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Startups Compete to Connect Neighbors — But Beware the ‘Empty Room’

Patrick Kitano

Startups Compete to Connect Neighbors — But Beware the ‘Empty Room’

A number of new hyperlocal apps have popped up recently to facilitate neighbors’ conversations with one other, but I see three major hurdles to the adoption of these localized services. Local networks require critical mass, they require ringleaders, and they require neighbors who are willing to share online with people near enough to stalk them…

New Apps Facilitate Real-World Connections Via LBS

Asif Khan

New Apps Facilitate Real-World Connections Via LBS

Business conferences and festivals can be a great way to meet and connect with people who have similar interests — as well as potential business partners. But many people have encountered the difficulty of actually finding the right connections amidst a sea of people. A new cadre of location apps aimed at this problem took center stage last week at the South by Southwest Interactive festival, targeting both business and personal use cases…