Mobile and the ‘internet of things’

mobileTech Thursday, by Steve Guengerich I just returned from GigaOM’s annual Mobilize conference, held Monday and Tuesday this week, at the UCSF Mission Bay conference center in San Francisco. With this week’s post, I wanted to focus on two sessions that caught my interest as a potential area of opportunity for Austin’s mobile entrepreneurs. The [...]

China, Austin and Mobile Development

mobileTechTuesday, by Steve Guengerich Yesterday, Austin-headquartered Digby announced that, leading Chinese specialty retailer of fashionable and contemporary apparel, had selected Digby to launch a mobile optimized website for before year’s end. Digby’s partnership is a microcosm of the greater opportunity that Austin mobile developers and app makers should be thinking about with respect [...]

ICanHazATXStartupWeek? It’s a Wrap!

mobileTechTuesday by Steve Guengerich Last week, September 6-10, was ATX Startup Week (that A, for Austin, TX y’all). Championed by Jacqueline Hughes and directly inspired by Boulder Startup Week, a robust programming schedule was built around Capital Factory’s 2011 Demo Day, with support from a number of anchor sponsors. A few personal observations from the [...]

Tech Elephant Mating Fosters New Mobile Species

mobileTechThursday, by Steve Guengerich What a week, huh? First Google buys Motorola Mobility. Then, slipped in there quietly, Time Warner Cable buys Insight.  And finally, HP announces that it’s getting out of the PC business, ceding mobile to Apple and letting Dell battle Lenovo and the other APAC manufacturers for what’s left of the laptop [...]

An Update on Austin Tech Accelerators

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich A couple of items that recently crossed my desk inspired today’s post. The first item was a wonderful list of incubator/accelerator programs, sorted by their respective deadline dates for participation, from the team at Launch. My own firm, Appconomy, had the opportunity to work with the Launch team and conference [...]


mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich Yes, I know it’s mid-July. Summertime is in full swing. The heat is hot and the rain is not in Austin. The next “official” US holiday, Labor Day, is a nearly seven weeks away on September 5 – an eternity in mobi time. But, my friend, there’s no time like [...]

Mobile Alchemy Makes 20

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich It was good to see the announcement in Austin’s paper of record, the Statesman, today about the launch of Catapult Systems‘ mobile business. Last Thursday, at the Austin Tech Happy Hour, I caught up with founder and CEO Sam Goodner for a few minutes and he talked about Mobile Alchemy [...]

The ABCs of Mobile PCI

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich One of the things that they teach you in B-school strategy class is SWOT analysis. SWOT (pronounced “swat”) is an acronym standing for Strengths – Weaknesses – Opportunities – Threats. One of the things you learn relatively early is that externalities like government regulations and industry certifications are often threats [...]

Without Chips, Mobile Is Nothing

mobileTech Tuesday, by Steve Guengerich As I was on my way to pick up my Monday morning coffee at 6am, I had an audio double-take when I heard this exchange on the morning news report between the KUT anchor and a reporter from the Austin Business Journal about chipmaker Altera Corp’s announced intentions to move [...]

Have I Got a Pizza for You! An Unscientific Survey of Austin Mobile Deals

mobileTech Tuesday by Steve Guengerich As the supremacy of the freemium app and appcommerce business models over the fee-based, paid apps becomes more evident every month, deals have become among the most hotly contested mobile app categories. Given the heat of competition and that one of the hotter Austin-headquartered ventures WhaleShark Media is a deals-oriented [...]