It has been a crazy two weeks… I just got back from the Mobile Web 2.0 Conference in London, a lot of great folks and impressions. More on this later here… But before that, I still need to wrap-up the MobileMonday Global Summit adventures from last week
Checking my mailbox, I received some private beta invites from Taptu, a new ‘open’ Mobile Search application. Founder and CEO, Steve Ives showed me a demo last week in Helsinki and I was delightfully surprised. I gave him a hard time finding some unusual music artists and the app always returned a lot of relevant info and song previews to listen to, all nicely designed in a super simple design interface – reminded me of the Google early days, but then on mobile, very promising…
In fact, Taptu bought one of the earliest mobile search apps around (I blogged about it 2 years ago here), and is thus, amongst others, crawling the wikipedia index for results. Steve came introducing his new technology – as he calls it Social-assisted Search, at MobileMonday Barcelona in April on a panel with Google, Yahoo! and JumpTap on Mobile Search. I remember thinking one needs a lot of guts and talent to start with such an adventure and such a competition in sight… meanwhile Taptu secured an A-round of funding and has 30 people working on the technology in Cambridge. Russell commented yesterday that it might be kind-a late to enter the Mobile Search market but I give them a fair chance.
Anyone can sign up for the private beta, but invitations will be released on-the-go during this month until public beta release during the month of October. So feel free to send me an email if you would like to receive a private beta invitation.
You can follow Taptu’s adventure status on their blog – http://www.taptu.com/blog/.
Innovation Strategist - Enabling Mobile Value Added Products & Services
I assist global brands, startups, companies and organisations with cutting edge open innovation strategy on how to mobilise their business and products through projects, research, strategy, presentations, workshops and brainstorms.
I am a Creative Entrepreneur, Mobile & Innovation Strategist and Public Speaker with over 18 years of experience in Internet technology, specialising in mobile innovation and start ups since 1999.
In 2012, I co-founded Nyota Media - the world's first growth agency for innovative African entrepreneurs, start-ups and international companies that use technology to improve the lives of Africans.
A graduate from Singularity University, I have lectured at Web 2.0 Expo, The Next Web, Campus Party, PICNIC, next, MIDEM, MIPTV, OCE Discovery & Media Summit, ...
In my free time I play the saxophone, enjoy art & design, and yoga; I am a father of three grown daughters, and live happily with my wife and son in Cambridge, UK.
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