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Jul 29, 2015

Hitch Radio – Social Radio App

Startup Name Hitch Radio What problem are you solving? Radio lacks a social listening experience and its own live nature makes it very hard to share (the content is ephemeral and requires an ephemeral sharing mechanism). What is your solution? The world is changing. Radio is heard by 94% of the United States, but its live nature makes it really hard to share. So we’ve created Hitch Radio: The World’s First Instant Messaging App For Live Broadcast Radio. Type in anything you want to hear and Hitch Radio will search 20,000 Radio stations globally so you can Hitch-a-Ride on the Radio station playing it right now. When you find something great you can send an instant message to your [...]
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Jul 29, 2015

AgencyPlatform – Automated SEO Platform

Ed: For those still practising the dark arts of Search Engine Optimisation this platform is probably about 5 years too late. While Google is the only game in town at least in US & Australia, manipulating your pages to achieve SEO rankings just doesn’t seem to have the juice it did 5 years ago.

I can hear SEO people screaming. While I acknowledge there are some things you can do to really break your search engine visibility, I think the days of playing SEO games are going away.

Only this morning I received a message from Google Webmaster telling me that they couldn’t crawl all my CSS and JS files due to a Theme upgrade and robots.txt rules. They know [...]

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Jul 29, 2015

DIRO The Animatronic Bear

Ed: Made me laugh, will probably sell a million, also to those who haven’t experienced the pain of building hardware possibly have no appreciation for how hard this would have been to build.

Startup Name DIRO the bear What problem are you solving? Brand new smart toy for children, acting as a best friend What is your solution? Internet connected teddy-bear robot. He can hear, he can speak and he can answer. Target Market Children 3-12 How will you make money? Subscription/Advertisement Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity? Programmer, engineer and entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience Founders Names Dmitry What type [...]
 
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Jul 29, 2015

Incisively – Conversion Optimisation Using Machine Learning

Startup Name Incisively What problem are you solving? Billions is spent on optimizing websites every year. Most of this is based on guesswork and by the time the changes are launched, they are out of date. Furthermore, most optimization is focussed on conversion rather than actual bottom line performance measures. What is your solution? Incisively generates more conversion and margin using machine learning algorithms that automatically adapt and learn to get you the best results. We help you take the guesswork out of digital optimisation. Target Market eCommerce website optimization teams, developers, digital marketers and digital agencies How will you make [...]
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Jul 29, 2015

Mometic – Realtime Breaking Share Price App

Startup Name Mometic What problem are you solving? There is no other way to quickly identify which of over 6500 US stocks is breaking at on a moments notice on your phone. Historically, this is a big money feature offered by desktop trading software. MOMO also includes instant alerts and social integration to take it a step further. What is your solution? MOMO is a stock investor’s best app for discovering new investment opportunities. MOMO provides real-time prices for stocks breaking out to new highs and lows. MOMO also includes instant alerts for keeping track of stocks on the move when MOMO is behind the scenes. Target Market Stock Traders and Active Investors How [...]
 
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Jul 26, 2015

Tesla Motors: a most unlikely disintermediation

A couple of weeks back, on the occasion of my daughter’s impending birthday, I was wandering through Westfield Plaza in the city on a shopping expedition. Already dulled senseless by Zara, Seed, & Bardot Junior I was greatly relieved to find a Tesla Motors’ Model S on display right in the middle of the mall. I sent my daughter on her way to the next shop and told her where to find me when she was done.

Sitting in the Tesla I was immediately impressed with the user interface and classy interior of the car. So when asked by the marketing budgie if I wanted to book a test drive, I of course answered in the affirmative.

Now I don’t drive much these [...]

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Jul 21, 2015

[a.i.] RESUME – AI Machine Learning Powered Job Search (or not)

Ed: This looks very interesting but the pitch was a little different to the website when I visited it. I couldn’t quite work out if the app was meant for an employer to use or a jobseeker.

I got the impression from the pitch that this would find me jobs based on an AI powered backend which in theory sounds great but when you register it just seems to be a sophisticated landing site.

After going through the signup process (which was powered by another startup called typeform.com) it now occurs to me that I was just part of someones user validation test.

Hypothesis was can you get someone to signup to your form on the pretext of signing into an application. [...]

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Jul 19, 2015

STACK – CRM with a LEAN Agile Personality

Ed: I implemented my first CRM about 15 years ago, at the time ACT was a very popular single contact manager (that’s what we called it before CRM was a thing).

As the business grew we needed to network the CRM so moved to a Goldmine network license.

There is probably a good case study about what happened to Goldmine, how they didn’t become Salesforce, Goldmine owned the CRM market 15 years ago, looking at their website my guess is that they have stayed with the old school office server based software licensing model and are being swamped by rabid cloud based competitors, but at least they are still in business 15 years later which is an unusual [...]

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Jul 17, 2015

AppleSocial – Trademark Lawsuit Waiting To Happen

Ed: Back when I was a young naive newbie entrepreneur who had no clue about Trademarks and IP I was trying to launch a company that happened to sell Google Enterprise products.

So I purchased a bunch of domain names that had Google in them. ie GoogleMini.com.au.

Funnily enough Google didn’t make a fuss about it locally, but I suspect they would have if their US attorneys ever found out, in the end I decided to give them away to Google as I figured it was more effort than it was worth.

If AppleSocial get even a small amount of traction the Apple lizards will be on them in a flash tearing them limb from limb.

Building a social network (which is so [...]

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Jul 15, 2015

Marketing Expert @ Spark Ideas – Boston or Remote

Ed: What a great idea, crowdfunding via supply of skills.

Job Title Marketing Expert Startup Name Spark Ideas Location (city or remote) Remote- Boston Based Job Description We are looking for a marketing expert with skills that can drive traffic to the site and increase the user base to join the team and take a piece of equity in the company.

Please email or call What do you really need this person to deliver? Drive traffic and users to the site What Skills & Experience are Non Negotiable? – Your Website www.sparkideas.co What does your Startup Do? (Elevator Pitch) Hello,My partner and I are looking for a marketing expert to join our startup [...]

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