Each weekend, Mashable selects startups we think are building interesting, unique or niche products.
In celebration of the release of the iPhone 4S, we’re featuring three startups with iPhone applications that will help you maximize your mobile lifestyle.
CardFlick’s answer to the digital business card is one of the best we’ve seen. Crowdmug could help you figure out where to go for a exciting night out. And Floop proffers both an entertaining and informative mobile polling experience.
CardFlick: iPhone Business Cards
Quick Pitch:CardFlick lets you create and share digital business cards with your iPhone.
Genius Idea: Digital business cards with panache.
Mashable’s Take: We know you’ve got (too many) options, but if you’re still searching for just the right digital business card application, consider giving CardFlick a whirl.
The application offers by far the simplest and most elegant card creation experience on the market, and it provides you with top-notch card design themes. Best of all, if you’re in the same room with another CardFlick user, you can literarily flick to send your card to your new contact. Our only gripe is that we’d love to be able to create more than one card.
And despite competition from a boatload of similarly-purposed applications, CardFlick reports it saw nearly 50,000 downloads in a 30-day period.
Crowdmug: See What’s Happening
Quick Pitch:Crowdmug lets you request photos or videos of places to see what the scene is like before you go.
Genius Idea: Cash-incentivized visual status updates.
Mashable’s Take: Finding the right bar scene can be a pain, so much so that startup Crowdmug is testing the theory that you’ll offer up a few bucks to get a first-hand glimpse at what’s happening at a particular venue.
The Crowdmug iPhone application lets you make location-related requests. You tell Crowdmug what you want to see (either a photo or video), where you want to see it and how much you’re willing to pay for your request. Your request is then sent off to app users in the area.
The app could, theoretically, come in handy if you’re curious about iPhone 4S lines, the crowd at the pub across town or the status of tables at your favorite local coffee spot.
You can also use Crowdmug to follow city-specific feeds of photos and videos being shared by other users who are out and about.
Floop: iPhone Polling
Quick Pitch:Floop is an iPhone app for polling and visual opinion graphing.
Genius Idea: Poll graphs that update in real time.
Mashable’s Take: This nifty iPhone application lets you measure the pulse of your friends or the community at large on a topic of your choosing. You can watch the opinion line graphs fluctuate in real time as responses pour in, cast your vote in others’ polls, and participate in group text or picture threads related to polls.
Plus, playing with Floop’s voting tool can be rather fun — just slide the yellow dot up or down to express your response to a question. Then, rotate your phone to landscape mode to see how others have voted over time.
The Spark of Genius Series highlights a unique feature of startups and is made possible by Microsoft BizSpark, a startup program that gives you three-year access to the latest Microsoft development tools, as well as connecting you to a nationwide network of investors and incubators. There are no upfront costs, so if your business is privately owned, less than three years old, and generates less than U.S.$1 million in annual revenue, you can sign up today.