Parse is an example of an MBaaS or “Mobile Backend as a Service” which can be a cost-effective way to deliver backend for apps. Typically these solutions offer a free entry-level service, and can scale up as users demand it. This makes them perfect for startup app development.
Of course, “cloud” solutions come with their own risks — one being policy changes or, in this case, a complete shutdown announcement, both of which can leave you with a massive challenge.
Luckily, in this case, it’s [...]
“We are doing a very old thing – providing small businesses with finance – in a totally new way. We leverage technology and big data to better underwrite loans and automate processes to help more businesses get [...]
By Richard Carter, CEO of Nostrum Group
In December 2015, Nostrum’s Attitudes to Digital Finance Report found that customers increasingly value trust and transparency. With 84% of [...]
As the ordering process gets more and more streamlined, something else needs to get more on the ball at the same time. The tricky part.
Yes, even when our mice do the talking, it takes a man in a van to do the walking. As it were. And it’s this delivery/distribution/logistics function that is really the very difficult bit. It’s the bit that involves moving physical [...]
In today’s modern age, technology has been advancing global industries to a point where innovations are happening faster than ever before. With the interconnectivity and shared knowledge of the Internet, new tech inventions, and digital access to people around the world, we’re seeing a much faster growth rate when it comes to constant discoveries being made to help our lives become easier. The healthcare industry is no exception, and for good reason. No matter how much technological advancement occurs in society, a person’s health should remain the most valuable commodity, and these days people are looking for more valuable and cost-effective methods to monitor their [...]
Website building platform Weebly today announced Carbon, the third major iteration of its service. This update is a “complete relaunch of the Weebly platform,” bringing with it a plethora of services to help entrepreneurs build and grow e-commerce stores from any device.
Carbon is reportedly the first platform that allows users to build and manage an online store using only a phone or tablet. Weebly’s new apps for iOS and Android offer an all-inclusive drag-and-drop experience that entrepreneurs can use to manage their businesses from anywhere—no desktop computer required.
Weebly has also launched a new App Center, which offers integrations from [...]
Over the last few years, services like Uber and Lyft have disrupted the transportation industry, leaving many traditional cab companies in the dust because they’ve failed to adapt to the mobile-centric world of 2015. But it’s not too late.
TaxiTapp is a mobile taxi booking platform that aims to improve the passenger experience and help cab companies better compete with Uber. It’s more important than ever for taxi drivers and fleets to have a mobile presence, and TaxiTapp provides just that.
When users open the TaxiTapp app, they can choose the cheapest, nearest, or highest rated taxi in the area and see an estimated fare before summoning a driver. [...]
Chicago startup ChariPick is re-imagining the way charitable giving works. Its new app makes it super easy for people to donate to a curated selection of “small, interesting charities,” using a simple giving model that starts at just $1 a day. The goal is to help charities make a difference while giving donors the satisfaction of supporting causes they’re passionate about.
ChariPick was founded by Stephen Lee, who has 15 years’ experience at the intersection of technology and finance as a partner for a hedge fund, director for a technology division of a Fortune 500 company, and a strategy consultant for private equity and Fortune 500 firms. ChariPick is [...]
Chicago startup Hooks has developed a comprehensive platform to help people stay updated on things they care about. You can use the app to get alerts about almost anything—news, weather, sports, stocks, tweets (by author or keyword), new movies, software vulnerabilities, and more.
Currently, the notifications you care about are driven by a ton of different apps and services. Hooks simplifies this by bringing all sorts of notifications into a single central location.
Behind Hooks are co-founders Oleg Kozynenko, José Luis Pérez, and Miguel Ángel Ortuño. Kozynenko and Pérez also co-founded B2B white label travel guide platform Guiomatic, and Ortuño is a lead iOS developer [...]
Last week, Savoir announced the launch of its free iOS app that helps foodies discover a curated selection of nearby restaurants. Now live with 600+ Chicagoland restaurants, the app offers each user a personalized set of recommendations, reviews, and promotions.
Savoir listings include Yelp ratings and up-to-date, complete menus. Beyond that, the service offers three exclusive perks to enhance users’ experience:FitLens: food reviews from credentialed health and fitness professionals to help customers dine out while adhering to their diet and fitness goals. InnerCircle: reliable reviews from people you trust, like friends and family. Promos: special promotions from [...]