Category: TCDisrupt

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Knotable Organizes Email for Collaboration – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe all get the email threads: Someone gets praise or lands a new job and 50 replies of “Congratulations!” follow in the email. What if you were to export that thread to an area where people can collaborate and clean up the posts? That is what Knotable is all about. Created for those in email groups that need to collaborate better, Knotable (pr. note-able) will take over the thread, clear out the repetitive nonsense and previous replies, then set your post into the queue. Others can then vote it up and down or it can even get removed if a post is not accepted. The idea is to move the important parts to the top. In video collaboration (for example) you can have the popular remarks toward the top so the final product includes those. It also avoids two people asking...

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AirSig Password Wallet: Write in the Air to Authenticate, Open apps

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen I pull out my phone I have to run the unlock code, find the app I want and open it up. AirSig has a better idea – Press a button and write Facebook in the air to open Facebook up. Air signature to even unlock the phone. Stating that everyone has a different writing style, AirSign uses the accelerometer to map out your writing style. After all – you sign your name different than others do. If the phone recognizes your signature then it can open up. Here is how it works – the user holds the phone similar to a pen. They push a button and air-write their name to unlock the phone. Different commands could open different apps. If you write Twitter in the air it will open up the social network. I got to see how it...

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Acoustic Stream is a Bluetooth Wireless Guitar and Microphone

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSImagine a device that can send your guitar signal and vocals to the amp, then give you a wireless in-ear. That is what Acoustic Stream is all about. Acoustic or electric guitar – Acoustic stream could be the bluetooth wireless alternative. Backed as a Kickstarter, Acoustic Stream was able to raise the money to continue development to this device. The Bluetooth dongle pairs with an iOS or Android device to turn into a recording unit, tuner, or push the signal to an amplifier. Best part is you don’t need a pickup on the guitar – the Acoustic Stream will become that pickup. I talked with Bob Bean – creator of the device. He has been working on this project and plans to turn this into your 4-in-1 wireless device. That means you will be able to also connect a microphone and...

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Deja Lets You Turn Your Face Into Personal Emoji – TCDisrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNormally when I send a text I get a smiley face or a kitten frown from someone. Imagine if those Emoji would be of your face. That is what Deja is all about – turning your face into its own Emoji. With Deja you simply download the app, take a picture, align the facial features, then let the app do the work. It creates different icons for happy, sad, angry, confused, and other Emojis. Deja is available for iPhone, Android, Symbain, J2me, and even Blackberry devices. An API is available for companies to add those personalized icons in their app. Otherwise, use Deja’ chat to display your pictures. The app is free. Another interesting feature is these icons can be animated. The following is Kitty Purry (Katy Perry) on Deja with ROAR (above) by KatyPerry’sNo.1Fan on Youtube. For more information, check...

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SunOyster Systems brings Concentrated Solar Power – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe biggest issue with solar power is those large panels you have to place on the house to get enough power to be worth it. Concentrated solar could help and SunOyster Systems is working on doubling the power in less time. Using a reflexive surface the light concentrates to efficiently consume the cell. The setup of the system looks a lot different than a solar panel. Curved reflective surfaces point to the cell in a way it doesn’t reflect back (like to a pilot passing overhead) and can capture as much as possible. The device we saw at the show was a scale model. Dr. Carsten Corino informs me the system could be only a few meters in size and – even in winter – power the house for the day. The solar tracking system keeps in-line with the sun for...

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Outdoor Exchange: Sublet Your Gear to Others – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI used to camp at least one weekend a year. The other 51 weeks the stuff would be sitting in the basement. Now the stuff permanently sits there. So why not rent it out to someone else? That is what the Outdoor Exchange is all about – subscription based lending to sublet your gear. From tents to kayaks, binoculars to fishing rods. Even tech gear such as a GoPro or GPS finder – Outdoor Exchange wants to send it out to you. Right now they are in an Indiegogo campaign – for $100 a year you can sign up for the service. You can check out one item per week (Another $100 per extra item). They ship to you, you use the item, then ship back when done. Founder Dariusz Jamiolkowski and his wife kayaks, but no other friends do. He...

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Mimi Smart Hearing Uses iPhone to Improve Hearing – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEver been in a location where you cannot hear the other person because of the bounce of a room? MIMI has a solution – throw your headphones on and adjust the room sound so you can hear the other people. I personally have a hard time hearing female voices due to the fact I am a drummer. Even the noisy bustle sound at Disrupt and the quieter voice of Eva Maria Zoll made it tough to hear. The best part was I put my headphones on and ran the app – I was able to hear her voice better. The app brings you through a quick hearing test which can tell you where your loss is at. Switch over to the active part and adjust the levels so you can hear the conversation. MIMI is also working on a Bluetooth LE...

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Voycee: Your History Free Social Network – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe easiest way to say it – it’s Snapchat for social networking. Voycee is an incognito social network. You create your post and send it. People read the post then it disappears into the night. I talked with Ilfan Radoncic of Voycee – suited up like the Men in Black – who showed me the network. He states there are certain celebrities and sports stars that want to post something and not have it blow up on social networks. With Voycee, there is no timeline, no archived posts. Nothing to say that post existed. You can say something that people can read in the moment and then let it go in the wind. Voycee is available now for iOS with an Android app coming soon. Sign up, post away. Or DID you? For more information, head to Voycee.me or you can Download Voycee...

