Germany’s largest TV station Pro7/Sat.1 invests in what they find to be promising web start-ups by providing those start-ups in Germany TV ad space in exchange for a minority share in the start-up company stock.
Mobino is launching their new mobile payments system. Here showing off their Android app, it also works on any mobile phone, feature phone. They take a 0% fee from users and a 1% fee from merchants. See in this video how their mobile payments system looks like paying for a drink at a bar on Android. Just type in a 6-number payment ID generated by the bar and type your 4-number password, and the payment is done from your smartphone over the data network.
Here’s some Android software integrated by Sylpheo for the Parrot Asteroid Mini Android based in-car interactive system, to bring it your Salesforce.com contacts, calendar, and some other Salesforce based Android apps to integrate your business into your car.
Startups can be launched using Kickstarter alternatives too. Here Apigy talks about their experience doing crowdfunding to launch the http://lockitron.com without the use of Kickstarter, for some reason Kickstarter had not allowed them onto their site, so they decided to build their own alternative to Kickstarter. And http://fundedbyme.com talks about micro-investing in startups, letting anyone buy equity in new startups on the web.
Google acquired Wildfire a few months ago. Wildfire is one of the leaders in social media marketing for all the worlds big and small brands. 30 of the world’s top-50 brands use wildfire for their social media marketing campaigns. For example when Coca-cola does something on Facebook, there is a good chance that they are using Wildfire’s software and solutions.
Paypal launches a new way to pay for things easily and quickly using a check-process on your smartphone or tablet. Go to the restaurant, launch check in on your paypal app, it launches the restaurant’s menu, you click on the app to order, the server comes with the food, you leave, you’ve already paid. This removes 66% of the waiters effort. Go to a cafe, check-in on paypal, they know you want a cappuccino, you get it quickly and leave, no cash, no confirmation, no anything. You park your car, check in on paypal, that’s it, you’re paying for your car park until you check-out, take the car and leave.
You can watch Paypal CEO, David Marcus’s keynote at LeWeb 2012 here: