Enplug is building a large and advanced network of social billboards in bars, restaurants, cafes and other high traffic venues. The digital screens feature live social media streams that allow people’s Twitter and Facebook posts, Instagram photos and more to appear instantly on the screens. An Enplug device can turn any TV into a live social feed and more.
Flickflyer is a marketplace application built on the premise that video just sells better. The app, which is available for iOS and Android, allows users to easily create and post video advertisements for items they’re selling using their smartphone’s camera. The addition of moving pictures and sound creates a more engaging experience and makes ecommerce more human. As Flickflyer puts it, the startup provides a video platform for buying and selling when photos just aren’t enough.
September brings us the International Day of Peace on the 21st of the month, marking its 30th anniversary with this year’s theme of “Right of the Peoples to Peace,” which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Cartoon icon Scooby Doo, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Olympian Jesse Owens and HG Wells were all born in September. The New York Times was first published in September 1851, and Google was incorporated in 1998. And, in the words of poet Helen Hunt Jackson, “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
Fanchimp is fast and easy social media marketing for small and medium businesses. The tool integrates your favorite blogs and recommends the best content to share with your followers. The startup was founded in Santiago de Chile, South America while attending StartupChile, a six month startup incubator program run by the Chilean government.
John Courtney is founder and CEO of Endao, a platform for building Business Process Management (BPM) software that radically changes the design and deployment experience for the better. The Endao platform allows you to build powerful BPM applications quickly and cost effectively.
Social media platforms are where people go to get information and help from (and sometimes to complain about) the brands they do business with. Until recently, the designers of social engagement tools have primarily focused on marketing functions, not customer service or the increasing demand for support. HelpSocial, a Rackspace Startup Program member founded by two former Rackers, hopes to change that with its social engagement platform built specifically to provide customer service on social networks such as Twitter and Facebook.
August brings us Dream Day on the 28th, inspired by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963. IBM unveiled its first Personal Computer this month in 1981. The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton; chef and TV star Julia Child; The Star Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key; and professional wrestler Hulk Hogan were all born in August. And in the words of singer, songwriter Garth Brooks, “That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice.”
Artifact Uprising is an internet-based startup that wants to free your photos from the confines of your smartphone or tablet and bring them back into the physical world. The startup is known for a suite of tangible products for digital photos that is beautiful in its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Its signature products include Instagram-friendly photo books with interior pages printed on 100 percent recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine.