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June 2013 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

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On Thursday June 6th entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, Angel investors, and many others came to Runway Accelerator on Market Street in downtown San Francisco to get a look at ten emerging startups in the Bay Area.

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Each of the startups had a demo booth and attendees were given three one-million dollar bills to spend on the companies they liked the most.

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Scrible, Capy, Funds4All, Meograph, Produk.Me edged out the competition and got to deliver their four-minute pitch to the audience.

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This left the remaining companies to give their one-minute “pitch for you life.” John Pettit with Repost edged out the competition in the one-minute elevator pitch and went on to win the event.

Mike Wilson with Funds4All and Victor Karkar of Scrible came in a two way tie for second place.

About the Winning Companies

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We’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.

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We 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.

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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.

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On behalf of PeopleConnect and PitchForce we would like to thank our sponsors Opus Capital, LeClair Ryan, The Halo Agency, and everyone who came our to support our event. We hope to see you at our next event July 11th!

 

By Chase Beach

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

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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

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

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

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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

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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.

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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

April 2013 PitchForce Companies

Alminder

AlminderAlminder delivers real-time, contextual knowledge to business consumers via a smart mobile calendar app.

Alminder’s NeverLate application saves users time and arms them with the information they need to be prepared, organized and on-time. The calendar is a great predictive source of user intent. The Alminder smart calendar uses this and context provided by the smartphone to bring critical knowledge to the user. Alminder focuses on the business professional but will solve problems for the whole person and not just the work part of life.

Fabbit

FabbitA fun, easy, social design platform for the 3D printing market, giving customers the power to create their own products on demand.

Fabbit opens up the rapidly booming economy of 3D printing to creative customers who love design but don’t have the time or money to learn expensive, difficult software. Like Cafe Press or Etsy, we provide a design marketplace, but offer the ability to easily create totally online, in a fun, social environment that requires no uploading. Fabbit’s revenue comes from a percentage of items ordered, plus vendor partnerships and premium subscriptions.

FotoNotes

fotonotesFotoNotes’ innovative mobile and cloud based platform transforms the way that enterprises collect, manage and share mobile information.

FotoNotes is a mobile and cloud software company transforming the way that enterprises capture manage and share information. The FotoNotes platform makes it incredibly easy for real estate, construction, facilities management, field inspection, and other businesses to “mobilize” their operations to increase efficiency, improve real time communication and better serve their customers. Paying customers include Valligent, Teknion and McKesson.

Froovie Organics

frooviefroovieTM is an innovative organic beverage dispensing solution that combines fruit, vegetable and grains into a “Drink with BenefitsTM”

froovieTM is the first certified organic, gluten free cold-blended complete beverage solution. Created by food-service veterans, Roger and Eric, Froovie fills a market void by providing consumers a tasty, truly healthy beverage/snack that has significantly less sugar and calories than other “juice based” solutions while it’s mobile, labor-free “Bag in a Box” fountain-style delivery method allows for ease of installation and operations by users.

Ittavi

ittaviExpense management & bill payment system for child support – ending child support conflict while saving parents time & money.

Over 298 million parents worldwide exchange over $990 billion dollars every year in child support. Since there has not been a standard process or system, parents are forced to figure out how to manage this complex process on their own, resulting in conflict, wasted time & money. Ittavi provides an easy to use application to manage, track & pay child support, providing transparency, reducing conflict, while saving parents time & money.

LoYakk

Loyakk LogoLoYakk enables Instant “Shared Experience” Communities – o n-mobile and on-demand. 

We are re-imagining how we engage in  local conversations and give users the ability to  instantly engage with communities organized around any “shared experience” at any location. Users can “enter” any venue and engage in relevant conversations with others sharing the same context and experience.

College students can now converse with other students on campus, sports enthusiasts can communicate with each other during a sporting event at a local stadium, or  like-minded residents can converge a topic of local importance – all in the context of their local experience. We jettison the mandate to “join” groups, alleviate the requirement to “subscribe” and remove any need to “check in”.

Perkville

pervillePerkville helps small and medium sized businesses retain customers by providing them with a cloud enabled loyalty platform.

We’re already used by nearly 1,000 businesses and several hundred thousand users around the world.

Picture Marketing

picturemarketingFotoZap® turns consumers into Superfans: Fans that actively contribute social media to any brand’s Facebook page or preferred social channel.

Brands are searching for effective ways to place content into social channels, measure the results of those efforts, and then re-market to participants and their friends. Most attempts at branded social sharing bring disappointing results. True success comes only when engaged consumers actively contribute content, and share it in ways that tell the brand’s story.

Using front-line employees (or paid brand ambassadors) to capture a photo or video of the consumer’s experience is a proven way to create active fans that willingly share a branded social media story with their circle of friends. Picture Marketing has created FotoZap as a complete solution, with multiple ways to: Capture images, Share them onsite, deliver them online via Social, and Manage campaigns.

PIXT

pixtPixt is a fun and easy way to make collaborative walls of photos and videos with your friends and family. 

Pixt Walls are real time and collaborative. You and your friends can drag and drop pictures and videos onto a Pixt Wall for instant sharing. All you do is drag and drop your content onto your “Wall”.  You can drag and drop from anywhere and everywhere you have content – your hard drive, linked devices, like cameras, smartphones, tablets, flash drives; and Facebook, Flickr, Google+, Instagram, Picasa, etc.  You can also link to, and send your Walls to your Facebook page and other social and photo services.

RealtyShares

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RealtyShares is a real estate crowdfunding marketplace where Accredited Investors can passively invest in pre-vetted real estate deals.

RealtyShares is an online real estate investment marketplace where high-quality real estate Investment Managers with pre-vetted real estate deals can raise capital from Accredited investors looking to passively invest in those deals. Small to mid-size real estate Investment Managers spend more than 40% of their time seeking capital instead of on real estate and most Accredited investors have limited access to quality RE Investments.

January 2013 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

Last night we kicked off 2013 with a very successful PitchForce. We had such a great lineup of companies that there was a tie for the 5th presenter! So all in all, we had 7 companies instead of 6 pitch. The crowd happily accepted and really looked to be enjoying themselves and the judges commentary:

There was plenty of networking with entrepreneurs, VCs and angel investors as they enjoyed delicious dim sum and fine wine:

Well into the evening, Allan Young had a very insightful fireside chat with Sean Jacobsohn of our sponsoring VC, Emergence Capital Partners:

Finally, our winners were announced with a tie for second place between Next Principles and Mayvenn:

But our grand prize winners was the dynamic duo of Rentlytics!

We mustn’t forget our master tweeter of the evening, Tiffany Brown, who won our $25 gift card to Peet’s Coffee!

Thank you all for a fabulous night and we will see you at our next PitchForce on Thursday, February 7th!

By Melissa Glass