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Red-EHS Dispenses Medication Through Vending Machines: TCDisrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWe all want a vending machine in our house. One that is functional and helps with day to day operation. RedEHS vending machine is different because not only will it dispense medication it can dispense remotely via app. Red-EHS is a tablet based system that manages the inventory of medical supplies. A nurse will open the app and check out medications for patients. A code is generated and sent to the machine either through Internet or Intranet. The code will in-turn be used to get the right medication to the patient. The app tracks the staff member and the patient who needs the medication for inventory and accountability. Because RedEHS works with Verizon, the nurse does not even need to be in the building to give a patient their meds. Currently Red-EHS are in living care facilities, correctional facilities, home health agencies,...

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Parknav Helps You Find Places to Park – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWhen we go downtown or even out to another city by car, we want to know there are parking spaces to acquire quickly and within range of the destinations we go. After all – travelling around a city trying to find the right parking can become a time and gas consuming event (not to mention non-environmental friendly). That is where parknav comes in – an app that will help you find the parking spot you need. The app works to map out where all the free and paid spots are so you can concentrate on finding a spot in that area. Currently, they cover Chicago, San Francisco, Munich, and Hannover. The app also has parking garages mapped as well. The app will plan your route to the area of choosing. It won’t reserve a spot – but you might find areas...

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Outski Sets Life Goals Around Your Travel – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSEver wished you could go to Fiji? Maybe the Bahamas or possibly just to another city across the country? Outski is a way you can help save for that goal.With Outski you can plan for the travel, socialize with others about the trip, and possibly even save money in your planning. With Outski, you can not only plan for your trip – they also have an area where you can stash away money. Outski is FDIC approved and can come with its own debit card you can use while on travel. Why Outski? Well President Greg Nickolson said its what he used to say when he left a party. “I’m outski!”. Simply log into the website and set your travel plans. Place a date you want to go and figure out the costs for airfare, lodging, food, and more. Sign up...

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ModernShift Helps You Through Divorce – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThe divorce rate is 2.4 million in the US alone. That is 4.4 million Americans that need help with not only figuring out their next move, but also need help trying to make an amicable split. Startup Modern Shift is looking to help people un-Fxck the problem. The companies’ website doesn’t say much about them, but the company is about creating a community around those getting a divorce. From changing the names back to helping with custody issues, the website is a marketplace to help bring civility to the process. Founder Kyle Canepa is the founder of Modern Shift. She founded the business after her life was turned upside down. Therefore, in May 2013, she bootstrapped the company. Modern Shift will officially launch on July 4th (Independence Day). For more information, check out ModernShift.com

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Mobilizr – Get Paid for Your Selfie – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI found a great way to make money off my selfie. That is with Mobilizr – a company that helps you promote your favorite brands and get rewarded for it. Lets say you like Geekazine. Simply send a picture through the app to promote it. This is a beta service for use. There are some campaigns up on the site right now which you would download the iOS or Android app to participate with. Earnings on Mobilizr depend on what the campaign offers. You can even set up your own campaign for other people to like. For more information, check out Mobilizr.net  

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Launch.IT – News & Information Management Platform – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIf you have ever attended a conference you know the mass emails can get really annoying. Everyone wants you to check out their product. Launch.IT tries to curb those mass emails with their Event news and social engagement platform. Launch.IT created a rich news guide from press kits, company overviews, flash drive information and more. Instead of getting a hundred emails or a CD of the company’s information, you simply head to the conference’s launch.it page and pull from there. The front page will even let you know what is new and going on. Groups from CES, CE Week NY, Showstoppers, Social Media Week, NY Business Expo, and more have moved to this platform. A well organized page with all the information you need is right on top. Virtual press centers can be used by anyone. For more information, check out...

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Women’s Hidden Wearable Technology with MEMI – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFor men, wearable technology might be the coolest thing and we’re all running out to get some. For women, you might be into technology but those watches and headgear don’t work with your fashion statement. Further, you want something because your phone is in your purse and you cannot feel it vibrate. Enter in MEMI – Hidden wearable technology. At first glance, MEMI looks like a bracelet. What it is: a chic iPhone compatible wearable that will vibrate when you need notification. Connected to Bluetooth LE, when you get a text message, phone call, calendar alert, or more the bracelet will send a vibration through your wrist. You can even set up the vibration pattern for specific messages or people calling. MEMI will be part of a collection so you will have different statements for when you go out. To find...

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Rent this Dress Using Style Lend – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSWomen lend clothing all the time. Shirts, pants, and even dresses. Of course if a dress is around $1,000, they probably don’t want to part with it. That is where Style Lend comes in – Rent those expensive dresses for the gala event. Let’s say you want something from Parker, BCBG, Tadashi, Alexander Wang, Sans Souci, Lucca Couture, or anything with a larger price tag. Only thing is you want it for one night – Prom, awards ceremony, or special night on the town. If you can’t afford the high price, you can use StyleLend to rent it out for 10% of the actual price. I talk with Lona Alia Duncan about this disruption to the fashion industry. She noted several women who really needed a dress for one night. One in particular was Miss Hawaii – Moani – who needed...

