In this video, Brian Groudan describes how PayTango puts payments at your fingertips. Started by four Carnegie Mellon students, PayTango solves the problem of lost debit card and forgotten keys by replacing them with something you never leave behind: fingerprints.
We wanted to solve the problem of all these cards you have to carry around and things you need to identify yourself–there had to be a better way,” says Patel. “We realized biometrics might be the best way to solve the problem of keys and credit cards.”
In this video, Jason Richelson, CEO and Founder of ShopKeep presents an overview of the company’s cloud-based Point of Sales system that runs from iPad devices.
ShopKeep is an iPad POS (Point of Sale) system that gives merchants the power to run and analyze their businesses in an elegant, easy-to-use and inexpensive cloud-based interface. By combining a iPad POS system with our detailed BackOffice reporting, you have the ability to generate powerful analysis of inventory, sales and customer relationship management with a service that never becomes outdated.”
In this video, Dave Peck describes Cloak’s new VPN technology for OS X and IOS devices. Developed as a protection against hacking programs like FireSheep, the Cloak software is now GA and available on the Apps Store.
Cloak uses Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology but is designed to work automatically in the background, not manually as with many VPNs. When Cloak is enabled, the technology protects the wireless transmissions from computers and devices on unsecured networks such as those at many coffee shops.
Over at Fast Company, Zak Stone writes that Brewery Inc. in Houston is looking to support and grow new “nano-breweries.”
We cultivate these nano-breweries through business workshops, networking events, co-marketing, investor pitches, and co-working until they are fully ready to launch their own brewery,” reads the Brewery Incubator’s Kickstarter. The project is actually an incubator within a more established incubator, Kitchen Inc., which provides food entrepreneurs with affordable commercial kitchen space and a café to sell their wares.
According to Stone, Brewery Inc. has six brewers in a space that could fit 10. A successful Kickstarter campaign has just completed to outfit the facility for training microbrewers on macro production. Read the Full Story.
A new Kickstarter campaign intends to produce a documentary about historical visionaries that paved the way to modern science fiction. Cities in the Sky: Science Fiction’s Forgotten Visionaries is currently in preproduction with their funding campaign running through February 5, 2013.
Writers like Verne and Wells get a lot of attention and they were no doubt great minds and visionaries, but a shocking number of other creative men and women stand largely unknown or forgotten; we deeply hope that we can help play a role in changing this situation!
Over at New Scientist, Niall Firth writes that the new Oculus Rift gaming headset maybe the device that finally brings convincing Virtual Reality to the home.
In the demo at CES, I walk around the medieval scene using Xbox controllers, able to look all around me just by turning my head. The only downside is a slight feeling of sea-sickness if you move too quickly, something I experience as I try to turn on my heels and move quickly off in a different direction. But the exhilarating feeling it provides is undeniable. Virtual reality might be on its way back, after all.
In this video, Fadzli Anuar from New Era Strategic Thinking discusses tips for Startup success.
The best people always want to work for the best company. This does not translate into the best paying company. We are now in the age of Gen-Y and this group does not go for the best paying job or even the company with the best name. Gen-Y’s are looking for empowerment and happiness.
In this video, Nike’s Stefan Olander describes the opportunity in sports data.
Sports giant Nike is launching the Nike+ Accelerator program — a three-month program to foster startups — in conjunction with Boulder, Colo.-based TechStars. According to Monday’s announcement, the program targets companies that use Nike+ technology, including the FuelBand and Nike+ Running app, to create products and services for athletes to get help in training, coaching, and data visualization.
Over at GigaOm, Kevin Fitchard writes that Karma is betting consumers will be willing to share their 4G connections with strangers if given the proper incentive, so it’s doling out free bandwidth in exchange for benevolence.
The Wi-Fi connections on all of Karma’s hotspots are open. Whenever the hotspot is on, anyone can latch onto its Wi-Fi signal, where they will encounter a welcome screen offering them 100 MBs of free data. That 100 MBs isn’t subtracted from the hotspot owner’s data bucket though; rather Karma awards the hotspot owner an additional 100 MB for making the connection happen.
I’m using a Clear wireless hotspot to power my posts at inside-Startups, but I checked with Karma and they don’t currently support third-party devices. Read the Full Story.
It’s not often that my kid brings me stories for inside-Startups, but he loves chocolate and this kickstarter video on Cocoa Espresso from Crio sure got his attention.
Crio Espresso extracts to make an extraordinarily sweet, delicious, chocolaty espresso shot with a deep, natural, mocha flavor and a rich head of crema that separates into a beautiful cascade of color. It is the perfect addition to any coffee shop menu and morning routine.
They got my pledge. Get onto Kickstarter and help bring this to market!