Monthly Archives: May 2013

June 2013 PitchForce Companies

Business Exchange

business exchange logoB2B digital transaction business. Place to discover best performing B2B companies on the market, based on what’s working for others.

Business Exchange, connects buyers and sellers on B2B market, using verified reviews from other B2B companies, showcases and mutual companies on the market as search vectors. Tailored for industries such as: web, construction, media and advertising, print, legal services and retail market.

 

Capy

capy logoWe offer frustration free CAPTCHA for smartphones. Instead of using twisted characters, we use all kinds of sensors to verify a human.

Capy provides user-friendly security solution to web service providers. Our current service is a Frustration Free CAPTCHA which only takes a single navigation stroke on a touch screen to finish a game or puzzle to complete verification. It is much easier than a conventional twisted alpha-numeric CAPTCHA. Of great value is that Capy offers customization function including customizable images for a CAPTCHA, security level, and a type of CAPTCHA. In the future, Capy provides more CAPTCHA solutions using all kinds of sensors on smartphones to enhance usability for both site owners and site visitors.

 

Funds 4 All

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B2B SaaS for the $10 Billon School and Sports team fundraising industry.

Our customers, companies that sell and manage fundraisers for schools and recreational sports teams, love our SaaS solution because it solves the customer retention problem that plagues this $10 B industry. Our service helps them increase revenue and enables them to effectively “lock out” their completion. These customers ran 677 fundraisers on our service in 2012 positioning the Company for rapid national growth in 2013.

 

Meograph

meograph

Meograph is democratizing the creation of digital multimedia by turning simple inputs into rich media.

Meograph enables anyone to easily and quickly create professional-quality rich media. Our first product pairs maps, timeline, links, and multimedia, and offers viewers a new form of interactive story that they can watch in minutes or explore for hours. Our vision is to be the storytelling layer for any digital object.

 

Metacruit

metacruitFind better hires with the people you know.

Metacruit is a peertopeer referral system that enables small businesses, startup owners and individuals to find and refer the right people for projects and positions that fit their qualifications. In other words, it’s a CrowdSourced Recruiting service. Linkedin+Mechanical Turk. Metacruit allows you to find better people, faster. You begin by posting a bounty, consisting of specifications and a reward, to your network. Once you share the bounty, ‘networkers’ refer their connections to you. Upon accepting a good candidate, you reward the network that sourced the candidate.

 

Produk.Me

produk-meProduct relationship mgmt company that measures and transforms post purchase consumer product interactions into brand retention and revenue!

We solve three problems for consumer product companies/brands. 1. We reduce paper inside the packaging and have rethought the post purchase data and service discovery experience. 2. Enable one click product registration to improve product registration rates to drive retention and upsell opportunities. 3. We provide tools to gain insights into post purchase product consumer interactions!

 

Repost

repost logoWe’re changing the way content goes viral.

Have you ever seen an article on another website that you wanted to repost but couldn’t figure out how to do it easily and legally? Did you ever wonder why you can embed a video but not the rest of the content? We did, too, so we created the Repost platform, which allows you to republish complete articles (including images, links, & multimedia) anywhere quickly, easily, and legally – just like video.

 

Scrible

scribleWe make online info usable and useful. Annotate online articles in your browser and easily save, share and collaborate on them in the cloud.

We make useful online reading and research apps for consumers and publishers. We have a web app in beta that improves how you consume online articles and webpages. This powerful productivity/collaboration system is broadly useful for enterprise, legal, “prosumers”, etc., but we’re focusing on education as a beachhead thanks to demand from students and instructors. Publishers are also interested. So, we’re also building apps and tools for them.

 

Treode, Inc.

treode logoParse for a relational database

Treode makes it easy to build the backend of a web or mobile service, so that developers can focus on the front-end. Companies like Kinvey, MongoHQ and Parse (now Facebook) have shown that there is demand for this, but they lack relational concepts from traditional databases, which would simplify data processing on the backend. Treode preserves relational modeling and can reach developers who value it and have ignored Kinvey, MongoHQ and Parse.

 

Viakoo

viakooApplied diagnostics and proactive monitoring for on-premise, video surveillance infrastructure leveraging cloud and big data analytics.

Events like the Boston Marathon bombing highlight the challenges facing Chief Security Officers and Chief Financial Officers whose job is to mitigate brand risk, contain legal liabilities, and prevent adverse economic impact. Situational Awareness, specifically high fidelity Information & Intelligence, is increasingly mission critical. Video camera networks are the “eyes” that contribute crucial images for realtime tactical response as well as post-incident investigations. There is increasing demand for higher performing video camera networks and “missing video” is no longer acceptable. Viakoo’s Software as a Service model coupled with our video-qualified support engineers combine to offer a Monthly Subscription to deliver a service like an “OnStar® for video camera networks”, ensuring resiliency and availability of crucial video images. Founded in early 2013, Viakoo is already producing revenue.

May 2013 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

PF 5/9 guests

Last Thursday, May 9th, guests packed Runway for our May PitchForce.

PF 5/9 Tables 1

Eight companies set up shop and presented their ideas to attendees who voted for their favorite with PitchForce dollars.

PF 5/9 Tables 2

Click2Stream won the one-minute “Pitch for Your Life” contest and went on to present with crowd favorites Incuvo, Threshold, StudySoup, BreathResearch, and CloudBase3.

PF 5/9 Panel

Regular host Max Shapiro was gone for the night, so Paul Weiss stepped in as moderator and host.

PF 5/9 Winners

Threshold came in first, Incuvo placed second, and Click2Stream rounded out the winners in third.

About the Winning Companies

ThresholdCM

ThrsholdCMThreshold is changing the way the building industry photographs their jobsites using mobile & web apps, clean design, and fair pricing.

