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Alex Deve
San Francisco
CEO & Founder Oleboo
Interests: food, golf, san francisco, technology, people, social media, good company, drinks, customers
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Jul 5, 2012
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Emily Epstein, one of the early adopters of Oleboo, and the most loyal user a product can dream to serve, is going to earn her 2,000th MVP. That's quite amazing! Congratulations Emily! Anyone wants to challenge her? :) Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at The Oleboo blog
Since we launched Oleboo in June last year, we had some great times. We met some fantastic people, users and partners, who helped us get where we are today. We have more than 20K downloads, and several hundreds active users. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved, especially since we’ve done it with 0 investment. Now we’re at a crossroads. Raise money to go big at it, or keep it as a personal project and develop it slowly but surely. We decided not to raise money, but keep developing it on the side. Why did we make such a decision, when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2011 at The Oleboo blog
via Readwriteweb just published this info: 22.5% users post 90% of tweets. It just confirms that, like most consumer product, the 80/20 rule applies for Twitter as well. Now, what's really interesting is the growth of people follow more than 100 friends. It went from 7% on 2009 to 21% in 2010. That's a huge achievement. Those folks are much less likely to churn. It's easy to think that those are probably also the same who contribute tweets. But let's be crazy. What if not? What if Twitter is becoming a reading tool where you pick your topic(s) and... Continue reading
Reblogged Dec 17, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
Great news! The new Oleboo is now available in the app store. You can all download the new version and enjoy a total new companion experience while you're watching sports. The main improvement is really cool. It's called Twitter Noise: you can now follow what's being said on twitter about the game you're watching, answer the tweets or retweet them. We've tried to make this very easy. You can also share your shouts with twitter. And if you don't want to type anything to stay focus on the game, just boo or ole the team, and we'll share it with... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
via We probably shouldn't laugh, but that one is funny. Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 26, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
via Pierre Chappaz (French entrepreneur who sold Kelkoo to Yahoo!) reposted this drawing Gizmodo put on their site earlier. What's interesting, as Pierre highlights, is all the grey people. The 80-20 rule applies to most consumer products. 20% of your audience drives 80% of your traffic. It's not surprising that 5% of Twitter users generate most of the tweets, nor that 5% of Twitter users have more than 100 followers. Also, the little green ones show the potential of Twitter. Those are people who may use the product once a month or so, and therefore can be activated and... Continue reading
Reblogged Nov 25, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
After the Baseball World Series, we're also now in the middle of the MLS playoffs. I got to watch San Jose beat New York 1-3 and qualify for the final of its conference against Colorado. The format the MLS has chosen for its playoffs is a similar format than most football competitions. It's basically 2 games, one at home and one away, with the team scoring the most goals qualifying. In case of a tie, they go in extra time and then penalty kicks. I'm used to this format, and quite like it to be honest. I think it provides... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
A lot of my europeans friends are making fun of the fact that the Giants are now called "World Champions" after their win yesterday night against the Rangers in game 5 of the World Series. It's actually a huge discussion on Facebook and other forums. I have to say that the first I heard that, I was also amused. Back in Europe, World Champions are usually countries, and international competitions usually involves countries, not teams. And of course, we love to joke that the US think they're the center of the world. But I would say that there is actually... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
Michael Arrington posted a great article on Techcrunch today. I barely consider myself an entrepreneur, since I've started my own company early this year, and I don't have the experience that so many folks have in Silicon Valley. That being said, I really agree with his Pirate analogy (basically, Pirates had more chances of dying than becoming rich and yet, they still decide to go for it). In my opinion, becoming an entrepreneur is an emotional decision. It is not rational. You have to be absolutely crazy to decide to start your own thing. Let me list here all the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
Today is the start of the new NBA season, and fans can cheer for their team on Oleboo during every game. Don't let your team be boo'd more than the other team. Bring your friends, ask them to help you become the MVP, and join the fun! Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
