Monthly Archives: February 2012

LSMFT: Punchcard Rewards Now Available from Local Merchants

What’s news: Pasadena based and Idealab backed Punchcard announced their retail “Gratitude Marketing” program for local merchants and their frequent customers.  Rewards are available from almost 150,000 local restaurants, retailers, theaters and spas in the southern California area.  Using a smartphone camera, the customer sends a photo of their receipt and earns “punches”.  The punches are then redeemed for cash or other rewards.

Punchcard was started in 2011 by seasoned entrepreneur, Andy Steuer, and is available for both iPhone and Android devices. 

About:  Punchcard is a mobile engagement and loyalty network designed to give merchants an effective way to retain customers while rewarding shoppers for making frequent purchases at their favorite retailers. The Punchcard app is a mobile platform that uses an electronic “punchcard” system that is easy-to-implement and simple to use for shoppers and merchants alike. Merchants get real-time data about their customers’ buying habits, as well as social and other demographic information that allows them to provide their loyal customers with targeted offers and rewards. Punchcard is run by Gigway, Inc., an Idealab company, headquartered in Pasadena and was founded by Andy Steuer in 2011.

LSMFT – Local Significant Mobile Focus Today – a look at the mobile companies that matter in the southern California.

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Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

It has been a lucent week what with LAVA Mobile successfully launching down at the Working Village (thanks, BTW, to all who made it successful!) and the usual ludibund logic, litotes, liturgies and logorrhea about all things mobile – for the week of Feb 19 – 25.

It happens here first – PC Magazine 

Spectrum 4 Sale, Cheap – Digital Trends

Don’t leave home without it – Mashable

Better Late? – LA Times

Way too little, way too late – eWeek

One from column A, one from column B – Antenna Software

MBI, proceed to runway 24 Right – IT World

GoPago what matters – Portfolio

Mozilla fighting the last war, again – tom’s Guide

SMB head in the clouds – Channel Insider

Heads up SMBs – Mobilisafe

We don’t care, we don’t have to…we’re the phone company – Small Business Trends

We don’t care, we don’t have to – BGR

GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLL – Business Wire

Jailbreak – I download blog

Sharing is good – Google Mobile Blog

What do you mean there’s no app for that? –  the brainyard

And the last word today comes courtesy of a picture from ZDNet: Android malware up 3,325% in 2011.  Do be careful, but let’s get out and learn something.


Last Chance to Register for LAVA Mobile event

The final hours to register for the inaugural LAVA Mobile event, Feb 21st at 6:30 PM at the Working Village in Santa Monica are fast approaching.   The event is free to LAVA members and guests, all others will pay $25 to attend.  The event will sell-out and pre-registration is required for everyone attending – no walk ups!

The program:

 It almost goes without saying that Mobile is one of the hottest, most interesting areas in business and technology today.  The disintermediation of the carriers, the ascension of companies like Apple and Google in the mobile space, and the maturation of new mobile ecosystems, technologies, and consumer adoption has created a whirlwind of new business and venture activity.  Within this activity we are seeing a plethora of business models: Some that incorporate new concepts like the “check in” and others that build upon traditional models like display advertising.

The specifics:

  • What are some unsolved business problems that mobile might solve?
  • Where in the mobile space are businesses beginning to generate new or incremental revenue?  What are they doing?
  • All our panelists are touching the local SMB space in some way.  What are the problems there, from a service provider and advertiser perspective and how can mobile solutions solve those?
  • What’s missing in the mobile ecosystem that is hindering success for some business models?  Point-of-sale technology for mobile coupon redemption, for instance.
  • What technology is missing?

The panel:

Shuki Lehavi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gumiyo, a platform for delivering the world¹s information to every device. The Gumiyo platform powers over 27,000 mobile sites and apps, built and distributed by the leading publishers and technology providers globally. The company was founded in 2006, and offers cloud-hosted tools to build SMS programs, mobile sites and apps.

