Qualitimes – Personal Relationship Manager

Ed: I get a few pitches a week on a new social networks, they always make me cringe, usually some misguided hopeful has decided that his yet to be coded masterpiece will singlehandedly kill Facebook.

But I think this one is different.

The core premise of actually taking time to manage your most important personal relationships struck me as a thing which shouldn’t have to exist in this day of instantaneous communication and social networked everything and yet regular intimate connection with people who are important in your life has never been more difficult.

He might be onto something…..

Startup Name Qualitimes
What problem are you solving? Qualitimes is a personal relationship manager app that helps you stay in contact with the most important connections in your life, including family, friends and business associates. More than just a reminder or calendar app, Qualitimes lets you set up personalized notifications based on your preferred mode of contact and frequency. Stay in touch with family, good friends and business associates. All at the tap of a button. Contacts can be imported from a variety of sources, including phone, email and social media accounts.
What is your solution? The Qualitimes app lets you create and manage quality connections with the important people in your life, whether they’re family, friends or business associates. You may call it a personal CRM, relationship manager or a Never-forget-to-call-mom application, we don’t really care as long as you make that quality time happen. Aqualitime is a recurrent reminder that can contain up to three people and be customized with unique settings. ‘Qualitimes’ uses a small personal assistant, called Mr. Q, who handles all thequalitimes and sends you reminders from time to time. You can set Mr. Q ‘s personality for every quality time created. This, among other variables, will be used to generate a unique motivational notification which will be sent to you.Firstly, you need to import your contacts from the various sources available in the app. Once you’ve done this, you can start the adding process. You can add unlimited number of qualitimes but we limited the number of contacts within a qualitime to three because we think that the fewer contacts in each qualitime, the more each one will have your undivided attention, which is where the “quality” comes into play.

After importing all the contacts you need, you can start create your qualitimes. Add the important people, set the time frequency, the contact method you prefer (could me call, meeting, mail or chat), Q’s personality and you’re done. Once the qualitimes were created, Mr. Q will start sending, using your time intervals, a personal message which is created dynamically using more than 200 variables. The purpose of these highly personalized notifications is to make you to take action (get in touch with the person in the qualitime).

Every day, Q will start qualitiming your agenda and will remind you to check in. The only thing you need to do when you get a notification is to check your Today Screen. Every qualitime in this screen has a very personalized message attached.

*Please note: Facebook has changed its Friends list policy so you’ll get only a list with those friends that are also using our app also. We recommend sharing the Qualitimes app with everyone you know and encouraging them to download it so you will all be able to connect and stay in touch!

Now you won’t have any excuses not to stay connected with those that matter most in your life!

Target Market App, Mobile App, iOS, Lifestyle
How will you make money? Business products
Founders Names I am Cornel Axin, founder of Qualitimes app
What type of funding has the company received? Bootstrap
Twitter Handle @qualitimes
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This young man is going to change the world – Hackathon produces low cost Malaria detection prototype on a smart phone




Low cost Malaria Diagnostic imaging on your smartphone

Athelas Low Cost Malaria Diagnosis using a Smart Phone

Athelas Low Cost Malaria Diagnosis using a Smart Phone

I love to see real world problems being solved (many of you may have read my rants on startups solving 1st World Silicon Valley Hipster Problems)

Malaria is the worlds biggest killer. The tiny Mosquito has over 2000 species, attacks over half the worlds population and kills over 725, 000 people a year.

You may have recently seen Bill Gates infographic which describes the loss of human life each year to Malaria and yet it gets almost no media attention compared to Sharks, Crocodiles, Snakes and many other scary but minor killers.

Trouble is the people who get it often don’t know for a long time, except in very severe cases many of the symptoms are similar to other common illnesses such as the flu.

mosquito electron photo

Photo by NIA

Existing testing procedures rely on access to a lab and blood samples. Most people who are inflected are nowhere near a lab, therefore end up being a host and carrier and mosquitos then propagate this by biting the infected person and transmitting it to others.

If you can manage to break or reduce this retransmission cycle you can decrease the overall number of people who get infected and reinfect and over time the death rate drops.

Unfortunately this is difficult in countries where sufferers are located in remote country, far from medical and laboratory facilities.

So what if your local health worker could run a screening test using a smart phone and a add on lens to quickly diagnose you in the field and commence treatment.


