Turf Talk

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

    … go into the sad tale of AOL TV, which I helped build content for, and was in many ways a great interactive system ahead of its time… but let’s just say: easier imagined than accomplished. That said, Ourglass is approaching things a little differently: targeting TV out of home — a space that is growing rapidly — and looking to make public…

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

    … dispensary. So what now? Alcohol, naturally (something with which I have a passing acquaintance.) If you’re like, well, anyone you’ve probably found the bubbly creep up and egg you on to do stupid sh*t. Well, as they used to say, there’s an app for that. The little tool for your phone called Drunk Mode is pretty much what the name implies: Drunk? Switch…

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

    …? What if it was at all of them? This is the vision of a bloom of new companies aggregating gyms and offering single subscriptions to all of them with one “membership.” One of those, FitReserve, saw the simplicity and convenience in such a program back in 2015 when three co-founders launched to fill what CEO and co-founder Megan Smyth calls a void…

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  • 7 Startups Decamp to the ‘Smartest Place in the World’ to Rethink Mobility

    ….) participating in INFINITI LAB Smart Mobility program, based in the world’s smartest city which has also dubbed itself a Smart Nation — the tiny island from the future called Singapore. It’s here that buildings are smart, taxis roll without drivers and autonomous buses are coming just around the bend. One government official from Smart Nation talked…

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  • CloudSponge: Soaking Up Your Contacts to Connect You Anywhere

    … cases such as new-user on-boarding, finding friends on a platform, improving the usability of referral forms and a bunch of other common use cases. Our pedigree is in software development, so getting good at marketing and sales has been a challenge for us. How many customers utilize the product? Please talk about a couple, including Nextdoor…

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  • Voice Bots Have One Big Problem: Human Behavior

    …, amplifying its utility, is a world away from saying into the air anything approaching the personal. Don’t believe me? Look up from your device right now and say aloud “what does a herpes rash feel like?” You get the point. Again, I think we’re surely moving in the direction of voice input to bots, but until microphones advance — allowing you to request…

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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

    … of our partners use more than one of our products together, and any business can benefit from our lighting-fast, easy-to-use terminals. On your site you note ‘In several of our case studies we found that TRAY pays for itself in the first few months’ … Could you talk a little more about the economics there? Philippe: Absolutely. We provide our…

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