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RunPee news coverage has been frankly phenomenal. I am grateful and appreciative for all the props, and would like to say thank you to everyone who called RunPee genius. And brilliant. 🙂

Check out the video review of the RunPee iPhone app by TapCritic – 4:28 minutes long. He shows you how to use the RunPee application in each step. I couldn’t have done it better. 🙂

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VanityFair magazine had an interview with Rashida Jones who confessed that RunPee was her favorite app! RashidaJones_VanityFair

Did a 3 1/2 minute audio review of the app, again.  NPR

 

 

 

Entrepreneur MagazineEntrepreneur Magazine – When Nature Calls RunPee.com lets you, well, you know, during movies.

This article does a great job of recounting how the idea of RunPee.com evolved from a desperate need to pee to an international media sensation.


CTVTake A Bathroom Break Like James Bond With The RunPee App

Yes, you to can be James Bond cool with the iPhone app. I love it! 🙂

TV News Spots about RunPee

RunPee.com on the MSNBC Today ShowRunPee was on the Today Show! Hoda and Cathy Lee had good things to say about RunPee.com and the app on live on television, posted at the MSNBC Today Show.The clip is about 10 minutes and 50 seconds into the video, and they discuss the new Harry Potter movie and how to find your PeeTimes on the website. They are pretty cute about RunPee in this clip, and it was wonderful to see the Today Show giving us a plug. People saw this over their morning coffee, and Tweeted about it to alert me about what was going on. I was even able to catch the end of it live. How neat is that?

ReelzChannel TV interviewThe Los Angeles ABC News ReelzChannel did an interview with me in person! Filmed in the appropriate confines of a men’s room at a movie theater. The spot is 2:20 minutes long and is nicely edited with scenes from King Kong – the movie that started it all – and Star Trek. The news spot does a great job of showing off the site and pimping the soon to be available [ed note – NOW AVAILABLE] RunPee iPhone app.

HBO Hard KnocksJordan Palmer, backup quarterback of the Cincinnati Bengals and one of the partners at RockSoftware, talks about RunPee during an episode of HBOs Hard Knocks. Jordan is younger brother Carson Palmer – shown in the image to the left. There’s also a short bit from the Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis.I partnered with RockSoftware to create the iPhone and Android app for RunPee.

Molly Woods reports on RunPee.com, et al.I totally come across as a tech geek on TV. Which is okay. I mean, I am one, right? Molly Woods, a CNET Editor, reviews RunPee.com on the Daily BUZZ report– it’s up at the very end of a 4 minute video.I just want to point out that Molly slams Microsoft/Zune, AT&T, Apple, Martha Stewart, Nokia/OVI, and Circuit City before calling RunPee.com “The most helpful website on earth.” What makes that so perfect is that I worked for the Microsoft XBox team back when we were creating the first Zune player. BooYah, take that Microsoft!

Orlando WKMGChannel WKMG in Orlando invited me down to the studios to film an interview. Check out the results. Not bad! Too bad they didn’t have a makeup artist around to make me look a little better.

Who Wants To Be A MillionaireDo you want to be a millionaire? If so then it helps to know what the RunPee iPhone app is for. At least on this particular contest of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. I let the contestant know that, if it had been me, I wouldn’t have believed Tom DeLay either. 🙂

  • Fox2News.com in St. Louis did a nice 1:43 minute piece on RunPee.com. Thanks for talking about the iPhone app! It’s now out!
  • Here is the Seattle Fox news clip that was picked up by news stations across the entire USA. Click on the photo to watch their take – it’s an awesome piece! Seattle Fox News on RunPee. Thanks, guys!

Radio Podcasts about RunPee

net@nightI was invited to talk about RunPee.com on the net@night show with Amber MacArthur, and Leo Laporte. I’m on at around the 25 minute mark and talk for about 10 minutes. Of course I pimp Flex bigtime during the interview. I’m not sure if Leo knows exactly what Flex is. Maybe they’ll have me back on there someday just to talk about Flex. :)I love what Leo says at the very end after I had gotten off the phone, “This is how the web was, originally.”So Leo was my very first RunPee Interview and he got the total scoop.

NPRNPR followed fast on his heels with me on All Things Considered. RunPee has been talked up on NPR a few times, including being made into a limerick on their Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me show – here is the RunPee Limerick(about a minute into the radio show)NPR did a 4 minute interview with me on All Things Considered. I suggest reading the comments. Quite a dichotomy going on between the NPR listeners.

