“Yeah, well. The Dude abides.” And the Pokenauts go bowling.

In honor of The Dude and the Poken team’s achievements of 2009, the Pokenauts of Lausanne went bowling. When you get an eclectic mix of people with a mish-mash of bowling talent you inevitably end up with an evening of highly entertaining moments, new concepts, and certainly, loads of laughs.

And, with awards like “Best style, which had no apparent effect on her score”, “Players most likely to be using performance enhancing substances,” and “Most strikes visibly aided by pin-setting machine,” there was something for everyone.

The team winner, by two points, was the Maudes.  It’s ok, the Donnys, the Dudes, and the Sobchaks had other good qualities…

And, lest we forget, the winner of “Most unique yet suprisingly effective style” was Gabriel. See the video below.

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Friday Night Lights: A Sneak Peak at pokenDOME

‘Friday Night Lights’ in 2010 Switzerland have nothing to do with American high school football and everything to do with blue waters, palm trees, and, you guessed it, pokens.

On January 29th, “Urban Oasis” at City Beach in Basel, Switzerland featured pokens in an effort to build their brand community while adding interactive entertainment.  Amidst the soft lighting, eclectic music, and paradise decor people discovered the full poken experience, from the green glow of pokening, to the dynamic website, poken.com, and of course the many networking opportunities that followed.

This pokenEVENT was especially pivotal for the Poken team because glowing pyramids were in the mix.  “Huh?” you ask, “What do pyramids have to do with widgets, APIs, and, wait for it… Shindig?  “Everything” is your answer.

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Termination of Joint Venture discussions

LAUSANNE, Switzerland – February 1, 2010 – Poken Holding AG (“POKEN”), announced today that its discussions with a contract partner relating to a possible Joint Venture and exclusive marketing rights to develop the North American market had come to an end. Poken will resume with immediate effect its prior market development activities in the US by contracting Authorized Resellers.

"Planet of the Apes" à la Poken ? (Poken maps widget launched!)

The latest feature of pokenHUB is our maps widget – a mashup of Google Maps and our new Open Social widget platform.   So now  Poken not only displays the contact details and address that your fellow Pokenites share, but it also shows you where your friends are located – view your Poken network geographically !  It’s fun, check it out.  Zoom in, zoom out, click to find out more… you get the idea.

Want to expand your network ?  Find a pokenEVENT, currently represented by a purple pyramid… what ?  (There’s a story, but we’re going to keep up the suspense on this one just a little longer… )  In the meantime,  know that at these events you will find fellow Pokenites with whom to build your network and get to know your community.

Still wondering how Planet of the Apes fits in?  Simple, your friends’ locations are represented by our beloved blue gorilla.   It’s genius, hehe.  We are, however, planning to eventually show other poken types as well, so hang tight if you want to see your geisha or ninja on the map.

For more info (all brilliant ideas welcome!) about building 3rd party widgets using Poken’s Open Social platform and API, developers should contact our development team at api@poken.com.

New Year 2010 Message from Stephane

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We at Poken are starting the year in high spirits, and hope to share with you some of our energy and enthusiasm.  First, of course, I would like to wish you all health, happiness, and much success for 2010!

As an introduction, let me say that Poken’s current product offering, including the ever popular pokenSPARKTM , the new pokenPULSETM, and our redesigned member site pokenHUBTM are only the tip of the iceberg, as relates to what we’ve been working on to continue offering the most innovative, fun, and useful technologies for real world social networking.

Poken recently launched its new pokenEVENTTM and pokenAFFINITYTM products, offering a small preview of the nature of our business beyond social networking / fashion accessories.  An increasing number of corporate partners, including big names such as KPMG, IBM, BMW and Mobistar are turning to Poken to answer a need that marketers have long sought to fulfill: Bridging the gap between your online and offline worlds.

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It’s awesome to receive honors

We’ve already published it in our press center in late November, but wanted to share this lovely prize with you once more. This time with a picture, too. We are very honored to have been listed as one of the 25 Most Promising European Web & Mobility Start-ups by the European Tech Tour (ETT) on November 18th 2009.

The ETT Web & Mobility Summit, which showcases cutting-edge technology businesses to the venture and investment community, chose the 25 winners of this prestigious nomination from a pool of over 400 applicants! Stéphane Doutriaux, Poken’s CEO, was in Montreux to accept the award personally.

If you’d like to know more about this summit of the ETT, visit their website at www.techtour.com/webandmobility09/index.php

Brossman Gets It

Martin Brossman interviews pokenites to get the inside scoop on what all the buzz is about.   Their stories capture the essence of Poken.  Throw out your business cards because now you’ve got the “electronic social media business card,” as Brossman calls it, or as we here at Poken say, “your social business card.”

…Amy’s new poken, a.k.a. “Pauly” (the martian) let’s her connect with people instantly: she gets their basic contact information, their picture, the social networks that their on, when she pokened with them… and she’s just beginning to experience all the magic of the pokenHUB.  Amy, so glad you like!

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Poken wins Swiss ICT "Newcomer" Award

Poken has won the Swiss ICT “Newcomer” Award for 2009!

The Swiss internet and tech community is a lot like like Switzerland itself: small, diverse, intense and filled with global talents in all fields. So, it feels pretty darn good to be recognized in this growing economy and industry sector- according to the NY times, Switzerland has now passed the US as the most competitive business environment on earth. We’ll let you agree, ponder, or debate that face with the fine folks over in new york, but in the meantime, we’re gonna bask in the glow of this one a little bit.

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Something New Around Here – Intro the PokenHUB

Hi denizens of the Pokenverse! Greetings and salutations as the spider once said (or wrote in her web).

It would be a bit of an understatement to point out that we’ve spiffed things up around here at poken.com.  We’ve overhauled the marketing section of the site- new content, new pretty pictures, new fan interactions. Our goal was to make sure y’all knew Poken was about you.  We want to rotate in and out new stories, photos, experiences and Poken fan fun, so please let us know about any of that stuff.

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