AI Applications and companies by Sector
- AI Eats IT, SaaS and Software
- Food, Agriculture AI
- Retail AI
- Auto, Autonomous Cars, Transport
- Real Estate Apps and Startups
- SN Media, Adtech, Photos
- SN Friends, Local, Parenting, Family
- Finance, Fintech
- SaaS, Cloud, Web-Services
- Semi, Electronics
- HAN, Robots, Advanced Hardware
- SaaS P2P Drive, Storage, EM, Comm, Collab
- CRM, MFA, Sales
Food, Agriculture AI
Auto, Autonomous Cars, Transport
Cruise - acq by GM
deepscale - acqHire by Tesla
drive.ai - acqHire by Apple
Real Estate Apps and Startups
Brain Health, Memory
Memory Glass Foundation is working with Stanford and others to build photo/story/timeline apps to help those with memory impairments due to aging, Alzheimers and TBI. If you are passionately involved in these issues, we'd love to chat. Phil von Stade at gmail dot com
SN Media, Adtech, Photos
TinyPost - Writeover Photos
Helping Place Ads
CEO Sahil Jain wowed the judges with his promise to be able to create ads simultaneously for big networks including Facebook, LinkedIn, Google and Bing. It helps users select the right keywords and figure out where to get the most bang for their buck. Then it manages the ads in real time.
The San Francisco-based startup already has raised more than $1 million and its early investors include Freestyle Capital, Quest Venture Partners, Dave McClure of 500 Startups.
SN Friends, Local, Parenting, Family
Taming the insanity of parenthood with a mobile app
Apr 5, 2013, 3:00am PDT
SocialParent was co-founded by Reza Raji and Gerry Gutt who previously co-founded iControl Networks, the leading platform for broadband home management, currently used by ADT (Pulse), Comcast (Xfinity Home), Rogers, and many other major service providers. SocialParent is located in Palo Alto and its advisory team includes former and current executives from Disney, Intuit, Palm and Nokia.
SocialParent offers a private and secure social app for parents that helps them to manage the complex and dynamic circles of families they interact with routinely through school, soccer, church, neighborhood, mom’s group, etc. With the app, they can engage, interact and share with other families they trust and love.
At SocialParent, we understand your family is busy – we're parents too. But we realize you still want to socialize with other families in a private and meaningful way.
That's where SocialParent comes in.
SocialParent is a life-enriching tool that helps modern families filter through the noise of other social networks to quickly connect families within your trusted circle.
SocialParent focuses on the critical planning needs of families by organizing communication easily and efficiently with the families in your trusted circles.
This family-centered approach to social networking offers you a way to foster family serendipity and social discovery through everyday interactions. This is social with a purpose.
How it makes money
SocialParent plans to offer tightly focused local deals and ads that are specifically tailored to families based on their profile and interests. It is also considering implementing a freemium model that offers the basic features free and charges for additional premium features.
First Social Network to Treat Family as the Atomic Unit of Social Interaction
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 6, 2013) - SocialParent, a new startup that connects families with the trusted circles they care about most, today officially launched to over 5,000 people on-stage at the LAUNCH Festival. SocialParent is the first social network built for the needs of families and the important circles of other families they routinely interact with. Parenting is, by nature, the oldest social task and has been largely unaddressed by existing social networking solutions.
The interaction between families is a powerful one, which requires an active social network. Often the largest, most adopted social networks today are passively used, connecting individuals at a surface level, between long distances. SocialParent connects families to enable more relevant discovery of new places, events, and impromptu get-togethers with those inside your local communities.
With 75 million families in the United States with children under the age of 18 and nearly 60% of parents owning smartphones, SocialParent fosters serendipitous discovery of activities between local families that makes everyday interactions simpler. Families can now connect with the most important network in their lives without being limited by social networks built for individual users, with poor privacy, and based on past experiences.
"SocialParent was developed with the on-the-go and often unexpected planning needs that come with having a family," said Reza Raji, founder and CEO of SocialParent. "Whether it's connecting with those precious, loved and trusted families you've become close with over the years or your soccer group, church groups, or classroom parents, SocialParent makes it easy to plan, recommend and share. Our goal is to be the social tool parents think of when it comes to managing their family's social interactions."
Everything in the app is modeled after the actual way families interact and plan with the much-needed social and mobile twist. "SocialParent is the first social app to build user interface and features with the family unit as its basic core experience," said Raji. Some of the features include dashboard planning tools, local recommendations and alerts, photo streams, super-easy planning, and groups -- for everything from a family's "inner circle" (families you really want to interact with) to temporary groups (i.e. class that lasts for 9 months, basketball team that lasts for 3 months, etc.), and much more.
