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HootSuite adds Instagram, SlideShare and more to its App Directory

Less than ten days after Social media management dashboard HootSuite announced4m users, the Canadian company has revealed the latest additions to its App Directory, with Instagram and SlideShare among the new recruits. Document-focused app Edocr, and engagement app Zuum have also been added.

Launched in 2008, HootSuite is a platform that lets users manage multiple social networks through a single dashboard, and the Vancouver-based company has grown into a global social media brand used by individuals and companies alike. Earlier this year, we reported that HootSuite had released its Engagement API and reeled in the likes of Digg and Trendspottr to its App Directory.

With these new apps, HootSuite edges closer towards providing a single, solitary dashboard for its users to manage all their online communications.

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Instagram and SlideShare were among the top requested app integrations.With the Instagram inclusion, users can view and search Instagram photos, filter the stream to view key feeds (Home, Popular, My Photos, My Likes), view and add comments, ‘Like’ photos, and share photos to social networks. As for SlideShare, you’ll be able to view, upload and share SlideShare content. Sigue leyendo

Evomote hopes to improve content discoverability – with the help of your pay TV operator

Evomote is a Spanish startup that hopes to transform your smartphone into a personalized TV guide, and its pitch during the Wayra Madrid Demo Day earlier this week was very well received.

This was a good example of how much startups can change during an acceleration program – for the better. When we first listened to Evomote’s pitch last February, the company’s main focus was to develop a new control system for televisions. While it hasn’t entirely disappeared from its product, it is now focusing much more heavily on content discoverability.
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According to its CEO, Alberto Soria López, what happened is that its team realized that it could add much more value as a recommendation engine than as a pure TV remote. Discovering content we like is difficult; we may have hundreds of channels, but always end up watching the same ones, or not knowing what to choose.
At the same time, smartphones are gaining ground all over the world, and we are increasingly using them while watching TV, Evomote’s mentor Alberto Benbunan pointed out the team to Wayra’s Demo Day’s investor-sprinkled audience.
With that in mind, Evomote’s solution includes a multi-platform app, which lets users receive general and personalized recommendations that they can also share with their friends. Here are a few screenshots from Evomote’s website, which describe its key functionalities:

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Wayra Academy’s startups deliver at Telefónica’s accelerator’s first Demo Day in Madrid

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 Wayra Madrid Demo Day - an opportunity for its first startup class to pitch their projects in front of a selected audience of entrepreneurs and mentors, and the culmination of the acceleration process they have been going through for the last few months.

As you may remember, Wayra is the name of the accelerators that Spanish telecommunications giant Telefónica has opened all around the world since 2011. While it all started in Latin America, the one-year old Wayra now also has operationsacross Europe, including in Telefónica’s home country. In Madrid, which was its first European base, its modern academy occupies one full floor of Telefónica’s historic building, with views over the famous Gran Via.

 Wayra Academys startups deliver at Telefónicas accelerators first Demo Day in Madrid According to its global director Gonzalo Martin-Villa, “Wayra is much more than an accelerator – it is a global entrepreneurship network.” This was a hint at one of the program’s main selling point for startups, the chance it gives them to collaborate with similar teams in other countries and learn from their experience.

For Telefónica, today’s event was also the opportunity to showcase the value it has added to Wayra’s shortlisted teams. In exchange for an average equity stake of 10%, “entrepreneurs worked with a list of mentors which feature some of the biggest names in the Spanish entrepreneurship space,” said the head of Wayra Spain, Gary Stewart.

As a matter of fact, each startup was introduced by one or two of their mentors, which included seasoned entrepreneurs and investors such as Bernhard Niesner, who founded the language startup Busuu, and François Derbaix, who recently sold his company Toprural to HomeAway for a reported amount of €14 million.

Mentors aside, most of the room was filled with investors – not only from Spain, but also from other countries such as the UK and Israel, which led the event to be fully conducted in English. While it is always hard to gauge feedback in real time, the audience seemed quite enthusiastic about most of the projects, and it will be interesting to see how many investments will take place as a result of this demo day.

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From our perspective, one of the most interesting points was to see how much progress the teams had made over a short period of time. We had first reported on them last February, and while those which then were our main bets did very well today, others also managed to considerably improve their business proposal, sometimes thanks to a pivot.

