Parallel Kingdom Launches on iPhone, Android

PerBlue, Inc. has released a new title in its popular “Parallel Kingdom” line of location-based games. The game, “Age of Emergence” is now available in the iTunes App Store and the Google Android Market. Age of Emergence can be played on all iPhones, iPod Touch, and Android phones. It is free to download and free to play.  From their release:

Madison, WI November 25, 2009 — PerBlue, Inc. has released a new title in its popular “Parallel Kingdom” line of location-based games. The game, Age of Emergence, is now available in the iTunes App Store and the Google Android Market. Age of Emergence can be played on all iPhones, iPod Touch, and Android phones. It is free to download and free to play.

The Age of Emergence adds a large number of features and significantly increases the depth of the whole game. Among the new features is the ability to found and expand cities with other players. There are four new types of dungeons players can explore and the locations of these dungeons are linked to actual features on the Google Map. Water on the Google Map is now also clearly distinguished and is played differently, adding another linkage between the game and real life. Also, all players are now ranked on a weekly basis in 20 different categories, and the top player in each category wins a trophy hat for their character.

In addition to new features, the previous game features have also been expanded by adding over a dozen new buildings, many new creatures to hunt, and over 30 new items to collect.

The developers of Parallel Kingdom will monetize the game using a micropayment-based business model. Players will be able to buy an in-game resource called Food using their iTunes account or Google Checkout. The functionality used by Parallel Kingdom for these in-app purchases was only recently added to Apple products in the 3.0 OS.

Mike Jurken Selected as Global Student Entrepreneur Award Finalist

Capital Entrepreneurs member Mike Jurken was selected to present at the Global Student Entrepreneur Award Global Finals this week in Kansas City, Missouri for his company Majic Enterprises.

MADISON, WIS. – November, 19 2009 – Majic Enterprises, Inc is pleased to announce that their President & CEO, Michael Jurken has advanced from several thousand applicants to be one of twenty-two finalists for the Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards competition in Kansas City, MO. Jurken will be representing the USA and competing against student entrepreneurs from 17 other countries. Jurken, currently a senior majoring in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will compete against twenty-two other student entrepreneurs in front of the 2500+ attendees at the annual GSEA conference November 16-20, 2009 at the Kansas City Convention Center. Ultimately, one finalist will become the 2009 GSEA winner, and receive more than $150,000 in cash and donated business services. In addition to being a student at UW-Madison, Jurken currently guest lectures for The Wisconsin School of Business and School of Human Ecology.

Founded in 1999 by Mike Jurken, Majic Enterprises, Inc. is one of Milwaukee’s largest entertainment industry holding companies. Majic is currently composed of four companies serving multiple aspects of the entertainment industry. Production Majic is an event production firm that provides sound and video support for concerts, special events, and conferences throughout Milwaukee, Madison, & Chicago and their respective suburbs. The second company under Majic is Review Majic, composed of reviewaconcert.com, the world’s largest online concert review website. The third company under Majic, DJ Majic, is a mobile disc jockey service that provides services for weddings and university and high school functions throughout the greater metropolitan areas of Milwaukee and Madison. The fourth company under Majic, Majic Management, is a full service talent agency, which has established promoting and managing experience with actors, writers, models, musical artists and touring shows. Additionally, it offers tour management services for musical artists and touring shows.

Capital Entrepreneurs Welcomes New Member Brazen Careerist

Capital Entrepreneurs welcomes it’s newest member Brazen Careerist.  Brazen Careerist becomes the 42nd Capital Entrepreneurs member company!

Brazen Careerist exists to give everyone an opportunity to build and nurture a network of trusted peers. Other professional sites allow you to display a network, but not necessarily build one. Microblogging resources like Twitter can tell you who you should network with, but it’s tough to build a real relationship on 140 character missives. And social networks like Facebook are great for having a conversation, but it’s a conversation that employers don’t want to hear.

Brazen Careerist brings the best of all these worlds into one, cohesive, social media based career management tool. Think of it as a 24-7 virtual networking event, filled with people who can help you get ahead in your career.

Networked Insights Lands National Deal, Featured in Techcrunch

Capital Entrepreneurs member Networked Insights signed a deal with International Data Group out of Boston.  From the article:

For marketers, social networks offer a goldmine of data about topics and brands. But there’s actually too much data to easily parse for most companies to get at the most valuable data. That’s why IDG has built Social Scout, a new service powered byNetworked Insights.

The idea is to be able to filter through some of the noise associated with social media. This in turn helps b2b marketers learn what people are saying about brands rather than just that they’re talking about them. “It’s significant that they’ve [IDG] chosen an analytical listening tool over a monitoring tool,” says Dan Neely, CEO of Networked Insights.

PerBlue’s Parallel Kingdom Featured In New York Times

Capital Entrepreneurs member PerBlue was mentioned in the New York Times today.  Parallel Kingdom, PerBlue’s location based game for mobile devices like the iPhone and Android phones, is launching its new age Friday after an innovative prelaunch.  Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times Article:

Players immersed in Parallel Kingdoms need to be wary in case digital dragons or other mythical creatures are lurking nearby.

“The whole world is covered in creatures” said Justin Beck, the chief executive of PerBlue, the creator of the game. “Wherever you go, you can stumble upon these creatures. You can combat them. You defeat some of them and partner with others. Some dragons are very vicious and you want to defeat them, but some trolls are very kind and they can help.”

Hardin Design and Development Featured in Curb Magazine

Capital Entrepreneurs member Hardin Design and Development was featured in Curb Magazine last week.  Here’s a short excerpt:

Since the company’s birth almost two years ago, Hardin Design & Development has made iPhone applications for Madonna and Mercedes-Benz, Flash Widgets for MSN and Facebook pages for Disney. With names like Coleman, The New Yorker and Mazda requesting their services, company President Jon Hardin and Vice President Scott Resnick credit their success to their unique strategy.

“We figured out a core client base that we appeal to, we figured out a business model that works, and then we molded our company to be what the needs are of that client,” Hardin says.

You’d never guess by their client list that Hardin Design & Development began in the basement of Hardin’s parents’ home. In less than six months, the company moved above ground and into a fourth-floor office space on the Capitol Square.

Capital Entrepreneurs Welcomes New Members Posipair, Student Spill and Flatt Cola

We’d like to welcome our newest members, Posipair, StudentSpill and Flatt Cola, brining our member companies to 40.  Here’s a short description of our newest members:

Student Spill – Heidi Allstop – SPILL, or Supporting Peers in Laid-back Listening, is a peer-based online support networkby and for UW students that provides a confidential, student-based “venting outlet” where they can write in about issues they want to get off of their chests.  We connect them with other students who have dealt with that specific issue, providing the “spiller” withsupport, feedback, and resources for dealing with that specific issue.

PosipairSarah Manski – At PosiPair we’re building the internet architecture of the new green economy: An online retail and networking platform serving green businesses, consumers, and nonprofits in the rapidly expanding green products and services market.

Flatt ColaDave Kruse & Paul Pucci – Flatt Cola is an Energy Cola company based in Madison, WI made with all natural sugar, vitamin C, and extra caffeine.  A beverage with a sarcastic brand image, Flatt Cola’s tagline is Everyday World Domination.  Flatt can be found at Metcalfe’s Sentry in Hilldale, Woodman’s East and West, Steve’s Liquor on University, and the Old Fashioned, with new locations being added daily.  Try it out, its pretty tasty.