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“You’re smart, good-looking & successful. You don’t need a dating app to get a date—you’re too popular as it is. But you should join The League,” reads the app’s website. The site invites users to download the app and join the waiting list for its “private alpha.” Once live, it promises to exclude all of the chaff you’d find in those other dating apps, allowing only the very best people to meet each other…So how do you know if you belong in League? The Facebook post offers some clues: “Was it your philanthropic contributions or your impressive college sports career? Your killer smile or your east coast private education? That big-shot CEO that you’re friends with on Facebook or the fact that you’re one of the few singer-songwriters in San Francisco and the odds were just in your favor?” The post continues: “While you don’t know exactly what got you in, you do know that the best things in life are the most selective.” An upside to League, according to League, is that it “screens for quality” and promises “No Randoms” and “No Fakes.” “You’ll never have to wonder if that Harvard hottie is too good to be true on The League,” the website pledges. [BusinessWeek]

YoTM sees what YOLO is doing and is coming in guns blazing. Read more »

“…the more I think about it, the more I like the ‘yo’ concept. And it’s not because of the app’s latest feature: you can send a ‘yo’ to the username ‘worldcup’ to receive a ‘yo’ (and nothing else) anytime a team scores a goal. Rather, it’s because I’ve always thought that there is beauty in simplicity. I’m a minimalist. I like to sit in my scarcely furnished study with white-washed walls while I write this comment. I hate Christmas decorations. When on a vacation, I like to sit on the shore and stare at the sea in the summer, or climb up a cold, white mountain silently on skis in the winter. I loved to read the late Barton Biggs’s simple but beautiful prose about investing. Life is full of complexity –family, friends, work, politics, financial markets, the global economy. Coping with complexity requires filtering, sorting, reduction, concentration and, at least sometimes, simplification. Sometimes, a simple ‘yo’ can say and mean more to your ‘contacts’ than all the babble.” [BI, earlier]

  • 18 Jun 2014 at 5:25 PM

More To Yo Than That Meets The Eye: CEO

The app, called Yo, lets people say “Yo” to their friends. Tap a name on the app’s list of contacts, and a text notification saying “Yo” pops up on the recipient’s smartphone, along with a recorded voice shouting the syllable. The idea is simple. It may turn out to be a dud. But $1 million has already been staked on its success. Or Arbel, the chief executive of Yo, said on Wednesday that he had raised that seven-figure sum from a group of angel investors led by Moshe Hogeg, the chief executive of an image-sharing app called Mobli. Yo has so much potential, Mr. Arbel said, that last week he left his job as the chief technology officer of Stox, a stock trading platform he helped start last year, and moved to San Francisco from Tel Aviv to work on Yo full-time. “People think it’s just an app that says ‘Yo.’ But it’s really not,” Mr. Arbel said. “We like to call it context-based messaging. You understand by the context what is being said.” [Dealbook]

  • 06 Feb 2014 at 3:36 PM

The Bitcoin Bugle: Bit-what?

In spite of efforts by occasional news round-ups like ourselves, as well as those of the financial glitterati and alleged evil-doers, almost no one has ever heard of the crypto-currency, and isn’t interested in doing so. And now, the most likely source of popular enlightenment—an iPhone app—is no more. Read more »

“If it is not the best idea you’ve ever heard I’ll pay you 4 your time!” Read more »

  • 25 Feb 2011 at 12:15 PM

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