Threshold organizes the vast amount of photos that construction projects create. We’re using elegant design and UX to delight customers that are traditionally used to bulky and expensive software solutions. Our paying customers range from large multi-national corporations working on $300M+ commercial projects to small residential contractors. We’re currently unfunded and have added over 100 unique construction projects in March and April.

Incuvo

incuvoCreate fun games in minutes using mobile device, share with your friends and discover new games!

You’ve probably heard of Minecraft. It has earned around $300 million so far. And it is a game about creating your own worlds. We believe millions of people want to create whole games, not only worlds. But they lack the skill. That’s why we’ve made Createrria which turns making games into a game – super-easy, fun process for everybody out there. It’s a product for mobile platforms. We’re releasing it mid 2013.

Click2Stream

click2stream logoLive video and sound from your IP camera online in seconds (and for free)

Click2Stream, Inc. is a young company powered by a team of video streaming professionals from several countries across the globe, with an interesting track record in the industry, including live streaming events from the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup or Volvo Ocean Race.

By Karynn Ikeda

Euro Demo Day Event Spotlight

Last night, PitchForce partnered with US MAC and the Czech ICT Alliance, an organization of the Czech government, to bring San Francisco Euro Demo Day. With many of the demo companies’ representatives flying in the night before, some might have thought that our presenters would succumb to jetlag, but they were all fresh on stage at RocketSpace.

Company representatives speak to event attendees before the demos begin.

Prior to presenting on stage, attendees voted for their favorite startup after talking with company representatives.

Euro Demo Day 2

Eight companies, including Corinth, Designeros.com, Incuvo, Ki-Wi, NotesTracker, Druidly, QuickBack, and SportCentral, demoed for the crowd.

Euro Demo Day 3

In Max Shapiro’s absence, Paul Weiss stepped in as moderator and host for the night.

Euro Demo Day People's Choice

The winner of the People’s Choice Award went to Corinth.

Euro Demo Day Winner

The panels’ votes ended in a 3-way tie for SportCentral, Quickback and NotesTracker. After prompting the audience to cheer for their favorite victor, Paul awarded first place to NotesTracker

By Karynn Ikeda

May 2013 PitchForce Companies

BreathResearch

breathreserchMobile respiratory health and wellness applications for individuals, small business and enterprise.

BreathResearch presents a new health and fitness metric to measure and track breathing patterns that have been validated by leading health researchers to provide diagnosis, indications, and metrics that can be applied to many important health areas and athletic performance tuning. We create and customize easy-to-use mobile applications and API data share services for consumers, health insurance, and health and fitness companies.

CloudBase3

cloudbase3
We help companies flourish by providing their managers with trusted guidance for finding, choosing, and implementing cloud services.

CloudBase3 provides listings of cloud products, companies, and outsourced implementation services, layered with cutting-edge media tech tools and in-depth product recommendations. It’s devoted to helping line-of-business managers cut through the morass of confusing, competing and often overlapping options to discover, select, and implement the services best suited for their particular purposes.

DIY Workshop

DIY workshopA day use & membership woodworking & sewing workshop where members & non-members alike can also learn how to work with wood, sew &/or craft.

A day use and membership woodworking and sewing workshop where tools and equipment for woodworking and sewing are supplied. Classes in woodworking, sewing and crafting will be offered for members and non-members alike from beginner to advanced. We will also have a retail store with a selection of woodworking tools and supplies. Emphasis will be put on creating a safe and fun environment for members to collaborate, network and enjoy creating.

Incuvo

incuvoCreate fun games in minutes using mobile device, share with your friends and discover new games!

You’ve probably heard of Minecraft. It has earned around $300 million so far. And it is a game about creating your own worlds. We believe millions of people want to create whole games, not only worlds. But they lack the skill. That’s why we’ve made Createrria which turns making games into a game – super-easy, fun process for everybody out there. It’s a product for mobile platforms. We’re releasing it mid 2013.

StudySoup

studysoupStudySoup is a full-circle digital publishing, and education collaboration tool targeted at University students.

We provide an easy way for bookstores and publishers to securely deliver interactive, digital materials to students across any web browser. Faculty can create study materials directly on our platform including readings, videos and more. Students need one central location where they can access material, and collaborate with peers, and that’s what StudySoup can provide!

ThresholdCM

ThrsholdCMThreshold is changing the way the building industry photographs their jobsites using mobile & web apps, clean design, and fair pricing.

Threshold organizes the vast amount of photos that construction projects create. We’re using elegant design and UX to delight customers that are traditionally used to bulky and expensive software solutions. Our paying customers range from large multi-national corporations working on $300M+ commercial projects to small residential contractors. We’re currently unfunded and have added over 100 unique construction projects in March and April.

Visulon Inc.

visulon

Visulon has developed web based SaaS cloud software products for Apparel, Footwear and Accessories Brands to make B2B Sales, Marketing and Merchandising operations highly efficient while shortening the time to market.

Visulon creates the structured database of the seasonal new products that include images, attributes and videos for Brands. Sales Teams, Dealers, Independent Reps and Buyers access it online as Digital Workbooks and searchable database. Using Visulon’s software platform they create custom assortments and custom digital workbooks for buyers, plan and place orders and overall improve the sales and marketing processes significantly.  Visulon’s products are designed as enterprise portals with tight security, roles/permissions based personalized access, with customized workflow, agile database and can be used with all browsers and all devices including iPad. They are also designed to work in unconnected mode and sync when connection is available making it extremely easy to run in the tradeshows, while traveling or without access to hotspots. This is a $340 billion market segment of which approx. 70%  are B2B sales. Visulon’s team has invested two years in development and is already selling to the major brand names.

Euro Demo Day Winner

Aliance logoWinner of Euro Demo Day TBD