Dean Karnazes Presents “Silicon Valley’s Tech Secrets to Summer Fitness”

Dean flyerDean Karnazes, named by Time magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” and Men’s Health Magazine as the “Fittest Man on the Planet” is a world-recognized expert on technology and fitness.  He’s best known for pushing human limits including running 350 continuous miles, without sleep, in three days; winning the Badwater Ultramarathon covering 135 miles in Death Valley in the middle of summer with temps up to 120 degrees; and for completing 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days.

The world-recognized expert on technology and fitness, and member of The North Face ambassador team, will help you look and feel your best by showing you how the latest fitness gadgets and smartphone can help you achieve your health and fitness goals. Dean will share his tips and secrets for living healthier using technologies, ranging from free apps to the latest gadgets. 

We’ll have free  technical t-shirts, Clif Bars and ZICO coconut water, and a chance to win a free Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone ($649.99 MSRP), or a Fitbit Flex wireless activity and sleep wristband ($99.95 MSRP).

Following Dean’s presentation, he’ll be on hand to sign autographs and meet attendees.  Full details can be found at Facebook.

 

Behind-the-scenes with Paofit, the app that makes treadmill running fun and social

Dean Karnazes runs while Marc Hardy of Paofit and Jon Swartz of USA Today look on

Dean Karnazes runs while Marc Hardy of Paofit and Jon Swartz of USA Today look on

Last week we welcomed Marc Hardy, CEO and co-founder of Paofit, to both San Francisco and New York.  We started the week with a demo of the app, which works with your treadmill and lets you run real routes in real locations like the Virgin Money London Marathon, Sequoia National Forest and Bali. The speed of the video matches your running speed as the app uses the accelerometer in your iPad or iPhone to determine how fast you are running.  And because it’s essentially a virtual world, you can even run with friends in real time – you’ll see their avatar in the app! This short video shows nicely how it works.

First up was a demonstration of the app with NY Times best-selling author and ultra-runner, Dean Karnazes, running on a treadmill in SF, and Hugh Brasher, director of the Virgin Money London Marathon running in London.  The two ran together, live, on the London Marathon course and enjoyed a bit of a race along the way.

Here’s the story in USA Today:  Paofit wants to turn dreadmill into treadmil again

Marc also met with reporters in New York, accompanied by our own April Mayrath.  You can catch her in the background on the NY1 News clip as she demonstrates the app on the treadmill.

Download the app now and give it a spin.  It will make dreadmill running, I mean, treadmill running, so much more enjoyable!

Freedompop Expands To High-End LTE Phones With Samsung Smartphones And New, Unlimited Everything Plan For $20

S4-White-Frost_SetUp_3_ContactsFreedomPop also launches new OTT (over-the-top) Android app that provides free calls, texts and voicemail to the millions of U.S. Android device users

FreedomPop, America’s free mobile service company, today announced its official shift to Sprint’s LTE network with the launch of its LTE phone lineup including the Samsung Victory, Galaxy S3, and the Galaxy S4. All new LTE devices will come with the same free service that hundreds of thousands of Americans already enjoy, which includes 500 MB of data, 200 voice calls and 500 texts free each month.

In addition, the company also announced the launch of its new “Unlimited Everything” plan for $20 per month providing unlimited talk, text and data. Free tethering will also be included on all new LTE phones so that they can easily and affordably be used as hotspots as well. After 1GB of data has been used for the month, LTE speeds will be limited to 3G speeds.

The company also announced the launch of its free, over-the-top (OTT) communications app on Android. The app allows any android user to take advantage of FreedomPop’s free voice and text services, while providing a new phone number, voice calls and texts – free. It is also the first OTT app that will allow users to port an existing number. Get the new Android app here http://fpop.co/app.

“Now that we have complete access to the most expansive wireless network, we are able to fully upgrade our device portfolio to the high-end smartphones that our customers want,” said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s COO.

