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Data Data Data and Five Startups That Love It

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Data Data Data and Five Startups That Love It

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There are tons of company’s out in the fight, the fight for data.  But these five startups seem to have there ducks in a row and are going somewhere.  These startups are trying to make sense of the millions of social media interactions that take place each day. Brands are using social data to monitor advertising campaigns, identify new customers and engage with existing customers.

 It’s up to startups like DataSift and Topsy to provide the software and tools necessary to filter through these posts.  It’s up to startups like DataSift and Topsy to provide the software and tools necessary to filter through these posts.

Katherine Barr, general partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, has invested in numerous big data startups and believes that many companies are beginning to build their own social data tools. That means startups like DataSift, which focus exclusively on social data, may soon go out of business.

“There’s a window of time for the social data provider companies and their time is right now,” Barr said.”I think there will be a time limit as well as a cap in some cases as to how big and valuable many of those companies can actually get.”

It’s safe to assume Topsy won’t be the last social data company scooped up in the next six to 24 months. Here are a few other startups to keep an eye on.

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1. 140 Proof

San Francisco-based 140 Proof has created what it calls a Blended Interest Graph, a tool that targets consumers based on their social media posts and helps advertisers reach the appropriate audience. The company works with thousands of advertisers, including big names like Kraft, Chevy and Microsoft, to surface ads on the web and on mobile where consumers use their social IDs. (Think Tumblr and WordPress blogs, and mobile apps that require a social login.)

“The real gold in social is this publicly available data that we call asymmetrical connections, or indications of interest,” said CEO Jon Elvekrog. “Who you’re following, what you’ve pinned, Tumblr blogs you’ve re-blogged. By harvesting that public information, that gives us a really good idea about what stuff you’d like to see more of.”

140 Proof has raised $6.25 million since it was founded in 2010, but the company is already profitable, Elvekrog said.

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2. DataSift

The other darling from this busy week, DataSift, announced a $42 million funding round on Tuesday, pushing the company’s financing total over $70 million. Half of the employees in the company are engineers, Bailey said, and the new funding means DataSift will continue to hire aggressively.

Bailey is clearly optimistic about the future of social data analysis and even expects college students to join in on the fun; he predicts universities will soon offer social data MBAs.

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3. Gnip

Gnip is the third and final U.S. company with access to the entire Twitter firehose, a valuable commodity as it allows access to every tweet sent around the world. (The other two with firehose access, Topsy and DataSift, were mentioned above.) But Twitter isn’t the only sources of social data for Gnip; the company also pulls from Tumblr, Foursquare and WordPress, among others.

The company, which was founded in Boulder, Colo., in 2008, also provides Twitter archive data to the Library of Congress.

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4. LeadSift

LeadSift is a small startup, even by this list’s standards. That doesn’t mean it can’t churn out useful results for its customers, though. LeadSift uses social media to bring brands and retailers the perfect customers. If you tweet about upcoming plans to go car shopping, for example, LeadSift will see that and most likely send your information to its automotive clients ahead of time.

The Nova Scotia-based startup scours Facebook and Twitter for public posts to find what people are talking about and actually buys its Twitter data from DataSift. Its most popular verticals include auto sales, insurance sales and retail. LeadSift is planning a Series A round of funding in early 2014, according to Tukan Das, CEO of LeadSift.

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5. Lithium Technologies

Another social startup based in San Francisco (surprise, surprise), Lithium helps its customers build their own social communities online, often as part of larger company websites. The move allows Lithium clients to better engage with fans and customers of the brand, control where the conversation happens and become an active participant without relying exclusively on external sites like Facebook or Twitter.

The company announced a “pre-IPO” round of financing in September, netting $50 million to bring Lithium’s total fundraising over $150 million. There is no set timetable for the company’s IPO, according to sources close to Lithium, but an IPO toward the back half of 2014 wouldn’t be a surprise.

Thanks Kurt Wagner


Man Who Raised Adrian Peterson’s Son Speaks Out

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Man Who Raised Adrian Peterson’s Son Speaks Out

I just read this article and had to share.

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Adrian Peterson’s two-year old son Ty died in a Sioux Falls hospital last Friday, the victim of an assault. Now the man who was raising the boy has gone on his Facebook page to set the record straight.

Bobby Ruffin — the man who raised Adrian Peterson’s two-year-old son took to Facebook to speak out on the toddler’s death.

