October 2011

While I’ve been trying to ramp up the running after coming from back-to-back Achilles injuries, it just wasn’t enough to keep the Consort team competitive in the Startup Challenge at Fleetly. A team of one against other teams with more than one was dragging us down. But today, Dominic and his mega miles joined in, bringing us up to first place! We also welcomed another team player, Emily J. Now if I can just coerce more of the team to join in… hmmm 😉

I’ve given props to King.com before in this blog, as they’ve been enjoying skyrocketing traffic with their new proprietary social games, like Bubble Witch Saga and Mahjong Saga, and that you can play on Facebook, the web, and on mobile devices.  This week, they had a lot of great news to share.


Here’s the summary:

  • King.com has surpassed one billion game plays per month
  • The company is one of the Top 10 Facebook Games Developers in the world (in fact, they are #4, surpassing Playdom, according to AppData)
  • A new office in San Francisco was opened, heralded by a welcoming 4.2 earthquake (we know how to make people feel welcome in the Bay Area)
  • A new mobile development studio in Romania
  • A hot new hire, Jong Woo, former President of Gamelab (best known for “Diner Dash” and “Jojo’s Fashion Show”)
Keep your eyes on King.com.  They’re on a roll and we’re very honored to be part of their winning team since 2006.

With more than 2.5 million downloads on Android, today Astrid brings its leading social productivity app to the iPhone.  Astrid lets you update your To Do lists via email, text and voice as it provides you with statistics on the whether your tasks are active, completed, inspiring others to finish a job or simply something you’ve supported with comments.

I’m so excited, as I can now use Astrid to gently poke and prod my peeps with Astrid’s playful reminders that will make the team smile as they get things done (I’m sure they’ll enjoy it more than my barrage of emails at all hours of the day and night).  You see, it’s one thing to set up your own to-do list.  But it’s another thing when you also rely on others to get things done.  Have you reviewed that press release yet?  Queued it up on PR Newswire?  Have you guys pitched the release to x, y, and z?  Now I can set up my list of To Do’s for the team and see who’s been naughty and who’s been nice.  Of course, the team can also see when I’ve been slacking off and falling behind on my list as well (hmmm, better make this post short as I gotta get back to my Astrid list…).

Astrid is backed by Google Ventures, Jump Ventures and Nexus Venture Partners and is available at www.astrid.com.  Follow them on Twitter at @weloveastrid.

Photographer: Frank C. Müller

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Calling all hustlers, hackers and entrepreneurs – you’re invited to the Fleetly Startup Challenge

While we all love working at a startup and enjoy trying to make a difference in the world, we know it’s challenging and sometimes all consuming. As Paul Graham said, “what a startup (bootstrapped or not) takes is 100% of your performance, not 100% of your time. And optimizing for performance means spending some time on maintenance.” So here’s our chance to get the startup community in shape, have a little competitive fun, and promote a good cause.

The details:

  • Competition runs from October 25th to December 15th
  • Register in teams of 2-6 people on Fleetly (if you’re bigger than that, make more teams)
  • Log all exercises and workouts for points
  • The team with the most points at the end wins $500 being given in their name to Right to Play, a charity that improves the lives of children in disadvantaged areas through the power of sport.

There are going to be a few extra prizes for the winners, as well as something for all the teams that pass a set threshold, (Fleetly is keeping that secret for now) so get out there do some push-ups and go for a run in the park before the snow starts falling.

Fleetly also would like to encourage everyone to help make that $500 donation turn into a $2,000 donation by adding to the prize money on our Right to Play fundraiser site, which you can link to through the challenge page. They know many startups are bootstrapped right now but this really is a great organization that is making a big difference in people’s lives.

Sign up your team now Fleetly Startup Challenge

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