The high-end Samsung smartphones join the growing list of mobile phones and devices available to FreedomPop users since its launch including the iPhone 5 and a number of other Android smartphones and wifi hotspots. To order one of the newly offered Samsung phones on FreedomPop and to sign up for service now, go to http://www.freedompop.com

Coverage Highlights

CNET
Free phone service FreedomPop unveils $20 ‘Unlimited’ plan
By Lance Whitney
May 22, 2014
http://www.cnet.com/news/free-phone-service-freedompop-unveils-20-dollar-unlimited-plan/

FierceWireless
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop launches $20 LTE plan, adds Samsung phones to lineup
By Phil Goldstein
May 22, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-mvno-freedompop-launches-20-lte-plan-adds-samsung-phones-lineup/2014-05-22

TWICE
FreedomPop Expands LTE, Adds Unlimited Everything Plan
By Joseph Pelanchar
May 22, 2014
http://www.twice.com/news/smartphones/freedompop-expands-lte-adds-unlimited-everything-plan/45366

GigaOm
FreedomPop joins the ranks of carriers offering limited “unlimited” data plans
By Kevin Fitchard
May 22, 2014
https://gigaom.com/2014/05/22/freedompop-joins-the-ranks-of-carriers-offering-limited-unlimited-data-plans/

Engadget
$20 FreedomPop ‘Unlimited Everything’ plan includes 1GB of Sprint LTE, limits
By Zach Honig
May 22, 2014
http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/22/freedompop-unlimited-everything

The Next Web
FreedomPop approaches 250000 subscribers for its free mobile service
By Josh Ong
May 23, 2014
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/05/23/freedompop-approaches-250000-subscribers-free-wireless-carrier-service/

PhoneScoop
FreedomPop Adds Three LTE Samsung Phones to Lineup
By Eric Zeman
May 22, 2014
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=14113

WirelessWeek
FreedomPop Launches $20 Unlimited Everything Plan, LTE Phones, Android App
By Ben Munson
May 22, 2014
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2014/05/freedompop-launches-20-unlimited-everything-plan-lte-phones-android-app

Telecompetitor
FreedomPop unveils new LTE phones, unlimited mobile plan
By Joan E.
May 22, 2014
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-unveils-new-lte-phones-new-unlimited-mobile-plan–1015425

Gizmodo
You Can Now Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on a Galaxy S4
By Ashley Feinberg
May 22, 2014
http://gizmodo.com/you-can-now-get-totally-free-voice-texts-and-data-on-1580021339

MultiChannelNews
FreedomPop Adds LTE Phones To Arsenal
By Jeff Baumgartner
May 22, 2014
http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/freedompop-adds-lte-phones-arsenal/374712

AndroidPolice
FreedomPop Unveils Free Voice And Text App, New $20 ‘Unlimited’ Plan With Access To Sprint LTE, And More
By Bert King
May 22, 2014
http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/05/22/new-app-freedompop-unveils-free-voice-text-app-new-20-unlimited-plan-access-sprint-lte/

LiveOak Venture Partners Closes Largest Tech Fund in Recent Texas History

Texas’ leading early-stage tech VC, LiveOak Venture Partners, announced this morning that it has closed the largest tech VC fund in recent TX history. As its inaugural fund, the all-senior VC team is aiming to close the disparity between capital availability and level of entrepreneurship in the nation’s second largest tech employment and innovation market.

The firm’s founding partners have a collective 40 years of experience, have created more than $1.5 billion of enterprise value and hail from Austin Ventures – breaking away to focus on one of TX richest resources, early stage tech startups. They are now seeking to create opportunity for TX and Silicon Valley investors by bridging the resource gap between the two.

Here’s a sample of some of the early morning coverage with even more still anticipated.  Congratulations to Consort Partners’ newest client and the team!

Wall Street Journal
LiveOak Venture Partners Closes First Fund To Boost Investments In Texas
By Deb Gage
May 21, 2014
http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-closes-first-fund-to-boost-investments-in-texas/

Wall Street Journal
The Daily Startup: Tech Startups Compete to Make You Take Your Medicine
By Zoran Basich
May 21, 2014
http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/05/21/the-daily-startup-tech-startups-compete-to-make-you-take-your-medicine/

Dow Jones Venture Wire
LiveOak Venture Partners Closes First Fund To Boost Investments In Texas
By Deb Gage
May 21, 2014
https://pevc.dowjones.com/Article?an=DJFVW00020140521ea5laxo5v&cid=32135016&ctype=ts&pid=32&ReturnUrl=https%3a%2f%2fpevc.dowjones.com%2fArticle%3fan%3dDJFVW00020140521ea5laxo5v%26cid%3d32135016%26ctype%3dts%26pid%3d32

Fortune
LiveOak raises more than $100 million to back Texas startups
By Dan Primack
May 21, 2014
http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-raises-more-than-100-million-to-back-texas-startups/

Reuters peHub
LiveOak Venture Partners beats targets on debut fund with $109 mln
By Chris Witkowsky
May 21, 2014
http://www.pehub.com/2014/05/liveoak-venture-partners-beats-targets-on-debut-fund-with-109-mln/

