Today’s brief covers Mercedes’ invisible car, a new app discovery app, the Future Metropolis Index, Square’s new iPad app, amobee is acquired, Naveen leaves Foursquare, and more. Read on!
1. Zipcar commissioned a survey to determine the top U.S. cities that are livable – defined by characteristics such as innovation, sustainability, vibrancy, and efficiency. Surprisingly, the East Coast dominates in innovation, while the West Coast (unsurprisingly) dominates in transportation sustainability. Check out the full presentation of the Future Metropolis Index here. [Slideshare]
2. Congratulations to team amobee! amobee provides mobile advertising solutions globally and won “Mobile Marketing and Advertising Agency of the Year” at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week. Not only that, they just announced this weekend that they have been acquired by SingTel, [PR Newswire] [SingTel]
3. To launch its newest car, Mercedes took a slightly different advertising route, in that, they didn’t showcase the car as is the norm in car commercials. They made it invisible. Called the F-Cell tour, the car produces 0 emissions, so its essentially “invisible” to the environment. The marketing geniuses took that literally and made this fantastic campaign, which ran across Germany for a week. Check out the video. [YouTube]
4. Naveen Selvadurai, who founded Foursquare with Dennis Crowley, is leaving the company. He hasn’t stated what he’ll be doing next, but he will remain on Foursquare’s board of advisors. Check out the article and Selvadurai’s post on his personal blog. [Business Insider] [naveenium]
5. Crosswa.lk is a new app discovery app that I actually like better than Chomp. Crosswa.lk uses your social graph to build personalized recommendations. Sound like iTunes Genius? Well, it is, but the recommendations are much better. The UI of the app is also really clean and user-friendly. [TechCrunch]
6. Square has launched their iPad app, effectively turning it into a cash register. Merchants can now process payments by credit card, cash, or customer name. Check out the video for more details. I almost wish I owned a small business so I could use the app. [Mashable]
7. Did you know that Huey, Dewey, and Louie (DuckTales) were named after a politician, an admiral, and an animator? Check out some more sources of cartoon character names, including one inspired by a Frank Sinatra song. [FlavorPill]
8. Check out these amazing photographs of wire sculptures by artist David Kincaid. I love the one of the woman on a bike. [This is Colossal]
9. The Technology Review, put out by MIT, has compiled its list of the top innovative companies of 2012. The usual suspects are on the list, but the list also covers industries like biomedicine and transit. The methodology for determining who makes the cut are “companies that over the last year have demonstrated original and valuable technology, are bringing that technology to market at a significant scale, and are clearly influencing their competitors”. [Technology Review]
10. I’m on the last leg of Steve Jobs’ biography, and its certainly a doozy. I highly recommend reading it, whether you like Steve Jobs or not, because it does really give you insight into Apple’s former CEO, as well as the growth of both Apple and Pixar. CNN Money has come up with 3 lessons to learn from Apple, and they do align with what you get out of the book as well. [CNN Money]
That’s all from me today! Submissions and comments below please.