Hitpad

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Hitpad is a trends discovery platform that provides the quickest, easiest and most comprehensive way to discover & consume relevant information for trends as they evolve over time within the chaos and noise of the social streams.

The company’s first product, Hitpad for iPad, provides users with a quick and easy way to see what’s up and important today.

The company was founded by Jay Meydad (CEO) & Nir Holtzman Ninio (CTO) at the end of 2010. The company is located in Tel Aviv.

Prior to moving back to Israel from Los Angeles, Jay spent four years as the Vice President of Products and Operations at Snap.com (backed by Idealab and Mayfield Fund) and three years as the Vice President of Products at Spark Networks (AMEX: LOV, parent company of JDate.com).

Prior to Hitpad, Nir spent four years as the Director for Consumer Websites at LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN) and two years as SW Development Manager at Kasamba.com (acquired by Liveperson).

The company’s investors include Pasadena-based Idealab and Tom McGovern, CEO of Snap.com. Advisors and directors to the company include Bill Gross, Allen Morgan, Marcia Goodstein and Tom McGovern. (via CrunchBase).

By Bobby Travis, 40Tech

Hitpad for the iPad is a slick way to get all the latest from multiple search engines, Twitter, and more; and without feeling like you’ve been hit between the eyes with a mallet. A lot of thought went into the user interface, and the resulting app is definitely one of the more beautiful ways iPad users can consume information.

Hitpad also allows you to search for a single topic, delivering results from all across the web, which is handy if you are doing some quick research. For example, I did a search for Springpad vs Evernote, and as you can see in the images below, I received news, video, and image results from Google, and recent tweets from Twitter (yes, the most recent result happened to be me tweeting out a post by one of our readers, Daniel Gold, from his own blog). There is also a column for web page results, which comes from Bing. I found that odd, considering that most everything else was from Google — but it was nice to see that our own post on Springpad and Evernote was in the top spot with Microsoft, too.

Hitpad | Trending News at a Glance on the iPad

 

Hitpad for iPad

Hitpad feels like it might need a bit more in the feature department, especially if you are used to getting your information from an RSS reader. It does do what it is supposed to do, though, and it does it with flair and style, even if the thumbnails it clips of web pages sometimes load a bit slowly. Still, Hitpad would benefit from the addition of things like saved searches, the ability to choose news or search engine sources, and being able to choose multiple topics to search on.

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