It's been a huge sports week-end with the 10-0 win from PSV Eindhoven against Feyenoord in the Dutch soccer league, and the 59-14 victory of the Raiders over the Broncos at Denver. I actually don't remember the last time a team won with more than 10 goals difference in a major soccer (football) league, but my friends at footbalistic can surely confirm that. Regarding the NFL game, I don't have the stats either, but what a performance from Oakland, at a time where confidence wasn't necessarily there (after all, they lost against the 49ers last week!). Looking forward to seeing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
You love sports? You love social media? You love hacking stuff late at night? Then this job is for you! Oleboo, a social application that connects sports fans during a live event, is looking for a developer to accelerate its growth. What you need to know about Oleboo: We’re a very young start-up, team is extremely small. We’re based in San Francisco, but don’t work out of an office. We like shipping. You have an idea, build it, ship it, learn, iterate. We hate power point, it’s actually forbidden (it’s just bad). We launched our iPhone app 6 weeks ago.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
Today is the opening of the new NHL season. Some of you asked us to cover the hockey season. We've done it. You can now cheer for your teams, or boo your opponents for all the NHL games. While we were at it, we also added all the pre-season NBA games. Remember, watching the games while playing Oleboo is fun. It's like watching the game together with all your friends, no matter where they are! Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
We've got a lot of feedback from all of you asking to open games earlier. Unfortunately, the app doesn't let you start playing until the game you want to talk about is actually active. So you can't engage in any pre-game smacktalk. This probably has to do with the medal system that rewards you for multiple comments during a game, but it would be nice to incorporate pre-gaming in some respect. This was from a review in appolicious. While we understand that some pre-game trash talk is always good, we also want Oleboo to reward the folks who are watching... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
Reblogged Sep 24, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
I second what David said. What you and Ben have created is amazing and is fundamentally changing people's life. I'm looking forward to all the great things the new team will create!
Toggle Commented Sep 22, 2010 on Farewell, Six Apart. at Dollarshort
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Sep 22, 2010
We've just released an improved web interface. We'll bring even more improvements in the days to come, but you'll notice that you can now see the total number of boos and oles each team has. You also have a better access to your stats. We've also introduced an invite module, so you can invite your friends as you play. Oleboo is much more fun when your friends are on it at the same time, so don't hesitate to tell them to join you! You can check it out by going to oleboo, and playing a game on the web or... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
Reblogged Sep 10, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
Yesterday, with the opening of the NFL season, we've had our best day ever on Oleboo. More than 45 people played simultaneously during Vikings vs Saints. Those are not people saying they're watching the game. Those are people who are sharing their emotions as the game is happening. It was a lot fun. It was great to talk about the game as it was happening with fans from all over the place. Interestingly enough, each team had almost the same number of oles (86 and 87), but the Vikings received more boos. At the same time, the Giants beat the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
In the past few days, we've seen an increase of individuals using all their shouts at once. While this was their choice, it impacted the user experience for everybody else, since we would just show a long string of oles and boos. We had to find a way to fix this. We've decided to move to a different model. From now on, you can shout a total of 4 times every 5 minutes. The advantage of that is that it gives you more shouts for the overall games, since there isn't the 30 shouts limit anymore. Hopefully, this will provide... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
This is the time of the year when I get really excited. The new NFL season is about to start! Brett Favre is back, as usual, and Sunday nights are not going to be the same for the next 5 months (maybe I should also say Monday nights...). Oleboo is ready for the new football season. That was one of our key goal when we started this adventure. We're available on multiple platforms (web, Iphone), we have a solid user base, and the product has gone a long way from the prototype we had back in May thanks to all... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at The Oleboo blog
No time to rest here at Oleboo! We've heard from many that they don't just want to have their voice heard on Oleboo and Facebook, but also Twitter. So we've just built it (congrats and thanks Charlie!). Basically, you can now use Oleboo during a game to post to both Facebook and Twitter, reaching out to all your friends. The good news is that you can pick what you share and where you share it. That way, you don't spam your Twitter or Facebook friends during a game and yet can share all what's going throw your mind with other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at The Oleboo blog