A v2.0 of Ma.gnolia and Del.icio.us, Pinterest is an interesting start-up. And judging from the number of “new follower” e-mails I get daily, it’s interesting to a lot of my friends, too. But I’m not totally sold on this one. Do we need another source for content curation in addition to Twitter, Facebook, RSS, LinkedIn, and traditional media websites? For the sake of the company’s impressive list of investors, I hope I’m wrong, but nevertheless it will be interesting to see the evolution of this site along with the cadre of recently launched competitors: Canv.as, Snip.it, Svpply.com, Nuji.com and Pearltrees.com. UI and speed to scale are going to be the keys to success in this space – and in this regard Pinterest seems to be doing a great job. (more…)
I’m back to blogging after a hiatus due to my internship. I thought a good way to kick-off the fall would be to highlight some of the interesting start-ups I’ve observed over the last few months. So, in no particular order, here are some interesting consumer internet start-ups which are appealing for different reasons: Gigwalk, Bloomspot, Gogobot and Hotel Tonight.
Gigwalk, an app, is an interesting play on distributed mobile workforces. As a public equity investor, there are some compelling applications for this technology in the area of market research. I could see this being used in a manner similar to the research performed by organizations such as Grassroots Research.
Bloomspot, a site referred to as a Groupon clone by others, is interesting not because of its deals, but because of its closed loop commerce platform. Enhanced analytics is the future of the deal space, and these guys seem to be onto something. Apparently (more…)
Following up on my prior post, here are more interesting startups: GroupMe, Uber, GetJar and Top Prospect. GroupMe, a text-based listserv, is a service that I have been longing for. I can now replicate “reply all” e-mail communication via text — much better for real-time mass messaging of friends.
Call it an old habit, or an undying passion, but I constantly flip through GigaOM and TechCrunch articles in my RSS feed. I peruse 100+ articles per week; and here are a few companies that have caught my eye over the past month: Flipboard, About.me, Airbnb.com, Greplin and Instagr.am. I am particularly excited about Flipboard, genius, though I’m afraid that if my girlfriend sees this company it will further place me on the hook to buy her an iPad. C’est la vie…