Exciting day in the office (and for the League of Legends community) as we release Valoran Daily, an app made to track all of your favorite League of Legends stats! Track your head-to-head battles and the ever-expanding roster of champions with this great app. Check out our new FREE app on the App Store!
It’s been the Age of Unicorns for a hot minute now, with some of our everyday go-to services coming from the minds of creative unicorns that saw an opportunity to fulfill a need, and deliver immediately. They’re disrupting conventional industries as we once knew them, riding the momentum of new technology, smartphones, and users like me who wouldn’t be able to hail a cab if their life depended on it. They have us meeting strangers off the Internet and getting into cars them and sleeping in their treehouses all over the world. When I asked around the office, some of my coworkers were unaware that a lot of their favorite apps, companies, and services began as a startup. It wasn’t really a shocker that old faithfuls like free instant messaging, Uber, Air BnB, Waze, and Tinder made the top ranks. Whereas technological big ideas risk being flashes in pans, failures, or just weird, as the technology that made them possible advances and grows outdated, good ideas (ideas that matter) have a tendency to transcend.
The bottom line: Disruption is in, distraction is out. The survey has spoken and it’s safe to say we no longer want to be glued to our smartphones. The apps we use the most have some common top qualities and goals: Efficiency, User Control, and Community. Their endgame is to get us to the present real life moment as efficiently as possible, even if we are just endlessly swiping right (left?) to find that perfect someone to experience that aforementioned moment with. They’re putting the user in control; letting us “rate” our meal, our driver, our host. The best ideas are disrupting old ways of doing things, making life better, taking the hiccups out of everyday inconveniences, and connecting us easier and faster.
After all, there’s always US in USER.
Below is a list of our favorite startups of all time. Give us a tweet if you think we’ve missed some gold ones.
It’s Star Wars Day, and the Force is strong in Downtown LA. Whether you drive a car, bike, Death Star, or ride the bus, check out how some of the surrounding parking lots have been reimagined to accommodate some of the Galaxy’s most preferred modes of transport.
Parallel parking the Millennium Falcon is by no means an easy feat. Hence, why it’s given its own VIP spot. Continue reading
Over the weekend, there was buzz about a recent marketing stunt. Ex Machina, a sci-fi thriller about an experiment involving the first true A.I. named Ava, has a profile on Tinder. Users swipe to the right to connect with her and she responds.
Even though I’m a copywriter, I still have to admit that I’m guilty of hovering my cursor over the “Skip Ad” countdown button on whatever YouTube video I have to watch immediately. This “unskippable” GEICO spot takes advantage of that, claiming that, “You don’t have to skip this ad, because it’s already over.” and then it totally pays off when you watch the whole thing to the end. I’m serious, I’ve watched it at least ten times already. Wait for when he steps into the salad bowl.
In honor of our favorite triangular snack, let’s shop up a solid contender: Tostitos.
Where I come from, there is only one way to eat these chips. And when I say “one way”, I mean infinity ways. But first, take the bag of chips, turn it sideways, cut it open, and go to town. I like mine soaked in lime juice, mixed in with Japanese peanuts, cucumbers, cueritos, rielitos, Chamoy, jicama, and other things I can’t translate to English. When you do it right, it should look nasty. That’s how you know it’s good. And for whatever reasons, it will never work with Doritos.