Announcing Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Public Speaker Club – Toastmasters

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By Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs
Dear Entrepreneurs, Business Owners,

I am very glad announce a new series of event with in Silicon Valley
Entrepreneurs Group - Toastmasters Club: Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs
Public Speaking Club.

Toastmasters is an international organization that has been around for
more than 85 years and offers an enjoyable, friendly, interactive and
proven way to improve communications and leadership skills.

 Did we mention that Toastmasters is also a FUN learning experience!

 Toastmasters can help you:

    * Communicate more effectively
    * Improve your presentation skills
    * Increase your leadership potential
    * Build your self confidence
    * … and much more!

More specifically for App developers / Entrepreneurs: Provides
guidelines and the opportunity to practice advanced skills like
Technical Presentations, Speeches by management, Public Relations.
These are all part of the Advanced Communication series in the
communication track.


And also, it is a networking opportunity - you can meet with other
entrepreneurs at a completely new environment.  And this club is part
of District 4 at Toastmasters International, which is a network of
about 5000 people in the bay area.


If you are curious about or interested in joining this club, please
attend our Toastmasters New Club Kickoff Meeting for more information
and to register.

This kick off meeting is supported by Toastmasters. I am glad to
announce that the Area Gov. Rita Barber,  and Atul, our mentor will
attend our event. With these great help, and your participation, we
will have a great event, so come join us!

http://www.meetup.com/silicon-valley-entrepreneurs-startups/events/17332104/

CNet: Google to take Apple’s app crown by July

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 (Credit: Distimo)

Apple frequently touts the number of applications available to iOS users, which now sits north of 350,000. But that number could be in danger of coming in second place to rival Google in just a few months time.

In a new report by market research firm Distimo for the last month of activity on Apple’s various App Stores, the BlackBerry App World, GetJar, Google’s Android Market, Nokia’s Ovi Store, Palm’s App Catalog, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, the group found Google and Microsoft’s efforts to be growing the fastest.

“If all application stores maintain their current growth pace, approximately five months from now Google Android Market will be the largest store in terms of number of applications followed by the Apple App Store for iPhone and iPad, Windows Phone 7 Marketplace, BlackBerry App World and Nokia Ovi Store,” the firm said in its findings. “The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will also be larger than the Nokia Ovi Store and BlackBerry App World prior to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace being available for even a full year.”

Distimo’s research found that Google has already made headway on attacking Apple on the volume front, pushing past the App Store with 134,342 free applications versus the App Store for iPhone and iPod Touch’s 121,845 free applications. The firm estimates that Google will be 40,000 applications short of evening out with Apple’s overall volume by the end of June, and will catch up completely in July.

Distimo notes that any growth estimates are gauged on the past three months of activity across the ecosystem, which “could easily accelerate or slow down.”

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20058080-248.html#ixzz1KncT51hL

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Presents: Journey From Mobile Apps to Startups

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Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Presents a series of events: from Mobile Apps to Successful Startups. The first of such event:

Journey From Mobile Apps to Startups

We invited several startups who turned their app biz into a startup.

This event is sponsored by: GetJar

Agenda:
6PM Registration, food, and Networking
6:30 Introduction
6:40 Speakers

Aaron Greenspan, President & CEO, Think Computer Corporation

Yadong Liu, Founder & CEO, KwiqApps

7:40 Table Topics Discussion: how to turn App Biz into Startup
8:20 Announcements.

More info at:

http://www.meetup.com/silicon-valley-entrepreneurs-startups/events/17310298/

Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs Networking Lunch is Thursday 4-28

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When: Where:
Thursday, April 28, 2011
11:45 AM
El Torito Mexican Grill
2950 Lakeside Drive
Who’s going:
17 Entrepreneurs
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( 5 more spots left! )

Lunch with other Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs.

Agenda:

11:45AM Registration & Networking

12:00 Lunch Buffet

This is a buffet lunch. It is about $11 per person exclude lunch.

-David

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Big Money Plays for PapayaMobile, a Global Social Gaming Platform – gigaom.com

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Source Gigaom.com PapayaMobile, a long term sponsor of SV Android, received 18M funds recently.

The social mobile gaming space is hot right now, with deals popping left and right. Less than a week after GREE bought social gaming platform OpenFeint for $104 million, and six months after DeNA picked up Ngmoco for $403 million, budding social game platform rival PapayaMobile announced Wednesday it has raised $18 million in a second round.

