16 Dec 2010

Free Google TV? Let the hacking begin!

Google TVWe’re super excited to announce that Kickstart Concepts was selected to receive a free Logitech Revue with Google TV. As part of their Google TV Web Developer Promotion, Google is distributing free devices to selected developers to encourage the creation of applications for Google TV.

In case you don’t know, Google TV is a new entertainment platform that combines TV, web, apps, and search all in one easy to use experience. The platform was announced in May 2010 at Google I/O and will be open-sourced in 2011. Devices from Sony and Logitech are now on sale in the U.S., and more devices will be launching in additional markets next year. More details can be found at google.com/tv Read more

26 Sep 2010

Pinnokio launches at TC:Disrupt SF, Wins Honorable Mention

The Kickstart Concepts Team presenting at DisruptFollowing up on our last hacking adventure, the Kickstart Concepts team decided to return to Techcrunch:Disrupt (this time in San Francisco) to participate in another hackathon. We built and launched Pinnokio, an application that lets users tell little white lies to their social network. The site won Honorable Mention from the panel of judges.

The concept behind Pinnokio was simple: we all brag to our social network about all the cool things we’re doing, so why let the truth stand in the way of a good story? With Pinnikio, a user connects the site to their Facebook, Twitter, and foursquare accounts, then selects a “story” to share. The site had several prebuilt stories, such as being out on a date with a beautiful woman or meeting with clients. Once selected, Pinnokio would then push out status updates, send tweets and even upload photos to a user’s profiles, sharing an exciting story with their social network. So what if it isn’t really true! Read more

23 May 2010

Kickstart Concepts launches Flymodo at Techcrunch Disrupt:NYC Hackathon.

A screenshot of the Flymodo homepage.At the recent Techcrunch Disrupt:NYC conference, the Kickstart Concepts team built and presented Flymodo, a Twitter app for tracking flights in real-time. Flymodo was named one of the “Best TechCrunch Disrupt Hack Day Demos” by ZDNet.

Flymodo allows people to use Twitter to “check-in” to a flight by simply tweeting a hashtag of their flight number. They can then see who else is on their flight and read tweets from other travelers. The site also provides information such as your gate number and baggage claim carousel, all from just one simple hashtag. The entire site was built and designed from scratch at the conference’s hackathon in less than a day. Read more

11 Mar 2010

FanBridge moderates panel at the 2010 SXSW Festival.

The two founders of FanBridge, Spencer Richardson and Noah Dinkin, moderated a panel at this year’s South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Titled “Building a High Value Fan List” the panel discussed how bands can collect and leverage fan lists for marketing and promotional purposes. FanBridge is a provider of fan management solutions to help bands connect with their fans.

Kickstart Concepts worked with FanBridge to relaunch their website, www.fanbridge.com, as well as redesign sections of their hosted fan management software. Past projects have also included the design of the FanBridge logo, development of email newsletter templates, and the creation of print advertising.

04 Mar 2010

CineSport ranks #1 in Sports by comScore

In January 2010, comScore ranked Kickstart Concepts client CineSport as the top provider of sports-related videos online. With almost 14 million unique video viewers, CineSport served more viewers than other sports properties like ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.

CineSport provides easy to watch video packages where and when users want to see them. News and information sites receive localized reports from their home cities that are perfectly targeted to their users. The CineSport player can be seen on the sites of the New York Post, LA Times, Dallas Morning News, Miami Herald, and other leading newspaper sites.

Kickstart Concepts helps CineSport with a variety of business needs, including the creation of presentation materials, on-going maintenance of cinesport.com, and the deployment of online advertising solutions.