Here’s something the Boston startup scene likes to agonize over: Can we ever become a big consumer tech player like Silicon Valley?
Greater Boston has its share of big consumer tech companies, like iRobot, TripAdvisor, Wayfair and even CarGurus, which could eventually go public. But while these companies bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, their influence is nothing close to those of consumer giants on the West Coast: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter.Read More
via BUSINESS INSIDER: Apple’s native over-the-top (OTT) messaging app, iMessage, could be the most-used messaging platform for US teens, according to a comparative analysis by Fam messaging app CEO Giuseppe Stuto.
Using a collection of sources from the same period — April 2016 — the analysis estimates that US youth between the ages of 10 and 19 average 25 iMessages each day.
That’s compared to 14 messages over Facebook Messenger, and 8 snaps on Snapchat. The estimates propose that while Apple is often left out of the chat app ecosystem, it could be the most used platform and one of the best for brands and developers to reach US consumers.Read More
via FORBES: Over the past year or so, our company has taken a ride on every possible rollercoaster you can think of -- from reorganizing our team and iterating on new products to being in the red with cash/liabilities and raising a round of funding in the two weeks leading up to the holidays. As with every startup story you’ve ever heard, just when you think it’s getting easy, it gets harder than you would ever think.
Having raised about $4 million in three rounds of financing from angel and VC investors, we are now into our fourth year of the company and are yet again reaching a unique fork in the road: determining who the best partner(s) will be to help break through our next set of milestones.Read More
via BOSTON GLOBE: Fam, a social video app launched in December by local startup Smack Inc., has enjoyed explosive growth, with five million users already signed up. Fam lets users conduct simultaneous video chats with multiple friends or family members. One reason for its sudden popularity? Fam operates within the iPhone’s iMessage app, putting it instantly within reach of an enormous audience. But Fam’s founders are still trying to figure out how to turn its popularity into profits.Read More
via BOSTINNO: Their disappointment was loud and clear. Apple had just finished its big WWDC presentation last week on Monday, June 5, and it became apparent that the West Coast tech giant wasn't going to release a feature for iPhone that many fans were clamoring for: group FaceTime. One user on Twitter summed up this sense of injustice, which has since been retweeted over 1,000 times. The ability to use Apple's mobile video chat software with multiple people at once seemed like a simple request, to the point where multiple tech blogs teased a potential announcement coming from Apple. But it never came. The thing is, there actually is a "group FaceTime" app available on iPhone — it's just not made by Apple. The app is called FamRead More
via TECHCRUNCH: The iMessage App Store may have its struggles, but one app aimed at bringing group video chat into the iMessage experience is reportedly taking off. Boston-based Smack, the company behind the video chat app called Fam, has raised $1.8 million in funding from a range of investors for its top 25 Social Networking app on the App Store that allows groups to chat with one another via iMessage with just a few taps.Read More
via THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: Fam, launched in December 2016, reached a million downloads within 12 days, says co-founder and chief executive Giuseppe Stuto. These apps make sense now in part because more teens than ever have access to smartphones. In 2015, Pew Research Center (continued)Read More