We now have 25 awesome companies in the tablet space lined up to present at the LAUNCH 'PAD tablet event on Oct. 21. Here's the list:
- Trey Ratcliff, founder, Stuck in Customs, Stuck on Earth app.
- Christophe Ramstein, CTO, Immersion
- James Currier, executive chairman, Jiff Inc., JiffPad app
- Kiran Bellubbi, CEO, 955 Dreams (Band of the Day, History of Jazz)
- Kara Nortman, GM, UrbanSpoon, Rezbook app
- Taek Chung, GM, MoboTap, Dolphin browser
- Peter Ciccotto, director of product, and Dan Holly Wells, senior developer, Idea Flight app, Condé Nast
- Arvind Mishra, senior director of product management, eHarmony
- David Temkin, head of AOL Mobile, Editions
- Aya Zook, senior product manager, Bing
- Danfung Dennis, CEO, ConditionOne
- Michael Nusimow, CEO, Drchrono
- Osman Rashid, CEO, Kno
- Ryan Stoner, CEO, MoPix (Transcendant Man)
- Ole Lutjens, chief creative officer, MX
- Robb Myer, CEO, NoWait
- Mark Hall, CEO of Remixation, Showyou app
- Vince Baskerville, co-founder, TripLingo
- Joe Robins, community evangelist, Unity Technologies
- Mark Johnson, CEO, Zite
- Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
- Woody Sears, founder of zuuka (Smurf book)
- Jason Baptiste, CEO, OnSwipe
- Michael Mullany, CEO, Sencha
- Amit Jardosh, co-founder, UberSense
Screen shots and contact info below. Get to know these companies right now, try out their apps and start following them.
[ Trey's 100 Cameras in 1 app. ]
Trey Ratcliff is best known for his photography blog StuckInCustoms.com, his massive following on Google+ (260K+ followers) and the iOS app 100 Cameras in 1. His work first became popular after he had the honor of having the first HDR (high dynamic range) photo ever to hang in the Smithsonian. Since then he has been featured on the BBC, ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC, and has had numerous showings around the world. Trey's background is in computer science and math.
You can touch and turn objects by swiping your tablet, but how about feeling the string of a guitar vibrate as you strum or a machine gun blast in your favorite game? Those kinds of effects are possible with haptics technology, and Immersion leads innovation in this field with over 1,200 issued or pending patents. Founded in 1993, Immersion went public in 1999 (NASDAQ: IMMR) and has a market cap of $185M.
Product: http://immersion.com/products/motiv/ [ MOTIV Development Platform ]
As CTO at Immersion, Christophe Ramstein leads the company’s global research and development with a focus on haptic innovation, as well as the future of user experience and user value. Before joining Immersion in 2000, Ramstein co-founded Haptic Technologies Inc. Previously, Ramstein was the senior scientist at Industry Canada and created innovative user interfaces for astronauts and the visually impaired. He holds a Master’s degree from the Institute Joseph Fourier and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute in France.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/jiffpad/id460470046?mt=8
James Currier is the Chairman and Chief Evangelist of Jiff Inc, a modular communications framework for the healthcare industry. In 2008, James co-founded WonderHill, a social gaming company, which registered over 30M people and was acquired in late 2010. In 1999, James founded Tickle, which became the 18th largest website in the world and was acquired by Monster.com in 2004. James co-runs Ooga Labs, an investment and incubation company in Palo Alto. He is a graduate of Phillips Exeter, Princeton and Harvard Business School.
App Store: History of Jazz: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-history-jazz-interactive/id411521458?mt=8
Band of the Day: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/band-of-the-day/id459664402?mt=8
Kiran Bellubbi, Founder, CEO, has been building mobile apps since the Palm 3 was released. He was on the team that shipped India’s first handheld computer - the Simputer. As a product person, Kiran is the only person on the planet to have shipped five consecutive app-of-the-weeks into the iOS appStore and one major Android app. He believes that mobile products can transform lives in positive ways when executed right.
