[TECH] DramaFever gets acquired by SoftBank

It’s amazing to see how much KPOP and Korean Culture has gained influence and a fan base following around the world. DramaFever, a company that specializes in the distribution of Asian Media Content, such as Korean Dramas, was founded in 2009. Based out of New York City, the company seems have come a long way since its first opening. Through innovation and connectivity through Technology, DramaFever has been able to mark its territory as one of the premiere video streaming services for all things Asian Content.

I cannot be more thrilled for them and hope that they can continue their success under the SoftBank umbrella. Technology enables innovation and it’s also a bonus to see some KPOP help influence the success of a company as well.

Best of luck to you guys and keep up the good work!

DramaFever article courtesy of VentureBeat.

SoftBank to buy online video giant DramaFever

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36 Rockstar Women in NYC Tech Scene

Long overdue post…figured it would be best to start blogging again and share what I read. Recently just saw this Business Inside article about the top 36 Rockstar Women in the NYC Tech Scene. Working at a startup, you get to witness the ups and downs of a fast-paced environment. With the dawn of startups and tech, it’s amazing to see women get some spotlight in the Tech Scene, especially in New York City.

These women are sharp, innovative, and just down right deserve all the accolades they receive. Their stories are truly inspirational and I hope that all those out there who want to make a difference in this world, whether starting a non-profit or for profit company, can learn a few things from these women along the way. Innovation leads to success, and I really commend the women on this list.


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[TECH] Should Silicon Valley Be Scared of Asia’s Exploding Messaging Apps?

It’s been awhile since my last post, apologies! 

Today, I thought I would share some insight regarding an interesting article I read via WallStreetJournal. The article discussed about the exploding Mobile Messaging scene that is happening in Asia. With the three powerhouses: WeChat, LINE, and KakaoTalk, all have acquired hundreds of millions of users, and seem to be on the verge of entering the West with a lot momentum. These three mobile messaging platforms, have not only established themselves as freemium OTT Messaging services, but have also become a one-stop-shop for all social needs. Case in point example: LINE has added all sorts of unique features such as weather alerts, virus scanners, and brand advertisements that entice its users to use coupons from their various signed brands. 

With the way these platforms have grown their user bases and not to mention nice chunks of monthly revenues, it’s no surprise that Silicon Valley needs to become aware of them. However, the true test remains: Will the West and its user base be accepting of how Asia’s Mobile Messaging Platforms work? Or, will it be a complete failure due to cultural differences and mindsets? In my opinion, I think Asia’s Mobile Messaging Platforms will succeed because it is the 21st Century. The world has gone mobile, and mobile subscriptions will only continue to grow as more and more of us become connected. A new age of mobile connectivity and fast paced, on-the-go has emerged. I guess only time will tell how Asia’s platforms will perform here in the West.

Click here to read the full article. 

[TECH] Why Facebook Should Worry About Mobile Messengers

Facebook may be the dominating social media platform in today’s society, but the company really needs to start paying attention to what’s happening in the Mobile Space. Yes, Facebook has it’s own mobile platform and mobile messaging platform, Facebook Messenger, but it seems to still be lagging behind in terms of preferred mobile messenger of choice. With the dawn of mobile, the door has opened for newcomers to enter in the social mobile space. Take WhatsApp and SnapChat for example. These two platforms are strictly mobile and focus on mobile messaging. Both have acquired user-bases in the hundreds of millions and seem to be quite popular with a wide array of demographics. What Facebook seems to lack in the mobile department, these other messaging platforms are picking up the slack.

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Facebook seems to be really feeling the heat, especially in Asia, as other mobile messaging giants such as LINE, KakaoTalk, and WeChat, dominate the region. Mobile seems to continue to rise, and as smartphones continue to advance, the mobile space will become a key factor for not only users, but for marketers as well.

Click here to read the full article via BusinessInsider.

[TECH] Samsung’s Mobile Messaging Platform Passes 100 M Registered Users

Oh how the mobile messaging platform wars continue. Funny thing is, Samsung has had its chat messenger platform, ChatOn, for quite some time now. However, it has been relatively quiet in terms of mobile messaging platform news. The app itself comes pre-installed on most of the most current Samsung devices, such as the Galaxy S4, Note II, and even the Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch. The new registered user base milestone shows how Samsung has been able to separate itself from other smartphone makers who have once had their own mobile messaging system, aka BlackBerry.

chaton Samsungs ChatON messaging service passes 100 million registered users

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The difference in Samsung’s ChatOn versus BlackBerry’s BBM, is that ChatOn is a cross-platform service. What does that mean? – It means that a user does not always need to have a Samsung phone in order to use the service. Samsung was quick to adapt to technology trends, and made ChatOn available across all the current smartphone operating systems. On top of that, the platform is also available to use across its various PC lines. Although the mobile messaging market seems to continue to become crowded, it still amazes me how there is not clear winner. With the amount of revenue Samsung constantly makes as of late, could Samsung become the clear and dominant winner in the near future? I am excited to see how the mobile messaging wars will continue to pan out.

To read the article via TheNextWeb, click here.

[KPOP] G-Dragon Wins Best New Artist Award for Fuse.tv!

For those who are not familiar with KPOP, it is short for Korean Pop. A cultural wave started in the early 2000s in South Korea, KPOP has now taken the entire world by storm. G-Dragon, the leader of a 5 member boy group called Big Bang, has been making his mark in the KPOP industry since he was a young child. Today, he has become one of the most successful artists in South Korea as both a solo artist, and a group member artist. With emergence of Gangnam Style, by PSY, last year, KPOP has now marked its territory as not just a South Korean genre, but a global genre as well. 

(Image of G-Dragon courtesy of Fuse.tv)

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[TECH] Apple Announces iOS 7 Tech Talks for App & Game Developers


Apple announces that it will soon being holding “iOS 7 Tech Talks,” that will help give guidance to developers on how to make sure their apps/games are integrated into the new iOS 7 with ease.

“Get in-depth guidance about developing for iOS 7, learn practical coding tips and tricks, and obtain valuable one-on-one programming and design assistance in our lab. Choose which day is best for you — app developer day or game developer day.”  – Apple

According to VentureBeat, Apple is set to hold events in the following cities: San Francisco, Tokyo, New York, Shanghai, Berlin, and London. iOS 7 truly marks a new beginning for Apple, as both the iOS 7 and iPhone 5S are taking the mobile smart world by storm. It will be interesting to see how quickly developers will adapt to iOS 7 and whether or not it will help Apple really surpass Google and Android in terms of the Operating System Wars. Also, it makes one wonder, what Samsung will unveil in the near future.

To read the full article via VentureBeat, click here.

[TECH] Dating Site/App HowAboutWe raises another round of funding


Dating site HowAboutWe just closed another additional round of funding. For those that do not know of or have ever heard of HowAboutWe, it is an online dating site that is similar to that of OkCupid and Match.com. It was founded in 2009, and was launched in 2010. What makes it different from others is that it not only focuses on singles, but has spun off an additional product that focuses only on couples. This is what makes the company unique, in that it helps couples find interesting events that they can share and enjoy together. Items include everything from wine tasting to taking hiking trips together. 

As of now, the company claims that it is adding 100,000 new users a month. That is impressive. With the online dating world being so saturated, it is impressive to see HowAboutWe continuing its success and able to gain new users. Hopefully they can continue their momentum and keep on growing!

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