 

 

Peter Marx is vice president of Business Development at Qualcomm and handles commercialization of emerging technologies on behalf of Qualcomm’s Global Market Development Group.  Previously, Marx was vice president of Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc., Analog Protocol, a consultancy specializing in leading technologies for media and entertainment and chief technology officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and vice president of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios.

 

 

Andy Vogel is the Senior Vice President of Digital & Mobile for Tribune Company.  In his role, he is responsible for all digital, mobile, branded and converged media executions across the Tribune portfolio that includes 8 major daily newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune and 23 broadcast television stations, including WGN America on national cable and KTLA.   Prior to joining Tribune, Andy held senior level business development, technology marketing and sales positions in the software, Internet, automotive retailing and newspaper industries. 

And keeping this group focused on the matters at hand:

Lori Kozlowski is a journalist and digital editor. Most recently, she served as a senior web editor at the Los Angeles Times, where she headed mobile technology and emerging digital platforms. She also served as a staff writer, writing about science, technology, and business. Previously, she was on staff at Entrepreneur Magazine, and has freelanced for various national publications. 

The Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Interest Group is dedicated to providing useful intelligence for LAVA members on investment in So Cal and West Coast Mobile technology ventures via strategic information, networking information and collaboration with leading companies and industry associations.  The group and this event are generously sponsored by Ernst & Young.


Stuff You Should Have Seen – last week

This week, like many weeks before and many weeks to come, features a keen kaleidoscope of Kafkaesque, kickshaws and koans of all things mobile.  Kudos to those who post and opine – for the week of Feb 12 thru 18, 2012.  

But before that – time and space is running out on your chance to attend the inaugural LAVA Mobile event down at Working Village in Santa Monica at 6:30PM.  Register here:  LAVA Mobile.

On to the show:

FCC shuts off LightSquared – Wall Street Journal

Spectrum 4 Sale (202) 622-2000 – Bloomberg Business

You put your left foot in, And shake it all about – ReadWriteWeb

SMBs heart 4G, Smartphones & Tablets – Wireless & Mobile News

VZ CEO Mead likes where he stands – Global Telecom Business

Take 2 MedPods, no need to call me – Virtualization Strategy Magazine

Take 2 implants – the device will call me – Science Translational Medicine

Apps create privacy issues for kids – Federal Trade Commission

A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you’re talking about a lot of smartphones – Forrester

#httpsAlwaysOn – Twitter blog

blackberry wireless server – Crackberry dot com on YouTube

Under the influence – US DOT

Two Fisted Talker – GigaOM

Destroying Android from the grave – ZD Net Hardware 2.0

End StackMob End – Tech Crunch

Take Note – All Things Digital

Hunting for a way – Information Week

Tasty – PC Magazine

Fabulous Phablet? – Slash Gear

Puma concolor –  LA Times

So it was a pretty good week for kewl news. Make next week better – go out and learn something!

 


Mobile business models that work – Feb 21st, 6:30PM, Santa Monica

LAVA Mobile presents an inspection of mobile business models from three thought leaders within the local mobile community.  The event will be a panel session featuring Andy Vogel (Tribune Company), Shuki Lehavi (Gumiyo) and Peter Marx (Qualcomm), moderated by Lori Kozlowski (former LA Times journalist).  The group will be examining the current trends in mobile business models – what works, what doesn’t and what is over the horizon.

  • What are some unsolved business problems that mobile might solve?
  • Where in the mobile space are businesses beginning to generate new or incremental revenue? 
  • What are they doing? All our panelists are touching the local SMB space in some way. 
  • What are the problems there, from a service provider and advertiser perspective and how can mobile solutions solve those?
  • What’s missing in the mobile ecosystem that is hindering success for some business models?  Point-of-sale technology for mobile coupon redemption, for instance.
  • What technology is missing?
  • The first meeting of the Los Angeles Venture Association Mobile Strategic Information Group is open for registration.   Tuesday, February 21, 2012, 6:30pm -8:30pm, Working Village, 212 Marine Street #100,  Santa Monica, CA 90405.  Register at the LAVA website. LAVA Members and their guests attend free; $25 for non-LAVA members.