Code named Athelas, Tanay Tandon from Cupertino has hacked up solution over a weekend at the Y Combinator YC Hacks hackathon.

Tanay Tandon

Tanay Tandon

This is not Tanay’s first project, as a High School student he built a smart phone news reader called Clipped using algorithms to summarise news stories into short summaries which now has delivered 40 million summaries with 250,000 users.

So over the weekend they built a low-cost lens attachment to the smartphone camera that images blood at high magnification. The attachment magnifies/focuses on the sample by means of a 1mm ball lens.

On top of that they adapted an Open Source Computer Vision platform called OpenCV to algorithmically count and identify cells in the bloodstream to automatically diagnose disease/conditions and then store these in a new high scalability database platform called Firebase (thanks to Firebase for blogging about Athelas)

For more than 2 centuries, cell morphology – or the practice of viewing/analyzing a person’s blood in order to diagnose conditions – has been the primary way to approach medicine.

Literally every facet of the medical world relies on blood cell analysis to diagnose conditions. Malaria, Chronic Diseases, Cancers, and all sorts of Parasites are all first detected when a physician manually recognizes the given cell type in your blood sample.

Through predictive cell counting, Athelas aims to mimic the process conducted in lab-grade environments in rural areas.

Fantastic project worthy of funding.

Can someone throw $500k at this guy and help him build a product?

ForeFlight: iPad and iPhone aviation apps for pilots with aviation weather, AFD, flight plan filing – Cool #startups

Bootstrapped maker has managed to get US Airforce and numerous other companies using its $150 per month service.

The & app overlays real time weather, changes in airports and other flight time information which was previously impossible only a few years ago when pilots had to use paper maps.

Apparently large aircraft still regularly land at the wrong and do all sorts of things which you would think wouldn’t happen, but supposedly many airports look similar from 10,000 feet and the Earth’s magnetic fields are constantly shifting, which needs to be updated on maps every 30 days which means replacing your paper maps every 30 days.

So far they haven’t raised any capital and are not sure they have too, apparently pretty shy and don’t seek press coverage.


Keepal – Great app for hands free driving – reads your messages out aloud in the car



New app from an Australian based team of developers offers a safe way to receive messages, emails, and information whilst behind the wheel.

Keepal ( is designed to keep you focused on the road while staying in touch with the outside world. Apparently one third of all traffic accidents are attributed to driver distraction and increasingly this is as a result of interaction with a smartphone.

Keepal is like a PA in the car, reading out SMS, email, calendar events and social messages, and even replying to some. An additional feature allows news headlines to be relayed as well.

Founders Mike Wilkinson and Mike Shaw wanted an answer to driver’s woes and have created features that do not cause distraction. “From the outset Keepal was designed to interact with the user, not the other way around. We have only added features that would not distract the driver. In time we plan to add more at no extra cost”

Interestingly Wilkinson is an ex Royal Navy Pilot and current QANTAS pilot, presumably he has been involved in the design and understands a thing or two about distraction in the cockpit. His partner Mike Shaw is an experienced corporate software engineer.



Keepal’s has been specifically designed not to ruin your night vision, with the white icons turning to black in low light conditions. (ED: This is a great idea)

The app uses text to speech technology, but does not send data to a server so it does not draw heavily on data plans.

Keepal is now live for the Android market with the Apple and Windows version due out in the New Year.

UNSW Commercialisation Manager launches Kickstarter Campaign



Sydney based Steve Brodie normally spends his days commercialising scientific research and inventions from professors and researchers but has spent his spare time this year working up a great educational project and has just launched a campaign on to help fund the completion of his new app Fabulas.

Fabulas is an interactive story telling app for encouraging creativity in children and allows kids and adults to collaboratively build stories where they get to decide the storyline with billions of possible combinations.

Bodie who is the Open Innovation Manager at University of NSW along with fellow UNSW IT staffer Anatoli Kovalev previously launched an app called Thinking Thingambob which helps users with creativity and brainstorming which had modest success on the Apple App Store. They have created the concept for Fabulas based on the user feedback they received from their first app.

Insert your kids photo

Insert your kids photo

I know my kids would have loved this when they were little so assuming Kickstarter has the right audience hopefully they will make their goal of raising £36,000.

It’s also great to see University Commercialisation staff getting out and building something of their own. Good luck guys.

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