Goodbye Parse. Now, Apple’s CloudKit vs. Google’s Firebase vs. Kinvey?
Well, today Parse announced that they will be shutting down completely by the end of 2016. When they were acquired by Facebook in 2013, many were concerned. Acquisitions often don’t end well. I guess those folks were correct. We have a difficult announcement to make. Beginning today we’re winding down the Parse service, and Parse…Read More
Ready for the Thumb Tribe?
If you’re building a consumer experience, I hope you’re familiar with the Thumb Tribe because that is where your future customers are. I’m sure you’ve noticed that the younger generations are heavy mobile users, but you may not be aware of how extreme it is unless you’ve looked at your users’ demographics and analytics lately. These two screenshots are from…Read More
Hiring Engineers for a Funded Stealth Mobile Startup
Roulston Research Search and Social Media Conference Call with Former Yahoo and Double Click Executives
On August 16th, Roulston Research held a Search and Social Media conference call to discuss trends in the industry and answer various questions from the attending investors. Larry Cornett of Brilliant Forge (VP of Consumer Products for Yahoo! Search in a former life) was one of the presenters, and Jeff Marcus was the other. He…Read More
Shoshin Project Video Interview with Larry Cornett: Search Should Beware of Social Media
I was in NYC last week and had the pleasure of speaking with the folks from The Shoshin Project about the current trends within the Tech industry. Specifically, we talked a lot about the impact of social media and how it could potential disrupt traditional information retrieval (i.e., Web Search). I believe that social media’s popularity and technology may push aside traditional search by helping users tame the information overload beast that the “stream” has become.Read More
Apple iPhone 4 Antenna Conundrum
There have been a lot of discussions over the past couple of days about an antenna issue with the new Apple iPhone 4. Mine isn’t here yet (grumble), so I have to rely on what others have been experiencing. But, apparently, if you hold the new iPhone in such a way that your hand bridges…Read More