As a Los Angeles native, I’ll never get used to summertime in San Francisco. The Lovin’ Spoonful wasn’t referring to the City by the Bay when they sang “Hot town, summer in the city.”
San Franciso’s cold, it’s foggy, and it’s baseball season so everyone around me is wearing Giants apparel. Don’t they know the Dodgers are better (as usual) this year??
And that I’ve likely alienated half of the audience, I figured I’d recap some of the interesting things some of our Clement | Peterson clients have been up to in the past couple months. Summer certainly hasn’t slowed things down this year. On the contrary, we’ve begun working with new companies that just about cover the full spectrum of technology (from Motorola Solutions to Iterate Studio to Hootoo to Looksery to Wakie, the latter of which we think you’re going to want to try out tomorrow morning).
Among several new companies we’ve welcomed this summer is Motorola Solutions, who brought us on to work on RhoMobile, an app development tool suite the Illinois-based company acquired in 2011. A successful launch of the 5.0 version of the product saw widespread coverage, including writeups in key developer-centric publications like Application Development Trends, ProgrammableWeb, InfoQ, and Software Development Times.
Web host extraordinaire DreamHost earned PC Magazine’s 2014 Business Choice Award for its web hosting services. Apparently people like low cost hosting and awesome customer service, who knew? The company also continues its OpenStack leadership, with both The New Stack and Data Center Knowledge covering the latest from the Los Angeles company.
Fellow LA-headquartered tech company Liferay continues to generate press for its interesting company culture and history, this time getting profiled by ZD Net’s Joe McKendrick. Liferay also continues to add to its flagship enterprise portal, adding a mobile SDK (as reported by Dr. Dobb’s Journal). Website Magazine also featured Liferay’s take on strategizing how businesses should develop for mobile audiences, seen in the publication’s August issue.
New to us this summer is HooToo, a San Jose company that makes some pretty useful gadgets (and we’re not just saying that because they gave us a sample). HooToo’s introduced the new TripMate Elite, an all-in-one router/charger/personal cloud that’s made it on to Univision, The Unofficial Apple Weblog, and other gadget-loving publications.
Also new to Clement | Peterson is Iterate Studio, a digital innovation lab to help retailers compete with the Amazons and Walmarts of the world. Iterate’s June launch was covered in Internet Retailer, where CEO Jon Nordmark also penned thoughts on the growth of innovation labs among online retailers for the publication’s September issue. Elsewhere, co-founder Brian Sathiananthan used Iterate’s software to see how Amazon’s social media campaigns were stacking up (in an exclusive article for Retail Online Integration).
Not new to us is Speaktoit, creator of Android’s top-rated virtual assistant that launched in 2011. Speaktoit continues to gain big momentum, scoring a round of funding (reported in The Wall Street Journal and VentureBeat), getting in on the race to be the “ultimate Siri killer” in a Fast Company article, and partnering with Sharp on its new AQUOS Crystal smart phone.
Opengear continues to lead the way in out-of-band management, earning very positive press from Data Center Knowledge for the company’s 4G LTE integrations.
Last and weirdest, there’s Wakie. Ever wanted a stranger to wake you up in the morning? Or to be able to wake someone up? Wakie’s for you! The September launch of the mobile app is one you’ll have to read to believe. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to do just that, including The Next Web, Mashable and Gizmodo.