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On September 3rd, 2010 by | Comments Off on Challenge your Friends to ‘1K A DAY’ to Win an iPod Touch 4G

Challenge your Friends to ‘1K A DAY’ to Win an iPod Touch 4G

The ‘1K A DAY’ Challenge is designed to encourage users to find a virtual workout partner to make your training both fun and effective. The idea is to invite your friends and complete 50 km (31 miles) in 50 days. A brand new iPod Touch 4G 8GB worth $229 will be awarded to one lucky winner who signs-up and invites their friend.

Its really simple to participate in the contest:

1. Download Fitaide (Free) or Fitaide Pro

2. Sign-up for the ‘1K A DAY’ challenge within the application

3. Invite one friend (via e-mail) to the ‘1K A DAY’ challenge from within the application

You don’t have to complete the challenge to enter the contest, though that would of course be great for your fitness!

Each unique e-mail invite sent to a friend gets you an entry into the contest. Invites sent out before 10:00 pm Pacific time on the 23rd of October 2010 will be considered. Winners will be intimated via e-mail so kindly ensure you enter the right e-mail id into your Fitaide profile page.

The Rules

1. You can send as many e-mail invites as you like, but only valid & unique e-mail invites will be counted towards the contest

2. Only invites sent for the ‘1K A DAY’ contest will count

3. Make sure you send the invites by using the invite button on the contest page – we will not be able to count them otherwise

4. Contest ends 10 pm Pacific Time on the 23th of October

5. Winners will be intimated via e-mail so kindly ensure that you enter the correct e-mail id  on your Fitaide profile page within the application. In case you do not respond within 24 hours of the e-mail being sent, we reserve the right to declare an alternative winner.

6. The gift money of $229 which is the cost of an 8GB iPod Touch 4G will be sent via paypal – kindly ensure you have a valid paypal account that can receive the gift amount.

7. Usage of automated scripts of any kind for our contests will automatically disqualify you from the contest

8. Creating multiple accounts on Fitaide to enter multiple times will automatically disqualify you from the contest.

9. No purchase necessary to enter.

Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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On July 23rd, 2010 by | Comments Off on Change the Way You See Fitness with Fitaide Gen 2!

Change the Way You See Fitness with Fitaide Gen 2!

UPDATE (24 July) : Fitaide Pro went live on the App Store last night! Check out: http://bit.ly/FitaidePro

After close to 4 months of development work we are finally ready to draw the curtains on Fitaide Gen 2 –  a revolutionary change over the existing version which uses our patent-pending fitness planning, tracking and guidance system to help users find motivation, training and support in achieving their fitness goals.

Key features include:

1. Exercise virtually with your friends, set a common goal or challenge, follow progress, share on FB or Twitter

2. Create a custom fitness plan based on your goals – the motion sensor will track and guide as you move

3. Pick an event to train for and a charity to promote while keeping your friends & supporters informed

We also have a brand new logo to better communicate the purpose behind Fitaide and the changes!

To explore the new features & screenshots in detail, visit our new look website: www.fitaide.com (note : the demo video on the site is not yet updated).

The apps should be live soon (pending Apple approval)  so stay tuned for news and updates.

Love to hear your reaction to the changes!

Siva

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On July 6th, 2010 by | 1 Comment »

Outlook Money Profiles Poscitech & Fitaide in its Cover Story on Startups

Outlook Money, a leading Indian business magazine, profiled Poscitech in its review of 25 Startups with initial investment less than 5 lakhs (~$12K). It also picks mobile apps as the most exciting area to be in – particularly for an Indian market where less than 1% have broadband access, while mobile penetration is galloping to universality. Generations of Indians are likely to access & experience the internet primarily through the mobile phone.

Links to the article and list of start-ups:
Main Story
List of Startups

I’m finally catching up with my blogging responsibilities after a couple of months of intensive work on the next version of Fitaide – which is just getting ready for submission. Stay tuned for news on the features, UI and our patent-pending fitness planning, tracking and guidance system.

Siva

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On June 21st, 2010 by | Comments Off on Social Media Internship

Social Media Internship

We’re looking for bright young people who would be interested in helping spread the word about Fitaide using both traditional and social media channels. Give us a shout if you know anyone. For details please click on the links below:

Fitaide Media Internship

Fitaide Social Media Internship

Siva

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On March 30th, 2010 by | 2 Comments »

Top 30 Ranking US, Thanks to Apple Featuring Fitaide

It’s been a week since Fitaide was featured by Apple on the front page of the incredibly crowded App Store – and that has give us much needed visibility. Prior to being featured, Fitaide had briefly touched top 200 amongst health & fitness apps in the US, following the listing, its ranking shot up and remained amongst Top 30 Apps in the Health & Fitness category in the US, peaking at #27. Similarly #29 in Canada, another major market.

In many smaller markets, Fitaide reached Top 10 in the category and Top 100 overall. This included – India, Bulgaria, Brazil, Ecuador, Malta amongst others – its great to see the app being so well received across the world. In total it has been downloaded in close to 50 countries worldwide within ~1 month of launch!  Our sales in this week have been roughly 40-50x higher than the period prior to the listing – providing some much needed funding for planned updates to the application.

Great illustration of what you can achieve via the App Store today, if you can rise up above the crowd.

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On March 24th, 2010 by | Comments Off on Apple Features Fitaide under New and Noteworthy Apps!

Apple Features Fitaide under New and Noteworthy Apps!

Was surprised to see Fitaide’s ranking shooting up this evening and discovered that Fitaide had been featured in the New & Newsworthy Section on the App Store in US, Canada and over 65 other markets! As a result Fitaide is currently ranked #46 in the US Health & Fitness category within paid apps and well above 50 in a few other markets.

I sat and scanned through every country with an iTunes store to see where it was featured – essentially it looks like all countries other than WE, ANZ & Japan which seem to work with a different list of apps. Delighted at the recognition!

Siva

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On March 20th, 2010 by | Comments Off on Fitaide Twitter Contest

Fitaide Twitter Contest

We’re running a Twitter-only contest to spread the word about Fitaide and gain followers. 3 iTunes gift certificates worth $10 each are up for grabs.

To enter, click to tweet the following message:

Retweet and follow @Fitaide to win 1 of 3 iTunes certs. Rules http://bit.ly/czdPBD. Fitaide, Fitness Assistant on the iPhone iPod Touch

Good luck!

Siva

Rules

1. You can retweet as many times as you like, but only one entry will count per participant

2. Make sure your tweets are public. If your tweets are private  we can’t see them

3. Contest ends 10 pm Pacific Time on the 28th of March (next Sunday)

4. Winners will be direct messaged on Twitter within 5 hours of the contest ending, so pls make sure you follow Fitaide

5. Contest is open to US iTunes users only.

6.  Multiple entries are only counted as one entry.

7. One winner per Twitter account.

8. Usage of automated scripts of any kind for our contests will automatically disqualify you from the contest

9. Creating multiple accounts on Twitter to enter multiple times will automatically disqualify you from the contest.

10. No purchase necessary to enter.

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On March 10th, 2010 by | Comments Off on $150 iTunes Gift Certs Contest, to coincide with the launch of Fitaide Lite

$150 iTunes Gift Certs Contest, to coincide with the launch of Fitaide Lite

Fitaide Lite (the free version) was released yesterday and is now available for download. To celebrate the launch and demonstrate the versatility of the application, we are running a contest this weekend (13th & 14th March, 2010) with $150 of iTunes Gift Certificates up for grabs. Contest is open to US & UK users of iTunes only. Hope to see you participate and hope you enjoy the contest. Good luck!

Contest Details:

1. Download either the Lite or Full version of Fitaide from the App store. To download click Fitaide or Fitaide Lite

2. Use Fitaide or Fitaide Lite to capture your activity and broadcast sessions over Twitter (using the in-built capability within the app)

3. Sessions should last a minimum of 20 minutes each within an average intensity of 40% Vo2Max or more per session

4. The number of distinct sessions broadcast between 12:00 am to 11:59 pm US EST each day (i.e. 13th & 14th March) on Twitter will be counted for every participant. Its important that each session is clearly labelled with a distinct activity prior to broadcast – if a participant has two similar activities (example jogging and running) then only one will be counted towards the contest total

5. The top 5 broadcasters each day will receive a $15 / GBP 10 iTunes Gift certificate each. In case of a tie, the total session time as well as the creativity of the activity (within the capabilities of Fitaide) will be considered in picking a winner

6. Contest is only open to users of the US & UK iTunes stores

7. Gift certificate codes will be sent via direct message on Twitter to the winners so please ensure you follow Fitaide on Twitter to receive the codes. To follow click here

8. Any questions please leave a comment below or write to fitaide@poscitech.com.

IMPORTANT: Kindly ensure that you do not overexert yourself and take into account your health and fitness status and / or consult your physician before participating in this contest. By participating in this contest you acknowledge that POSCITECH or any of its employees cannot be held responsible for any effects, injury or damage your incur either to yourself or to your belongings, whether directly or indirectly as a result of your participation in this contest.

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On February 24th, 2010 by | Comments Off on Fitaide Demo Video

Fitaide Demo Video

Fitaide demo video was just uploaded, take a look and let me know what you think..

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On January 16th, 2010 by | Comments Off on The joys(!) of entrepreneurship

The joys(!) of entrepreneurship

Despite my previous experience of setting up new ventures within a organisation and the many entrepreneurs I’ve spoken to, there are still a few things that have  surprised me about being an entrepreneur.

Here’s a short list of the unexpected:

1/ At the top of the list I would put connecting (or reconnecting) with people. Being (mostly) on my own has forced me to reach out to people in my wider network, to bounce off ideas / get reaction and seek moral support. I’m surprised by how many long-lost contacts I have reconnected with and how willing, nay eager, people have been to provide feedback and input.

2/ Openness … as an entrepreneur all you have is your wits and the very humbling recognition that you could be 100% wrong! I find that I’m not able to bring the same level of die-hard conviction that I used to display during my past life in a large organisation. Perhaps its a recognition that as a small firm there’s little you control or maybe its because your pay cheque is completely dependent on the success of your idea!

Whatever the reason, it does  force you to consider alternative views and be flexible. The real challenge is to keep that open-mind without losing sight of the value in what you’ve created.

3/ The benefits of small organisations are well recognised … flexibility, speed, creativity etc. However I think these virtues are somewhat exaggerated (perhaps due to a poetic sense of support for David vs. Goliath). Large organisations have huge advantages … in the variety of skills available on tap, the market presence and visibility and in being able to solve a problem systematically. Where they seem to fail is in lacking leadership i.e. the ability to harness this talent and capability towards a common goal.

Siva

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On January 10th, 2010 by | Comments Off on In the beginning

In the beginning

It’s a little over 3 months since I started on this journey …  and what a journey its been! In those 3 months, I saw one major change of direction in the basic design of the app, quite a few changes in its feature set and design elements and many many changes in its name!

What hasn’t changed is the core purpose behind the app – to help users improve their fitness and overall health from doing the things they naturally enjoy. There’s tons of research showing that sustainable fitness occurs when we discover activities we genuinely enjoy and are able to do them in the company of others. That’s why ActiSense was conceived and is being developed.

A lot of time has been spent in researching this area and developing this app, bringing it close to launch, nevertheless I feel that I’m really at the start of a quest … to discover whom this application is most useful for, how it helps (or hinders) them and how relevant it is (or not) to its users.

Now that my website is finally coming together, I hope to capture the learning for all of you interested in hearing about it. Keep visiting!

Siva

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