The SocialParent app is available in the iTunes Store for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad downloads. To download the app, visit www.socialparent.com.
What is SocialParent? SocialParent is a life-enriching tool that offers modern families a social network designed to engage, interact and share with the families closest to yours. This is social networking reimagined for the family. Why can't I just use Facebook or Google+ for doing this? SocialParent is family-based, not person-based like other social networking sites. It's private and provides a vertical, niche-based social landscape for families. Think of it like LinkedIn for families. Why SocialParent, why now? As the original novelty of horizontal social networks wears off, we believe it's important to be able to choose the specific tools for your life. SocialParent applies the benefits of social and mobile to one of the most compelling dynamics in the world: family interactions. The tool is an effortless way to connect with and organize your family community. With SocialParent, you aren't limited to connecting the most important part of your life - your family - with social networks designed for your work or past. What does "private" mean to SocialParent? I have heard that before with other apps. This is our most sacred tenet. We feel privacy is even more important when it comes to families, and we take it very seriously. How much does the app cost? It's free, and available in the Apple App Store. Give it a try. We think you'll love it. How does privacy work? SocialParent is private by default. As a parent, you don't want to be bombarded with noise, so we've taken steps to respect that. For example, to enable sharing, you must add other families to your family circle or be a member of a group (e.g. a soccer team). When sharing, you have the option to share with your family circle, specific groups or individual families. What are groups? These are organized circles that may have an expiration period. Circles like "3rd grade class families", "soccer team families", "church group", etc. Creating and joining these groups fuels discovery of new places, events and impromptu get-togethers by providing timely and efficient communication with relevant fmailies, in a way that doesn't compromise your family's privacy. Do I have full control of what families are in our "family circle"? Absolutely. Only your family can add or remove other families from your family circle. Is this app for my kids? No. SocialParent is designed for parents to help manage their family's connections to other families. Who owns my information on SocialParent, like pictures, profile, posts, etc.? That's easy - YOUR data is YOURS, always. Headquarters: Palo Alto CEO: Reza Raji Founded: 2012 Employees: 8 Web: www.socialparent.com Phone: 415.279.7535
A mixture of NextDoor meets Path, this family-oriented iPhone app focuses on allowing parents to connect with others that they trust when it comes to babysitting, get-togethers, or any other type of assistance. Rather than going to Facebook where the data and use is not necessarily conducive to the needs of parents, Social Parent helps to ensure privacy and trust. Everything in SocialParent is supposedly modeled after the actual way families interact and plan with the much-needed social and mobile twist. Some of the features include dashboard planning tools, local recommendations and alerts, photo streams, super-easy planning, and groups — for everything from a family’s “inner circle” (families you really want to interact with) to temporary groups (i.e. class that lasts for 9 months, basketball team that lasts for 3 months, etc.), and more.
FinV - INVEST
Google Ventures-backed app makers test wisdom of stock-picking crowd An app from a pair of Stanford grads, backed by Google Ventures, launched on Thursday to see just how smart the crowd is at picking stocks.
Robinhood was created by Spacetime Industries, a Palo Alto startup founded by Vladimir Tenev and Baiju Bhatt, and is available only on iPhones and iPads for now.
"This is a modern version of the investment adviser," Bhatt told me.
Robinhood encourages users to test their stock-picking acumen against others, scoring them on how accurately they predict the direction of a publicly-traded equity. It only includes about 3,000 widely traded stocks now but is being expanded.
"The results we have gotten from our beta test are pretty spectacular, in the 70 to 75 percent range for the top ones," Bhatt told me.
The app is free now but paid features are likely to come later. Bhatt and Tenev are also trying to get a broker-dealer license, so buying and selling stocks through the app may come in the future, too.
They are also keeping an eye on what the Securities and Exchange Commission does with crowd-funding rules, meaning that backing startups like theirs could come some day.
"It's definitely a space we are keeping our eye on," Tenev told me. "Robinhood is just our beachhead. More will come later."
In addition to an unspecified amount of money in their seed round from Google Ventures, Tenev and Bhatt said they are backed by early executives from electronic market maker GETGO.
Spacetime Industries marks a return for the partners after launching a few finance startups in New York City.
"There is a lot of great finance people back there but it was just too hard to get good engineering and design talent," Bhatt told me. "That's why we came back here, to here our roots are. This is where you find that type of talent.
Zillow (Z) reported third quarter earnings of $0.07 per share, in-line with the Capital IQ consensus of $0.07, while revenues rose 67.0% year/year to $31.9 million versus the $31.85 mln consensus. The company issued downside guidance for the fourth quarter with revenues of $30-31 million versus the $32.90 million consensus.
