May 2014

Dean Karnazes runs while Marc Hardy of Paofit and Jon Swartz of USA Today look on

Dean Karnazes runs while Marc Hardy of Paofit and Jon Swartz of USA Today look on

Last week we welcomed Marc Hardy, CEO and co-founder of Paofit, to both San Francisco and New York.  We started the week with a demo of the app, which works with your treadmill and lets you run real routes in real locations like the Virgin Money London Marathon, Sequoia National Forest and Bali. The speed of the video matches your running speed as the app uses the accelerometer in your iPad or iPhone to determine how fast you are running.  And because it’s essentially a virtual world, you can even run with friends in real time – you’ll see their avatar in the app! This short video shows nicely how it works.

First up was a demonstration of the app with NY Times best-selling author and ultra-runner, Dean Karnazes, running on a treadmill in SF, and Hugh Brasher, director of the Virgin Money London Marathon running in London.  The two ran together, live, on the London Marathon course and enjoyed a bit of a race along the way.

Here’s the story in USA Today:  Paofit wants to turn dreadmill into treadmil again

Marc also met with reporters in New York, accompanied by our own April Mayrath.  You can catch her in the background on the NY1 News clip as she demonstrates the app on the treadmill.

Download the app now and give it a spin.  It will make dreadmill running, I mean, treadmill running, so much more enjoyable!

S4-White-Frost_SetUp_3_ContactsFreedomPop also launches new OTT (over-the-top) Android app that provides free calls, texts and voicemail to the millions of U.S. Android device users

FreedomPop, America’s free mobile service company, today announced its official shift to Sprint’s LTE network with the launch of its LTE phone lineup including the Samsung Victory, Galaxy S3, and the Galaxy S4. All new LTE devices will come with the same free service that hundreds of thousands of Americans already enjoy, which includes 500 MB of data, 200 voice calls and 500 texts free each month.

In addition, the company also announced the launch of its new “Unlimited Everything” plan for $20 per month providing unlimited talk, text and data. Free tethering will also be included on all new LTE phones so that they can easily and affordably be used as hotspots as well. After 1GB of data has been used for the month, LTE speeds will be limited to 3G speeds.

The company also announced the launch of its free, over-the-top (OTT) communications app on Android. The app allows any android user to take advantage of FreedomPop’s free voice and text services, while providing a new phone number, voice calls and texts – free. It is also the first OTT app that will allow users to port an existing number. Get the new Android app here http://fpop.co/app.

“Now that we have complete access to the most expansive wireless network, we are able to fully upgrade our device portfolio to the high-end smartphones that our customers want,” said Steven Sesar, FreedomPop’s COO.

The high-end Samsung smartphones join the growing list of mobile phones and devices available to FreedomPop users since its launch including the iPhone 5 and a number of other Android smartphones and wifi hotspots. To order one of the newly offered Samsung phones on FreedomPop and to sign up for service now, go to http://www.freedompop.com

Coverage Highlights

CNET
Free phone service FreedomPop unveils $20 ‘Unlimited’ plan
By Lance Whitney
May 22, 2014
http://www.cnet.com/news/free-phone-service-freedompop-unveils-20-dollar-unlimited-plan/

FierceWireless
Sprint MVNO FreedomPop launches $20 LTE plan, adds Samsung phones to lineup
By Phil Goldstein
May 22, 2014
http://www.fiercewireless.com/story/sprint-mvno-freedompop-launches-20-lte-plan-adds-samsung-phones-lineup/2014-05-22

TWICE
FreedomPop Expands LTE, Adds Unlimited Everything Plan
By Joseph Pelanchar
May 22, 2014
http://www.twice.com/news/smartphones/freedompop-expands-lte-adds-unlimited-everything-plan/45366

GigaOm
FreedomPop joins the ranks of carriers offering limited “unlimited” data plans
By Kevin Fitchard
May 22, 2014
https://gigaom.com/2014/05/22/freedompop-joins-the-ranks-of-carriers-offering-limited-unlimited-data-plans/

Engadget
$20 FreedomPop ‘Unlimited Everything’ plan includes 1GB of Sprint LTE, limits
By Zach Honig
May 22, 2014
http://www.engadget.com/2014/05/22/freedompop-unlimited-everything

The Next Web
FreedomPop approaches 250000 subscribers for its free mobile service
By Josh Ong
May 23, 2014
http://thenextweb.com/insider/2014/05/23/freedompop-approaches-250000-subscribers-free-wireless-carrier-service/

PhoneScoop
FreedomPop Adds Three LTE Samsung Phones to Lineup
By Eric Zeman
May 22, 2014
http://www.phonescoop.com/articles/article.php?a=14113