Reviews of the iPhone RunPee Application

  • Wired (UK) – We LOVE Wired! RunPee got Wired!!! My favorite line is, “Quite frankly, this is genius.” I couldn’t agree more 🙂
  • Mobile Magazine – Timed Offline Alerts with RunPee Movie App Update
  • Gizmodo – Top 50 must have iPhone apps. Liking the Giz love!
  • LifehackerWe are on the COVER! “The creators are also working on more features that will be rolling out “every few weeks,” including a friendly vibrate reminder to alert you a few minutes before a RunPee time”
  • Mashable – WOW! On the FRONT PAGE! They say, “It’s a rare find: an iPhone app that’s both useful and hilarious. RunPee, an existing website that launched its iPhone app today, checks both those boxes”
  • Gizmodo – “RunPee, that great website that tells you precisely the best time to run and pee during a movie so you don’t miss anything good, has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • ABC News – “Approved by Apple’s App store earlier this week, RunPee (yes, really) promises to be the small-bladdered moviegoer’s best friend”
  • 148apps.com – The RunPee is golden!
  • Washington DC Examiner – “There are useful websites. There are REALLY useful websites. And then there’s the pinnacle. The apex. The veritable apogee of all that’s good and wonderful on the interwebs – RunPee.com”
  • Killer Startups – “I find this a very novel and convenient app. …a fresh idea and concept if I ever saw one…an original concept that deserves to gain traction”
  • The Detroit News – “…the iPhone app is well-thought. Its yellow and off-white text on a black background isn’t likely to get you tossed (or to get popcorn tossed at you)”
  • FindMySoft.com – “From the “useful web services for the moviegoer” section in our filling cabinet we have an interesting update to report about RunPee… the site has released a dedicated iPhone app, just as you have asked”
  • BellaOnline.com Entertainment News – “Florio received tons of inquiries from iPhone users at RunPee.com who wanted this very tool, something seemingly small that makes a big difference”
  • Reformed Chicks Blabbing (BeliefNet.com)- “…And it’s only $0.99! How cool is that?”
  • The Dirty – “It has all the big movies in the theatres. You can just search for ‘RunPee’ at the AppStore”
  • Terry White’s Tech Blog Iphone app of the Week: “Sometimes I run across an app or someone shows me an app that like a train crash, I just can’t look away from”
  • iPhone Tips and Tricks – “RunPee…has taken the next step and released an iPhone app for quick reference”
  • SpillaGlassofWater.com – iPhone App of the Week: “…it’s a goofy, fun, but actually useful app that is pretty apt for movie-goers who have impossible bladders”
  • TimTech’s News – “After the tens of thousands of apps that have gone through Apple’s iTunes store, we didn’t think we could find one that would surprise us this much”
  • SmartPlanet – “…an Internet sensation…pure genius” – make sure to check out this humorous interview all about Dan Florio, his nude modeling, and RunPee
  • AllMyFaves.com – Their tagline is, “This is what you will find on this blog, only the Creme de La Creme of the Internet”
  • ShakTronics – “This is definitely an idea whose time has come, and this guy deserves to make a fortune for this brilliant app”
  • CNET News – “it is clear that in a world of so many iPhone apps of questionable use, RunPee surely defines indispensibility”
  • MacNewsWorld – “For moviegoers touting extra-large sodas, intelligence on when the best time to step out for a minute or two is a valuable commodity. Yes, there’s an app for it”
  • TechNewsLine
  • DigiDose.com – “…the Run Pee app – either something extremely absurd or the best thing to happen to the iPhone since the iPhone”
  • iPhoneNewsWeb
  • CNET Australia – Calls RunPee Mobile an “essential iPhone app for moviegoers” ..and they call us “cheeky,” which we like a lot
  • InfinityTricks – “an ingenious iPhone /iPod touch app”
  • Technology Expert – “RunPee Mobile also also tells you which movies have extra scenes after the credits (so you don’t have to hang around after every movie just in case)”
  • MacTalk.com.au – Sounds like these guys have a lot of fun hanging around and reviewing apps together. ( podcast review )

Reviews of the Android RunPee Application

Vlogs and YouTube Videos Reviewing RunPee

RunPee.com on Cool ClicksThe Click Report, WSIL TV, Southern Illinois

RunPee.com on AwesomeologyAwesomeology – “My new favorite site, RunPee.com…I had an idea for this a while back, but these guys stepped up and knocked it out of the park”

T-spotT Spot Video 2: When You Have to Go (You have to go)
T Spot has fun reviewing the disgusting, yet essential, service that RunPee provides.

  • Channel Flip – These guys had a whole lot of fun with the whole RunPee idea, plus did a great job explaining how to use the service. We love it! More, please
  • Tap Critic – This video about the RunPee App made the front page of Digg. The FRONT PAGE. We were thrilled. Never been there before, but we hope to see it again. [Note: you don’t have to scroll the app as much as this guy does. We think he’s a little scroll-crazy]

Newspapers and Magazines

Pregnancy MagazinePregnancy MagazineCan there be a more appropriate magazine than Pregnancy & Newborn to talk about RunPee.com? I don’t think so!

Chicago Tributne[ Chicago Tribune description here]

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RunPee in United Airlines in flight magazineUnited Airlines in flight magazine

  • Wall Street Journal
  • Health Magazine

News and Blog Posts about RunPee

There are way too many blog/news posts for me to list. I’ll probably never even see a tenth of them. But here is a list of a few I’ve read:

Oreilly, best appiPhoneApps.Oreilly.com named the RunPee iPhone app a top pick! Thanks guys.


YummyMummyYummyMummyClub.ca – Amber Mac tells a nice story about how RunPee helped make watching Avatar a more enjoyable experience. It is 2 hours and 40 minutes long. Most people are going to need RunPee.com for such a long movie.


AntHill newsAntHill was nice enough to write about RunPee.com and even mention the mobile version of the site – something most people overlook. Thanks guys.


NYDailyNews.comNYDailyNews.com has some nice works to say about RunPee: an app our female friends fawn over . . . Very cool. RunPee is fawnable! Maybe soon someone will write that women swoon over RunPee. 🙂


MightBrandBlog
MightyBrandBlog.com has a wonderful interview with me about how we manage social media here at RunPee.com.


How Stuff WorksHow to de-squirm a movie. Only HowStuffWorks.com could come up with that angle. I love it. 🙂


NETTED, by the WebbysRunPee.com got NETTED by the Webbys: The Best User-Generated Strategic Guide To Optimal Movie Pee-Break Moments Ever.


RunPee Radio Interviews (with no podcasts)

I do radio interviews pretty much every day – sometimes three a day! I know I’ve forgotten to write most of these down, but I do appreciate every single one of these stations and their hosts for helping spread the good word about RunPee:

RunPee International

We enjoy finding RunPee reviews posted in languages other than English. Here are a few we’ve found, with some translated by Google. By late Fall 2009 we plan to have our web redesign readable in all languages around the world for our wonderful international RunPee fans.

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Where did the idea for RunPee come from?

Where did this genius idea come from?

RunPee.com was the idea of Dan Florio, AKA polyGeek.

Here’s the Tale…

Please feel free to contact me: polyGeek [ at ] thisSite.com – if you have anything non-public to ask me. Otherwise just comment below. I’ll read and respond.

It came to me after watching the movie King Kong, which was 3ish hours long. My wife and I were thinking how nice it would be to have a website that listed movie times we could easily miss and run to the bathroom to empty our poor bladders, and not miss any crucial scenes.

I sat on the idea for about 2 years while working at XBox in Seattle. I am a Flash Platform developer and as my skills set grew, I started to learn to make Flash/database driven website – Spring ’08. The RunPee idea seemed like a good project to practice, on so I started building it. By August of ’08 it was up and running. RunPee.com debuted at the 360Flex conference in San Jose to much fanfare – watch the video at youTube.

And then promptly everyone forgot about it. 🙁

Then on May 9th @LeoLaporte mentioned RunPee on his weekend show. Before that the traffic to RunPee.com was in the 10-15 visitors/day. After Leo it went to about 350/day. Then Leo and Amber invited me to join them via phone on their net@night show. A few people here and there heard about it. Like Dave Barry. A producer from NPRs All Things Considered found out about RunPee from Dave’s mention, and invited me to be on the show. With all that, the site traffic has climbed over 30,000 uniques a day! Thanks everyone.

Lots of other people have also mentioned RunPee – the media attention has been phenomenal. I think this is that viral Internet thing that I’ve heard of before. 😉 I just never thought it would happen to me. All the traffic crashed the shared server that RunPee was on so it had to be moved to a dedicated server.

Thanks everyone for your compliments about RunPee. Hopefully my next project will be even better.

About the Creator/Developer – polyGeek

I’ve had many media requests for interviews to talk about myself and RunPee.com. Here are a few tidbits, in no particular order, about myself. And FYI – my wife took this photo of me, on a stormy Oregon beach, after we skipped rocks into the ocean for hours. That was a damn nice day.

