Facebook collects reams of data on its users personal preferences. Converge.me aims to harness that information to connect individuals who may have common interests but are outside of one another’s social circles.
Journalists, aid workers, law enforcement officials and others who want to track major events as they unfold on social media can use MetaLayer to troll for mentions of the event and gauge whether the remarks are positive or negative.
(Jeffrey MacMillan/For Capital Business) - Lauren Thorp, chief executive of gift subscription service Umba Box.
combines two burgeoning tech trends, geolocation and group messaging, to give smartphone and Web users an application where anyone within 150 yards is one text message away.
Friendly Look aims to peel away some of the anonymity that comes with online dating by allowing registrants to find other singles with whom they have mutual friends or contacts.
For the photo enthusiast, ClingPhoto.com prints high-resolution digital images on a peel-and-paste paper that doesn’t actually bind to the wall. It clings — as the company’s name suggests — on everything from glass to brick but lifts away without a trace.
College kids who need academic help could turn to Tutor Assignment once the startup officially debuts in January. Unlike other services, student and professional tutors bid for jobs.
Also geared toward the college set is NeverBoredU, an event listing service created by University of Maryland students that’s currently available at three colleges. Its mission: Get students out of the dorm.
Fitness facilities such as yoga studios or tennis courts can create custom packages that
then advertises to people on the hunt for new activities. The company just expanded to the District.
Have you ever gone to a movie and found the theater empty? Philadelphia-based Chimp Flix sees each chair as missed revenue. The Web site allows cinema operators to offer discounts and other deals at times of low demand.
Lastly, New York-based
lists extended stay and corporate housing options for traveling professionals, then offers booking and rent payment services to provide a one-stop site for guests and hosts alike.