Ruffin wrote on his Facebook page:

So tired of this poor Adrian Peterson sh*t. Let me blow all your minds. The boy who died was my son. Yes A.P. he was the biological father but I raised him and he carried my name. Tyrese Robert Ruffin. I don’t blame AP for not really caring cuz him and I both found out recently who the biological father was.

Ruffin continued:

AP met my son for the first time yest when my son was already in coma. I was here today when we pulled the plug, not him. He was happily practicing and has no problem playing on Sunday. So yea this isn’t all out yet but I’m sick of the poor AP sh*t. He didn’t know or even meet my son. Sorry for the outburst but put yourself in my place.

Peterson took a lot of heat from people on social media and news site message board for playing instead of being in Sioux Falls with his son. He sent a text to Laura Okmin of Fox Sports saying:

My brother passed the night before the combine and I decided to go through with it. The same reason why I will play this week. You may ask why? God wants good to come from it… We mourn and grieve but heaven had the baddest welcoming party for my son. That knowledge gives me peace. I’m still hurt and feel the pain of life, but I’m able to function because of the peace and joy of knowing my loved ones are in a much better place.

After Sunday’s game (October 12th), Peterson told

I don’t ask people to understand my mindset and how I think. Anything that’s bad, I try to take good from it. That’s the way I approach life in all situations. I never thought about not playing. It was all about just going out there and having the strength to play and having the strength to get through and help my team. That was my focus.

On how he was feeling after losing his son, he said, “It was tough. It’s a crazy situation. Any time you lose a child … it hurts.”

27-year old Joseph Robert Patterson is being held on a $750,000 bond on charges of aggravated assault and aggravated assault on an infant in connection with the boy’s death. Patterson was dating Ty’s mother and was home alone with the boy when the assault happened. Sioux Falls Police said that additional charges are being considered.

Sioux Falls Police today (October 17) have identified the boy as Tyrese Robert Doohen. The main lesson to be taken from this horrible story is finding a way to end child abuse. It’s a crime that happens too often, but it’s been put in the national spotlight due to Peterson. We should focus on remembering the child and taking steps to end child abuse.

Article from Crash at B1027

How Do You Make Classy Chick turn Trucker

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Q: How Do You Make A Classy Chick Turn Trucker?

A: Send her to a football game!

SO anybody know the difference between a classy clean well cut lady and that is a football fan, and one that is not?  Looks like she has second thoughts after she says it, but it does make me laugh!  This Texas Tech football fan got caught on camera, and now shes going to be a superstar on the interwebz.

So do you think she was mad about?

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Classy Chick Football Fan until Season Starts

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What is the Best Time to Post on Twitter?

Best Time to Post on Twitter

When do you tweet?

By: CoreyGmaN


I have a quick post for today, and I have a lot of people have  been asking me when the best time to tweet.   Timing is very important on getting your content in front of the right people  and it involves getting it out at the right time on fast-paced social networks.

Lets discuss when’s the best time to post to Twitter, and in the next blog I will discuss Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ and Pinterest.

A large part of timing your social content will rely on your audience. When they’re online and engaged is usually a good time to post your most exciting stuff!  Now if you are advertising sleeping medicine, your time might differ a bit from the norm.  But for now we will work off the norm.

But there are some general rules of thumb that you can follow to help guide your timing, especially when you’re just getting started on social media.

Posting to Twitter, for instance, between 1 PM and 3 PM is best for engagement.  Traffic on Twitter seems to build starting at 11 AM, while it starts to fade at 3 PM. And posting after 3 PM on Fridays is the absolute worst time you can tweet from the research I have done.

In my next blog I will take a look at the other best and worst times to post to your favorite social networks.

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Blackberry World Application List – Whats In and Whats Out

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Whats In & Whats Out

By Corey GmaN

Lots of topics going around with apps in Blackberry 10 and if they are going to be included or not, so I made a current list, and I can constantly update it to keep track if it is or is not coming to blackberry 10. Will be nice to have one reference point to view. I am not going to list every app that is going to be in Blackberry World, lets try to key on the top 200 or so apps.  The bigger players in the market.  And just to stop some of the rants, we all understand that you only need certain apps for your lifestyle, but just keep in mind everybody is different.  I am also assuming a lot of the not included apps will be announced before the phones are available in the US.


  • If you can use the app in the browser, it is not counted as included in Blackberry 10
  • If the app is side-loaded from android it is also not counted as included in Blackberry 10

Business and Productivity
Bloomberg, BMC Service Desk & Remedy, Box, Cisco WebEx Meetings, Citrix Podio, CNBC,, Emirates NBD, ePrint,, IBM Notes, Traveler, ING DIRECT Canada, Nat West, RBC, RBS, SAP, TD Bank Group, and Thomson Reuters.

Alpha Zero, Angry Birds (all variants so far), Asphalt 7:Heat, Azkend, Azkend2, Bejeweled 2, Boom Brigade 2, Cut the Rope, Cut the Rope: Experiments, Dead Space, Doodle Devil, Doodle God, Dragon Portal, EVAC HD, Flight Control Rocket, Fruit Ninja, Great Big War Game, Great Little War Game, Ice Age Village, InXile, Ironworm, Jetpack Joyride, Joining Hands, King Oddball, Let’s Golf! 3, Mass Effect Infiltrator, Modern Combat 4: Zero Hour, MONOPOLY Millionaire, N.O.V.A. 3: Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance, NBA Jam, Oregon Trail American Settler, Plants vs. Zombies, Quell, Real Soccer 2013, Robotek, Shadowgun, Shark Dash, Six Guns, Sonic 4 Episode 1, Sparkle, Square One, Tetris, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Bard’s Tale, The Dark Knight Rises, The Sims FreePlay, UNO, Where’s My Perry?, Where’s My Water?, World of Goo, and World Series of Poker.

AccuWeather, Air Canada, Air France, Delta Air Lines, DStv Mobile, Easyjet, FlightAware, Flixster, KLM, Manulife Financial, President’s Choice Recipe Box, SkyScanner, Spotcast, StubHub, The Weather Channel, The Weather Network, Tim Hortons TimmyMe, United Airlines, Wikitude, WisePilot, Yellow Pages Group, and Zara.

Absolute Radio, Al Jazeera, Allocine, Astral Radio, BBC Worldwide- Top Gear, BubblePix, Channel 4, Corus Entertainment- Radio, Deezer, E! Online, eMusic, Europe 1, History Channel, Kiss Kube, MTV Italia, Nobex Radio, NOS, N-TV Nachrichten, Occipital 360 Panorama, OxygenLive, Pacemaker, PaperCamera, Rdio,, SiriusXM, Slacker, Songza, SoundHound, TuneIn, and

Published Media
AFP News, Amazon Kindle, CBC (News, Radio, Music, Hockey Night in Canada), Cosmopolitan, Economist, Elle,, El Pais, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, Grazia Italy, Handlesbaltt, kicker, Leo Dictionary, MailOnline, Maxim, Motor Trend, News24, New York Times,, PressReader, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, The Independent, The London Evening Standard, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Wirtschaftswoche.

Badoo, Facebook, Foursquare, LinkedIn, ooVoo, Skype, Tuenti Social Messenger, Truphone, Twitter, Viber, Whatsapp, and Xing.

Sports, ESPN ScoreCenter,, L’equipe, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment‘s Maple Leafs Mobile App and Raptors Mobile App, At Bat, NHL GameCenter, PGA Tour, Runtastic, Sports Tracker, and UFC.


Business and Productivity
Mint, alot of non Canadian banks.



Published Media
AP Mobile, Flipboard, Nook, Pocket, and Zite.

Amazon Instant Video, HBO GO, Netflix, Showtime, and

Instagram, Pinterest, and Yelp, as well as any third-party Twitter clients.

American Airlines, BA, Expedia, Google Maps, Kayak, Orbitz, Priceline, Travelocity, Tripit, and most brand-name GPS apps.

Yahoo Fantasy Sports

7 Social Networks to Watch in 2013

7 Social Networks to Watch in 2013


An article by HootSuite CEO Ryan Holmes was featured in Fortune Magazine yesterday. Ranging from business to entertainment, Holmes looks at the 7 social networks to watch in 2013.

In December 2010, a little-known app for sharing photos with funky, retro filters announced it had signed up its millionth user.  Fast-forward two years, and Instagram is a social media titan, with more than 100 million users and some 58 photos uploaded every second.

While Facebook’s acquisition had a lot to do with Instagram’s growth, the reality is that new social media leaders are now emerging in a matter of months, not years.  So what does 2013 hold for the social media landscape? Here’s a look into the crystal ball at the hottest social networking trends of 2013.



Personal crowdsourcing – Say you have no idea what shirt to match with your new jeans.  Snap a photo, upload to Thumb and crowdsource the decision.  Simple questions typically generate hundreds of thumbs up or thumbs down, plus comments, from the network’s very active user base, sometimes within minutes.  Appealing to the twin social impulses of vanity and voyeurism, Thumb generates serious engagement among users (reported to be around four hours a month, second only to Facebook among established networks) and seems poised for growth in 2013.



