The company's current consumer service is a search engine for events called Happenr. It crawls sites for names, dates, addresses any any other information, and puts it in an index that can be searched and sorted. This is connected to a ticket-purchasing service, so users are able to browse and buy tickets to these events right from the site.
SAN FRANCISCO--Americans are ready for smartphones, but is Symbian ready for America?
One of the most important factors that will dictate the long-term success of the Symbian Foundation will be its ability to make inroads in North America, which has been a bit of a enigma to London-based Symbian and Nokia, its former controlling partner. Think about it: Symbian has the lion's share of the worldwide market for smartphone operating systems, but new Symbian Foundation executive director Lee Williams agreed that if we walked outside the Symbian Partner Event in San Francisco, we'd be hard-pressed to find a … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO--AT&T is planning for a future with just one or two mobile operating systems running on its products, and that may imply a limited future for Java phones at the carrier.
Roger Smith, director of next-generation services at AT&T, implied that Symbian might become the operating system of the future for the phones that AT&T offers subscribers under its own brand. During a talk at the Symbian Partner Event here, Smith promised "dramatic consolidation from AT&T in terms of the mobile platforms and tool chains that we support," and … Read more
FanSnap announced Monday a $5.5 million funding round, which it aims to use on completing the build-out of its search engine.
FanSnap, which launched its ticket search engine beta in September, received funding from existing investor General Catalyst Partners, which led the round.
The FanSnap site is designed to allow users to search for tickets based on a number of criteria, from price range to number of tickets sought, as a well as an at-a-glance ticket price range based on the stadium section using a colored map.
The site gleans its data from 56 ticketing providers including StubHub, Ace … Read more
For a company that's cutting costs these days, the annual holiday party is an easy target. But there have been fewer cancellations in the tech industry than one might think.
True, eliminating an evening of eggnog and sugar cookies won't help an ailing balance sheet that much; in the current financial downturn, it has a lot to do with appearances, too. "It's the economy, definitely, but it's also a lot of public perception," said Celia Chen, a New York-based event planner who runs the blog Notes on a Party.
"People don't want … Read more
According to the company, Billboard will now feature "Eventful Hottest Demand" and "Eventful Weekly Most in Demand" charts to rank artists who are most in demand for live performances. Eventful's 'Hottest' chart will be updated every 30 minutes, based on the tally of fans that demand artists to perform in their area. The rankings are based on Eventful's proprietary algorithm, which … Read more
Trendy men's newsletter Thrillist has already shown its penchant for giving the middle finger to all things recession-related, whether it be chartering party planes or throwing '90s-dot-com bubble-theme parties (granted, both of those stunts preceded the Wall Street meltdown by a few months). But the New York-based start-up may be savvier than its big-pimpin' image would have you think.
The latest move from the company is a monthly compendium called Thrillist Invites, which is a listing of stuff you can do for free, if you sign up and RSVP. The first Thrillist Invites list will be for its New … Read more
AOL on Monday launched When.com, a rebranded version of Zvents' online events guide.
The two sites are largely indistinguishable except for one element: "Where when.com differentiates is the addition of Kids and Family activities, which we feel is important to our audience," said AOL spokeswoman Jaymelina Esmele. Zvents handles the categorization, but AOL draws more attention to the family-friendly events.
Another difference: the AOL version lets people search by popularity and date.
AOL expects more changes. "While it is fully functional, the site today is still a phase one beta site; we'll be continuing … Read more
Eventful, a service that lets users discover, share, promote, and create local events throughout the world, on Wednesday announced that it has secured $10 million in Series C funding in a round that was led by Telefonica, along with existing investors Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Bay Partners. In total, Eventful has been able to raise $19.6 million in funding over the past three years.
The company, which boasts 8 million registered users, will use the funding to increase its sales and marketing initiatives, and explore growth in the mobile and international sectors. More importantly, Eventful's executives believe that … Read more
CUPERTINO, Calif.--At Apple's headquarters here at 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, the company held an event focused on its laptops. A redesigned MacBook and MacBook Pro were announced, as well as upgraded graphics. And as expected, Apple is releasing its first sub-$1,000 notebook. Here is how it all unfolded.
9:57 a.m.: We're here, and the event should start momentarily.
10 a.m.: Steve Jobs enters, wearing the standard outfit. He says he's going to cover the "State of the Mac." Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook takes the stage to … Read more