WirelessWeek
FreedomPop Launches $20 Unlimited Everything Plan, LTE Phones, Android App
By Ben Munson
May 22, 2014
http://www.wirelessweek.com/news/2014/05/freedompop-launches-20-unlimited-everything-plan-lte-phones-android-app

Telecompetitor
FreedomPop unveils new LTE phones, unlimited mobile plan
By Joan E.
May 22, 2014
http://www.telecompaper.com/news/freedompop-unveils-new-lte-phones-new-unlimited-mobile-plan–1015425

Gizmodo
You Can Now Get Totally Free Voice, Texts, and Data on a Galaxy S4
By Ashley Feinberg
May 22, 2014
http://gizmodo.com/you-can-now-get-totally-free-voice-texts-and-data-on-1580021339

MultiChannelNews
FreedomPop Adds LTE Phones To Arsenal
By Jeff Baumgartner
May 22, 2014
http://www.multichannel.com/news/technology/freedompop-adds-lte-phones-arsenal/374712

AndroidPolice
FreedomPop Unveils Free Voice And Text App, New $20 ‘Unlimited’ Plan With Access To Sprint LTE, And More
By Bert King
May 22, 2014
http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/05/22/new-app-freedompop-unveils-free-voice-text-app-new-20-unlimited-plan-access-sprint-lte/

Texas’ leading early-stage tech VC, LiveOak Venture Partners, announced this morning that it has closed the largest tech VC fund in recent TX history. As its inaugural fund, the all-senior VC team is aiming to close the disparity between capital availability and level of entrepreneurship in the nation’s second largest tech employment and innovation market.

The firm’s founding partners have a collective 40 years of experience, have created more than $1.5 billion of enterprise value and hail from Austin Ventures – breaking away to focus on one of TX richest resources, early stage tech startups. They are now seeking to create opportunity for TX and Silicon Valley investors by bridging the resource gap between the two.

Here’s a sample of some of the early morning coverage with even more still anticipated. Congratulations to Consort Partners’ newest client and the team!

Wall Street Journal
LiveOak Venture Partners Closes First Fund To Boost Investments In Texas
By Deb Gage
May 21, 2014
http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-closes-first-fund-to-boost-investments-in-texas/

Wall Street Journal
The Daily Startup: Tech Startups Compete to Make You Take Your Medicine
By Zoran Basich
May 21, 2014
http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/05/21/the-daily-startup-tech-startups-compete-to-make-you-take-your-medicine/

Dow Jones Venture Wire
LiveOak Venture Partners Closes First Fund To Boost Investments In Texas
By Deb Gage
May 21, 2014
https://pevc.dowjones.com/Article?an=DJFVW00020140521ea5laxo5v&cid=32135016&ctype=ts&pid=32&ReturnUrl=https%3a%2f%2fpevc.dowjones.com%2fArticle%3fan%3dDJFVW00020140521ea5laxo5v%26cid%3d32135016%26ctype%3dts%26pid%3d32

Fortune
LiveOak raises more than $100 million to back Texas startups
By Dan Primack
May 21, 2014
http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-raises-more-than-100-million-to-back-texas-startups/

Reuters peHub
LiveOak Venture Partners beats targets on debut fund with $109 mln
By Chris Witkowsky
May 21, 2014
http://www.pehub.com/2014/05/liveoak-venture-partners-beats-targets-on-debut-fund-with-109-mln/

Dallas Morning News
Austin-based Live Oak Venture Partners is looking for opportunities in Dallas with its $109 million fund
By Hanah Cho
May 21, 2014
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/austin-based-live-oak-venture-partners-is-looking-for-opportunities-in-dallas-with-its-109-million-fund.html/

Austin Business Journal
Tech startup specialist LiveOak Venture Partners closes fund, ready to invest
By Christopher Calnan
May 21, 2014
http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/techflash/2014/05/tech-startup-specialist-liveoak-venture-partners.html

PandDaily
LiveOak Venture Partners raises a $109M fund, deepens Austin’s early stage capital pool
By Michael Carney
May 21, 2014
http://pando.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-raises-a-109m-fund-deepens-austins-early-stage-capital-pool/

TexasTechPulse
LiveOak Venture Partners Raises $109M Venture Fund
By Ben Kuo
May 21, 2014
http://www.texastechpulse.com/liveoak_venture_partners_raises___9m_venture_fund/s-0055147.html

VatorNews
LiveOak Venture Partners closes $109M fund
By Steven Loeb
May 21, 2014
http://vator.tv/news/2014-05-21-liveoak-venture-partners-closes-109m-fund

Veooz
LiveOak Venture Partners beats targets on debut fund with $109 mln
May 21, 2014
http://www.veooz.com/news/sHCaQxB.html

WN.com
Austin-based Live Oak Venture Partners is looking for opportunities in Dallas with its $109 million fund
May 21, 2014
http://article.wn.com/view/2014/05/21/Austinbased_Live_Oak_Venture_Partners_is_looking_for_opportu/

Latest VC News
LiveOak Venture Partners raises a $109M fund, deepens Austin’s early stage capital pool
May 21, 2014
http://latestvcnews.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-raises-a-109m-fund-deepens-austins-early-stage-capital-pool/

Texas’ leading early-stage tech VC, LiveOak Venture Partners, announced this morning that it has closed the largest tech VC fund in recent TX history. As its inaugural fund, the all-senior VC team is aiming to close the disparity between capital availability and level of entrepreneurship in the nation’s second largest tech employment and innovation market.

The firm’s founding partners have a collective 40 years of experience, have created more than $1.5 billion of enterprise value and hail from Austin Ventures – breaking away to focus on one of TX richest resources, early stage tech startups. They are now seeking to create opportunity for TX and Silicon Valley investors by bridging the resource gap between the two.

Here’s a sample of some of the early morning coverage with even more still anticipated.  Congratulations to Consort Partners’ newest client and the team!

Wall Street Journal
LiveOak Venture Partners Closes First Fund To Boost Investments In Texas
By Deb Gage
May 21, 2014
http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-closes-first-fund-to-boost-investments-in-texas/

Wall Street Journal
The Daily Startup: Tech Startups Compete to Make You Take Your Medicine
By Zoran Basich
May 21, 2014
http://blogs.wsj.com/venturecapital/2014/05/21/the-daily-startup-tech-startups-compete-to-make-you-take-your-medicine/

Dow Jones Venture Wire
LiveOak Venture Partners Closes First Fund To Boost Investments In Texas
By Deb Gage
May 21, 2014
https://pevc.dowjones.com/Article?an=DJFVW00020140521ea5laxo5v&cid=32135016&ctype=ts&pid=32&ReturnUrl=https%3a%2f%2fpevc.dowjones.com%2fArticle%3fan%3dDJFVW00020140521ea5laxo5v%26cid%3d32135016%26ctype%3dts%26pid%3d32

Fortune
LiveOak raises more than $100 million to back Texas startups
By Dan Primack
May 21, 2014
http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-raises-more-than-100-million-to-back-texas-startups/

Reuters peHub
LiveOak Venture Partners beats targets on debut fund with $109 mln
By Chris Witkowsky
May 21, 2014
http://www.pehub.com/2014/05/liveoak-venture-partners-beats-targets-on-debut-fund-with-109-mln/

Dallas Morning News
Austin-based Live Oak Venture Partners is looking for opportunities in Dallas with its $109 million fund
By Hanah Cho
May 21, 2014
http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2014/05/austin-based-live-oak-venture-partners-is-looking-for-opportunities-in-dallas-with-its-109-million-fund.html/

Austin Business Journal
Tech startup specialist LiveOak Venture Partners closes fund, ready to invest
By Christopher Calnan
May 21, 2014
http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/techflash/2014/05/tech-startup-specialist-liveoak-venture-partners.html

PandDaily
LiveOak Venture Partners raises a $109M fund, deepens Austin’s early stage capital pool
By Michael Carney
May 21, 2014
http://pando.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-raises-a-109m-fund-deepens-austins-early-stage-capital-pool/

TexasTechPulse
LiveOak Venture Partners Raises $109M Venture Fund
By Ben Kuo
May 21, 2014
http://www.texastechpulse.com/liveoak_venture_partners_raises___9m_venture_fund/s-0055147.html

VatorNews
LiveOak Venture Partners closes $109M fund
By Steven Loeb
May 21, 2014
http://vator.tv/news/2014-05-21-liveoak-venture-partners-closes-109m-fund

Veooz
LiveOak Venture Partners beats targets on debut fund with $109 mln
May 21, 2014
http://www.veooz.com/news/sHCaQxB.html

WN.com
Austin-based Live Oak Venture Partners is looking for opportunities in Dallas with its $109 million fund
May 21, 2014
http://article.wn.com/view/2014/05/21/Austinbased_Live_Oak_Venture_Partners_is_looking_for_opportu/

Latest VC News
LiveOak Venture Partners raises a $109M fund, deepens Austin’s early stage capital pool
May 21, 2014
http://latestvcnews.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/liveoak-venture-partners-raises-a-109m-fund-deepens-austins-early-stage-capital-pool/

 

 

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The team at Dictionary.com wondered whether different cities look up different words and discovered that indeed they do!  Their analytics team looked at the trending data from February to March this year and analzyed the national averages against top looked-up words in specific cities.  You can check out their findings on their blog here – plus several media picked up on the story as well, illustrated in our coverage collage above.