Monthly Archives: November 2012

Dwolla Adds Guest Checkout Option to Let Anyone Make Bank-Linked Payments

BetaKit covered Des Moines, IA-based Dwolla recently when it launched its MassPay feature to help merchants pay up to 2,000 recipients at once, and today the payment processing platform announced its latest update, a guest checkout solution that lets anyone make a payment, regardless of whether they’re a Dwolla user. The new option was motivated by Dwolla’s […]

GoSpotCheck Launches to Usher in Smartphone-Powered Mystery Shoppers

Since large restaurant chains have franchises in many locations around the world, and consumer packaged goods (CPGs) companies distribute their products in multiple retail chains, keeping track of a rollout of a new marketing initiative can be difficult. Making sure marketing efforts are up to par across all retail locations is a problem Denver-based GoSpotCheck […]

Instant Messaging App Kik Launches Kik Cards to Add Multimedia for 30M Users

Despite the launch of iMessage by Apple in 2011 and an attempt by RIM to shut the service down over patent infringement, Kik Messenger continues to grow, with 30 million users worldwide to date and almost 100,000 daily downloads. Today the Waterloo, ON-based startup announced the launch of its Kik Cards that will enable users […]

Viddy Competitor Klip Adds Video Replies, Private Messaging to Increase Engagement

Mobile video app Klip today announced an update to its service, with the addition of several features that will let users converse through video. BetaKit covered the company when it launched its Android app in June 2012, and according to Klip its current user base is in the millions, although it didn’t disclose the exact number. It first launched […]

“AirPlay for Android” Startup Zapstreak Launches Out of Beta to Beam Media Content

Despite the fact that Google released support for Miracast’s technology with Android’s Jelly Bean 4.2 release, which would allow users to beam their media content, something iOS users have been able to do via AirPlay and Apple TV, ‘Airplay for Android’ startup Zapstreak announced its public launch today after being in private beta since April. The launch […]

500px Launches iPhone App to Bring its Photo Community to Everyone’s Pocket

Hot off its recent partnership with CanvasPop as its print-to-order fulfillment partner for North America and last week’s acquisition of French iOS app studio Pulpfingers, Toronto-based Flickr alternative 500px today announced the release of its iPhone app. The company already has iPad and Android apps, and this release comes after a number of iterations and trial runs, which lead […]

Engagio Launches Search & Discovery Features to Be “Google for Online Comments”

Today Toronto-based Engagio announced a revamp of its online comment and discussion aggregator to now include both search and discovery features, in addition to a new HTML5 mobile web app. Launched in early 2012, the company received seed funding from Union Squares Ventures co-founder Fred Wilson, Real Ventures, and Extreme Venture Partners among others. To date the company […]