When it comes to mobile location apps, I am little skeptical, very intimidated and completely uneducated in how to use them. In this video series, I set out to talk with companies that are pioneering in the mobile location sector to find out how they plan on making revenue, and what's next for the entire industry.
In the quest for a unified database of places, geo-location startup Factual is making big strides. Today it is announcing a major partnership with SimpleGeo to maintain and power its places database, which up until now has offered a competing database of places in the eyes of developers.
If this week's Where 2.0 conference is proof of anything, it's that developers are excited about creating location aware mobile apps. One of the biggest barriers to creating a place-aware app, however, is getting the ball rolling - you need place data.
The story of SimpleGeo is a familiar one: two founders — Matt Galligan and Joe Stump — set off to create location-based games, only to find that the tools they wanted to use to build their apps didn’t exist yet. So they switched gears and decided to build what they wished they had: a suite of tools optimized for the creation of location-based services (which was probably a good call given the explosion of location-aware mobile devices).
Former Digg CEO Jay Adelson talks about his new company Simple GEO and ponders the future of sites like Groupon and FourSquare.
March 14 (Bloomberg) -- Jay Adelson, chief executive officer of geolocation-software start-up SimpleGeo, talks about the company's mission, growth outlook and market strategy. Adelson speaks with Cris Valerio at the SXSW Music and Media Conference in Austin, Texas, on Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness." (Source: Bloomberg)
Yesterday we selected our Best LittleCo of 2010, the light blogging service Tumblr. In this post we select a company that we think has the potential to be Best LittleCo of 2011. Next year we're expecting a lot from data-centric companies and one in particular. This company provides a platform for developers to create location-aware applications: SimpleGeo.
A couple weeks ago, SimpleGeo launched a couple of their APIs, Context and Places, into public beta and they were told that was probably a good cut off point for new products before the holidays. But they didn’t listen. Today they’re launching a bunch of things right before holiday break starts for many people.
Startup SimpleGeo has announced a few exciting product updates that should add more context and data about business locations to its offering.
We cornered SimpleGeo founder Matt Galligan yesterday and talked to him about SimpleGeo’s newest hire, Mike’s infamous “What Is It You Do? The Need For Simplicity” post (which focused on the fact that it’s difficult to pinpoint what SimpleGeo actually does) and the difference between a location-based service vs. a location-aware service.
Jay Adelson, the CEO of Digg until April 2010, just landed in a new position. He’s taking over as CEO of location services startup SimpleGeo, and will join the company’s board of directors. Founding CEO Matt Galligan will become the company’s Chief Strategy Officer.
SimpleGeo, which sells tools to applications developers for adding location-based features, is moving its headquarters to San Francisco from Boulder, Colo.
As you’ve undoubtedly heard by now, iOS 4 is out and spreading across iPhones like wildfire. With it, comes the ability for third-party apps to run certain tasks in the background. One of those tasks is background location — an awesome feature which we previewed in our review of Loopt 3.0 earlier today. But Loopt has been in the location game for a long time — what about startups that want to get into location right now and support the newest functionality? SimpleGeo has you covered.
Almost exactly one year ago, we first wrote about former Digg lead architect, Joe Stump, and former Social Thing founder, Matt Galligan, teaming up to form Crash Corp., an “alternate reality mobile gaming” startup. A lot can change in a year.
Received $8.14M Series A Funding
Participation Redpoint Ventures, First Round Capital, Lowercase Capital, Foundry Group, Ravi Narasimhan
Combining location and real-time data is hot, according to Joe Stump, CTO and co-founder of SimpleGeo — so hot, in fact, that it was the topic of his talk at The Next Web ’10 this week in Amsterdam.
I recently had a long conversation with Joe Stump, CTO of SimpleGeo, about location, geodata, and the NoSQL movement. Stump, who was formerly lead architect at Digg, had a lot to say. Highlights are posted below. You can find a transcript of the full interview here.
I couldn’t squeeze maybe the most impressive stat in the headline: SimpleGeo is closing in on one terabyte of geodata stored. Needless to say, they’re growing fast.
Editor’s note: This post was written by Joe Stump, the co-founder of SimpleGeo, a geolocation infrastructure company. While much of the focus in location these days is on the front-end side of things, SimpleGeo focuses on the backend, allowing startups to very easily get started with geolocation.
In terms of location data, few get more than Skyhook Wireless. The positioning technology is in use in tens of millions of devices around the globe, including, notably, on every iPhone. And now the company has a simple way for third-parties to tap into that data in a useful way.
As I’ve made abundantly clear over the past several days, just about every service that has anything to do with location is launching something at the SXSW festival which starts tomorrow in Austin, Texas. Don’t believe me, here’s a small sampling (Foursquare, Gowalla, Loopt, Whrrl, Plancast, Brizzly, Twitter). So, how are you going to wrap your head around all this location data? SimpleGeo has an awesome way.
Location may be the next mobile frontier for app developers. But for many, the biggest barrier to entry is a lack of access to geographic data, like the locations of businesses near a user.
We’re two weeks away from the SXSW Interactive, a drinking festival with a side of tech that takes place each year in Austin, Texas (before the larger SXSW film and music portions). While the conference itself is interesting, more interesting is usually the “next big thing” that comes out of it. And I think I already know what it will be this year.
Received $1.47M Seed Funding
Participation Ron Conway, Kevin Rose, Chris Sacca, Redpoint Ventures, Joshua Schachter, Debbie Landa, Timothy Ferriss, Shawn Fanning, Gary Vaynerchuk, David Lee, Freestyle Capital, First Round Capi