November 2010 – Street Fight

Newspapers + GeoMesh of Providers = Interesting

Rick Robinson

Newspapers + GeoMesh of Providers = Interesting

In the olden days (1991) I earned a stipend-like salary working for a Gannett newspaper outside Philadelphia. I did a number of things there, some of them poorly (i.e. quickly copyediting stories on tax rate hike debates) and some well (writing headlines; teaching desktop publishing).

But one of the most fascinating jobs I got to do was man the Associated Press wire. On the old glowing-green terminals they had us looking into in the smokey and nearly windowless newsroom, the AP feed would pour in like a precursor to The Matrix’s cascading code imagery…

Grocery Guide: The Hyper-GeoMobileSavvy List!

Rick Robinson

Grocery Guide: The Hyper-GeoMobileSavvy List!

OK ShopKick, ShopSavvy, CardStar and all the rest of you: Time for a new challenge. We the lazy, the lost, the hurried, the ignorant need someone to not only lead us to water; we need to be led from pond to pond.

I’m talking of course about those of us (particularly of a certain gender) who when entering a grocery store with list in hand (or more likely on our phone) proceed to criss-cross the place looking for sugar among the paper towels and ice cream near the butter. Who lays out these places? And forget about the wayfinding provided by signage. There needs to be a better way…

5 Questions for Rick Blair of Examiner.com

Rick Robinson

5 Questions for Rick Blair of Examiner.com

This is the fifth in a series of brief Q&As with leaders and up-and-comers in the local space.

Describe Examiner as if a friend’s mother asked, “So what is this Examiner?”
Think of the early roots of information exchange, before the Internet, before phones even. People would return from travels abroad with news, ideas and new trends and happenings. People received their information from those around them that were closest to the subject matter. That’s what Examiner.com

5 Questions for Clay Graham of RateCred

Rick Robinson

5 Questions for Clay Graham of RateCred

This is the fourth in a series of brief Q&As with leaders and up-and-comers in the local space

Describe RateCred as if a friend’s mother asked, “So what is this RateCred?”
Well my mom uses RateCred. One day she said to me “Clay, can I try that rate for credit thing you do? Last night I went to my favorite Greek restaurant, and they gave me a free Souvlaki appetizer! I always go places that I want my friends to know about.” So we don’t try to be a directory of places, although we do that too, what we want to do very well is is make it simple to share your opinion about the places you go with your friends. We then make that a game with rewards so it’s fun to play the rating game with others…

Air Force Flies Red Flag Over GeoSocial

Rick Robinson

Air Force Flies Red Flag Over GeoSocial

WARNING: “…careless use of [geosocial] services by airmen can have devastating operations security and privacy implications,” stated someone at the Air Force according to the Associated Press. (I presume that means airwomen as well.)

This is the latest red flag thrown by the U.S. military – this time the U.S. Air Force – in an ongoing battle between freedom to engage in virtually social apps and perceived security violations resulting from that activity…

5 Questions for Sam Altman of Loopt

Rick Robinson

5 Questions for Sam Altman of Loopt

This is the third in a series of brief Q&As with leaders in the local space.

Describe Loopt as if a friend’s mother asked, “So what is this Loopt?”
Think about the last time you walked into a coffee shop, and saw someone that you hadn’t seen a long time, or you stumble into a gallery that you love. This is one of those great life experiences that are amazingwhen you have them, but they don’t happen terribly often on their own. With Loopt, you get a sharper view, you can see that a friend is 10 blocks away, get alerts when they are close, see what places your friends like around you. These “intentional accidents” are what make Loopt fascinating to a lot of people…

5 Questions for Mark Josephson of Outside.in

Rick Robinson

5 Questions for Mark Josephson of Outside.in

This is the second in a series of brief Q&As with leaders in the local space.

So who are you?
Mark Josephson

What do you do?
CEO of Outside.in

Describe Outside.in as if a friend’s mother asked, “So what is this Outside In?”
Outside.in collects news and information from a wide variety of sources across the web (everything from your local weekly paper to your favorite local blog) and organizes it all by neighborhood. We then take all of these locally relevant headlines and show them on our site, Outside.in, as well as on the sites of hundreds of major media companies like CNN, NYTimes, Tribune, NYPost and more…

5 Questions for Walt Doyle of Where Inc.

Rick Robinson

5 Questions for Walt Doyle of Where Inc.

This is the first in a series of brief Q&As with leaders in the local space.

Who is he?
Walt Doyle

What does he do?
CEO of Where, Inc.

Describe WHERE as if a friend’s mother asked, “So what is this WHERE?”
WHERE is a service on mobile phones and the web that helps people discover their local area. Based on some information about your interests, WHERE helps you discover great places and great deals that you may not know about. WHERE Ads is an advertising network that helps connect business owners with a local audience…