Dallas Morning News
Austin-based Live Oak Venture Partners is looking for opportunities in Dallas with its $109 million fund
By Hanah Cho
May 21, 2014
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/austin-based-live-oak-venture-partners-is-looking-for-opportunities-in-dallas-with-its-109-million-fund.html/

Austin Business Journal
Tech startup specialist LiveOak Venture Partners closes fund, ready to invest
By Christopher Calnan
May 21, 2014
http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/techflash/2014/05/tech-startup-specialist-liveoak-venture-partners.html

PandDaily
LiveOak Venture Partners raises a $109M fund, deepens Austin’s early stage capital pool
By Michael Carney
May 21, 2014
http://pando.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-raises-a-109m-fund-deepens-austins-early-stage-capital-pool/

TexasTechPulse
LiveOak Venture Partners Raises $109M Venture Fund
By Ben Kuo
May 21, 2014
http://www.texastechpulse.com/liveoak_venture_partners_raises___9m_venture_fund/s-0055147.html

VatorNews
LiveOak Venture Partners closes $109M fund
By Steven Loeb
May 21, 2014
http://vator.tv/news/2014-05-21-liveoak-venture-partners-closes-109m-fund

Veooz
LiveOak Venture Partners beats targets on debut fund with $109 mln
May 21, 2014
http://www.veooz.com/news/sHCaQxB.html

WN.com
Austin-based Live Oak Venture Partners is looking for opportunities in Dallas with its $109 million fund
May 21, 2014
http://article.wn.com/view/2014/05/21/Austinbased_Live_Oak_Venture_Partners_is_looking_for_opportu/

Latest VC News
LiveOak Venture Partners raises a $109M fund, deepens Austin’s early stage capital pool
May 21, 2014
http://latestvcnews.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-raises-a-109m-fund-deepens-austins-early-stage-capital-pool/

 

 

Dictionary.com reveals your city in a word

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The team at Dictionary.com wondered whether different cities look up different words and discovered that indeed they do!  Their analytics team looked at the trending data from February to March this year and analzyed the national averages against top looked-up words in specific cities.  You can check out their findings on their blog here - plus several media picked up on the story as well, illustrated in our coverage collage above.

FreedomPop launches the first free voice, text and data service for the iPhone

iphone5_setup2LOS ANGELES, CA – April 29, 2014 – FreedomPop, America’s fastest growing mobile service company, today introduced the first free mobile service plans for the Apple iPhone. FreedomPop, which launched the world’s only free mobile phone service late last year on select Android devices, is now adding the popular iPhone 4 and iPhone 5 models to its growing portfolio of smartphone service plans. The company also announced the launch of its new iOS app, FreedomPop Free Voice and Text, which will provide any iOS device user free voice, text and voicemail.

“With iPhones now making up almost 50 percent of the US smartphone market and their users burdened by expensive service plans, supporting iOS is a top priority for us,” said Steven Sesar, COO of FreedomPop. “Adding the iPhone and launching our iOS app allows us to deliver our free service to a market desperate for a break from high-cost plans.”
Since launching its free mobile service plan, FreedomPop has experienced a momentous response, signing up hundreds of thousands of new customers. The company also offers customers the ability to bring their own device, and is continually adding eligible phones to its device portfolio, including the iPhone 4 and 5 models announced today. FreedomPop will sell the iPhone 5 directly through its website for $349. Customers can bring their existing iPhone 4 device and activate on the website upon signing up for service. Both devices are offered the same low-cost, disruptive pricing plans as its other smartphones. The free plan will include 200 voice minutes, 500 text messages and 500 MBs of data per month. Unlimited voice, text and data plans will start at under $5 per month.
With the launch of its new iOS app, FreedomPop allows any iPhone user stuck in an existing contract to save hundreds of dollars per year by downgrading their voice plans and leveraging FreedomPop’s free voice and text service directly from their existing phone. Today, any iPhone, iPad or iPod user can download FreedomPop’s new communication app, which provides free calls, texts and voicemail. Customers also have the option to port their existing number to FreedomPop or select a new one. For the new iOS app, visit our page on the iTunes store (http://fpop.co/ios).
To order the iPhone 5 or activate your current iPhone 4 on FreedomPop and to sign up for service now, go to www.FreedomPop.com/iphone

Here are some of the articles that appeared around the news:

CNN Money
Virtual operator FreedomPop brings its freemium service to the iPhone
April 29, 2014
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2014_04_28_virtual_operator_freedompop_brings_its_freemium_service_to_the_iphone.html 

