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/.
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Rudy propels leaders to stay ahead of what will transform their business through hosting innovation events, speaking live at conferences, and facilitating senior executive brainstorms. Over the past 18 years, Rudy has coached CXOs on how to unpack grassroots innovations that pose a risk to core business and how to predict staying ahead of the early adopter to mass-market conversion. He has helped diverse global brands such as BMW, IBM, Louis Vuitton, PayPal, Samsung and World Bank, and mentors many startups. His latest book shift 2020 - How Technology Will Impact Our Future delivers impactful insights into how future influences such as wearables, IOT, robotics and AI will have on our collective daily lives and includes foresights by some of the world's leading technology experts from Google, Kickstarter, Microsoft, Spotify, and Telefonica. Rudy is a graduate from Singularity University and he has developed more than 200 leading industry events across more than 50 cities globally such as Mobile Mondays, AppCircus and Wearable Wednesdays. Known internationally as a thought leader in Mobile 2.0 where he was a proponent of open innovation and the development of the app economy ecosystem, he lectures regularly at top technology conferences. Rudy is a Belgium native currently based in Cambridge, UK. On Fridays he disconnects from technology to practice yoga and study the saxophone. Contact Rudy here for any event or project inquiries.
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