Here’s a short summary of today’s pitches…

  • Coquétame is a personal stylist service with a B2B and B2B2C business model. In its pitch, its CEO emphasized the success of its beta testing phase in increasing conversion rates. According to Juan Hurtado Bravo, this helped the startup start negotiations with major fashion retail players such as Mango and Inditex, ahead of its beta launch next December.
  • Clipyoo is an online video stock agency, where producers can buy existing HD footage to include in their content at a low cost. While there are large competitors in this field, David de Miguel pointed out pricing as one of Clipyoo’s main differentials. Here’s its video presentation.
  • Impok‘s CEO David Moreno delivered a highly energetic pitch, in which he explained the advantages of Impok’s personal investing management dashboard over banks and traditional brokers. According to Moreno, who already sold one company to Telefónica, Impok can bring transparency and disintermediation to this segment – while making a process in the making.
  • Miramusei is an app that hopes to enhance museum visits. Already available in the App Store for $1.99, it also considers offering a white label solution to interested museums.
  • Evomote slightly pivoted during Wayra’s program – and it seems it was for the best. While its initial product focused on controlling TVs, its new approach hopes to solve the content discovery problem. Despite this change, technology is still at his core, Besides the app its team demoed on stage, Evomote will also offer an ‘Evobox’ as well as an API for operators’ set-top boxes.
  • Emtrics lets companies of all sizes collect instant customer feedback at their point of sale locations. It has already gained traction and revenues with the first clients it enlisted over the last few months, and it was also the solution Wayra chose to collect comments on each of today’s pitches. While it currently relies QR codes, its co-founder Iñigo Serrano made it clear that it may consider other technologies in the future.
  • Sezion‘s recently launched iPhone app Sezion Studio lets amateur musicians collaborate to create songs. With that in mind, you won’t be surprised that its demo involved an electric guitar, which scored major points with the audience.
  • Mirubee is a social platform for energy saving, which lets users easily find out how much electricity each of their appliances is consuming – and reduce their bill and carbon footprint accordingly.
  • Valioo went through the biggest pivot of all Wayra’s teams, and introduced a brand new product on stage, the book recommendation platform Gus with a social component, which is due to launch on mobile devices over the next few weeks. However, its founder Thibaut Deleval points out that Gus still uses Valioo’s core platform, and could be transposed to other verticals.
  • Tedcas offers natural interaction solutions to hospitals – in other words, a ‘Minority Report for healthcare.’

We’ll publish individual articles about the most interesting startups over the next few days, so stay tuned for additional coverage!

MasterCard approves HTC, Intel, LG, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony devices for PayPass NFC payments

MasterCard has significantly boosted the number of smartphones that can use itsPayPass NFC technologycertifying 16 smartphones by major mobile makers HTC, Intel, LG, Nokia, RIM, Samsung and Sony and allowing them to utilise its contactless payment terminals across the globe.

The company approved RIM’s BlackBerry Bold 9900/9790, BlackBerry Curve 9360/9380, the HTC One X, Intel “Smartphone Reference Device”, LG Viper 4G LTE, LG Optimus Elite, Nokia 603, Nokia Lumia 610 NFC, Samsung Wave Y, Samsung Galaxy mini 2, Samsung Galaxy S Advance, Samsung Galaxy Nexus (GT-i9250), Sony Xperia S, Sony Xperia P and Sony Xperia sola.

You may know MasterCard’s PayPass brand already, it’s used to power Google Wallet, the search giant’s own NFC payment service.

The payment giant also announced its new brand for PayPass-approved smartphones, unveiling the “MasterCard PayPass Ready” identifier that will be labelled on the boxes of existing PayPass-approved devices and future smartphones that have been tested and certified by the company. Sigue leyendo

Not sure what font you’re after? Typekit Lists is a good place to start

Today, type is getting more attention than ever before on the Web. What was once a barren wasteland of typographic creativity, dominated by a few overused gems and the likes of Comic Sans, is quickly growing into something that could even make a print designer jealous.

We’re on the cusp of the golden age of Web typography, and now’s better time than ever to start embracing the originality that surrounds our written language.

Tons of tools exist to bring typography to the Web, and CSS’s own @font-face class is all many people need, but in order to avoid licensing issues while having tons of choices at your fingertips, a subscription service may be best for you. Typekit, of which I’m a subscriber, has turned out to be much more than a pile of available fonts, and after some digging I came across a curated list of typefaces that are worth a look for newbies and pros alike:

Alternatives to Helvetica

helvetica Not sure what font you’re after? Typekit Lists is a good place to start Helvetica is an iconic font that deserves the attention it gets. That said, it’s not good enough to avoid every other option out there, which is why this list of alternatives to Helvetica is worth some attention. You’ll notice Proxima Nova half way down, which is actually our body font here on TNW. Sigue leyendo

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