Thursday, January 30, 2014

SocialRadar: Revolution at the Planet of the Apps

According to a CES recent report, at the end of 2013, about 50 billion mobile apps have been downloaded. 

ABI Research predicted it to be 56 billion while Portio Research’s forecast was 82 billion.  Both project that, in 2017, there could be 200 billion downloads.

In a world where the number of mobile cellular subscribers total 6.835 billion globally, the mobile apps have defined what our planet is and will be.

In search of gadgets, apps, and technologies that could be considered “Miracle, Magic, or Mind-Boggling”, I attended the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada as I have done over the past ten years.

What makes my last CES trip distinctly significant and most satisfying was the discovery of a new mobile app called SocialRadar.  It is seemingly ordinary software but when applied and adopted by ordinary people, it gives them extra-ordinary powers that they could never have imagined.  Its extensive usage could actually revolutionize the way they think and live.

Only launched on Thursday, January 30, 2014, I was lucky to have participated in Beta Tests conducted earlier, so I have been privy to its capabilities and features albeit on a limited basis.  But as I heard and listened to the explanation and demonstration of Michael Chasen, the company’s founding CEO, and as I get to test the app, I have no doubts about its potential and its ability to attract the number of users that social networks have successfully done.

In their press release, SocialRadar is described as “an innovative iPhone application that gives you real-time information about the people around you.” It combines real-time social network information with geo-location data in an app that is easy and fun to use.

When you walk into a room, enter a restaurant, attend a conference, or go to an event, SocialRadar tells you who are there, how you are connected to them and what they have been up to. Isn’t that amazing?

This could happen because SocialRadar unlocks the location information from your smartphone, listening to your social network chatter to deliver the important and relevant information you need about the people around you. And it does so while giving you full control over your privacy, enabling you to share information publicly, with friends only, anonymously, or be entirely invisible. It sounds like magic, doesn’t it?

This mind-boggling technology actually works by merging data from all of the top social networks, including Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Google+ with live location information from your smartphone to empower people to make smarter real-world connections.

You are already making your profile, photos, status updates, tweets, location, and other information available online either to the public, to your friends only, or to your friends’ friends.  In turn, you also get similar or more limited information.  What is more important is that you get them wherever they or you are, and in real time. Is this a “miracle” or not?

SocialRadar CEO Michael Chasen projects that  "In five years, there will be 5.6 billion people around the globe using smartphones who can broadcast their locations and today 3.9 billion people have social profiles online.”

He also reiterates “our vision was to create technology that combines the smartphone's location and the power of social networks, empowering people to walk into a room and be aware of the people and connections around them.”

Indeed, we can all find so many uses for SocialRadar. 

In a few days, I will be attending LegalTech 2014 in New York.  I will be using my iPhone and the SocialRadar app. As I join the others in the sessions, around the exhibit floor, or in any of the events, I would not be surprised if I recognize several lawyers I know, some former work colleagues, a few from American University, George Washington University, San Beda College of Law and De La Salle University – my Alma Maters; and even some old high school friends from Huntington Beach High in California or Rosales Municipal High in the Philippines.  I will also know what sports some play; one’s job or who has a new one; and other info that my SocialRadar could intelligently provide as sourced from the social networks.

In a city that never sleeps, I should no longer worry about where to look for my friends in the evening.  I expect SocialRadar to help me on this one!

I am always interested in meeting new people. SocialRadar should be able to help me meet people with common backgrounds, hobbies, causes or interests.  Given its features, SocialRadar could be a portable icebreaker, confidently empowering me to make connections with people in an unfamiliar place.

In many other occasions, SocialRadar can help you remember how you know someone across the table that you are sure you have met before.  It can pull relevant data about the person.

The timely launching of SocialRadar would certainly help me in the LegalTech 2014 New York conference.

In an article on Social Revolution, James VanHise, wrote, “Revolution is not something that is created by political elites, but rather by ordinary people when they change the way they think and live.”

In a mobile and digital world where users and consumers change the way they act, behave, and live as new technologies and apps correspondingly affected their way of thinking.  To ordinary people, the effects could be “miraculous, magical or mind-boggling” but revolutionary nonetheless.  And social changes would be inevitable!

I have several reasons why I think that SocialRadar would find social acceptance in the mobile and digital world.

First, the app empowers the user. It is revolutionary and capable of changing user’s ways.

Second, it combines and integrates data and location that users have already made available to the public or to certain personalities in the top social networks like Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, Foursquare and Google+.

Michael Chasen, SocialRadar CEO 
Third, its leader, Michael Chasen, has a proven success record.  Armed with a Computer Programming Degree from American University, and an MBA from Georgetown, he pioneered the E-Learning technology – Blackboard. It became the standard for more than 30,000 universities worldwide.  Selling it for about $2 billion, he is now entering into a new venture no less challenging but more revolutionary in a planet with billions of downloaded apps. 

Fourth, the new venture is backed by a group of successful IT Entrepreneurs and Venture Capitalists who are as convinced of SocialRadar and Michael Chasen’s vision. Just to mention a few of them: Dave Morin, Steve Case, Kevin Colleran, Dayna Grayson, Dan Mindus, and Joshua Bogart.

Last, but not least, Michael Chasen is surrounded by a competent,  experienced, efficient and effective Management Team.

(a)           Ghafran Abbas is the Chief Systems Architect and co-founder of SocialRadar. Ghafran was the Chief Architect at TenPearls and Principal Engineer at Time Warner Cable. He has received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in information systems from Johns Hopkins University
(b)         Kevin Alansky is the Chief Marketing Officer and a co-founder of SocialRadar. Kevin spent 12 years at Blackboard where he played a key role in integrating social media into the corporate marketing strategy.
(c)           Shana Glenzer is the VP of Social Marketing at SocialRadar. Before joining SocialRadar, Shana worked as an online marketing and advertising consultant at R2Integrated. Prior to that, she had an eight-year tenure at Blackboard.
(d)           John Fontaine - VP Google Glass. John leads SocialRadar's Google Glass and developer partnership team. Prior to joining SocialRadar, John pioneered core Internet technologies at Blackboard. He was a principal author of Blackboard Learn, the hybrid and distance learning.

Let us join the Social Revolution! Download the app from the Apple Store.  It is FREE!

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