The pay-as-you-go social network – Why share your gorgeous photos, funny videos and brilliant observations with the world for free on Facebook and Twitter, when you can sell them?  That’s the logic behind Pheed, a new social network launched in October 2012 that gives users – currently mainly celebrities, musicians and entertainment types – the option of monetizing their “pheeds.”  For a monthly subscription fee, ranging from $1.99 to $34.99, “pheeders” can offer subscribers access to a media-rich stream of text, photo, audio, video and even live broadcasts.  Stars like Miley Cyrus and Paris Hilton are already on board.



Personal crowdsourcing – Say you have no idea what shirt to match with your new jeans.  Snap a photo, upload to Thumb and crowdsource the decision.  Simple questions typically generate hundreds of thumbs up or thumbs down, plus comments, from the network’s very active user base, sometimes within minutes.  Appealing to the twin social impulses of vanity and voyeurism, Thumb generates serious engagement among users (reported to be around four hours a month, second only to Facebook among established networks) and seems poised for growth in 2013.



The invitation-only social network –  Social networks have dramatically lowered the bar for sharing information with people around the globe.  But has the bar slipped too low?  That’s the question posed by Medium, a new, invitation-only network from the creator of Twitter.  In an attempt to wean us off of cat photos, Gangnam Style and Justin Bieber updates, Medium emphasizes longer form, carefully crafted content (like this story on growing up in Saudi Arabia) from users with something of deeper value to share.  In many respects, it resembles a carefully curated blog network.  While creators are limited to the select few, everyone can read and comment.



Social networking for companies – Full disclosure: Conversations, a tool that brings social networking into the office, is made by my company, HootSuite.  But I’m not the only one excited about it.  ReadWrite called it “AIM on steroids.”  Instead of getting lost in long email chains, team members collaborate in real-time by posting on message boards, Facebook-style.  Anyone can be invited to join a conversation, enabling customer support teams to rally around issues, marketing teams to coordinate campaigns, etc.  Social media has revolutionized how we communicate in our personal lives – Why not bring some of those benefits into the workplace?



Sharing using sound – For sheer “wow” factor, Chirp may take the prize in 2013. Say you want to instantly share a photo or link with a roomful of people.  There are plenty of options out there, but they all have drawbacks.  Networks like Instagram or Facebook are members-only.  Email requires typing in multiple addresses.  Bluetooth has to be paired device by device.  Chirp, however, is different.  Your phone emits a high-pitched, two-second-long, robotic squeak. Other phones within audio range pick up the sound and instantly download the photo or message.  Chirps can be shared in a boardroom or a crowded bar, broadcast over loudspeakers to reach huge audiences or even embedded in YouTube videos or TV programs.

As diverse as these platforms are, they are all taking social networking into deeper, more focused directions: from business-specific channels like Conversations and cerebral  platforms like Medium to entertainment-based networks like Pheed.  Facebook will continue to reign supreme in 2013, Twitter will thrive and Google+ will accrue critical mass.  But in the shadow of these all-purpose social networks, some truly exciting transformations and specializations are underway.

Get more insight into the state of social media, by following him on his LinkedIn Influencer blog, a new resource that brings together regular insights from hundreds of thought-leaders around the globe.



Buy with one Tweet – Remember how revolutionary it felt when Amazon introduced 1-Click payments for online shopping? Chirpify takes that concept into the social media era.  Sellers offer stuff for sale on Twitter or Instagram (T-shirts, concert tickets, new albums, whatever).  You reply with the word “buy” and it’s yours.  No credit card.  No “proceed to checkout” or “add to cart.”  The entire transaction is conducted through your Twitter account.  Apart from buying and selling, Chirpify can also be used for fundraising, giveaways and – most fascinating of all – peer-to-peer payments.  Need to pay a buddy back for this morning’s coffee?  Just tweet “pay” and the amount to his Twitter handle.  Chirpify is free to use but takes a five-percent cut anytime you get paid.



Bringing order to photosharing – Smartphones have made it ridiculously easy to take photos and video, but gorgeous shots from last week can end up lost deep inside the camera roll. Flayvr may be the most intuitive and aesthetically pleasing of a wave of new social apps bringing law and order to your collection. Photos and videos are automatically organized into eye-catching albums based on date, complete with location and even titles sucked in from your iPhone calendar.  With a tap, you can share the album as a splashy HTML5 webpage via social networks or email. It’s also a great alternative for privately sharing big collections of photos.