Check out our three seconds of glory! Waze’s mention, 4:33-4:36, as one of the hot companies to watch out for in 2010 done did us proud. Take a look at the other 4:54 minutes of the clip, too – it’s a nice little recap of 2009 in the Tech space…
Archive for December, 2009
We just found out that we were selected to be featured in Contagious Magazine’s newest issue. Contagious is a resource that covers topics such as branded content; mobile marketing; social networking; user-generated content; word of mouth; viral; interactive; blogs; video games; retail initiatives; design innovations and emerging technologies – and here’s what they had to say about us in issue 21 (page 29):
“Advanced as navigation technology has become, it isn’t all knowing, yet. Spotting local jams, overturned milk floats and burst water mains requires eyes on the ground. Step forward Waze, a free community-based mobile navigation app which automatically updates in real-time as users drive, detecting traffic levels which are constantly updated for other drivers to see. Users can share and report information such as accidents or road works, even upload photos. Development is completely dependent on the community, who update street names and correct errors as they go. Devised by Israeli software engineer Ehud Shabtai, Waze launched worldwide in November 2009.”
Nice shout out to Ehud, our co-Founder and CTO!
Role/Team at waze: Developer, Web Team
A bit about what you do here: Mainly help keep waze’s beautiful site updated and running
How long you’ve been working at waze: 6 months
What you like most about working here: The amazing people and being a part of a growing start-up
What you think the coolest part of waze (the product) is: It’s ability to make people’s everyday life a bit easier and its global spread
Dream phone: iPhone
Favorite app, aside from waze: WordWarp is nice
Personal motto: ‘I can’t do it’ never yet accomplished anything; ‘I will try’ has performed miracles.
Role/Team at waze: Merger
A bit about what you do here: We update the map from user tracks and other sources.
How long you’ve been working at waze: 18 months
What you like most about working here: Close to home
What you think the coolest part of waze (the product) is: Ability to see other users while driving. The first time I’ve seen this it gave me a sense of belonging to something live and cool.
Dream phone: Telepathic
Favorite app, aside from waze: Talking
Personal motto: Sympathy
Role/Team at waze: Map Team/Support
A bit about what you do here: Keepin’ it real…
How long you’ve been working at waze: 6 months
What you like most about working here: The view from my window…
What you think the coolest part of waze (the product) is: No more traffic!! And it’s free!!
Dream phone: WXRR3000…or somthing…
Favorite app, aside from waze: iBeer
Personal motto: Live like an angel, die like the devil.
Congrats to the first winners… Please note that it’ll take us a day or two to process results and send you the winning email. So no worries if you didn’t get the email from us yet, we’re on top of it, see that you’ve won, and will be in touch soon…
For those who didn’t find one… no worries there, either – there are a lot of prizes that are still hiding out there
Here’s a winner, notifying all through the chit chat
Once you download the new holiday version and get out there on the road, you’ll see yet another cool feature – treasure chests scattered here and there around the map. What’re those treasure chests all about? Well, they’re part of the waze Holiday Treasure Hunt, silly!
From December 17, 2009 to January 1, 2010, keep your eyes peeled for treasure chests along your daily commute for your chance to win!
Driving over these chests opens them, revealing anything from bonus points and waze goodiebags to Amazon giftcards! You’ll get a pop-up after you drive over them, telling you if you’ve won anything, or if the chest has been emptied by another wazer already. If you’re a winner, you’ll get an email with instructions on how to claim your prize shortly thereafter…
Happy treasure hunting, wazers, and happy holidays, too, from all of us at waze!