Urbanspoon, Rezbook app
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/rezbook/id374982337?mt=8
Kara Nortman is the Senior Vice President of Publishing for CityGrid Media, an IAC owned online media company. She is responsible for overseeing the publisher side of the CityGrid Media’s owned properties, which include consumer sites, Citysearch, Insider Pages and Urbanspoon. Previously, Ms. Nortman served as VP of Mergers and Acquisitions for IAC. Prior to IAC, Ms. Nortman worked for Battery Ventures. Ms. Nortman holds a BA in political science from Princeton University and an MBA from Stanford University.
MoboTap, Dolphin Browser
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dolphin-browser-hd/id460812023?mt=8
Taek is the GM/Head of Business development for the Dolphin Browser, a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 9M downloads in Android. Throughout his career, Taek has contributed to the mobile ecosystem from hardware chip set (Qualcomm) to mobile handset (LG Mobile Handset) to wireless operators (Deutsche Telekom). Taek has had multiple hats in the mobile industry: academic expert on mobile communications systems during his Stanford PhD, business consultant at McKinsey, and advisor to many mobile startups.
Idea Flight, Condé Nast
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/idea-flight/id427659445?mt=8
Dan Holly Wells
Peter Ciccotto, director of product, Idea Flight app, Condé Nast Interactive Products Group
Not counting looseleaf binders full of handwritten BASIC code from 3rd grade, Pete has over 15 years of interactive design, strategy and development experience. As Director of Product with Condé Nast's product innovation team, he helps with tablet apps like Idea Flight while finding directions and platforms where new ideas can be grown. Prior to Condé Nast, he created online and mobile products for everything from Slayer to Huggies to Moviefone to Chanel.
Dan Holly Wells
A senior developer and strategist with Condé Nast's product innovation team, Dan has over 12 years of development experience. While with Condé Nast Digital he worked in the platform development group and on sites like Style.com, Epicurious.com, Concierge.com and Brides.com. Dan helped form Condé Nast's mobile application group architecting and building applications like Gourmet Live, Golf Digest Hot List, Epicurious, Style, as well as the Condé Nast mobile magazine platform.
If you're searching for love online, you want to feel you're in a warm and welcoming environment. Online dating site eHarmony overhauled the experience for its free iPad app, which starts with a virtual cup of coffee and a notebook on a desk, and lays out your matches in pretty folders complete with paper-clipped notes and photos. It's already one of the most profitable social networking apps thanks to in-app purchases of subscriptions.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eharmony-for-ipad-1-trusted/id462914928?mt=8
As head of the Product Management team at eHarmony, Arvind leads the efforts to design and execute new and exciting features onsite and on mobile. Prior to joining eHarmony, Arvind spent five years at Microsoft, where he led product management for key Windows features like the Start Menu, Desktop Search, Media Center and the Aero User Experience. Arvind holds an M.B.A from the Wharton School of Business and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.
Editions delivers a personalized daily magazine to your iPad that feels delightfully like an old-school print publication, with a "cover" and a table of contents. Interestingly, the articles come from a long list of publishers -- not just AOL's own properties -- and cover 15 topics from family to health to technology. In 2005, Google invested $1B in AOL for 5% of the company; AOL's market cap is currently about $1.4B.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/editions-by-aol/id447687307?mt=8
David oversees the direction and execution of AOL’s mobile strategy which includes new, mobile-first experiences for consumers like Edition by AOL and Play by AOL Music as well as mobile extensions for existing AOL properties. Prior to joining AOL, David was at Palm Inc. where he was responsible for developing the strategy and delivering online software to support the company’s webOS developer ecosystem. Before Palm, David founded and served as the chief technology officer of Laszlo Systems, a leading global provider of Rich Internet Application software.
