Location in the background

June 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

With the new iPhone 4G comes iOS and the ability to run applications simultaneously including location aware applications like Foursquare.  You could opt-in to check in and/or out of a location without pulling out your phone and going through all the technical motions now required by (albeit snazzy) apps like Foursquare.  Imagine this:  You’ve selected which venues you’d like automatic checkins for.  For those locations, you can further choose to accept promotions and mobile coupons, socialize your shopping experience, and accept promotions from nearby vendors offering similar merchandise.  The list is endless, as is the development opportunities, and they extend way past shopping.  Again, Apple is leading the way in providing the means for pervasive marketing and opening the doors for innovation in location aware applications.  Expect to see others follow.

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Dreams of Startups

March 9, 2010 § 2 Comments

It’s late, and I should be asleep and dreaming.  Ok, I’m not sleeping, but I am dreaming. Recently, I’ve realized that I have a strong leaning towards working as a part of a team – I may be a team of one, but I’d rather work on a team of more.   I’ve done both but prefer the latter.   I’m also thinking that  I could build and lead a team pretty well for a project of my own creating.  Not only that, but it could be fun.  I’ve found myself recently in the presence of bright, creative, enthusiastic developers who are dissatisfied with their jobs.  I know how programmers work because I am a programmer.  Without divulging the innards of my idea(s), I can say that the “skeleton” of my team looks like this:

  1. Designer, UX professional
  2. Myself, as developer, business analyst, marketing (with the help of the Designer), and sales
  3. Another developer – we are always better in pairs+, and my idea(s) may involve a technology that I am not sufficiently knowledgeable of.
  4. Hmm….

I’m going to leave number four open, for now 🙂

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