Sport management games come to smartphones and Facebook
What is it : it’s a game, with simple principles : rule your football team, and make it win its league. Choose the players, train them, trade them, build your stadium, manage your sponsors… Everything a football club manager has to do!
What’s new? : it’s social and mobile. It means you can compete with your friends in the same league, brag about your last win, and do all of that while riding the subway.
Why talking about it : to show that startups can beat gaming mahamots like EA or Ubisoft to their own games. Wildly acclaimed as one of the best game of its kind, it’s like Top Eleven just won the Champions League twice in a row!
Playing a championship season with your friends is just a lot more fun than playing against an AI or a bot.
Only a few will accede to the upper league, one more way to spice the challenge.
The game is hard, as it includes all the parameters a real manager has to play with!
If you’re not a football fan, you may find it complicated and sometimes boring, but football fans are pretty common in Europe!
Micro-pay for web contents with Flattr
The problem: as an artist (real or wanna be), you do not want to make you audience pay anything, but a bit of support (meaning, money) wouldn’t hurt and help you develop new projects. On the other side you’d like to help bloggers, musicians, video makers – in one word, web contents creators – but don’t exactly know how.
The solution: the monthly contribution you set up on Flattr is given to all the creators you like. All your clicks on an embedded button defining what part of your gift each of the authors gets (call it a Spotify model without the fat major record companies).
Why we talk about it: already featured as #14 best idea of 2011 by Wired (UK), and praised by many others, they probably don’t need more attention. But the fact their model is beautiful and slowly expanding, and that they’re Europeans where enough for us.
The idea of setting up a contribution and sharing it between all your clicks is just brilliant.
In that kind of business (supporting “cultures”), being painless is key!
For a few bucks a month, will content creators make the effort to install it? At least, they should try it, for sure!
Find new ways to play your sport
Organizing a casual game or managing a team are tasks the web can definitely help with. We found two competitors for it. Place your bet!
Bluefields : the captain toolbox
A private social network, a messaging and calendar tool, a club house : Bluefields is an all-in-one for team captains! Create your team, invite your players, and get everything done in a slick and bright interface that will make your local amateur team look like pros!
Jogabo : meet and play!
When it’s hard to find enough player for a week-end game in the nearby park, Jogabo is your friend. Find a game or create your own, define the rules (number of players, level of the game), and wait for the local players community to join you on the field!
Missing a player, or missing playing? These are just the tools you need. How did you do before? 15 phone calls? No way…
Plus you can debrief the match after you played it, that’s good for the return match the next week…
Not every players are into organization and statistics… Where is the game? Where is the fun?
More pictures and video sharing features, as well as games, votes, etc. wouldn’t hurt.
Create a central space to collect every picture
Everyone already had this problem. You organize a party or a business event. Everyone is taking pictures. Sometimes they send it to you, sometimes they don’t. But if you try to send some of these pictures to everyone, it begins to be a nightmare.
What would be great is to have a private place on the web, where everyone could share its own pictures of this event, and download those of the others attendings. Something with a special link you could give to everyone in advance.
Lucky you! This miracle happened. And its called Sharypic. Once logged in, you can create an album per event, and then everyone can add its own pictures to it, from Flickr, Picasa or Facebook, and see what the others did with their latest camera.
Oh, and for public events (say, a little more public than your birthday party), you don’t have anything to do! Pictures published on twitter with the right tag will automatically appear in the event’s album!
Incredibly easy to use, at every step : create your account, your event, upload and select your pictures from your Facebook or Flickr account.
In 10 minutes (max), you’re all done!
Too bad you can’t create your own selection from the huge collection you just got, edit it, or print it directly from Sharypic.
Connect all your cloud apps and finally control it with Hojoki
Tired of trying to stay in touch with what happens in the – insert a 2-digits figure her– social networks and cloud apps you’re connected to? Failing to manage the different projects you’re working on with dozens of different people? You need a unique mission control center, don’t you?
Here is where Hojoki kicks in.
Connect your apps and networks in 2 clicks, sit back and look at the stream of activities in a slick interface. You’ll finally be certain not to miss any important update on a Dropbox document, or a critical bookmark from your closest partner.
More than that, you can create projects in which filtered streams will give you only the information you need. This way, you can follow them without the stress to check your inbox, your streams, your shared folders… (the list can go on) every hour.
By mixing the cloud and social networks, you won’t even have to visit Facebook when you’re at work. That will make your boss really happy!
Making a stream of updates or additions on Dropbox and Google docs is a brilliant idea.
It’s definitely the feature you need to improve your productivity!
Crossing social networks logic and project management needs is nice. But will everybody understand or take the time to use it?