Let's face it, mobile web browsers are not aesthetically pleasing -- but Bing for iPad beautifully displays weather, news, maps and movie listings. The main screen features full-size images from the Bing homepage, and the news tab displays a grid view of text and images. Microsoft, which launched Bing in May 2009 and the iPad version in April 2011, has 14.7% of the search market and a current market cap of about $220B.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bing/id345323231?mt=8
Aya Zook is a senior product manager for Bing at Microsoft. He is focused on building initiatives to drive product engagement for influential communities. Aya joined Microsoft Corp. in 2006, and has worked in the online division, first with MSN then Windows Live and Live Search before Bing. Before joining Microsoft, Aya worked for a web service agency as a project manager. He graduated from the University of Washington where he studied philosophy.
ConditionOne's iPad platform allows visual storytellers to immerse you in the scene you're watching. For example, a demo video takes you to the front lines of Libya's revolution so you can ride in the back of a pickup with guns ablaze and take cover with rebels. ConditionOne CEO Danfung Dennis, director of the award-winning documentary "Hell and Back Again," was inspired to change filmmaking after covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since 2006, Danfung Dennis has covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. His still photographs have been published in Newsweek, TIME, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Danfung directed and filmed his first feature length documentary on the war in Afghanistan, Hell and Back Again, which premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and won the World Cinema Jury Award and the World Cinema Cinematography Award. He is the founder of the immersive video startup Condition ONE.
Electronic health records -- and doctors' productivity -- got a much-needed boost with the iPad. Physicians using Drchrono can kiss traditional paper forms goodbye because the app lets them do everything from getting patients registered to tracking their visits to sending paperless bills and e-prescribing medications (and having them sent straight to the pharmacy). In 2011, Drchrono raised $1.33M in seed funding from investors including Y Combinator, General Catalyst Partners and 500 Startups.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/drchrono-ehr/id369191782?mt=8
Michael has worked as a software engineer since 2000 and has implemented widely used components of the Bloomberg Terminal. Michael has a B.E. in Computer Engineering & Computer Science from Stony Brook University and attended Columbia University in Information Systems. Michael was inspired to work on software to help doctors provide better care to patients after helping his father through an illness and seeing the poor state of software tools available to doctors.
We love the idea of replacing expensive and oftentimes quickly outdated textbooks with e-books for tablets. Kno's iPad versions of 100K textbooks cost 30% to 50% less than their paper counterparts -- and give students new ways to experience learning with social sharing, smart links and even diagrams that turn into multiple-choice quizzes. The Santa Clara-based startup, which initially planned to make its own tablets, recently raised $30M on top of $46M raised in 2010.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/textbooks/id424280183?mt=8
Osman Rashid, is an accomplished entrepreneur and pioneer in education technology. His
first foray into this market was in 2003 as co-founder of Chegg.com, an online textbook rental
service. In 2009, Rashid co-founded and became the CEO of Kno, Inc., a digital textbook tablet and education platform launched in June 2010. Prior to this, Rashid held various founder and executive roles at software companies. Rashid received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from University of Minnesota in 1993 and originates from Pakistan.
Filmmakers need traditional distribution channels less and less, and we're thrilled that MoPix lets them turn their work into gorgeous (paid) iPad apps. The first film released on MoPix is, appropriately, "Transcendent Man," a documentary about legendary futurist Ray Kurzweil that includes typical DVD bonuses like the trailer, extras and photos, all for $9.99. MoPix is bootstrapped but recently received $18K through the Portland Incubator Experiment backed by Wieden + Kennedy.
App Store: [ Transcendent Man ] http://itunes.apple.com/se/app/transcendent-man/id440996001?mt=8
Ryan Stoner spent more than 10 years pioneering new technology, entertainment and brand marketing strategies for huge international companies and small start-ups, helping them better engage with their customers. He launched the strategic division of a branded entertainment agency in LA and founded an iPhone and iPad technology company, In addition to MoPix, Ryan is currently on Advisory Board of 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, a non-profit dedicated to providing entrepreneurial assistance to those from economically distressed and/or disadvantaged communities.
MX, which recently built the tablet prototype for the Neil Young archives, plans to take its rich-content experiences into science education and educational gaming.
