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Author Archives: Viktor
Nine years ago I worked on cutting edge projects for PalmOS and WinCE. Time had passed by but I still find it hard to be excited about new device like I was about my new Handspring Visor. At the time Palm had hold 95% of the market and it looked like it never will stop dominating handheld and smartphone market. But in only couple of years it lost almost all the fame in race with Windows Mobile and since than struggled to survive.
Right now things are again changing lightning fast, iPhone and Android are about to conquer the world and penetrations of smartphones is growing rapidly. My wish is coming true and we can make a living out of mobile/smartphone software development.
Day after LeWeb in Paris there was a really nice event organized by Seedcamp in London called SeedSummit. Sasa and I took an opportunity and went to London couple of days earlier to attend meetings with potential customers, VC’s etc… I will tell you more about that, when it is closed. This is all you get for now :)
Those were the great three days, full of meetings and afterwork partying :). In between all that we accidentally bumped into world premiere of Cameron’s Avatar as well. I will never understand how Londoners manage their private lives.
Ok here are some good news.
In the mean you can apply for our private beta testing at www.shoutem.com.
Next week we are at Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin so you can meet us there if you want short demo of ShoutEm.
ShoutEm team will go for a group visit to Web 2.0 Expo in Berlin. It is a famous O’Reilly’s conference which takes place in New York, San Francisco, Tokyio and Berlin.
I guess that all European geeks will be hanging around. Nicole Simon had posted some info on other events taking place around Web 2.0 Expo. It seems that it will be very exciting during those days in Berlin.
Few of those:
I’m really looking forward meeting German geeks. I heard that Berlin is really a hot spot and that there is lot of interesting startups. we already met guys from aka-aki at Mobile 2.0 in Barcelona.
In the mean time read some interesting links that Zemanta suggest to me while writing this :)
Andrey show us Noovo in action and I really like what I have seen. Lot of features and pretty inovative stuff. I like those news agregation services because it is already very hard to follow all that infrmation and it will become harder and harder. Company which can provide best software for that purpose will be very sucesfull. I just hope that it wont be Google or some other large rotten company.
We did small research on Fire Eagle. It is a great service with really cool features. I was so excited about retrieving location via cell tower id. It feels so great that you can avoid any business with mobile operator.
However we have tested it in Zagreb and it does not have info on our cell tower ids. I guess thay need some time to gather data about it first.
Second thing is that you cannot use it as a white label API but your users have to have account on Yahoo FIre Eagle and let you use their data. I think that we will support that in Shout’Em but besides that we will use their geocoding and zonetag services internally for users which does not have Yahoo accounts.
So we have finished our Seedcamp application. We worked pretty hard in order to have functional prototype.
For that purpose we have recorded short video on Shout’Em current features. http://www.shoutem.com/video.html
Well we are quite busy these days. Working on Seedcamp prototype.
I guess that it want be so easy. Lot of good startups will apply.
One of my favorites services Last.fm started to compensate artists. If this works out and I don’t see why it should not, it would be the greatest thing ever happened in music :). After Punk of course :)
Imagine that bands can avoid labels completely. On Last.fm they have it all. Promotion, distribution, sales…
When I was a teenager I was listening music mostly form independent labels. We were putting money in envelopes with list of albums I want to buy and guys would send me back packages. And these days you just buy your music from Last.fm directly from artist. Nice :)
Other nice post from Seth Godin on Amazon kindle explains how the costs of music and books can dramatically be lowered this way. Also he predicts great future for Amazon Kindle and I agree with that. I think that Kindle is great device. It is not so hyped as iTunes or iPhone but it is definitely not a geek device with limited market as iPhone.
So conclusion. Books and music cheap and at any place. Isn’t that great. When I remember that I had to wait for two weeks to get Nirvana album on a tape:)
And it is a nice way to make publishers run out of their business :)
1. I really believe that mobile social networking is only social networking that makes sense. I want to socialize on the go not while working.
2. Microsoft will kill Google in next five years. I saw them coming back from dead several times and I see they have big motivation to do that in search too. They definitely have he power. And besides that lately it seems that things at Google are breaking apart.
3. Cloud computing is greatest thing lately. I wish that Microsoft does the same thing as Amazon with Ruby on Rails but ten times better.
4. We still need database in the cloud :)
Broken google image I have pulled in using Zemanta :). Now I’m waiting will it pull out link on zemanta web site. Updating… No. Hm they should hard code link to Zemanta to always show :) One more update …. No. Ok I will paste it manually :) http://www.zemanta.com/