WFTV - Clark Howard Show
Smartphone and Data Plan Guide for 2014
By Clark Howard
May 1, 2014
http://www.wftv.com/news/business/consumer-advice/smartphone-and-data-plan-guide-2014/nfmzH/

 

re/code
FreedomPop to Sell First Apple Devices, Offering iPhone 5 With Its Free and Low-Cost Plans
By Ina Fried
April 28, 2014
http://recode.net/2014/04/28/freedompop-to-sell-first-apple-devices-offering-iphone-5-with-its-free-and-low-cost-plans/ 

USA Today
FreedomPop goes to China to upend U.S. smartphone market
By John Shinal
April 28, 2014
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2014/04/28/freedom-pop-goes-to-china-to-upend-us-smartphone-market/8124559/ 

USA Today
Smartphone refurbishing is going mainstream
By John Shinal
April 28, 2014
http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/shinal/2014/04/28/ebay-masayoshi-son-brightstar-smartphone-market/8418491/ 

PC Magazine
FreedomPop Adds iPhone to Lineup
By Chloe Albenesius
April 29, 2014
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2457255,00.asp

CNET
Free iPhone use? FreedomPop proves it’s possible
By Don Reisinger
April 29, 2014
http://www.cnet.com/news/free-iphone-use-freedompop-proves-its-possible/ 

GigaOm
Virtual operator FreedomPop brings its freemium service to the iPhone
By Kevin Fitchard
April 29, 2014
http://gigaom.com/2014/04/28/virtual-operator-freedompop-brings-its-freemium-service-to-the-iphone/ 

TheNextWeb
FreedomPop’s free mobile service comes to the iPhone
By Roberto Baldwin
April 28, 2014
http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2014/04/29/freedompops-free-mobile-service-comes-iphone/ 

LifeHacker
FreedomPop Unveils New Free iPhone Voice, Text, and Data Plans
By Alan Henry
April 29, 2014
http://lifehacker.com/freedompop-unveils-new-free-iphone-voice-text-and-dat-1568944798?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+lifehacker%2Ffull+(Lifehacker) 

Engadget
You can now use the iPhone for free, as long as you don’t mind old gear
By Jon Fingas
April 29, 2014
http://www.engadget.com/2014/04/29/freedompop-iphone/?ncid=rss_truncated 

CIO
Get Free Data, Talk and Text When You Buy an iPhone from FreedomPop -
By Bill Snyder
April 29, 2014
http://blogs.cio.com/mobilewireless/18551/freedompop-apple-iphone-sprint-data-plan

ZDNET
FreedomPop announces free voice and data plans for iPhone
By Jason O’Grady
April 29, 2014
http://www.zdnet.com/freedompop-announces-free-voice-and-data-plans-for-iphone-7000028860/

GizModo
Now You Can Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on Your iPhone
By Jamie Condliffe
April 29, 2014
http://gizmodo.com/now-you-can-get-totally-free-voice-texts-and-data-on-1569143815

FierceWireless
FreedomPop to sell refurbished LTE iPhone 5 for $349
By Mike Dano
April 28, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-sell-refurbished-lte-iphone-5-349/2014-04-28?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss

FierceWireless
FreedomPop to sell refurbished LTE iPhone 5 for $349
By Mike Dano
April 28, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/freedompop-sell-refurbished-lte-iphone-5-349/2014-04-28 

Light Reading
FreedomPop Gets LTE iPhone, Free iOS App
By Dan Jones
April 28, 2014
http://www.lightreading.com/mobile/devices-smartphones/freedompop-gets-lte-iphone-free-ios-app/d/d-id/708818?_mc=RSS_LR_EDT

TWICE
FreedomPop Extends Free And Low-Cost Service To iPhones
By Joseph Palenchar
April 29, 2014
http://www.twice.com/articletype/news/freedompop-extends-free-and-low-cost-service-iphones/110761

BGR
You can now get completely free calling, texting and data on your iPhone
By Zach Epstein
April 29, 2014
http://bgr.com/2014/04/29/iphone-5-freedompop-free-data/

RCRWireless
FreedomPop adds iPhone 5, taps into Sprint’s LTE network
By Dan Meyer
April 29, 2014
http://www.rcrwireless.com/article/20140428/carriers/freedompop-adds-iphone-5-taps-sprints-lte-network/

TelecomPaper
FreedomPop offering iPhone on free service plan
April 29, 2014
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-offering-iphone-on-free-service-plan–1010850