Ole Lütjens is Chief Creative Officer and founding partner at MX, a development and design studio specializing in generating and implementing new ideas about technology and content interaction. In 1996 he co-founded the Beta Lounge (betalounge.com), one of the first successful online radio stations, and was the Director of R&D at the Ponton Media Lab, a research group that innovated in Virtual Reality and Interactive Television. Ole holds a masters cum laude in publishing media from the University Of Fine Arts in Hamburg, Germany.
Restaurants that don't accept reservations surely have better wait-list options than pen and paper or clunky pagers, right? That's why we're excited about NoWait, an app that lets restaurants manage their seating from an iPad, texting you when your table is ready and even offering those who opt-in loyalty perks. NoWait raised $300K in seed funding and plans on raising a Series A of $1.5M.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/nowait-host/id404226510?mt=8
NoWait CEO Robb Myer’s excitement with mobile started with his first internship at the Kennedy Space Center working on the Space Shuttle's Communication systems. From there he moved to Agilent Technologies as a wireless application engineer. Prior to starting NoWait Robb served as Director of Solutions Management at Employee Benefits Data Systems, a subsidiary of Highmark BlueCross BlueSheild in Pittsburgh. He holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and an BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida.
How cool would it be to have a Flipboard-type app for video? Well, the guys at Remixation used the underlying technology from their video collecting-and-sharing site Vodpod (recently sold to Lockerz) to make the Showyou app, which displays all the videos your friends are sharing as well as 2D "grids" of videos from "The Daily Show," TED and more. Remixation raised $1M in a Series A from True Ventures in 2007.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/showyou/id422698201?mt=8
Mark Hall is the CEO and a co-founder of Remixation, the startup behind Showyou, a delightful new video app for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Mark has made web and digital media products for almost 20 years, with stints at Microsoft, Corbis, and RealNetworks, and has a long-standing interest in how people find things to watch. Prior to its development of Showyou, Remixation made the video curation service Vodpod.com, which was purchased earlier in the year by Lockerz.
Chances are you won't learn how to say just the right thing in another language -- and avoid looking like an idiot tourist -- from an old-fashioned phrase book. TripLingo teaches you Spanish, French, Italian, and other languages with a customized phrase list, a "slang slider" for saying things formally to colloquially, and flashcards for just $10 an app (take that, Rosetta Stone!). The company raised $50K from friends and family.
App Store: [Spanish edition] http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/triplingo-spanish-essentials/id430197867?mt=8
Vince is the co-founder and VP of Product at TripLingo.com with over a decade of industry experience being a specialist & adrenaline junkie who’s known for creating highly intuitive/engaging digital products. He has had the opportunity to work for educational institutions, creative agencies and startups. At TripLingo his focus is on the overall experience for products spread on various platforms.
If you want to create a game for the iPad or an Android tablet, leading game-development engine Unity Technologies has you covered. Games for the iPad built on Unity include recently released Shadowgun -- currently the hottest game in the App Store -- Air Attack HD and Battle Bears. In July, Unity raised a $12M Series B round led by WestSummit Capital in China and iGlobe Partners in Singapore; it included previous investor Sequoia Capital.
Joe is the Community Evangelist at Unity Technologies and based in Unity's Denmark office. His education focused on 3D art and Game Design at the University of Teesside. Some time after that, Joe landed a job using Unity where he became an active member of the community and worked on various projects, from jet ski games with purple water to a building familiarization tool for Greater Manchester Police HQ.
You want to read what interests you -- but that's not necessarily what's in your social stream. Like Pandora, Zite customizes the articles it delivers in its iPad app based on the interests you give it and how much you enjoyed the articles/publishers it served you from your Twitter, Google Reader, Delicious and Read It Later accounts. We're not surprised CNN acquired the startup in August for a reported $20M-$25M.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zite/id419752338?mt=8&ls=1
Mark was an advisor to Zite for almost two years prior to taking the CEO role. He was instrumental in the pivot from Worio to Zite. He brings a strong product and technology background with experience at several successful search startups: Powerset (natural language search, acquired by Microsoft), Kosmix (categorized search, acquired by Walmart), and SideStep (travel search, acquired by Kayak). Most recently, he led product at Bing in San Francisco.
