrounds from MIT to Google & Twitter, the team has been working three years to deliver a cloud-based “self-service checkout made easy” by providing a suite…

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