Introducing LocationKit – the First Replacement for iOS and Android Location Services

By Michael Chasen  |  May 12, 2015

While SocialRadar developed the app that lets you know who is around no matter where you are and how you are connected, we realized that location technology is important not just for apps like ours but to the entire app market. Location stands apart in providing a more personalized user experience.

So important that it became our priority to develop a technology for app developers that offers the holy grail of mobile: high … Continue Reading

Fifty Shades of Drain: The Constant Charging Blues

By Shana Glenzer  |  February 19, 2015

How often have you heard someone say “I don’t use [insert app] because it drains my battery”? For app developers that’s one of the most irksome comments.

Often what you believe to be draining the battery is not the actual culprit.

Over the past few months – notably with Apple’s iOS 8 update including a battery-usage monitoring tool – we’ve begun to see developers and manufacturers make a concerted effort to … Continue Reading

Pitching Investors: Insight from 9 of DC’s Tech Leaders

By Kevin Alansky  |  February 12, 2015

Even serial entrepreneurs may find the process of funding a startup challenging. We asked nine seasoned leaders in DC tech how they successfully approach and pitch investors:

Adapted from sage advice from classmate and co-founder of DocSend: Don’t drag it out! Schedule as many meetings as you can within a very limited time frame, and hit everyone in row. You just need to find a couple that believe in you, and … Continue Reading

4 Reasons Location-Based Services Will Become a Thing Again in 2015

By Michael Chasen  |  January 19, 2015

Originally posted on Street Fight on January 14, 2015. Article here.

Here’s an experiment: The next time you head out to lunch, compare the restaurant’s icon on your mapping application to the location on the door. The odds are that the icon will be at least 20 meters away from the door itself.

For a consumer, that’s not going to stop them from finding lunch. But that margin of error … Continue Reading

Why Good Isn’t Good Enough

By Emily Wrobel  |  January 19, 2015

Some in the technology space say that location is good enough as it stands – that there’s no reason someone would need more than 100 meters of accuracy – but I beg to differ. I think there’s a more accurate way to place me on a map. And here’s where it shows:

Case 1: the morning jog
Ready to start off 2015 on the right foot (no pun intended), I set up Continue Reading

How 7 of DC’s Tech Leaders Manage Their Valuable Time

By Kevin Alansky  |  January 14, 2015

Need help juggling home, work, and social life? SocialRadar asked some leaders in DC Tech to share how they manage their valuable time:

“There is time for everything, as long as your priorities always rise to the top. I try and make the first business communication I have each day externally focused with our customers. Even if it is just a quick hello, not asking for anything. Controlling your calendar helps. Every Sunday I review … Continue Reading

How 9 of DC’s Tech Leaders Give Back

By Kevin Alansky  |  December 16, 2014

Though giving back to the community is a year-round commitment, the holidays serve as a great reminder to keep it going. SocialRadar asked DC tech leaders how they give back. Here’s what they had to say:

“I have so much to be grateful for so giving back for me is a must. In the DC area there are a lot of great people leading efforts so it is easy to contribute.

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Wherever you go, there you are. Unfortunately your mobile phone doesn’t see it that way.

By John Fontaine  |  November 14, 2014

Developers know that working with location services on mobile devices is a bit like working with an old map. You inevitably get to a spot where it says, “Here be dragons.” Yes, if you want latitude and longitude with a low precision, the phone will give it to you, but as soon as you explore further, you hit the same set of problems like battery life, user behavior, venue datasets, and complex, poorly documented optimization … Continue Reading

SocialRadar Acquires Gridskippr to Bring Advanced Location Manager and Customer Insights to Market

By Michael Chasen  |  November 5, 2014

SocialRadar has announced the acquisition of Gridskippr, a firm that developed the industry’s most advanced location manager and mobile advertising technology for smartphone apps. The acquisition will allow SocialRadar to deliver a complete set of solutions around location-based technology both in SocialRadar’s consumer app and as an SDK for third-party developers who want to include this powerful technology in their own applications.

Over the last year, our … Continue Reading