We love CEO Phil Libin's passion for tablets. Evernote, which lets you save and take note of everything in your life, debuted its iPad app the same day the iPad went on sale in April 2010, and HTC even used Evernote's API to build Evernote directly into Sense, its custom overlay for Android. In July, Evernote raised $50M from Sequoia Capital and Morgenthaler Ventures, then acquired Skitch in August.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8
Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote, which helps millions of people worldwide remember everything of value in their daily lives. Prior to joining Evernote, Phil founded and served as president of CoreStreet, currently one of the top companies providing smart credential and identity management technologies to governments and large corporations worldwide. Previously, Phil was founder and CEO of Engine 5, a leading Boston-based Internet software development company acquired by Vignette Corporation (VIGN) in 2000.
Parents can't keep their kids' hands off their smartphones and tablets, but zuuka's best-selling interactive storybooks for the iPad (published under the name iStoryTime) make everyone smile -- trust us. Many of the books, which range from free to $2.99, tie in to movies like "The Smurfs" and "Shrek Forever." In August, zuuka raised $2M in a Series A led by Frankfurt-based Corporate Finance Partners.
App Store: [ Smurf book ] http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-smurfs-movie-storybook/id449796732?mt=8
Woody founded FrogDogMedia with fellow entrepreneur Graham Farrar, and the company’s iStoryTime digital publishing grew tremendously, leading to a merger with Germany-based zuuka GmbH and resulting in the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s books. Woody previously served as an experienced and entrepreneurial technology sales and marketing executive. He earned an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University and a B.A. from the University of Colorado.
[ Tablet browser version of Slate, which uses OnSwipe. ]
For publishers that don't have the time or money to build an app that makes their content tablet-pretty, OnSwipe's solution, focused on the tablet browser, has become the answer. We're impressed with how quickly the TechStars New York grad has attracted clients like Hearst and Forbes. OnSwipe raised a $5M Series A in June from Spark Capital, Lightbank, Yuri Milner, Lerer Ventures, Betaworks, SV Angel, Morado Ventures, Thrive Capital, and ENIAC Ventures.
Jason Baptiste, CEO of OnSwipe, is currently writing a book on entrepreneurship and is a co-author of On-Startups.
[ Sencha demo of its platform -- U.S. energy visualization available here. ]
Open the browser on your tablet and visit a site that looks and feels like a native app? Totally possible if you use Sencha's platform for developing a mobile web app -- Android and iOS supported -- which is what wowed us and clearly attracted top-notch clients from Amazon to Harvard Business School to the U.S. Army. Sequoia Capital led Sencha's $14M Series A round in June 2010.
Michael is the interim CEO and marketing head for Sencha. Prior to Sencha, he was a product marketer and executive at influential Silicon Valley startups Netscape, Loudcloud and VMware. At virtualization leader VMware, he served as the vice president of worldwide marketing during its break-out into server computing. Most recently, he was VP marketing & products for startups Engine Yard and Peakstream (acquired by Google). He has an MBA from Stanford University and a BA in economics from Harvard College.
Every athlete -- and serious amateur -- wants to know how to improve their technique so they can win. UberSense has started by targeting golfers and baseball players with its amazing SwingReader apps that let them record and analyze their swing; the iPad version adds the sweet extras of comparing two videos, storing notes in the video and measuring swing tempo. The company is a finalist at MassChallenge 2011, a startup competition and accelerator.
App Store: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/swingreader-golf-swing-analysis/id355407084?mt=8
Amit is the co-founder of UberSense, a startup developing novel mobile solutions for athletes and coaches to video-analyze bio-mechanics and game tactics. Before UberSense, he managed pricing and yield within Yahoo!'s display ad marketplaces organization; conducted research at Intel labs, Nokia labs, Citrix Online; and got his PhD in Computer Science from UC Santa Barbara. Amit is originally from Mumbai, was elected chairperson of the student council in college, played competitive ping-pong, and is now trying hard to improve his golf skills.