Robert Scoble recorded this interview with the people at Zagat a few weeks ago at their offices in New York City. My assistant Kat was lucky enough to be there for that trip. She was given the opportunity to shadow Robert for a couple of days, tagging along on all of his interviews. Meeting the Zagat team was a highlight for her. Nina is a great source of inspiration to Kat, and the things that continue to come out of this company should be an inspiration to all of us.
With the release of Windows Phone 7 handsets in the US today, several companies are rolling out apps to go along with them. Zagat is right there leading the charge with their own application. This app will be familiar to anyone who is already used to what they bring to Android or iOS. However, it’s also vastly different in many ways.
The home screen for Zagat is absolutely gorgeous on Windows Phone 7. It gives you the important details at a glance, without having to go searching for them. Zagat built something from the ground up to take advantage of the visuals found inside of this new mobile operating system. This app displays info from Foursquare users in the form of tips, as well as from Foodspotting users who post photos of food.
It was interesting to note in the interview that lead developer Ryan says that they still enjoy creating things for the iPhone the most. It’s the easiest platform to “get right” from a development standpoint. He also notes that they receive the most feedback and traffic from iOS users, making it even easier for them to know exactly what their customers are looking for in a mobile experience.