The fine print:
ELIGIBILITY:You must be 18 years of age or older to enter the Waze Inc. (Hereby “Waze”) treasure hunt. TREASURE HUNT PERIOD: Waze treasure hunt begins at Thursday 17th December 2009 00:00 EST and ends on Friday January 1, 2010 23:59 EST PRIZE RESTRICTIONS: Each winner is responsible for any applicable taxes. Prizes listed are subject to its general availability on the market. In the event of non-availability on the market, Wase will provide a similar or equal compensation. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: By participating, participants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Waze and its partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this treasure hunt or any treasure hunt related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder. Waze reserves the right under its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify the terms of the treasure hunt, in whole or in part; and the right to disqualify any participant in the event of tempering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes which in Waze sole opinion corrupt or effect the fairness, integrity, legality or proper conduct of the treasure hunt. CONDITIONS: This treasure hunt is subject to federal, state, provincial, territorial and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Void where prohibited. Waze makes no warranty of any kind, express or implied, directly or indirectly, regarding the prize delivery and Waze is not responsible for prize delivery being late, lost, stolen, damaged, mutilated, incomplete, illegible, misdirected, or postage-due. Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the judges are final on all matters relating to the treasure hunt; and (c) In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another winner.GOVERNING LAW/DISPUTE RESOLUTION: This treasure hunt shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of New York without regard to the conflict of laws doctrine of any jurisdiction; and any disputes, claims or causes of action shall be resolved only in a state or federal court located in the County of New York, State of New York. Any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of pocket costs incurred and under no circumstances will participants be permitted to obtain awards for and participants hereby waive all rights to claim, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages other than for actual out-of-pocket costs and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.
Foursquare Integration – We’re super excited to announce our integration with Foursquare, a popular new location-based geo-gaming app that’s getting a lot of buzz. Users of both apps can now ‘check in’ to various locations on Foursquare via the waze client – a feature that’s we hope you’ll really like! If you’re not already familiar with Foursquare, you’re definitely gonna want to check this one out…
‘Road Goodies’- As you know, waze recently added ‘road goodies’ – small icons worth bonus points – and the just-released holiday version features adorable wintery ‘road goodies’ including snowflakes (worth 50 points) and candy canes (worth 100 points), scattered all over the map.
Holiday Treasure Hunt – We also have a holiday treasure hunt running, where little treasure chests scattered around the map will open to reveal real-world prizes! (See the next blog post for more details…)
Multiple Language Support – And last, but not least, the new holiday version also includes Spanish and Italian support, both on the client interface as well as the audio navigation prompts. These translations were fully undertaken by waze community members, and we’re turning to the rest of you to help out with the waze translation project. Check out the waze Wiki for more information on how to get involved. We’re currently working on Bosnian, Czech, Dutch, Finnish, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian – but feel free to add any language that you wanna be wazing in!
(The answers below are all from our users…)
1. You dream about map editing at night. – mysoulishome
2. You see something suspicious on the side of the road but hesitate to call 911 because you’d have to exit waze (iPhone users) LOSING POINTS! – mysoulishome
3. Your spouse constantly laughs at you as you look down to see if waze is still munching. – mysoulishome
4. You secretly wish that you actually left dotted lines everywhere you went. It would be great for finding lost car keys. – mysoulishome
5. You intentionally take different roads to work every day, just for the points. – ryaninc
6. You would rather look at/watch waze than talk on the phone. – watsonda
7. You pretend not to notice the indicated turning just so that you can turn down the next road because you realize the next road still has dots on it. – marque
8. Date nights go from dinner and a movie to long drives around town gobbling dots along the way. - Josh
9. You find yourself taking longer to get home at the end of the day so you can grap those few precious dots in neighborhoods you normally would drive by. – Josh
10. You scream at your iPhone when someone decides they need to call you while you drive. – Josh
11. You make the “WOBBA-WOBBA” chomping sound while munching new roads. – CaptainJoel17
12. You bought Modern Warfare 23 days ago and haven’t opened the box yet…
13. The waze logo starts looking eerily like the zoloft blog… http://br.st/3kh – @lovelyssm
14. On your first day of using Waze, you get home from work, it’s midnight, you’re dog tired, but you start just driving around to feel part of the contributing crowd that maps the planet… – WazeReview
Gosh, that last one really strikes a chord, huh? We wanna hear from the rest of you! Feel free to add to the list in the comments section…
The ’2009 Best App Ever Awards’ are here and we’d like your help to become the ‘Best GPS App Ever’! Or, at least until 2010…
To nominate waze, simply click the link here, enter ‘waze’ and click on our icon once it appears, and you’re done. Nominations are open through December 31st, 2009. Thanks for your help!