UpWest Labs Demo Day Spring 2013

Congrats to all the startups graduating from UpWest Labs’ latest class!

It’s hard to pick a favorite out of this bunch as all five had solid ideas and strong, motivated teams. No doubt they will all get funding to continue to prove out their ideas.

Two that stood out to me were Ondigo and Qlika. Ondigo with automated CRM for sole proprietors and small businesses and Qlika with a tool to manage and optimize millions of ‘micro’ market local campaigns across all digital media. Check them out – I would love to hear what you think.

For more on all the companies, check out TechCrunch’s coverage: UpWest Labs’ Fourth Batch Looks To Go Big By Taking The B2B Approach

Qlika logo  Ondigo logo


Ever wonder how people hold their smartphones?

You should be if you’re developing an application that’s at all related to mobile. How users hold their device is a major factor in UX. Steven Hoober has put together a great summary of his research and observations on the topic. Check it our here.

How do users hold their smartphones?

Credit: Steven Hoober (@shoobe01)


Mobile data volume doubled in 2012

Building on the data Cisco released earlier this month, Ericsson has issued a report also showing the dramatic growth mobile data is experiencing.

  • Data volume on mobile networks doubled globally between Q4 2011 and Q4 2012
  • Between Q3 and Q4 of 2012, data volumes over cellular connections grew 28%

Read the full report here [pdf]

David Meyer also has a good article summarizing the report on GigaOM

Microsoft Surface Pro: An interesting device in search of a user?

An interesting article that seems to pretty much sum up the Surface Pro’s positioning. However, I’d love to hear from anyone who’s actually purchased one and is using it regularly.

What do you think about the Surface Pro?

Article from The Next Web, by Alex Wilhelm

Microsoft Surface Pro

Surface Pro – a device looking for a user?