February 6, 2016
It's the morning after a long night of indulgence, and you're feeling like a slug. Coffee can't clear the cobwebs or rouse your spirits, let alone work off the excess poundage. Whom you gonna call - or, more accurately, summon on a smartphone app - for help? The gut-busters of WeTrain, Philadelphia-based personal trainers on call "when and where you want it" to jump-start the heart and pump you up. "You're doing great! That's it! Just two more!" WeTrain's Mitch Brudy said with enthusiasm, leading a private pep rally last weekend at this writer's abode.
December 9, 2015
Complaining that Uber deliberately disconnected them from the mobile app that links them to customers, about 50 angry Uber limousine drivers thronged Tuesday outside Uber's offices near Philadelphia International Airport, demanding compensation for lost fares. The drivers, affiliated with the company's limousine division known as UberBlack, had gathered for a meeting around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday at the airport holding parking lot where limo drivers wait to pick up riders at the airport.
September 29, 2015
E THAN KEISER, 24, of Powelton Village, is founder of StudyTree, a mobile app that connects college students for on-demand peer tutoring. The student-to-student solution creates a marketplace enabling students to either make money as a tutor or save money as a student. The University Platform allows universities to manage their own tutors on a budget and provide students with flexible tutoring options. Keiser, a 2015 Drexel graduate, founded StudyTree in January. Q: How did you come up with the idea?
July 24, 2015 |
WITH JUST TWO months to go until showtime, the World Meeting of Families team yesterday announced the release of its mobile app - "Go Philadelphia!" - and the addition of a family friendly film festival that will coincide with the faith-based congress. The "Go Philadelphia!" app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple and Android devices, provides tourists with maps, schedules and places to visit in the greater Philadelphia area from Sept. 18, the Friday before the World Meeting of Families begins, to Sept.
July 24, 2015 |
Pack 1.5 million people into a one-mile stretch of Philadelphia and there could be some issues with cell service. With Pope Francis coming to highlight the World Meeting of Families in late September, Philadelphia's thousands of visitors will need information at their fingertips, from where to find the nearest restaurant to the closing time of a museum. Anticipating swelling crowds and huge demands on bandwidth, the World Meeting of Families has created the "Go Philadelphia!" mobile app in partnership with IBM. The app, announced Wednesday by Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families, is already available free on the Apple App Store and Google Plus.
July 1, 2015 |
A fund-raiser rallying Latinos to donate to the World Meeting of Families was announced Monday to help meet the $45 million goal for the event that is bringing Pope Francis, the first Latino pope, to Philadelphia in September. Varsovia Fernandez, president of the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said a meeting with Latino leaders and business owners inspired creation of an online site and a mobile app for donations. The objective is to encourage at least 100,000 Latino donors to contribute at least $5 each.
February 24, 2015
C ANDACE V. MITCHELL, 27, of West Philadelphia, is co-founder & CEO of Myavana, a North Philly startup offering personalized hair service for women of color. Users send in a hair sample for lab analysis, and Myavana recommends products based on the results. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Myavana? A: I've had issues managing my hair. I majored in computer science at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, wanted to be an entrepreneur and thought about my issues as a consumer.
February 3, 2015
Y ASMINE MUSTAFA, 32, of University City, and Anthony Gold, 49, of West Chester, co-founded Roar for Good, a University City firm aimed at empowering women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. The startup is part of DreamIt Athena, a female-focused entrepreneur program by DreamIt Ventures. I spoke with Mustafa, the CEO. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Roar? A: A woman was raped a block from my apartment shortly after I came back from a trip to South America last year.
January 9, 2015
ALLISON BERLINER, 30, of Center City, is co-founder & CEO of SpotItBuyIt, which helps small retailers sell more via Instagram with a mobile app. Berliner, a 2013 Wharton MBA, co-founded the startup - which launched in a trial phase called beta in November - with chief technology officer Roopak Majmudar, 33, of University City. I spoke with Berliner. Q: How did you come up with the idea for SpotItBuyIt? A: We'd been working with small retailers and kept hearing the word Instagram and they really wanted help on converting mobile traffic [on]
November 10, 2014
C HRISTOPHER CAPORALE, 21, of Havertown, is a St. Joseph's University junior and founder of Waterless Works, a water-free mobile car-wash business. The new, five-person startup allows customers to schedule a car wash at a time/place that's convenient. It says each of its car washes saves 38 gallons of water, and for every car wash completed five gallons of clean water is donated to WaterisLife, a charity that provides clean drinking water to families in Ghana, Kenya and India. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?