STAR TELEGRAM -- July 23 -- Swahili for "hello," Jambo Networks is one of many companies trying to stand out in the increasingly crowded world of online social networking. A kind of wireless matchmaker. Jambo's software turns laptops and other Wi-Fi-enabled devices into a radar for nearby people who share common interests. Jambo.net is working on partnering with those sites and sharing in the revenue. Other location-based social networks include Meetro.com and Plazes.com and Dodgeball.com. A couple of Jambo deals will probably be announced this summer. Jambo is raising venture funding and preparing to expand Jambo's capability to Bluetooth-enabled gadgets.
Mark Brooks: Jambo wants to partner with the online dating industry...big time. Seems like the perfect match. But, who will move first. Someone (dating site/socialnetwork) has to push this service to critical mass, then it will be very valuable and useful. So far they've been demoing the technology at conventions.