Mashup Acquired by The Weather Channel

John Musser, September 12th, 2007

Demonstrating that a sufficiently talented solo mashup developer can succeed in building an application worthy of purchase by a major corporation, David Schorr’s terrific Weatherbonk was aqcuired by The Weather Channel Interactive yesterday. The mashup does a great job of integrating disparate sources like weather and traffic cams, news reports, multiple data sources, and historical averages. You can even put in a travel route and get weather forecasts that follow-along your path.



Not the first time this has happened, earlier this year Google bought mashup Panoramio.

This week’s purchase also included sister sites Ski Bonk and Golf Bonk. Each of these nicely integrates weather maps. (You can see and vote on our profiles here: Weather Bonk, Ski Bonk, Golf Bonk.)

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The company said it is looking to extend its core assets through new online and mobile properties. Future targets may include “travel, vacations, health, recreation, green living, sports, traffic and local”.

David’s been a regular at Mashup Camp since the beginning and won first place at Mashup Camp 2.

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September 13th, 2007
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September 16th, 2007
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September 18th, 2007
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Comment by: Andrew Bidochko

Looks like it’s a good time to add ‘acquisitions’ category to the blog.
Hope it will grow to acquisitions matrix ;)

September 18th, 2007
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Hi Andrew, you never know…

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