A little more than six months ago, Yan-David Erlich was sitting in a restaurant when he noticed a waiter bring a black-and-white coloring pad plus some crayons to the children sitting at the next table.
“I started wondering what the online equivalent of that was,” he recalls. “And I realized that while it’s hard to draw with a mouse, it’s easy when you use your fingers on a touchscreen.”
That realization led to Colorized, an iPhone app that facilitates “social sketching.”
Until quite recently, it would have been difficult and expensive for you to publish your own physical book, especially one filled with photos.
But thanks to San Francisco-based Blurb, and its on-demand publishing platform, you can do so now for as little as $3.95 for a pocket book to $49.95 for a large, 12 by 12-inch coffee table book.
Those of us covering startups use the word “disruptive” all the time–probably too frequently in some cases.
But it’s certainly the right descriptor for Your Mechanic, which sends a car mechanic to your home or office to provide repair and maintenance services at roughly half the cost of what you now pay at the shop.
Founder Henry Kim says he discovered how difficult it was for these smaller brands to reach customers when he visited a large trade show in Las Vegas and saw that they could not get buyers from the major retailers to even visit their booths.
Back when BookLamp launched in August 2011, we called it “a Pandora for books.”
BookLamp is a publishing technology company that developed something called the Book Genome Project, which uses the “DNA of language” to analyze and compare books based on their thematic makeup, character types, and language elements.
A long time ago, when I was growing up in a small town in Michigan, part of the background every Thanksgiving day at my aunt’s house on Oxbow Lake was the Detroit Lions football game on TV.
The Lions still carry on that tradition, as do a few other NFL teams, and thanks to a brand new little startup started by three guys out of their apartment in San Francisco, this Thanksgiving football fans have a new way to enjoy these classic games with others.
“Twist is about time,” says founder and CEO Bill Lee. “If you’ve ever wasted time waiting for someone, then you know the problem we are trying to solve.”
Lee says the idea for the app, which is available in iOS and will be in android soon, came to him last year when, as an angel investor, he had around 200 meetings.
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