• Startups,  The Future

    Facebook Actions Are Coming to Status Updates

    Update: A source close to the company has confirmed this new functionality is available as option in the Facebook status composer. For now this works on the web and m-touch for some users, but not yet on mobile. I think this might be the visual sharing reported by TechCrunch in January this year, but I don’t have the functionality in my own Facebook account so it is hard to tell. —– When I saw this status update in my Facebook news feed I did a double take. Can you spot what’s different about it? I clicked through on the word “coffee” and was taken to the coffee interest page. It…

  • Referly,  Startups,  The Future,  Video

    Startup Gangnam Style PREVIEW TRAILER

    Full length music video COMING SOON! Gangnam Startup Style Teaser from Fawaz Al-Matrouk on Vimeo. View more pictures and video stills here Huge thank you to so many people for helping us make this drunken post Demo Day idea into a reality! From a couple beers and a night of K-pop, to many practice sessions, to a Facebook group of over 350 helpful friends who let us crash a wedding at 111 Minna, film at the original Facebook house, visit the set of the upcoming Bravo reality series on Silicon Valley, and take over the block of a peaceful neighborhood. We salut you, Gangnam style! Oh and sorry Google, we…

  • London,  Posts,  Startup Index,  Startups,  The Future

    Will Milo Yiannopoulos Shake Up European Startup Press?

      I can’t wait to see what this produces. The saucy and often controversial Milo Yiannopoulos, who I’ve heard some call Europe’s one-man Gawker media, just penned an a post declaring its time to fix European tech journalism, and also noted he will retire from writing the fluffy stuff he’s been producing lately in favor of more substantive pieces in the future. This echoes the sentiment of conversations ever since Michael Arrington left TechCrunch, and I think this emerging trend is about more than European media.  The conversation is about what changes need to happen when it comes to startups storytelling as a whole, particularly in places like London where…

  • Posts,  Startups,  The Future

    Doat.com aka Do@ is the Future of the Mobile Browser [TechCrunch Disrupt]

    Yesterday at TechCrunch Disrupt Day #1 I didn’t “get” Do@, and I think this was mostly because I was put off by the graffiti branding.  Not sure why, just a personal preference, but its amazing how powerful that first impression is.  Then, I found out Cathy Brooks is leading marketing there, which got my attention because she is a tough woman, great story teller, and super connected.  I just sat down after talking to their CTO and downloading and playing with the app, mind blown, to write this post in the back row. Disrupt is a strange event, because you can see the future of mobile search in one moment,…

  • The Future

    The Real Future of Sex – Humans not Robots

    About a month ago at an the NWEN event, I pitched a product idea for an adult content site offering a platform and community for mature streaming video content called StreamHer.com. It was partly just for the shock value of being a woman pitching a porn site, but it was easy to find developers interested in working on the project for fun (including my wonderful husband). The idea isn’t unique at all, it is an execution play and since I’m busily and happily working on another startup, it is really just a hobby of mine for the time being. I can’t say I mind the market research. What is interesting…