SlashGear
FreedomPop launches refurbished iPhone 5 on its calling plans
By Shane McGlaun
April 29, 2014
http://www.slashgear.com/freedompop-launches-refurbished-iphone-5-on-its-calling-plans-29326822/

MacLife
Overnight Recap: MacBook Air Price Cut, FreedomPop iPhone, Re/code Event
By J.R. Bookwalter
April 29, 2014
http://www.maclife.com/article/news/overnight_recap_macbook_air_price_cut_freedompop_iphone_recode_event

9to5 Mac
FreedomPop now supports iPhone 4/5 on its free wireless plans, launches iOS app for free voice & text
By Jordan Kahn
April 28, 2014
http://9to5mac.com/2014/04/28/freedompop-now-supports-iphone-45-on-its-free-wireless-plans-launches-ios-app-for-free-voice-text/ 

AppAdvice
FreedomPop Adds iPhone 5, iPhone 4 To Its Free No-Contract Plans
By Joe White
April 29, 2014
http://appadvice.com/appnn/2014/04/freedompop-adds-iphone-5-iphone-4-to-its-free-no-contract-plans

Declara Raises $16M Series A Funding

ramona-portrait-jpg-20140327Congratulations to Ramona Pierson and the team behind Declara on the recent $16M Series A round led by GSV Capital, with participation from Data Collective, Founders Fund, and Catamount Ventures.   In addition, GSV Asset management co-managing partner Mark Flynn joined the board.

Media coverage highlights are listed below.  Well done to all involved!

Declara Raises $16M for Personalized Continuing Education
Re/code
Liz Gannes
April 23, 2014
https://recode.net/2014/04/23/declara-raises-16m-for-personalized-continuing-education/
 

Declara Raises $16M at $100M Valuation for Predictive Learning in the Enterprise 
Dow Jones VentureWire
Lizette Chapman
April 23, 2014
http://pevc.dowjones.com/Article?an=DJFVW00020140423ea4navwhq&cid=32135016&ctype=ts&pid=32&ReturnUrl=http%3a%2f%2fpevc.dowjones.com%2fArticle%3fan%3dDJFVW00020140423ea4navwhq%26cid%3d32135016%26ctype%3dts%26pid%3d32
 
(full text below)
 
Deals of the day: Pure Storage raises $250 million
Fortune/CNN Money
Dan Primack
April 23, 2014
http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/04/23/deals-of-the-day-pure-storage-raises-250-million/?iid=HP_River
 

Declara’s social enterprise network is making teams smarter — and now it’s $16M richer
Kia Kokalitcheva
April 23. 2014
http://venturebeat.com/2014/04/23/declaras-social-enterprise-network-is-making-teams-smarter-and-now-its-16m-richer/

Declara raises $16 million in venture funding for personalized learning
San Jose Mercury News
Heather Somerville
April 23, 2014
http://www.mercurynews.com/business/ci_25620623/declara-raises-16-million-personalized-learning
 

GSV Capital leads Series A round for personalized learning platform Declara
Reuters/PE Hub
Iris Dorbian
April 23, 2014
http://www.pehub.com/2014/04/gsv-capital-leads-series-a-round-for-personalized-learning-platform-declara/
 

Declara raises $16M to apply machine learning personal learning
GigaOM
Derrick Harris
April 23, 2014
http://gigaom.com/2014/04/23/declara-raises-16m-to-apply-machine-learning-personal-learning/
 

Social learning platform Declara raises $16M
Vator News
Steven Loeb
April 23, 2014
http://vator.tv/news/2014-04-23-social-learning-platform-declara-raises-16m
 

Declara Raises $16M For Personalized PD
April 23, 2014
https://www.edsurge.com/n/2014-04-23-declara-raises-16m-for-personalized-pd

Declara lands $16,000,000 Series A funding
Xconomy
April 23, 2014
http://www.xconomy.com/san-francisco/2014/04/23/declara-lands-16000000-series-a-funding/
 

Software Company Declara To Expand Its Boise Office
KBSX NPR Boise – news also broadcast
Adam Cotterell
April 23, 2014
http://m.boisestatepublicradio.org/?utm_referrer=#mobile/43986
 

Tech firm Declara looking to hire more software developers in Boise
Idaho Business Review
Brad Iverson-Long
April 23, 2014
http://idahobusinessreview.com/2014/04/23/tech-firm-declara-looking-to-hire-more-software-developers-in-boise/
 
(full text below)

Education startup Declara raises $16 million for Asian expansion
Silicon Valley Business Journal
Richard L. Brandt
April 23, 2014
http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2014/04/23/education-startup-declara-raises-16-million-for.html
 

