Author Archive: Amanda Coolong

TALK NYC Heads to SOHO House, Bringing Madison Avenue to West Hollywood on June 13, 2012

State of Content is an unrivaled opportunity to connect and collaborate with today’s leading influencers, executives, and entrepreneurs in the new establishment of advertising, marketing & technology.

Is a mobile health app a medical device? Should an app that shows you how many steps you’ve taken be regulated exactly the same way as a blood glucose monitor? According to the FDA the answer is yes, and if pending legislation passes in the U.S. House of Representatives it could sound a death knell for innovation in the healthcare sector.

If you’ve ever played with a Tarot deck, you may have noticed people cringing at the sight of the Tower card. Admittedly, a tower aflame from a lightning bolt with people plummeting to their death isn’t very welcoming, but looks can be deceiving.

Its tagline is “enlightened debauchery.” Its been called what would happen, “if TED and Burning Man had a lovechild that went to MIT and became an artist.” Its curator, Doug Campbell, is a Tuxedo Tyrant, a founder of Syyn Labs, and a purveyor of social good. It’s called Mindshare, and it’s taking downtown LA by storm.

Mobile social discovery is all the rage as evidenced by the early success of apps like Banjo, which achieved an astounding 500,000 downloads in its first six months alone.

Apparently the momentum is continuing. Earlier this week, Banjo announced it doubled its users in the last three months. For those of you who don’t do math, that’s one million people using Banjo in just nine months since launch.

It’s often referred to as Spring Break for Geeks, and for good reason. I’m talking, of course, about South by Southwest (SXSW), Austin’s annual film and music festival that in recent years added an interactive component. It’s the place where geeks go to cut loose, share their knowledge, test new concepts and network like crazy.

Fanzila, a startup that makes it easy to turn your Facebook pages into mini websites with blogs, contests, photo galleries and more, has just added “Contact Us,” “About Us,” and RSS apps to its offering. But what’s more noteworthy is how Fanzila is spreading the word.

Yes folks, I’m going there. But don’t worry; this is safe for work.

Last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, TechZulu paused mid-aisle at the convention center with other onlookers mesmerized by LELO.

Amidst the media frenzy surrounding Facebook’s S1 filing to go public, some people took pause today to reflect on what the IPO could mean for the social networking giant. Among them, Stephan Paternot shared an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg

It’s that time of year again. You know what I’m talking about – scrambling to buy gifts because you blanked on Cyber Monday, pulling late-nighters to debug your software and push a new version before everyone checks out, and refusing to count the calories you’ve consumed since turkey day.