Paradigm - chinese
Less Friction - less fraud
SaaS, Cloud, Web-Services
Mashery > Intel Intel has purchased API management startup Mashery, in a deal rumored to be worth $130 million to $150 million. Intel confirmed the deal, but didn’t disclose financial terms. Most of Mashery's 125 employees will join Intel’s Services Division, according to ReadWriteWeb. Mashery helps companies build API data libraries, which developers use to build apps. For example, a photo-sharing site might use the Instagram API to display a live stream of photos from a particular location. The company lists 175 clients on its website, and says its managed APIs are used by more than 200,000 developers. Mashery was founded in 2006 and raised about $35 million in venture capital, valuing the startup at roughly $60 million pre-acquisition. The exit is good news for angel investors Jeff Clavier and Dave McClure, who were among the first to invest in the company.
HAN, Robots, Advanced Hardware
Was a finalist in December 2010 for an emerging technology award from the Business Journal. Its robots scooted around on wheels, able to provide remote tours, keep an eye on facilities and supplement teleconferences.
Engineer Jesse Monroy, who was scooting an AnyBot around Launch attendees this week, said control of the company has changed hands, although founder Trevor Blackwell remains involved.
The Santa Clara company is resolving some technical issues, such as the engine overheating, he said, and is refocusing on new markets. He declined to be more specific but said there will be news coming from AnyBots soon.
Interestingly, the AnyBot steered by Monroy was also being circled at the show by a much cheaper iPad on wheels robot from Double Robotics, a Sunnyvale startup I profiled in The Pitch last September.
Jay Liew of the Double Robotics team said that his company’s robots are going for $2,000, cheap enough to put them within reach of consumers who might want to do something like to keep track of an ailing relative, as well as being a more affordable alternative for businesses that want to such things as virtual tours of properties.
SaaS P2P Drive, Storage, EM, Comm, Collab
xDrive - Attachments
Kloudless - secure EM attachements
A tad similar to Backupify’s FreeSpace service, Kloudless helps to streamline your cloud workflow. What it does it take your attachments and push them to cloud storage services like Dropbox, Box, Salesforce, Google Drive, and others. The service works through a browser extension for Chrome and eventually for Safari and Firefox, and supports Gmail and Outlook.
Today it opened up a developer API so that third-parties can have their apps connect to enterprise systems. What’s next?
Now that the startups have presented, the Grand Jury, consisting of The Founding Institute Adeo Ressi, futurist Mark Pesce, Ludlow Ventures’ Jonathon Triest, Sequoia Capital’s Alfred Lin, Jay Levy, Google’s Don Dodge, Harvey Allison, Steve Chen, and Brian Alvey, will congregate and pick the winners. There will be a total of 10 awards, with five each going to the Launch 1.0 and Launch 2.0 categories.
When Kloudless was profiled back in December 2011, CEO Elliott Sun was offering users a way to connect their favorite online sources (like email, Dropbox, Flickr, etc.) and devices, making it easy to find, view, download and share files.
They were voted one of three most interesting startups at Plug and Play’s fall expo that year and were based in Sunnyvale. Now they have shifted their base to Berkeley and are refocusing on small and mid-sized businesses.
Kloudless is now offering their technology as a way for business leaders to oversee and control how data is transacted in their organization. It helps clients securely move content between their email and their cloud services, including collaboration applications and CRM tools.
CRM, MFA, Sales
ServiceNow, San Mateo
IT software company , which went public in June, was valued at roughly 14 times during the time of its IPO
While e-commerce platform provider was valued at 17 times.
Guidewire Software Inc.
SilkRoad Technology Inc
Winston Salem, North Carolina,
R ECommerce, B2B
Broadsoft (BSFT) reported third quarter earnings of $0.35 per share, $0.03 better than the Capital IQ consensus of $0.32, while revenues rose 12.6% year/year to $40.2 million versus the $41.49 mln consensus. The company issued in-line guidance for the fourth quarter sees EPS of $0.33-0.48 versus the $0.43 consensus and revenues of $43-48 million versus the $46.08 million consensus.
PC-TEL (PCTI) reported third quarter earnings of $0.11 per share, $0.01 better than the Capital IQ consensus of $0.10,, while revenues rose 32.8% year/year to $25.9 million versus the $24.09 million consensus.
