On Wednesday night, we had a different kind of event which brought our “crib” out of our “start-up” comfort zone to the delight of our 300 loyal SF New Tech fans in the audience. Andreas Weigend moderated a panel discussion about an interesting inflection point in our web world – the Social Data Revolution. Our friends @ btrax in a Part 1 summary of the captured some of the magic around the panel’s discussion on how to design ways of interacting with people and how to construct metrics for using social data. Read it here http://ht.ly/43vOS
Want an easy way to jazz up your blog or just repost interesting web content? That’s what serial entrepreneur John Pettitt and partner Tim McElreavy desired too, so they went out and created curate.us – a means for copying rich media, repositioning or “clipping” it, adding visually appealing highlights like stickies to draw attention and then re-posting it elsewhere, all the while tracking where it goes along the way.
The kicker is that Curate.Us helps you reposition and customize text or graphics, then tracks the re-post, using their own analytics to see click through, content reuse and where exactly that re-posted graphics is used. Because all clips are fully attributed, according to Pettitt, “it drives traffic back to the sourced graphic or text”, which can be a blog or web site, graphic or rich text or HTML.
On the flip side, though Curate.Us regenerates a page every time you look at it, it will never clip anything copy protected, a confidence booster for any company who values their personal data and content.
For those curious about the technology, Pettitt offered that, “It’s hosted on EC2 runs ubuntu using lighttpd, mysql, php, gearman and uses memcache for caching.”
What’s Next for Curate.Us? Deliver more technology in the future that Pettitt promised will be, “something disruptive that builds on this technology”.
Co-Founder: John Pettitt @jpp123
Co-Founder: Tim McElreavy @FreeRangeTim
Dark Overlady of Engineering Kate McKinley @sigkate
Community Czarina Tia Marie @tia_marie
If you feel overwhelmed by content overload – and who doesn’t these days – Sameer Yami’s WikiSeer might just be the solution you need.
According to co-founder Yami,
WikiSeer siphons through textual content, figures out what’s most important, presents it to you succinctly, and then as a bonus, allows you to share it with friends.
That’s after all the genesis of creating the product, frustration while browsing massive amounts of data
Think of it as Cliff Notes for web content. Yami noted, “you can find book abstracts everywhere, but there was nothing even close for web pages on the net”, thus WikiSeer was born.
Using sophisticated natural language processing (NLP) and several patented techniques, WikiSeer culls the results and sends them back to you, a natural time saver for any reader. WikiSeer is content neutral. It can provide a synopsis of the most relevant sentences of any page, whether you’re seeking the best dishes at a restaurant listed on Yelp, or reading a lengthy book and just want the essence of the content. It can do so using graphics or text as a foundation for that input.
“We built WikiSeer to find the most informative content in any English text”, explained Yami.
Check it out and let them know what you think!
While the rest of the world depends on electronic communiqués, the medical industry lags behind, given, according to Michael Kleiman, VP Product Management at OneMedical,
90% of providers don’t accept emails, but OneMedical does.
Given creating a positive user experience is a mantra for all startups, that is the essence of OneMedical’s value proposition. And they know they’re on the right track as they continually expand, while just taking off.
The cost? The member based service costs $149 per year. For that fee, if you have insurance they will bill insurance for you, if you don’t have insurance they will offer you a discounted rate for service. “Both ways, it’s a good way to stay on top of your health,” insisted Kleiman.
OneMedical’s iPhone app works in tandem with their website, delivering a spectrum of help: answers to simple medical questions; physician referrals for personal consultation; guidelines for handling billing questions; access your health records and renew prescriptions.
OneMedical’s free iPhone app walks you through a series of question to identify the nature and details of your issue.At one end of the spectrum, if the issue can be handled by the patient accessing information on their own (eg: by onemedical providing links to you) the quick answer is in hand. At the other end of the spectrum, if you have an urgent issue, they’ll ease the process by calling the provider to arrange an immediate office or emergency visit.
With 6 offices in SF, 2 in NY and huge demand to continually expand, it’s clear the service fills a void.
Whether you have insurance, or not, this could be the wave of the future for medical care.
Want to see for yourself? Next office opens Nov. 30th 2010, at 201 Spear Street, and SFNewTech fans are invited to the open house event 5:30 – 7:30 PM where wine and cheese will be served, for health purposes only, of course!
About One Medical
San Francisco Website: www.onemedical.com/sf
Founder: Tom X. Lee
Vice President, Product Management: Michael Kleiman
Contact Email: admin @ onemedical.com
OneMedical Mobile App: www.onemedical.com/mobile
While in high school, Andrew Sutherland needed help studying French vocabulary, so he created electronic flashcards for his own use. Soon, word about Quizlet caught on in a so called flash, which is one reason their user base doubled every year since inception.
With 1 million registered users and about 3 million visitors a month, it’s a concept whose time has come.
Quizlet works like paper index cards, one side for questions, flip side for answers. Users can generate their own flash card content, or use those developed by others on the site, as you can opt for private or public cards. With topics ranging from languages to math, science and history, Quizlet instantly provides access to a wealth of learning material.
In various modes, Quizlet combines a spectrum of proven techniques with technology to ensure “lessons are learned”, by: shuffling incorrectly answered cards back to you until you get the answer right; true and false cards; and repetitive testing, ensuring you type an answer that you either don’t know or get wrong, again increasing sticking power.
More fun learning games available: matching words and graphics; terms and definitions; and a “Space Race” game, where terms fly across the screen as you try to fill in the definition before the terms fly off the screen’s edge.
Quizlet is a free service, but for just $10 a year, you can even upload your own graphics to enhance the flashcards.
Quizlet’s goal ? According to product manager Phil Freo
We want Quizlet to be recognized as the best place on line to learn or study
With an API for the iphone, 15 apps pull content in to Quizlet. Next up: they’re creating Quizlet groups so you can invite your friends to learn with you.
Contactl: info @ quizlet.com
Founder: Andrew Sutherland
CEO: Dave Margulius
Product Manager & Developer : Phil Freo , Twitter @philfreo