Southern Comfort – Text And The City

From Crains Cleveland Business


Southern comfort

The Cincinnati Enquirer profiles a couple Medina entrepreneurs who are getting some traction for their startup in northern Kentucky.

A year ago, the newspaper says, Shawn Blain and Steve Wallack “had a product they thought worked — a hyper-local mobile app that connects users with businesses and events in their own neighborhoods. But they needed more funding, more research, and the talent and technology to finish it.”

They found it in the UpTech business accelerator program based at Northern Kentucky University.

“Nearly a year after entering the program, Blain and Wallack are preparing to launch their ‘Text and the City’ app by June 1,” The Enquirer reports. “They’ve also found a home here. Their company is now based in Newport, and the app will focus on northern Kentucky neighborhoods (with a Cincinnati version coming next year).”

Ms. Blain tells the newspaper that UpTech connected them with experts in the community (including former executives at Procter & Gamble) and gave them access to the tech expertise of NKU students, which proved vital to finishing the app.

Their business was one of eight companies that each received up to $100,000 in seed money to develop their fledgling tech companies into viable business ventures at UpTech.

The newspaper reports that UpTech “will begin accepting applications for the second round on April 16, and online seminars will be offered between now and then for interested applicants.” Last year’s inaugural round drew 157 qualified applicants; organizers hope to double that number this year.


Study: More than 77 Million Using Mobile Apps to Find Local Information

By Greg Sterling – Greg Sterling is the founding principal of Sterling Market Intelligence (SMI),

I only just posted on the comScore-15 Miles-Neustar local search study. However this morning the Local Search Association (LSA) offered a generous preview of its own local search study, focusing on mobile. More findings from this study will be presented at the upcomingLocal Search Association conference.

While much of the data in the LSA’s “Mobile Landscape Report” are generally consistent with the 15 Miles-Neustar study, there are also some different areas of inquiry and findings.

Among the major drivers of changing user behavior documented in the report is the rise of multi-device ownership. Almost 40% of smartphone owners now have other “connected devices” as well.

PC vs. other device share of web traffic

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