Sunday, November 21, 2010

Release 0.8.37 Web & Android Available

Business Services is Live!

We love small businesses, its is the spirit of Entrepreneurship that we *honestly* admire and respect. Heck, we are trying to start a business too so we want to help businesses reach out to their customers and know how they are perceived by their customers.

That's why we really wanted to push our Business Services product. Our first goal: make it easy and affordable for any business to have a loyalty program. Our Second: provide a way for businesses to manage relationships with those customers. THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!

As you can tell we are super excited about this. We have many challenges getting the word out, and we are going to be launching an affiliate program of our own very soon, most likely reaching out to our rating community, and growing our SEO profile help small businesses make stronger relationships with their customers.

If you know a business that would like us to waive fees for one year we are looking for applicants to one of our events in San Diego, Los Angeles, or The Bay Area. Just sign up here:

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New Flyby Demo

We had a great time going down to The Grand Tavern and having a drink in order to explain what RateCred does.

The Grand tavern makes some of the best old school cocktails in the east bay, its one of my favorite places to have pre prohibition cocktails. We are going to try the Reunion Cooler a delicious specialty cocktail of tequila, muddled pineapple, and pink peppercorns on the rocks. Yay.

Ratecred makes sharing your opinions about the places you visit a game with rewards. Our location based system gives you a simple and quick way to find and rate any local business, share with your friends using twitter, and earn credit and special offers for your expertise.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

0.8.36 Open Beta Available!

We are really excited to announce that we have just gone Open Beta with v0.8.36 on both Android Market and our website. This means that we will start taking on more users, it DOES NOT mean we think we are anything close to being the quality we would like. That's why its not a "release".

Thanks again to the testers, you have been so helpful and given us really helpful feedback. You are now ready to be a part of any Valley Startup! @DeepSouthM3 @Quiksand @FWFUTAH @mirmie02 (and more) all were awesome and crucial to getting here.

So there is no fancy party, we have vowed that there will be no party until we earn enough money to pay for it. But we are getting there, and when we have enough for a party it will be SWEET!

We didn't get as many responses as we would like from the survey, but we had enough to feel like its time to move forward. Here is why we think we are ready:

  • Xochi Lives! - We now have a real inference engine to drive both the game mechanics and the matching of users to the best offers possible. The implications of this have just begin.
  • Better Location - The reports of location issues caused us to re-implement our location services, with tons of field testing we think its a lot better.
  • More Stable - Haven't had one FC report in a week, which means that stability has for most people is way better.
Hopefully this is just the start, we have big plans and hope you are part of it.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Android Client 0.8.35 on Market

Well hopefully we are on the home stretch to open this up to an open beta. We will be honest, its been hard, but all of you have been so great and helpful in making this product better. Now we need to take it to the next step. We are not ready quite yet, and we definitely wont go there unless you think we should, so we are going to mail out a survey to the beta group and see if you will agree that we are ready.

What did we fix in 0.8.35?
  • Signup Crashes if in Landscape Mode - There is still some weirdness when you authorize into the application for the first time using twitter, but at least it does not crash. If you don't get the auth the first time click the button again.
  • Some Network Actions Fail or Time Out - There were some things I was missing on the server side that caused first time users to get BOO screens on cred and timeline the first time.
  • Black Screen on Startup - You will notice a page with a rotating progress on startup, basically there is a twitter check on startup that takes a little time, just hang in there. We think this is better than showing a black screen which confuses people.
  • Screen History Behaviors - Hitting back button had strange behaviors occasionally, generally we try to take people back to splash now if possible.
  • Numerous FC Fixes - Your crash reports helped us again!
Hopefully on this release users will feel like the stability of the app is improving, one thing we have not fixed yet that we want to fix before we go to open is that location can sometimes think you are in the previous place, we included a refresh button so you can force this until we get it just right.

Survey should go out Sat, if we get enough results we will release 0.8.36 open beta on Sun.