    We are looking forward to a great evening of information sharing, networking and the formal launch of LAVA Mobile for LAVA members and the general business community of Los Angeles.  LAVA Mobile and this inaugural event are generously sponsored by Ernst &Young.


    LAVA Mobile Event Feb 21st – Panelist Peter Marx, VP Qualcomm

    Rounding out the panel for the LAVA Mobile inaugural event is Peter Marx – VP of Business Development at Qualcomm and handles commercialization of emerging technologies on behalf of Qualcomm’s Global Market Development Group.  Peter joins Andy Vogel of Tribune Company, Shuki Lehavi of Gumiyo and moderator Lori Kozlowski, a journalist and digital editor.

     Previously, Marx was vice president of Technology and Digital Studio at Mattel, Inc., where he delivered branded digital and online experiences to consumers.  During his tenure, Mattel websites were the recipient of a Webby award,  honoring excellence on the Internet. Prior to Mattel, Marx managed Analog Protocol, a consultancy specializing in leading technologies for media and entertainment with clients including Fox, Viacom, Paramount Pictures, MTV Networks and Nickelodeon. Marx also served as the chief technology officer for Vivendi-Universal Games and vice president of Emerging Technologies for Universal Studios from 2000 to 2005 winning awards including best video game of E3. Marx held engineering and producer positions at Electronic Arts working across a variety of franchises, including Madden Football, Knockout Kings as well as various media.

     Before entering the entertainment industry he was an engineer on a variety of telemedicine, digital video, radiological imaging and biomedicine applications at UCLA, Apple Computer and 3M Company. Marx serves as an adjunct professor for the Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinematic Arts teaching digital media and entertainment to graduate film and TV students. Marx graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA.

    Registration for this event in now open at LAVA Mobile – a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  We’ll be gathering down at the Working Village in Santa Monica next Tuesday evening, 6:30PM for an examination of mobile business models. Join Peter, Shuki, Andy, Lori and many of the thought leaders,executives and entrepreneurs within the Los Angeles mobile ecosystem.  This event is free to LAVA members and their guests.  For all others, the entrance fee is $25.  Advanced registration is required.  This event and the LAVA Mobile SIG is sponsored by Ernst & Young.


    LAVA Mobile Event Feb 21st – Panelist Shuki Lehavi, Gumiyo

    The LAVA Mobile event is less than a week away and we continue with our introduction of the panelists.  Shuki Lehavi, Co-Founder and CEO of Gumiyo will be joining Andy Vogel, Senior Vice President of Digital & Mobile for Tribune Company and moderator Lori Kozlowski.  Gumiyo is a platform for delivering the world’s information to every device.

    The Gumiyo platform powers over 27,000 mobile sites and apps, built and distributed by the leading publishers and technology providers globally. The company was founded in 2006, and offers cloud-hosted tools to build SMS programs, mobile sites and apps.

     Mr. Lehavi is an avid technologist with over 15 years of successful experience in managing and developing enterprise applications in the banking, healthcare, automotive, and mobile industries. He enjoys working with founders and solving business, product and technology problems. When he is not working around the clock, he spends time with his wife and 3 kids, and gets bypassed every year at the LA Marathon by the group of Elvis impersonators.

    Registration for this event in now open at LAVA Mobile – a Strategic Interest Group of the Los Angeles Venture Association.  We’ll be getting together at the Working Village in Santa Monica next Tuesday evening, 6:30-8:30PM for an informed look at mobile business models – what works, what doesn’t and what is next.  Join Shuki, Andy and Lori for an evening of information sharing and networking.  This event and the LAVA Mobile SIG is generously sponsored by E&Y.