Cookening is a platform that allows users to connect with people from different cultures by attending or hosting home-cooked meals. The startup provides a unique opportunity for travelers to experience authentic, local cuisine in the city they’re visiting, and for the hosts to meet new people. Cédric Giorgi’s initial thoughts started 2 years ago and some time later Cookening got founded.
Hosts are free to cook any meal they want to, but they first have to create a dashboard that includes information from their profile, photos of dishes they have cooked before, a list of the dishes that will be included (appetizer, main course, dessert, etc.), the location and photos of their home, and the cost of the meal.
Travelers can easily search available meals by the city that they are visiting. Once they find a meal, they can book it right on the Cookening website through its secure payment system, or message the host to find out more information. Cooks can respond to the messages and then choose to accept or decline a request. After the meal, hosts and guests can write a review to let users know about the experience they had through Cookening.
Nokia makes Here Maps, to compete with Google Maps, Baidu Maps and Bing Maps. Now Nokia has ported Here Maps for Android, exclusively for now on the Nokia X Android phone. This video features an 18 minute overview of Nokia Here maps, including the UI, technology overview, automotive and more.
Hightail, formerly know as Yousendit, is a cloud storage service with 45 million users around the world. The service allows to do sharing, storing, and syncing as well as e-signature capability. The service when paid for offers unlimited storage. The pricing system for companies is based upon how many employees are using the service. Hightail offers functionality and control that isn’t found in consumer services like dropbox.
Leonid Knyshov lives in the Silicon Valley, working on making some of his Start-up ideas and showing them around at conferences. Here’s how he shows his latest startup at the ARM Techcon, it’s demonstrated on an iPad Mini hanging around his head. After this video, I asked Leonid to help me by doing a few interviews from his technical point of view.
Flinja is a startup that uses the talent, energy, and financial need of college students to create a freelance workforce. On the marketplace, students post services they want to provide, which alumni and staff can directly book. The site provides an opportunity for students to build their professional networks, find jobs and internships, and make a little extra cash.
And you can watch Flinja’s pitch that made them 3rd best startup at the LeWeb 2013 startup competition:
David Hornik is an investor at August Capital and he talks about ventural capitalism with Web startups, with tech companies, if he thinks that there is a new tech bubble going on now with Facebook/Twitter/etc or not.
Here’s my Interview with Xavier Niel, the founder of Free, the second biggest ISP in France, invented triple play, where an ISP provides Internet, TV and Telephony through an advanced ADSL Set-top-box, and they have been providing such fast Internet with full IPTV and unlimited VOIP landline-replacement for a very reasonable 29 Euros per month, they started this years before every other ISP in the world had to follow up. And now in France since a year or two, Free provides 3G and now also 4G telephony, with amazingly cheap 2 Euro per month entry level pricing, all pre-paid no-contract only plans, this also has totally revolutionized the mobile carrier business in France.