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3 ways to Skateboard to China: Developer Conference 2015

Some might say it’s an impossible endeavor, but we’ve managed to skateboard our way to China in 3 key steps. Yes, it’s easier to fly there, but the skateboarding experience will be richer, more interesting, and you’ll get to enjoy the scenery. Our startup experience has taught us how to skateboard through different challenges and obstacles. We reached deep enough into our inner Brooklynite-hipster soul, grabbed our skateboards, and along with an amazing team of developers and collaborators, we are now at the cusp of sharing an eye-opening, device-to-device technology with our very own little app, Compass.to, with some of the best developers in the Chinese tech world. Here is how we did it.

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The real benefit of LTE Direct vs. other proximity-based technologies

Accuracy. Privacy. Efficiency.

On Tuesday, July 14th, Google announced it was making available its Nearby Messages proximity API for developers, stating the technology can allow data sharing between nearby devices. As much of the things that Google does, it scales upon existing technologies (i.e. iBeacon) and makes them leaner, more accessible, and they usually add a sexy little feature to it. In this case, inaudible sound communication. How reliable is this and will developers embrace it? It still needs to be tested. However, as the pioneers and advocates we are of the LTE Direct technology developed by Qualcomm, we have some interesting arguments to suggest that LTE Direct might have better features and functionality than other technologies.

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Coffee meets Laptop: Proximity based solution to find your best coffee spot

New York is known for its overwhelming number of coffee shops but also for its Starbucks-in-every-corner movement. As an international student, coming from one of the top coffee-makers in the world, Colombia, I was happy to know that in every corner, I was going to find my ever-so-tasteful Colombian coffee. Uh, no. It’s tough to find good, tasting coffee. At least for the pickiest people – as we all know New Yorkers are. With Compass.to, I’ve been able to find and get friends to join me at some of the coolest spots in town to share those coffee-meets-laptop moments. Here are a few.

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What’s up New York students? 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer

Part of our efforts in providing relevant, contextual, and quality content, lie in being able to cut through the internet noise of endless Buzzfeed publications, or ridiculous cat GIF’s, to finally discover all great content happening around us as you read this post. As a former New York student, I wish there could have been a sleek and simple place to go and find out about the best things to do, but also adding a touch of contextual content. Enter Compass.to! We’re here to bring you all the great content and things to do in the city, while giving you a solution to enrich those moments by joining friends in your proximity or sharing stories with photos and music. Here are the 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer!

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Compass.to @ NY Tech Day 2015: Silicon Alley’s largest startup science fair

Alex Bierling, CEO & Co-founder of Compass.to at NY Tech Day

Alex Bierling, CEO & Co-founder of Compass.to at NY Tech Day

The first time at everything is always challenging to navigate. As Tania Luna highlights in her new book: Embrace the unpredictable and engineer the unexpected. Last Thursday, April 23rd, was Compass.to’s first time at New York Tech Day, denominated as NY’s largest startup science fair. It was an amazing experience especially because of the vibrant entrepreneurial culture Silicon Alley is living at this point in time. Here’s a recap of our experience and highlights.

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