StrictlyVC: April 23, 2014
StrictlyVC 
Connie Loizos
April 23, 2014
http://www.strictlyvc.com/2014/04/23/strictlyvc-april-23-2014/
 

Gateway to Innovation, SixThirty winners; Amazon scores HBO: TechFlash 7 things
St. Louis Business Journal
Joe Dwyer
April 23, 2014
http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/blog/biznext/2014/04/gateway-to-innovation-sixthirty-winners-amazon.html
 

Declara raises $16M to apply machine learning personal learning 
CNN Money/Fortune (from GigaOM)
Derrick Harris
April 23, 2014
http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/gigaom/articles/2014_04_23_declara_raises_16m_to_apply_machine_learning_personal_learning.html
 

Declara raises $16 million in venture funding for personalized learning
Inside Bay Area (from San Jose Mercury News)
Heather Somerville
April 23, 2014
http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_25620624/declara-raises-16-million-personalized-learning
 

Declara raises $16 million in venture funding for personalized learning
Contra Costa Times (from San Jose Mercury News)
Heather Somerville
April 23, 2014
http://www.contracostatimes.com/news/ci_25620624/declara-raises-16-million-personalized-learning
 

Education startup Declara raises $16 million
Pulse 2.0 (from Re/code)
April 23, 2014
http://pulse2.com/2014/04/23/education-startup-declara-raises-16-million-107927/
 

Introducing the Digital Virgin Money London Marathon, brought to you by Paofit

Paofit London 3

The world’s greatest marathon goes digital next year as runners everywhere in the world are invited to line up on a virtual start line at 10:00 on Sunday, April 26, 2015 to run the Digital Virgin Money London Marathon.

The Virgin Money London Marathon, in partnership with Paofit, has created a unique interactive 3D running experience that combines HD video of the famous London course with virtual reality avatars, making the unique experience of running the London Marathon available to treadmill runners everywhere.

“Imagine lining up in Greenwich and hearing the cheers of the crowd as you run past the famous London landmarks of the CuttySark, Tower Bridge, Canary Wharf, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace to the finish on The Mall, experiencing the unique atmosphere of the day without ever leaving your home or gym,” says Race Director Hugh Brasher.

Paofit iPad1Participating runners will download the Paofit app to an iPad(iPhone shortly and Android later in the year) and set it on a treadmill.The vibration generated by running on the treadmill makes the course ahead speed up, slow down or come to a complete stop, reflecting the runner’s step count. Runners will see their own running avatar and the avatars of the other participants in real-time and can overtake – or be overtaken – on screen.

Runners using Life Fitness Track+ or Discover console treadmills will experience the treadmill incline as it automatically matches the real terrain of the course on the video.Runners can participate as individuals or as a relay team.

The new technology was demonstrated today (Friday) at the Virgin Money London Marathon Expo in the ExCeL centre as runners tried out the Digital Showcase experience which features four miles of the London course.

“Over the years, nearly two million people have been unable to get a place in London Marathon through our ballot,” says Brasher. “Now, with our digital partners Paofit, we are opening the greatest marathon in the world to treadmill runners, everywhere. We hope it will inspire many more runners to take up the marathon challenge and, by doing so, raise even more money for charitable causes.”

“The Digital Virgin Money London Marathon will make the world’s greatest marathon accessible to people across the world, 365 days of the year,” says Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

“Paofit is the first and only company to combine HD video of running courses with virtual reality avatars to make treadmill running fun and social,” says Marc Hardy, CEO of Paofit. “We’re excited to be able to give any indoor runner the chance to experience the course, from novice runners to experienced racers.”

To register for the 2015 Digital Virgin Money London Marathon, visit www.digitallondonmarathon.com . Full registration information will be sent out later in the year.

Try it out now! Log on to www.paofit.com to download the app and a free sample of one mile of the Digital Virgin Money London Marathon course.

