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June 2013 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight


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.


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.


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


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

repost logo

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.


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.

Funds 4 All logo

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.


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

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


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.


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 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

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

December 2012 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

Last night we hosted our final PitchForce of 2012, and I’d say we ended on a high note! We had a great crowd and another master tweeter, @alezante, who won the $25 gift card to Starbucks!

Our master tweeter with his well-deserved prize!

As for the winners of the actual event, we once again had a tie for second place with Slim.io and mSIGNIA. First place went to CandiControls who did a great job! We would also like to recognize and thank the Writer.ly crew for coming in all the way from Seattle, Washington! We really enjoyed hosting those lovely ladies.

From left to right: Paul Miller of mSIGNIA, Yair Levin of Slim.io and Max Shapiro, CEO of PeopleConnect

Max Shapiro with our first place winner, Steve Raschke of CandiControls.

Of course our night would not be possible without our great panel, fabulous keynote speaker and VC Sponsor, Chris Gottschalk of Blumberg Capital.

Our next PitchForce will be Thursday, January 10, and applications are already open to companies who would like to present. Best of luck and we’ll see you in 2013!

May you have a Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year!

By Melissa Glass

November 2012 PitchForce San Francisco Event Spotlight

A full house at RocketSpace!

We had such fun last night at the debut of PitchForce with a great crowd and a fabulous lineup of companies! Not to mention the very twitter savvy group of Spaniards that joined us, with @martinredigolo winning our $25 gift card to Starbuck’s! As for the winning companies, we had a tie for second place between Zyante and TESHUB Sports. The first place winner was Free Flow Wines, who were also kind enough to provide us with two kegs of wine for guests to try during the event. Yes, you heard me right, kegs of wine! Be sure to check them out.

Sam Taylor of TESHUB and Smita Bakshi with her co-founder of Zyante

Dan Donahoe of Free Flow Wines

We would also like to thank our fabulous panel for their great feedback and advice, along with our keynote speaker and VC Sponsor, Mitchell Kertzman of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners.

Our next PitchForce will be Thursday, December 6, and applications are already open to companies who would like to present. Best of luck and we’ll see you in December!

By Melissa Glass

IGNITE! San Francisco is changing its name to PitchForce

Change is good, and we are embracing the chance to give IGNITE! a fresh coat of paint with its new name PitchForce. Not to worry, it will still be the same great event with fabulous startups and a great panel, along with the opportunity to network with some influential people in the startup community. Oh, and don’t forget the free food and drinks!

We are already beginning the selection process for our next PitchForce event on Thursday, November 8th. Please apply as soon as possible as we are selecting companies on a rolling basis. Just complete the online application and we will let you know in the coming weeks if you accepted or not. Best of luck!

By Melissa Glass

October 2012 IGNITE! San Francisco Event Spotlight

Last night the theme was “ties” as we had two companies tie for third and two for first place! We would like to extend a big congrats to Nephosity and PushToTest who both tied for first place. Nephosity will now have the honor of pitching to our sponsoring VC group, Claremont Creek Ventures, while PushToTest will get to pitch to Lightspeed Venture Partners. Finally, let’s hear it for CheckInOn.Me and LocalOn who both took home third place last night at our monthly IGNITE! Fundraiser event at RocketSpace in San Francisco.

We so enjoyed hosting ten great companies last night and look forward to our next IGNITE! event taking place on Thursday, November 8. A big thank you to all who help make this event possible, including our wonderful panelists, sponsors, presenters and of course, you, our guests!

See you in November!

By Melissa Glass