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Zopaf Salary Negotiation Calculator App – Disrupt 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI remember the first job where I had to negotiate the salary. I was too green to understand how the product worked. If I would have had the Zopaf Salary Negotiation app, I could have gone into the negotiations and possibly have received more. Zopaf app is currently for iOS. The app uses multiple input options to create a graph of where you should be in your negotiations. For example: a Sales representative might have to consider vehicle costs  if no company car is provided. This app also takes out any emotion. If you calculate your costs and they are more than the salary, do you accept the job? If you can walk into a negotiation and state where your costs are, you might just get what you are asking for. You might also decide the job is not worth it and...

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TravAlarm Alerts if Problems Arise – Disrupt NY 2014

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI have officially switched to my phone as an alarm clock (when I need it). Its easy to set and the alarm wakes me up. TravAlarm said that was not enough, so they made a smart alarm system. Imagine your alarm clock goes off a half hour earlier. You look at your phone and read there is a problem on the 101 or your city got 5-6 inches of snow. Now you can make better choices to start your day or just call in and not go to work. TravAlarm also will set alarms for you bus and train riders. If you fall asleep on the ride there, TravAlarm will wake you up with music before you miss your stop. TravAlarm is available for the Android with an iOS app soon. Check out TravAlarm.com for more info.  

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TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon Recap

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSI got into New York at about 10 AM and headed right to the event. Hackers have been working over the last 24 hours. I am sad I couldn’t get to watch them in action but happy I got to see the end results during the hackathon. The presentation itself was well done. They only had 60 seconds to present and the MCs kept them to that – only giving extra time to technical issues. Some presenters were well oiled machines while others didn’t do that well. A couple presented a pitch but didn’t show a product. In a Hackathon you have to show your work at the end. I heard some tweets where presenters were not allowed to show their hack because of the rating of their presentation. This was to avoid the problems from last year presentations. There are...

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Full Interview: Mark Zuckerberg, Michael Arrington

While at TechCrunch Disrupt, I got the opportunity to watch the fireside chat with founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and CrunchFund founder Michael Arrington. This is the first time Zuckerberg has spoken since Facebook went public (so when Facebook went public, Facebook went private). I have taken a few key moments out of the video for you. In Hindsight Would You Do Anything? We are going to do things we think to build value over the longterm. Over the next 3-5 years the biggest question on everyone’s minds is how well we do on mobile. We’ve been in this quiet period for the last 6 months since right up to we started the IPO. A lot of stuff has changed. 6 months ago on mobile, we launched our new set of apps, so we were still in a pretty bad place. Apple hadn’t announce the iOS integration and...

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Photos from TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012

This week was a long one, but a lot of fun. I met many companies that have some interesting startups. A good mix of videos along with learning more about being a startup or investor. I got to see Kevin Rose, Mark Zuckerberg, Biz Stone and Evan Williams speak (amongst others). I saw old friends and met new ones. It’s been a fun week. I tried to take photos every chance I could. Here is the photoroll of my trip to TCDisrupt.

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Winners of TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon: LiveBolt

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSNot only are the guys from LiveBolt people I know, they’re also from my hometown of Madison, WI. Known as “Snowshoe” the guys re-developed their check-in fab idea to become a virtual key for a door. This could be a system to let someone in the house, or maybe a hotel key system. The authorized smartphone would load an app, then place it on the dongle at the door. This would cause the door to authorize and unlock. LiveBolt was part of the new hardware addition they created for this year’s hackathon. Many different hardware vendors presented today, including one that poured margaritas when you asked Siri to. It was a great time with over 150 hacks presenting every 60 seconds. Lots of new hackers that could turn their ideas into companies. Congrats to the runners up: Auctopus and Heatdata.  

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TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 Hackathon

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSThis year I got to spend time with the hackers at the TechCrunch Disrupt 2012 hackathon. Hundreds of coders got together – some didn’t even know each other until this afternoon – to make the next big program. I got to talk to a lot of great start ups. This includes Snowshoe, a company that comes from Madison, WI (my hometown). I know about their product and was really excited to hear they are pitching tomorrow in the hackathon. Another group of coders were making a system to replace those discs you get at a restaurant with an app on your smartphone. When your table is ready, you get a signal to come up to the front counter. There was even a group that was using margaritas for a drinking game. It was a very fun time and I got to...

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Photos: TechCrunch Disrupt Hackathon

It’s a big day for some coders as they are creating the next big thing at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 Hackathon. Hundreds of geeks on their macbooks and notebooks coding for APIs from the sponsors. Microsoft, Google, Amazon are all at this event, along with some unknowns: dotCloud, Pearson , Twilio, OpenTok, GREE and many more. What is a Hackathon? Coders come in to join forces (or go it alone). They have until 10:30 on Sunday to get their new app done. Groups present their projects the next day in front of the judges and possible VCs and Angel Investors. More photos will come up on this page as the day progresses.

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