Runner’s World
Run the Virtual London Marathon
April 11, 2014
http://www.runnersworld.com/electronics/run-the-virtual-london-marathon?page=single

BBC Sport
London Marathon launches ‘Digital Marathon’
April 11, 2014
http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/athletics/26989649

Reuters 
Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all
April 11, 2014
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/11/uk-athletics-marathon-virtual-idUKBREA3A18320140411

Huffington Post
Now You Can Run the London Marathon From Your Treadmill, Thanks to Virtual Reality
April 11, 2014
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/11/london-marathon-virtual-reality_n_5133309.html?ir=Technology

Inside the Games
Guaranteed entry for the London Marathon – through virtual reality
April 11, 2014
http://www.insidethegames.biz/sports/summer/athletics/1019421-guaranteed-entry-for-the-london-marathon-through-virtual-reality

Runner’s Web
Athletics: Virgin Money London Marathon Goes Digital
April 11, 2014
http://www.runnersweb.com/running/news_2014/rw_news_20140411_London_Marathon.html

The Malaysian Insider
Virtual reality opens London Marathon to all
April 11, 2014
http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sports/article/virtual-reality-opens-london-marathon-to-all

FanSided
‘Virtual reality’ London Marathon coming in 2015
By Stu White
April 12, 2014
http://fansided.com/2014/04/12/virtual-reality-london-marathon-coming-2015/#!D4EP3

MedCity News
Travel the world on a treadmill (and beat the boredom) with a virtual reality exercise app
By Deanna Polgorelc
April 11, 2014
http://medcitynews.com/2014/04/wow-week-virtual-reality-meets-treadmill-beat-exercise-blues/

The Hunt Secures $10 Million Series B; Khosla Ventures Joins Javelin in Round

Weingarten_040113_088_editSAN FRANCISCO, CA – April 10, 2014 – The Hunt (www.thehunt.com), the app that sits at the nexus of ecommerce and photo sharing for millennials, today announced that Khosla Ventures is joining previous investor Javelin Ventures in bringing the company’s total Series B funding to $10 million. The funding follows the recent $5.5 million Series A investment with the total funding amounting to $15.5M million.  Proceeds will be used for hiring, as the company has doubled its staff since mid-2013, and plans to continue building its team to accommodate its rapidly growing user base.

Also announced today, Ben Ling, Investment Partner at Khosla Ventures, will join The Hunt’s board. Ling has an extensive track record as a senior executive at Google, YouTube and Facebook, helping these companies scale their users and revenues. Ling is also an angel investor in Square, Quora, Fab, Palantir, and PracticeFusion, with advisory roles at Pinterest and Pulse.

“In the last ten years, Google scaled its search revenue by understanding intent through text queries,” said Ling. “Today, The Hunt is changing the way that people shop online by identifying intent on the visual web. Monetizing the visual web is the next big opportunity, and we are looking forward to being a part of The Hunt’s success.”

Since its launch in January 2013, The Hunt has connected the inspiration and discovery of the visual web with intent, and ultimately purchase, on e-commerce sites by making photos “shoppable.” Today, over half a million monthly active users (MAU) and 100,000 daily active users (DAU) on mobileengage with The Hunt as a fun, quick way to turn shopping into entertainment. The average user spends nine minutes per session on The Hunt, rivaling engagement levels usually only seen in social and gaming spheres. More than 2 million Hunts are started and followed per week.

“Try typing ‘little black dress’ in Google and you get 331 million results. Try finding the perfect one (conservative or edgy or silky or flowing) and you’ll see how time-consuming this task can be,” said Tim Weingarten, CEO and co-founder of The Hunt. “The Hunt is the first solution to shoppers’ deep-rooted frustration in trying to find exactly what they’re looking for, fast. If you have a photo of a dress you really like but can’t find, chances are our  community of like-minded shoppers will have a suggestion for you, probably within a day.”

The Hunt taps into existing passion for fashion, the camaraderie of community, and the enticement of an ongoing, fun, but achievable challenge. Unlike online fashion marketplaces that are limited by size of catalog, extent of index or automated approaches to nuanced searches, the fast-growing and altruistic community of shoppers that makes up The Hunt provides a place to get suggestions for coveted fashions that match a shopper’s taste at the at their specified budget.

“We’ve been inspired by stories from our users, like Rachel Talbott, who has a great lifestyle and beauty You Tube channel called Check In The Mirror, who was searching for a pair of metallic silver heels but couldn’t find them anywhere. She posted a picture of the heels on The Hunt, and told the community that she wanted them for under $100. The community immediately identified the original shoes and also provided Rachel with a few budget friendly options, completing her quest for the perfect pair of heels,” Weingarten added.

The Hunt is available for iOS at www.thehunt.com/iphone and on the web at www.thehunt.com.

About The Hunt

Founded in 2011 by Tim Weingarten and Simon Peck, The Hunt is a global community of shoppers centered on bringing together fashion images that inspire with the ecommerce sites that make the attainable. The company is backed by Khosla Ventures, Javelin Ventures, among others. For more information about the San Francisco-based startup, please visit www.thehunt.com.

