September 13th, 2012 | by pconcepcion | event, startups, uncategorized
As we said in our previous post:
42 Beers is an event oriented to communication where two Startups do their pitches in front of a mixed audience of Press, Bloggers, and Techies… and then they receive constructive feedback from the audience.
Today we were presenting Quddy on 42Beers, we will pitch with Justo Hidalgo from 24 Symbols, a cool startup with a revolutionary technology for the e-book industry.
For us the experience was really interesting, we got a lot of interesting feedback, that will help to improve Quddy and to explain betterwhat exactly is Quddy (specially when the audience doesn’t have a techie background…).
The Quddy presentation by Alex Barrera was also inspiring and gave us some ideas that we can use to send the message in a different way.
With all this I’m sure next time we pitch Quddy, we will do it much better.
In the end the networking was aslo very nice, we had the chance to met some very cool people and after all the event was very interesting.
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April 23rd, 2012 | by jamontilla | android, apps, congress, ios, startups
Hi guys, first of all I have to warn you that The App Fest was an idea of the telecom company Movistar, and this is always always always a bad premonition. But after reading about the speakers that were invited we decided to assist (accepting the consequences). Surprisingly it finally was a good decision. The event was presented by a theatrical improvisation group that prevented the occurrence of boring waits between the speeches, and that helped to create a very fun environment were speakers and public felt really comfortable.
The best part of The App Fest was undoubtedly the entrepreneurs part. It started very early (think about developers timetables…), but we arrived on time. Yeah! The beginning was pretty cool so we decided not to scape to have a coffee. Xavier Verdaguer told us about his experiences as a startup founder. He has created some technological inovation companies, the last one is Innovalley which develops smart clothes that interacts with smartphones and apps. In his speech he presented some of their smart clothes but we really enjoy his smart sweatshirt with which you can access the controls of your iPhone without touching the screen and reflect messages using LEDs. We also liked other products of Innovalley as the GPShoes, that connect your shoes with your phone and guide you. However, those things doesn’t look very cheap, and I have not any idea about the real possibilities of taking this information out of your smartphone to put it on your clothes… Probably it would be a cool clothing trend. Let see.
Enrique Tapias told us his experience with Playtales, a startup of interactive books for children and currently has 1.800.000 users in 119 countries. The most interesting part of his speech was focused in the beginnings when he talked about the difficulties to find funding for their persistence, their desire to continue in spite of adversity… Other important thing that he analyzed was the children app market, a very unexplored market if you compare it with other technological areas. He brought us a key concept to keep in mind when you try to start a project like this: “you´ll always will find competitors, and obviously your best opportunity is to enter soon to the market; if it is not possible, try it harder, make it better“.
There was also a section devoted to online payment, it was the turn of Kuapay. Joaquin Ayuso told us about his beginnings as an initial team member’s of the Spanish social network Tuenti, and then he told us about his new project Kuapay. A virtual payment system based on the QR code technology which enters a in a very competitive market. He told us about their decision of using QR technology in stead of NFC arguing that the last one is not a general standard, and not all the smartphones are purchased whit the tools to read it. So the decided to develop their payment platform
Fran Perez spoke to us about your project Youzee a multimedia content distributor based on devices that complement each other in a simple and useful experience, but complex in design and development. They bet for simplifying actions as connecting your computer to the TV, synchronize the remote control with it, condensing all in an app for your smartphone. It was interesting to listen them talking about their “ecosystem“, a concept used before by other successful startups as AirBNB (we will talk about it in a future post). The problem is that their “ecosystem” doesn’t think very much a very close future, where TV and computers will be a single device; and the problem that they are solving with this “ecosystem” will not be a problem any more.
And here ends the part of entrepreneurs. Soon we will tell you more things about this app fest.
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February 27th, 2012 | by vanadis | congress, mwc
We wanted to be updated on the last technologies on mobile apps, see the new devices that will arrive on the market this year so we can get the most of all of them, so we went to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and to see ourselves what’s new on the mobile industry.
On the first day we went for a fast tour all around to see some of the star products of all the companies. In this tour we show that NFC is already here and most of the new devices are NFC enabled (most of the stands were using it to gather the information of the visitors).
Samsung came with 2 star products: the Samsung Galaxy Beam, a regular size mobile phone with an integrated pico projector, making it possible to project the screen of the device from the very own phone, something that looks very interesting for teaching or for a quick presentation… Any way the big star of their stand was the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the 10.1-inch tablet has a dual-core 1.4GHz mobile CPU, Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and a surface sensible to the pressure that with it’s stylus makes it a very powerful and versatile device.
Another interesting device was the ASUS PadFone that mixes a phone, a tablet and a netbook in one device in a very interesting combination, so you can “dock” the phone on the tablet and use the whole screen of the tablet (and it’s battery) and then dock the tablet on the keyboard to get a netbook.
Also we were checking the possibilities of the Nvidia Tegra 3, the core of many of the new phones and tablets in the MWC, a beast with 4 + 1 cores, 4 for the CPU demanding apps, and one extra one for the low consumption, so it can extend the battery duration.
Tomorrow we expect to have another interesting day mainly focused on the development part of the MWC, attending some developers sessions and talking with other developers.
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