Demand Media (DMD) reported third quarter earnings of $0.11 per share, excluding non-recurring items, $0.01 better than the Capital IQ consensus of $0.10, while revenues ex-TAC rose 18.8% year/year to $92.8 million, may not compare to $94.3 million consensus. The company issued guidance for the fourth quarter with EPS of $0.10-0.11, excluding non-recurring items, versus the $0.11 consensus and revenues of ex-TAC of $95.5-97.5 million, may not compare to $98.05 mln Capital IQ consensus. Content & Media Revenue ex-TAC grew 24% year-over-year. Registrar revenue grew 11% year-over-year and increased 2% compared to the second quarter of 2012. Adjusted EBITDA Up 28% year over year
Jive Software (JIVE) reported third quarter loss of $0.09 per share, $0.02 better than the Capital IQ consensus of ($0.11), while revenues rose 39.0% year/year to $28.9 million versus the $28.79 million consensus. The company issued mixed guidance for fourth quarter with EPS of ($0.17)-($0.15) versus the ($0.09) consensus and revenues of $30-31.5 million versus the $31.15 million consensus
The Government Accountability Office denied this week incumbent vendor CWT Sato Travel's protest of the General Services Administration's $1.4 billion e-travel contract award, Federal Times reports. which had previously provided e-travel services to the federal government's civilian agencies. which had previously provided e-travel services to the federal government's civilian agencies. CWT claimed in a June protest that the 15-year contract award to Concur Technologies Inc. would create a monopoly on federal travel services for all civilian agencies.
Passbook, Elance, Twitter Cards, and Kii Cloud
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Monday, April 15, 2013
441 Logue Avenue, Mountain View, CA (map)
Theorem: We have an epic lineup for our April meetup.
Local developer and entrepreneur Tom Benson will start our April meetup with a technical and business-level description of Apple's Passbook. From Tom:
Passbook + Retail CRM = Interesting Opportunities for Mobile Developers
Apple released Passbook 6 months ago, and Google, Samsung (and maybe even Twitter) have released their own versions of mobile wallets. These systems are generally open platforms that allow a lot of developer leeway.
Most Passbook developers so far have stuck with pretty straightforward "tickets, boarding passes, gift cards, and coupons" model.
At Passjoy, we've tried something new with interesting results. We built a Passbook coupon service based on perpetual coupons -- coupons that replace themselves at regular intervals with new coupons, for retailers such as Macy's and Target. This is based on a poorly-understood but powerful ability by the Passbook system to update content on the passes after they get into customer wallets.
To power this, we developed a custom server that merges retail CRM functionality into Passbook server functionality. The system sends pre-scripted messages, new offers, new calls to action, and updated graphics to all the passes that have been distributed by our system.
Essentially Passbook passes now are treated not as disposable static documents, but as mini-webpages which are maintained for months or years in customer's phones. Customer response has been quite positive "this is what we wanted from Passbook all along".
Customers wanted magical, active passes, and that's what we as Passbook vendors should give them. We're using this approach on coupons, but it has broad market application in loyalty cards, m-shopping, and gifting, and many other places.
For this presentation we'll give out a pass to those iPhone owners in the crowd who want to see it in their own phones. If Apple's push notification system is running fast, we'll be able to update those passes and you can see them change interactively as we present. Passbook and it's Android equivalents are one of the fastest-evolving areas of mobile programming. There is enormous potential for mobile developers and mobile marketers to extend their audience reach by pairing Passbook coupons with native or web apps (Passbook passes, for example, can prompt customers to upgrade to a native app...thus acting as a great way to get more downloads for your apps!)
Then we'll have a word from our hosts. Elance is the leading platform for freelance coders (and many other specialties). We'll hear a brief presentation about how we can use Elance to hire and get hired, including several real developer stories. This would also be a great time for a round of applause to say thanks for the pizza.
- Twitter Cards
Last week, Twitter made a big announcement at Twitter HQ. If you couldn't make it, we'll hear part of it again, and if you were there and have questions, bring them to help us dig deeper.
Reeve Thompson, product manager for Twitter cards, will be telling us about the new Cards feature that Twitter announced last week. It's a little bit of Passbook, a little bit of Microformats, and an exciting new way to help apps spread virally.
- Using Kii Cloud and in-app analytics to build great apps
Kii Cloud is a mobile backend-as-a-service that goes a few steps beyond the typical offerings. By also providing tools for analytics, monetization and even offering distribution channels and funding, Kii helps turn mobile app ideas into businesses.
Chris Beauchamp, Kii Cloud developer evangelist, will go over some key (ahem) utilities that can help us build apps, pivot, and succeed. Chris will focus on in-app analytics that go deeper than traditional analytics sources (Flurry, Google, etc).
Over the last five years, Chris has created iOS and Android applications that have accumulated over 10M downloads in the app stores. He's currently using this experience to build awesome tools for Kii Cloud.