Where Check-in Services Fail

Check-in services like Foursquare and Gowalla have grown significantly in the last year. In March 2010, Foursquare hit 500K users and in the last few weeks they had surpassed 5M users.      

Building off this momentum, other services have entered the check-in fray like WeReward (pays you to check into places), GetGlue (Entertainment), Miso (TV), Philo (TV)  and of course even Facebook entered the LBS mix with Facebook Places.  

Device aspects like integrated GPS, larger screens, improved OS, and better connectivity began to reach critical mass over the last two years - making LBS technically more feasible.  But it was arguably the gaming aspects of the LBS offerings that provided early motivation - enough to finally jump-start a category. Gaming does well in the mobile environment naturally because it fills voids created by boredom. Besting a friend to become mayor of your favorite restaurant or capturing badges provided just the right level of gaming to fill small amounts of time and boredom. …

My Top 15 Tech Products for 2010

Seeing PCWorld’s list of the 100 Best Tech Products from 2010, motivated me to provide my list of Best Tech Products for 2010 Expensify: a great app for taking care of expense reports.  I record my expenses via the app on my phone and the expenses are subsequently pushed to cloud.  When I’m back in…

Kindle v. iPad: Value Positions, and Why Selling Hardware on Specs Alone is Dead

        On Monday Amazon premiered a new Kindle commercial during Good Morning America. The ad (above) portrays two individuals trying to read poolside - one on an iPad and one on the new Kindle.  The essence of the commercial touts the relative readability of Kindle’s e-ink display in direct sunlight.     Commentary (for example: here and…

The Potential of Ping

Yesterday Apple introduced Ping in iTunes 10.  As Jobs described it, Ping is “a social network for music. It's like Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes. It's all about music."  As Jobs explained, “Ping is for social music discovery. You can follow people and you can be followed. Most artists will hold their hand up and…