Takeout 2.0 goes Mobile
From Springwise, a European iPhone app for the Wagamama restaurant chain. This trend only makes sense... with American's and pretty much all worldwide citizens tethered to their phones, making it easy to see a restaurant's menu, order the food (including customization requests), see when the order will be ready and pay for the meal -- all from one app is a no brainer. To me the question will be -- who will be the first company to create a multi-chain version...Yelp, are you listening?Adhoc Mobile Networking
While in Singapore a few weeks ago, I had a chance to meet and chat with a few Singtel Product Development guys. The talk quickly turned to mobile social networks like Foursquare and more specifically of the numerous opportunities to use mobile, location based apps to create truly useful networks. For instance, I was traveling alone on this trip... it was my first time to Asia and frankly, I would have loved the opp to meet up with other solo travelers or maybe residents of KL or Singapore that would be willing to serve as "tour guide" or just someone that would show me the local side of the town. So I get really excited when I see platforms like Urban's Signals. While it may be little more than Hookup 2.0, the underlying approach is exactly where I think mobile networking will go. What about you? Agree? Can you think of a few applications?
Have you ever tried to schedule a meeting with someone or a group of folks? How many emails does it usually take? If you're lucky and work in a company that is on an exchange server, you can see your fellow workers' schedules, which is great but God forbid you need to loop outside resources into the meeting. Then you're back to the emails. There are a number of folks (Google included) that are trying to help. One that I've been playing with is Tungle. Tungle will sync with your calendar and then show folks when you're available and when you're not. It doesn't tell them what you're doing - just that you're scheduled to do something. That alone is pretty cool, but then I popped over to my friend Sloane's new consulting site - AnswerWithAction.com -- I saw a really interesting way to use Tungle to let prospective clients schedule a session with Sloan.
Once you get to her site, click on the "Book a Consultation" button and watch what happens. Very cool use and for folks that sell blocks of time this combined with something like PayPal (also on Sloane's site) creates a super simple schedule/payment process. When you add in the iPhone and Blackberry app versions of the service, which lets you manage your Tungle calendar from your mobile -- well now you've really got a complete package.
That's it for this week's one little step for me, one huge step for me kind edition of Three for Thursday.