Pando

August 2012

  1. IFA Trade Show: Old Tech Dies Hard

    "Everything old becomes new again." This has been said of hair metal, skinny jeans, Valley Girl slang, and "21 Jump Street", but the greatest example might be found in the tools that we use. Tools are developed and loved until something better comes along and we all try to joke about how horrible old technology was, and how silly we were for using those tools. But as I keep up with the IFA trade show from afar, I'm reminded of just how cyclical technology really is.

    By Nathaniel Mott , written on

    From the News desk

  2. Puppy Power: BarkLoudly Promotes Animal Shelters, Rewards Volunteers

    Software development consultant and dog owner Anupam Kundu is a regular volunteer at his local animal shelter. Getting involved was great, but he noticed a hole in the system. Plenty of sites serve animal shelters from the pet adoption side: Petfinder, Adopt.a.dog.org, and Adoptapet.com all help potential pet owners find a pet to adopt in their area.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  3. ChillWith.me Launches Group Planning App with a Clever Business Model

    It wasn't all that long ago that GroupMe dominated its competition at SXSW and "won" the group messaging wars.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  4. Material Wrld: Another Fashion Marketplace Pushing All the Right Trends

    Peer-to-peer marketplaces. Content and commerce. Curation. Influencer marketing.

    By Erin Griffith , written on

    From the News desk

  5. Unleashing the Crocodile: What Alibaba's Jack Ma Can Teach American Entrepreneurs

    At the start of the new film “Crocodile in the Yangtze”, Alibaba founder Jack Ma comes onto an enormous stage in a packed stadium dressed in outlandish drag and sings “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” to 16,000 cheering fans. It turns out, however, that the fans are all Alibaba employees. The concert is part of a giant rally to mark Alibaba’s 10th anniversary.

    By Hamish McKenzie , written on

    From the News desk

  6. Wallaby Gets $1.1 Million to Offer One Smart Credit Card to Replace Them All

    Not all cloud-based wallets are created equal. The vast majority of solutions in the market are attempting to eliminate payment cards altogether, although few have gained any significant adoption.

    By Michael Carney , written on

    From the News desk

  7. Boring Old Yelp May Prove the LinkedIn of Local

    The ratio of time I've spent reporting on Yelp to words I've actually written about Yelp is probably more out of whack than any other recent Web 2.0 IPO.

    By Sarah Lacy , written on

    From the News desk

  8. How To Do Burning Man? There's an App for That

    Burning Man operates on a gift economy. The only things for sale are ice and coffee, sold by the Burning Man organization. Everything else you better hope you brought with you, or have faith someone will gift it. In a world where people are constantly thinking, “What does this person want from me,” the dogma here is “What can I give to my people?” Gifts can be a cup of water, a lighter, or even a mobile app. The Time to Burn app was the gift of mobile developer Terry Grossman and Kate Houston, better know as Rockstar Librarian, and it offers users a quick reference to everything going on at Burning Man this week.

    By Whitney Phaneuf , written on

    From the News desk

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