Today, Toronto-based startup Pulse Networks announced that it has received a second round of funding from Toronto venture capital firm Orbixa Management Services to build a location-based app called Pulse the World. The app will be available in May for the iPhone, and for Android and Blackberry phones before the end of summer.
"This is not just another iPhone app", says Kamal Mansouri, Chief Technology Officer. "We are able to deal with a type of information which so far eludes both Google and Twitter."
Pulse Networks founders Brett Bergmann, Benjamin Roberts, Brian Mosoff and Kamal Mansouri are building Pulse the World to enable people to tag and learn about everything that's happening around them in real-time. The app accounts for the location and time relevance of user-generated content.
Pulse Networks is teaming up with major festivals and event venues that will use the platform to provide real-time event data to their participants. Harbourfront Centre and the Toronto Pride Week are some of the first Pulse Networks partners.
"Pulse the World will be a great new tool for people attending Toronto's Pride Festival to learn about and take part in our many events and performances as they explore the city," said Francisco Alvarez, co-chair of Pride. "We're really pleased to introduce this colourful free app to our hundreds of thousands of participants this June."
Pulse Networks co-founder Benjamin Roberts says that the app "is going to help you find and do better things, whether in your own back yard or another city altogether. We've had beta testers tagging everything - traffic jams, free samples, even the current co-ordinates of celebrities. I don't think celebrities are going to like us very much."
For more information, visit www.pulsetheworld.com.