Author Archives: Miiko Mentz

Looking for something to do tonight? Head on over to Atrium in San Francisco for JETLAG-2, an event by Liana Burtsava (@lburtsava), founder and CEO of Trendy Lime, an elite social club for trendsetters and world travelers, and DJ Nader. JETLAG-2 “Where Fashion Meets Travel” will be a night of fashion, music, champagne, cocktails and more. Check it out…

…WHERE FASHION MEETS TRAVEL…  Please join San Francisco trendsetters and world travelers for the 2nd edition of JETLAG.  Fashion, Travel, Music, all combined in a show to suit the most discerning tastes–at a San Francisco’ exquisite location & architectural miracle, Atrium.
HIGH FASHION “Lionyze” by Lion Got :: Apparel :: Jewelry
Drink Specials: $10 Champagne & Cocktails

First-Class Program:
::Travel Show by Art Gimbel
::Performing live: Sax solo by Brandon McKee
::DJ Nader
::DJ Playdoughboy
::“PlantMyPhone” by Mokugift: bring an old cell-phone, plant a tree and have a chance to win $1,000
::Win a 3-hour Limo ride in a stretch limousine by Abiano
::Producer/ Spokesmodel Meliza Solan

Admission: $5 with RSVP before 10 pm
$10 with RSVP after 10 pm, $15 w/o RSVP

Dress Code: Chic and Elegant!

For tickets and more info: JETLAG-2

Tomorrow is World Malaria Day 2010 and the Social Media Envoys have already started their efforts in helping to end malaria in endemic African countries by 2015. The Social Media Envoy is a large group of influencers from Anderson Cooper of CNN, Queen Rania of Jordan, and Ryan Seacrest to Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, Jutine “iJustine” Ezarik and a host of others who have been brought together by Ray Chambers of the United Nations Special Envoy for Malaria and his team.

(photo credit: from user Sweetpea6497)

In a recent statement issued by the Office of Special Envoy, Chambers stated, “In our efforts to reach the Secretary-General’s 2010 goal of universal bed net coverage, and to reach the longer term goal of near-zero deaths from malaria by 2015, it is critical that acceleration continue in the malaria control movement.”

Chambers continued, “Social media content and user driven syndication have proven to be exceptional media assets in generating action behind, elevating awareness of, and increasing resources for global malaria efforts. With our malaria-related objectives within sight, this influential group of Social Media Envoys will help us exceed our awareness goals throughout the year.”

The Social Media Envoys have agreed to help spread the word across their networks through tweets, wall posts on Facebook, YouTube videos and photos on The ultimate goal is to raise awareness across the Social Web in order to raise the needed funds to provide interventions against Malaria, such as insecticide-treated nets, in all endemic African countries.

In another statement issued by UNICEF, Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF said, “It’s difficult to imagine that 24,000 children under the age of five die every day from preventable causes like malaria—but it is in fact a reality. Progress is being made on combating this killer disease in Africa but so much more needs to be done.  I’m confident that engaging individuals through social media is one very powerful way to elevate the profile of this disease and provide a real outlet for action.”

Stern is right, it’s incredibly difficult to imagine that 24,000 children under the age of five die EVERY DAY from preventable causes like Malaria. Together, let’s put an end to it. Join in and spread the word, make a donation and save lives.

To make a $10 mobile donation text NETS to 864233 (UNICEF). Or visit the Malaria Envoy Facebook page and make a donation there.


Check out Jutine”iJustine” Ezarik’s End Malaria video:

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Mashery Circus Mashimus at SXSW

If you’re at the South By Southwest (SXSW) interactive festival this year and you haven’t had a chance to swing by the Circus Mashimus lounge, I suggest you do. It was a smash hit at last year’s SXSWi and I’m happy to see Mashery CEO Oren Michels and team are back at this year’s SXSWi.

The Circus Mashimus lounge is not only a great place to grab free coffee in the morning while you check your email, and then beer and popcorn in the afternoon; but it’s the place to be to talk mashups and visit with the Mashery team and its customers and sponsors to learn how to get more from your data by opening it up to developers.

Mashery offers customers a flexible, secure and effective way to manage their application programming interface (API) programs. Offering developers open APIs is an ongoing process from performance and security to registration and provisioning, so having a way to manage it all is critical to the success of an API developer program. And nowadays it’s all about the apps and giving information to customers in new and creative ways, and in the manner and places that they want it, so having an efficient API management platform, such as Mashery, can greatly contribute to the success of an API developer program.

Mashery has an impressive list of customers from Best Buy, Netflix and Etsy to CafePress, among many others. Best Buy, with its Best Buy Remix, and CafePress are sponsors of this year’s Circus Mashimus lounge, so swing by and grab a coffee or beer (depending on time of day) and check out the cool mashups being created by developers and how it’s all managed easily through Mashery.

The Circus Mashimus lounge is open from 9:30AM-6:00PM through tomorrow and is located on the first floor in room three near the Screenburn Arcade in the Austin Convention Center where SXSW is being held.

And check out Bubblicious Reporter Alison McNeill interviews with Oren Michels and Best Buy’s Michele Azar from last year’s Circus Mashimus at SXSWi 2009.

SXSW: Interview with Best Buy’s Michele Azar

SXSW: Interview with Mashery CEO Oren Michels

By Miiko Mentz

The 2009 Crunchies award winners were revealed Friday night at the Herbst Theater in San Francisco. This was the third annual Crunchies Awards ceremony put on by TechCrunch, along with its partners GigaOm and VentureBeat. For a third straight year Facebook took home the Best Overall Startup Or Product Of 2009 award. Mark Zuckerberg was on hand to accept the award:

Zuckerberg also sat down for an on-stage interview with TechCrunch Founder and Co-editor Michael Arrington. They discussed Internet privacy and how Facebook has been aggressive on that front. They talked about the future of Facebook Connect and Zuckerberg said that this year Facebook will focus on making it easier for users and developers to use Facebook Connect because “much more is going to be developed outside of Facebook then inside.”

Arrington asked Zuckerberg if Facebook will get more aggressive on acquisitions, in which Zuckerberg commented on the motivation behind Facebook’s past acquisitions. He said the acquisitions “have been primarily to get great people to join the company” and then he went on to talk about each. Watch the full interview here:

And one of my favorite parts of the evening was the Richter Scales performance. Their performance was highly entertaining and lots of fun:

Like last year’s Crunchies Awards, the evening ended with a celebration at the Crunchies Awards after party across the street at San Francisco City Hall’s rotunda. Check out the pictures from the ceremony and after party: Crunchies2009′s photostream.

To see all the nominees, runner-ups, and winners, head on over to TechCrunch; and to watch the recording of the Crunchies head on over to the Crunchies page or TechCrunch’s Crunchies Ustream channel.

Follow me on Twitter: @MiikoMentz

Disclosure: In addition to being a contributor to Bubblicious, I also work at FutureWorks. FutureWorks was the video sponsor for the Crunchies and I was part of the video crew for last night’s ceremony.

Related Links:
GigaOM: DropBox, Foursquare, Facebook Winners at The Crunchies
TechCrunch: The Crunchies Photo Gallery
VentureBeat: Crunchies: Google Voice is coming to the iPhone “one way or the other”
VentureBeat: Crunchies: Zynga’s Mark Pincus sees a future for socially-conscious virtual goods
Bubblicious: A night of reflection and celebration at TechCrunch’s 2nd annual Crunchies

By Miiko Mentz

The blogosphere is buzzing this morning about the news that Polaroid has teamed with Pop Diva Lady Gaga. Last night at a press conference (and in a press release issued last night), Polaroid revealed that Lady Gaga is its new Creative Director. Polaroid plans to collaborate with Lady Gaga and introduce a specialty line later this year.

This news is definitely bubblicious, but it doesn’t surprise me and just seems like a natural next step for her as she grows her Haus of Gaga, which includes music, fashion, photography, and technology products. Last year she introduced heartbeats by Lady Gaga, in-ear headphones developed in conjunction with beats by dr. dre and Monster.

Lady Gaga was not in attendance at the press conference last night, but she will be at Polaroid’s booth today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) being held at the Las Vegas Convention Center through Sunday.

Only time will tell if Lady Gaga can help Polaroid rise from the ashes. But one thing is for sure, she is one smart, beautiful and talented lady!

Follow me on Twitter: @MiikoMentz

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