Dan Florio, aka polyGeek

Born
1967 in Bisbee, Arizona

Education
Mastered in Philosophy and History at Northern Arizona University (did not graduate. See note below about Swansea, Wales )

Places I’ve lived
la’Aquila, Italy; Swansea, Wales; London, England; Seattle, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Crestline, New York, Orlando, Los Angeles and many, many others.

Additional schooling
Massage Therapist with a degree from the Desert Institute for the Healing Arts in Tucson, Arizona.

Studied mathematics, physics and astronomy at the University of Arizona from 1985-1988.

Jobs
Mission Director at the United Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama: mostly I taught kids how to run mission control during a Space Shuttle launch. Also did lectures on celestial mechanics, astronomy and planetary science.

Research Assistant for Steward Observatory and Kitt Peak at the university of Arizona: did a lot of photocopying and data entry but also got to hang out with some of the best known astronomers in the world.

Flash Prototyper for XBox: built prototypes for the XBox and Zune for user testing. Also developed the media sales app for the Zune which was used to present the device to potential retail outlets and partners. ( I only did the development. Others did the design.) I was told that Bill Gates thought it was outstanding, which coming from him means a lot, since it was all in Flash.

Trivial stuff
I didn’t graduate from college because I did my last year abroad in Swansea, Wales. Upon returning to the US I didn’t have enough money to return to NAU where I had to present my work from Swansea – as a formallity. Instead I got a job doing HTML design/development in Greensboro, North Carolina.

I was in Manhattan, on my way to work, on the Upper East Side on 9/11. I worked at the Hospital for Special Surgery in the IT department doing video and web design/development. Here is a bit that I wrote about my experience shortly afterward.

I have taken first semester calculus three times and made an A+ every time. The first time was in my freshman year of college. Then a year later I took the class again in a different format because a friend was teaching it and wanted to get my feedback on how the different formats compared. I was then out of school for a few years – working at the Space Academy. When I returned to my mathematics studies I started again with calculus because I was rusty.

During my first semester at NAU I lived in a tent near campus. The reason I lived in a tent was because I spent all my extra money on a Dell laptop. That’s just how I roll.

I did nude modeling for the art department at NAU.

I lived in the back of my 1995 Nissan Pathfinder for 3 months after I moved to Seattle. During part of that time I was working for Microsoft XBox. I parked the car in the parking lot of the downtown Belleview library.

I was a professional photographer for a short period. You can see my work at XanaduWest.com – of course, I also designed and developed the site. Watch the sun set over the buttes; I think it’s an elegant design.

I created an open source project called videoMaru. It allows people who don’t know much about writing Actionscript code to create custom video interfaces without writing any code themselves. videoMaru has received high marks from the community and I am quite proud of this project. It was a nice way to give back to the Actionscript community and devs in general.

My wife and I like to travel in our RV, Serenity, for long periods of time. Since we work out of the home, we can pretty much do what we want, wherever we are. Isn’t that cool?

About Jill Florio – HippyGeek

Dan Florio met his wife online. Of course. It was love at first click. jill florio picture

He was pretty fortunate in meeting a cute woman who enjoys science and science fiction as much as he does. While Dan was working for Space Camp, she was working at Astro Camp. No joke. Their wedding march was the Throne Room Theme Song from Star Wars. It really doesn’t get much more geeky than that.

As the Woman Behind RunPee, Jill Florio writes the RunPee Blog, is the press manager and social media promoter for the enterprise, and also takes out the dogs on a regular basis.

Jill, a print journalist for The Prescott Daily Courier, Flagstaff Live!, Sweat Magazine and other offline endeavors back in the day, now devotes herself to online writing exclusively.

She’s been Community Manager for BellaOnline.com (the world’s largest independently-owned women’s website); Site-wide Unit Manager and Science/Adventure Travel Section Editor for Suite101.com; Dean of Health and Dean of Entertainment at SuiteUniversity; Editor-in-Chief for Mused Literary Magazine, edits the Blogs & Social Media topic at BellaOnline.com, is a Vine Reviewer for Amazon.com and really, truly loves backpacking in the Grand Canyon.

You can read more about Jill Florio and her works at JillFlorio.com. If you want to. She can also be followed on Twitter at Hippygeek.

But she’d really rather you just read the RunPee Blog, since that is what she eats, sleeps and “pees” these days.

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