The new funding, provided by Chinese venture firm Keytone Ventures and DCM, will be used to help build up PapayaMobile’s team as it looks to expand in the U.S., Europe and Asia and attract more developers to its platform. PapayaMobile, which previously raised $4 million last year from DCM, offers tools for mobile developers to build games and add a social layer into their apps. So far, PapayaMobile has more than 350 apps using its platform, with 15 million players registered worldwide, a 375-percent increase since the company opened up its platform to developers in June of last year.

The money also gives PapayaMobile a better shot at staying independent, something the company wants to maintain. It’s a legitimate concern with all the deals going on. Both the recently-acquired OpenFeint and Ngmoco competed with PapayaMobile, especially on the Android platform. Zynga is also ratcheting up its mobile plans, with pick-ups of Words with Friends game developer Newtoy and Floodgate Entertainment. Before that, Disney bought rhythm mobile game maker Tapulous, maker of the Tap Tap Revenge franchise. Apple also launched its own gaming network called Game Center last year, while Google is reportedly building a social gaming platform that may extend to mobile.

So why all the excitement in mobile social gaming? As I covered last year, it’s poised for serious growth as smartphones proliferate. Mobile social gaming is taking a lot of the momentum from gaming on platforms like Facebook, and it’s doing so in a more personal way with devices that are with people constantly. One of the challenges so far is linking people on a common social platform, which is partly why we’re seeing recent acquisitions as companies look to build gaming networks that span the globe. DeNA, for example, has been super-active in buying and investing in social game developers like Ngmoco in a bid to build to expand internationally.

This is where PapayaMobile comes in. It was founded in Beijing by Si Shen and Qian Wenjie, who met in the Computer Science Department at Tsinghua University. The company at first put out its own games but has moved into a new role as a platform for game makers to add social features to their titles. Unlike OpenFeint and Ngmoco, which first focused on the iPhone, PapayaMobile has aimed at Android: a move now starting to pay off as the platform matures. With Android poised to break out in emerging markets, PapayaMobile seems well-positioned to take advantage.

More at http://gigaom.com/2011/04/27/papayamobile-scores-18m-as-social-mobile-gaming-explodes/

App Discovery Goes Social: GetJar launches new portal with Facebook Connect Integration

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GETJAR GOES SOCIAL

New mobile site features Facebook integration, new portal features,

and a revamped user interface

 

SAN MATEO, Calif., Apr. 27, 2011 – GetJar, the world’s largest open app store with over 1.5 billion downloads, becomes the first leading app store to fully leverage social media in an app store.

The new portal includes Facebook Connect, which allows users to share their app download activity and comments through wall posts and news feeds.  They can also inform friends of must-have apps and what to steer clear of, with “like” and “dislike” buttons.

“Now that users can share apps with their friends on Facebook, recommendations are really a bit old school,” said GetJar’s CEO, Ilja Laurs.  “Our recent research clearly showed us that what consumers care about is what their friends are downloading and using, not what we as an app store think they should download.”

GetJar’s recent App Meter survey found that only 21.6 percent of app consumers actually discover apps in app stores.  Since discovery continues to be such a big issue for developers and brands, GetJar set out to leverage whatconsumers care about most, the opinions of their friends.

The new site also allows consumers to track their personal downloads with GetJar’s My Apps feature, which consolidates the user’s downloaded app history and makes it accessible for reference.

If consumers still want recommendations or to search for apps on their own, they’ll benefit from GetJar’s new user interface.  The new mobile app store interface includes:  navigation tabs for fast browsing, improved search to find apps with ease, a Top Apps section to identify popular apps and Just In section for the latest and greatest selection of apps.

About GetJar – GetJar is the world’s largest open app store with over 1.5 billion downloads to date. The company’s key point of difference is its open market approach, which allows it to deliver applications for both feature phones and smartphones across all major platforms. The company provides more than 75,000 mobile applications to consumers in more than 200 countries. GetJar is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices in the UK and Lithuania. For more information: www.getjar.com and follow us on Twitter@getjar.

 Source: GetJar

SV-Entrepreneurs Presents: From Mobile Apps to Successful Startup

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011 by SV-Entrepreneurs

5:30 PM

We invited several startups who turned their app biz into a startup.

Agenda:
6PM Registration, food, and Networking
6:30 Introduction
6:40 Speakers (Speakers and Q&A)
7:40 Table Topics Discussion: how to turn App Biz into Startup
8:20 Announcements.

More details at: http://www.meetup.com/sv-entrepreneurs/events/17310298/