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neat startups [May. 11th, 2010|04:37 pm]
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I like tech startups - probably comes from reading Hacker News a lot. If I were in a different place in life I'd probably want to work for one (or found one!), but I'm pretty happy where I am now, so instead I shall live vicariously through others.

- FlightCaster - predicts ahead of time whether flights will be delayed using machine learning and lots of data. I like this idea so much I wrote FlightPredictor (a WebOS client for Palm phones) that uses their data.

- SproutRobot - tell it where you are, and it will tell you what to plant when, and even send you the proper seeds. Just looking at the website makes me a little happier.

- Groupon - coupons with a twist. Each coupon is only offered for a day, and only if enough people buy it does the transaction take place (more about how it works). You can see the recent offers for Austin have included Precision Camera & Video, the Round Rock Express, Austin's Park and Pizza. I just signed up today and am hoping for more cool stuff in the future!

[User Picture]From: onefishclappin
2010-05-11 09:52 pm (UTC)
I know ppl who like & use Groupon. It looks interesting, but a little slow.
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2010-05-11 10:04 pm (UTC)
You mean the website is slow?
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[User Picture]From: onefishclappin
2010-05-11 11:28 pm (UTC)
The idea is slow - one new deal per day. You can't go and say "I want to look into housecleaning" and get a good deal on it. It supports impulse purchases. Just not my cup of tea :)
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2010-05-12 03:05 pm (UTC)
Ah, yeah, I get what you're saying. Especially since it doesn't look like it's even every single day (maybe not enough businesses in Austin are signed up yet?)
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