WWD
The Hunt Closes on $10M Series B Round
By Vicki Young
April 10, 2014
http://www.wwd.com/business-news/financial/the-hunt-closes-on-10m-series-b-round-7636916

FashInvest
Photo Sharing App, The Hunt, Secures $10 Million in Series B Funding
By Ashley Paintsil
April 10, 2014
http://www.fashinvest.com/phot-sharing-app-hunt-raised-15-million-series-funding/

VC Post
The Hunt takes in new funds valued USD10 million
April 10, 2014
http://www.vcpost.com/articles/23267/20140410/the-hunt-raises-10m-from-khosla-for-crowdsourced-shopping.htm
 
re/code
The Hunt Raises $10M to Help People (Mostly Young Women) Track Down Products They Covet
By Liz Gannes
April 10, 2014
http://recode.net/2014/04/10/the-hunt-raises-10m-to-help-people-mostly-young-women-track-down-products-they-covet/

wochit
The Hunt Raises $10M From Khosla For Crowdsourced Shopping (VIDEO)
April 10, 2014
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1nc1hh_the-hunt-raises-10m-from-khosla-for-crowdsourced-shopping_tech
 
TechCrunch
The Hunt Raises $10M From Khosla For Crowdsourced Shopping
By Leena Rao
April 10, 2014
http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/10/the-hunt-raises-10m-from-khosla-for-crowdsourced-shopping/
*Note: also listed in CrunchBase Daily

Fashionista
The Hunt Raises $10 Million, With New Backing From Khosla Ventures
By Eliza Brooke
April 10, 2014
http://fashionista.com/2014/04/the-hunt-raises-10-million-with-new-backing-from-khosla-ventures/

PandoDaily
“Like fantasy football for shopping.” The Hunt grabs $10M to spin social shopping into intent-based gold
By Michael Carney
April 10, 2014
http://pando.com/2014/04/10/like-fantasy-football-for-shopping-the-hunt-grabs-10m-to-spin-social-shopping-into-intent-based-gold/

Cloud Consulting International Blog
San Francisco-based community-driven shopping app The Hunt has raised a $10 million
By Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer
April 10, 2014
http://cloudwiser.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/san-francisco-based-community-driven-shopping-app-the-hunt-has-raised-a-10-million/

Dow Jones Venturewire
The Hunt Captures $10M Series B for Online Shopping App
April 10, 2014
http://pevc.dowjones.com/article?an=DJFVW00020140410ea4aplbqd&from=alert&pid=32&ReturnUrl=http%3a%2f%2fpevc.dowjones.com%2farticle%3fan%3dDJFVW00020140410ea4aplbqd%26from%3dalert%26pid%3d32
 
Reuters peHUB
Khosla Ventures invests in The Hunt, bringing Series B round to $10 mln
April 11, 2014
http://www.pehub.com/2014/04/khosla-ventures-invests-in-the-hunt-bringing-series-b-round-to-10-mln/
 
WSJ Venture Capital Dispatch
The Daily Startup: Wall Street Unease Dragging Startups Down
April 11, 2014
http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/04/11/the-daily-startup-wall-street-unease-dragging-startups-down/
 
Vator TV
Funding roundup – week ending 4/11/14
April 11, 2014
http://vator.tv/news/2014-04-11-funding-roundup-week-ending-4-11-14

Strictly VC
StrictlyVC: April 11, 2014
April 11, 2014
http://www.strictlyvc.com/2014/04/11/strictlyvc-april-11-2014/

SiliconTap
The Hunt Finds $10 Million
April 11, 2014
http://www.silicontap.com/the_hunt_finds_million/s-0054514.html

PYMNTS.com
Crowdsourced-Shopping Site The Hunt Nabs $10 Million in Investment From Khosla
April 11, 2014
http://www.pymnts.com/news/social-commerce/2014/crowdsourced-shopping-site-the-hunt-nabs-10-million-in-investment-from-khosla/#.U0xcvChfdss

Website Magazine
Crowdsourced Shopping Site “The Hunt” In Focus
April 11, 2014
http://www.websitemagazine.com/content/blogs/posts/archive/2014/04/11/crowdsource-shopping-site-the-hunt-in-focus.aspx

Azumio Snapshot

azumio

Azumio is a real pioneer in the health and wellness category.  Last year they announced a cool app that essentially transformed an iPhone into a Fitbit, for free.  Here is a snapshot of the coverage we generated, including a nice print piece in The New York Times, plus big stories in Reuters, USA Today, and several broadcast hits.

We generated all this without breaking a sweat, as most of us are athletic anyway ;-)