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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

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

September 2012 IGNITE! San Francisco Event Spotlight

Congratulations to Paavo from Mobile Backstage for taking home first place in the monthly IGNITE! Fundraiser event last night at RocketSpace in San Francisco. We were very excited to host ten great companies, to demo and pitch to our audience and esteemed panel.

Also finishing in the top of the group for the evening were Jeh, from “yactraq”, Ben from Unifyo, and Wayne from RePowerCapital. Congratulations to these companies on their success.

Finally, a big thank you to all our panelists, presenters, and guests, for helping make IGNITE! such an great event. We will be back in RocketSpace October 11th, please check back soon for more details.

September 2012 IGNITE! New York Event Spotlight

On Tuesday, September 4th, Ignite! Fundraisers made it’s inaugural event in New York. At 6:00PM startup CEOs, angel investors, and guests began to stream in to the beautiful Microsoft building in midtown Manhattan.

A big congratulations to Zoli Honig from Chalkable for taking home first place with a score 20 points from the panel. Zoli has now earned the opportunity to pitch to the BDMI team as well as one month free to NestGSV.

Coming in closely behind and tied for second place were Krish Jayaram from Buyou Inc. and Tom Weingarten from Delve. All three of the top companies from the evening have earned a first round interview with Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator.

Finally a big thank you to our sponsors LeClairRyan, Microsoft BizSpark, BDMI, NestGSV, Traction + Scale, and Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator for making this event possible. The next Ignite! will be back at RocketSpace in San Francisco on September 18th. Click here to reserve your seat today.

By Brian Hertzog