Networking Contest - "The Next Big Thing"
Check out all the Company Profilesand come prepared to vote for the one you think is most exciting:
- TSR Gym Technik Ltd.
- Jim DeLaHunt & Associates
- Illume Consulting
- OnMAAS(Online Marketing as a Service)
- Rockfern Consulting
- Marine Drive Mobile
- Good Guy Robots Inc.
- Memengo, Inc.
- Intellectica Technolgy
TSR Gym Technik Ltd.
Sharad Mohan, Co-Founder / CEO www.gymtechnik.com GymTechnik, the consumer product, allows individuals to setup workout plans online, and then when they workout they can pickup their workout plans on their Smartphone. The Smartphone app will provide workout guidance telling the person exactly what to do and how to do it, along with allowing the person to track stats, all of which is synced to the website. The app ties in with Facebook/Twitter to motivate and compete with friends. IF the member requires help with workout plans, the premium+ plan will have GymTechnik trainers push down customized workout plans to the member's Smartphone app. Trainerize, the business product, allows personal trainers or health clubs to have their own branded Online and Mobile fitness management platform. The platform lets the business brand it for themselves with our website builder, and market it as well through social media means. The workout tracking application is both an Online and Mobile solution, allowing trainers to add revenue streams to their business by providing their clients with Smartphone App Training - So if you can't afford $100/session for a trainer, you can opt-in for the cheaper $50/month where the trainer simply pushes out workout plans to your Smartphone. The platform allows trainers to build a website, train with the online/mobile training platform, and invoice their clients.
Jim DeLaHunt & Associates
Jim DeLaHunt, Principal http://jdlh.com Lean startup idea: keeping your digital photos, music, video, and documents intact for decades, so your grandchildren can enjoy them, through easy, powerful products and online services. Current consulting practice: helping companies build multilingual websites and mapping mapshups.
Michele Macready, President www.illumeconsulting.com Illume Consulting provides two unique services for lean start-ups. Structuring Services for Product Companies: for start-ups that are experienced in product development, but need help structuring the service offerings. Our services include:
- developing service offerings for your market
- developing repeatable processes for managing your service projects
- planning for ownership of your IP
- structuring product development and service organizations to prepare for growth
Acting COO roles: for start-ups who need a part-time senior leader to run Product Development and/or Services organizations. Our services include:
- hiring and managing teams
- developing tools and processes for services projects, including custom development, implementation, and customer support
- developing tools and processes for product releases
Michele has over 15 years of experience structuring and leading Services and Product Development organizations. Her experience ranges from Wall Street to Silicon Valley, and includes COO roles at several high-tech start-ups.
Bill Martin, VP Business Development and Marketing www.SmarTots.com SmarTots is a mobile education platform for children aged 2-7. It brings together educators, parents, and developers to create an interactive, fun, and manageable learning experience for kids through mobile apps. SmarTots works as follows: educators assess the educational content of apps, developers include the SmarTots SDK (which enables reporting) in their app code, and the SmarTots Network draws on these two data to provide parents with learning activity reports, supplemental learning content, and personalized app recommendations across multiple hardware and software ecosystems. SmarTots also adds value for Kids-App-Developers by offering extra, parent-friendly functionality and cross promotion to a targeted audience (parents of mobile-device using children). The initial iPhone/iPad (iOS) version of the service was launched over Christmas 2010, and has already been downloaded by more than 200,000 parents. Leveraging this install base, SmarTots currently generates revenue through affiliate sales. SmarTots is currently expanding from Angel to Seed stage growth, and is looking to start operations in North America with an office in Vancouver, BC.
OnMAAS(Online Marketing as a Service)
www.onmaas.com onmaas is an innovative social media marketing service for such businesses as Insurance companies who sell through independent agents. We built onmaas because we saw that businesses and agents who sell for those businesses don't have marketing tools to work together on social media marketing to advance their common business interest. Using onmaas, businesses prepare a marketing content tailored for social media which agents use to educate and engage their friends, fans, followers, and connections. Business gets access to a new marketing channel - social networks of its agents, which it can use to promote its brand, educate consumers, and empower agents who sell its products. For agents, onmaas becomes a personal marketing department. onmaas content and tools save agents time and efforts by helping to execute effective online marketing campaigns, build personal brand online, identify prospects, and generate leads.
Helen Goddard, Product Marketing Consultant www.rockfern.ca For lean start-ups with very lean budgets, who need help with product marketing & product management but can’t afford to employ a full-time person, Helen offers over 15 years software product marketing experience, bringing new technologies to market. Unlike others, Helen has experience in the UK, Silicon Valley and Vancouver ranging from large companies like SAP/Business Objects to mobile start-ups like Conquer Mobile Inc.
Marine Drive Mobile
Kelly Campbell eteeoff.com Golf revenues generated more than $50 billion dollars worldwide in 2010, but still the most difficult problem facing today’s golfer is getting a tee-time booked. Marine Drive Mobile plans to be the "Groupon of Golf", the most recognized independent supplier of golf bookings, golf coupons, daily golf specials and discounts in North America within the next 18 months. We aim to be a golfer's best friend and make it easy for them to get on the green! To earn that unique position with golfers, course operators and the golf service business sector, Marine Drive Mobile will promote its mobile coupon application (eteeoff.com) with revenue sharing opportunities for those who refer our golf coupons. The Company believes this approach will realize early adoption of the eteeoff.com mobile product and profitability by year two.
Collin Vine, Founder www.sproutups.com SproutUpsfocuses on connecting co-founders and startup teams, helping to make their change-the-world-ideas come to life. All startups require great people to succeed yet finding them isn't easy. We make it easier by focusing on the following four attributes in their respective order:
The SproutUps platform is currently being built and will soon allow you to create a profile, share ideas, test-drive potential partners, compete in business model and lean startup competitions, and validate your work all through an exclusive platform that allows only the best inside. Sign up now for priority access and to shape the future SproutUps user base.
Martin Ertl, Founder & CEO http://contractual.ly Contractually makes contracts easy for startups and freelancers, who can use this web application to make a contract from start to finish. Members of Contractually can use our contract forms (or bring in their own contract forms or their lawyer’s), fill them out, edit and negotiate the contract online with other parties, and e-sign the contract when they’re ready. The signed contracts are then automatically organized for later retrieval, for all parties. No more emailing Word documents back and forth, and no more printing out, signing manually and then faxing/scanning/emailing the signed contract. Our grand vision is to make the legal experience welcoming, simple and delightful. While many find the law dull, confusing or even intimidating, we see a chance to make it better.
Chris Coldewey, co-founder Evan Haveman, co-founder http://99speakers.com99speakers is building the world's best resource for finding public speakers and subject matter experts for hire. Finding the right speaker for your company is hard — 99speakers helps organizers find experts in their location and price range, and watch videos of them in action before hiring them. 99speakers helps speakers promote their expertise with our drop-dead simple video portfolios. Our target market is independent speakers and professionals whose fees range from free to $5k/gig. How it works:
- Browse speakers by topic, location, budget. Watch/share/save speaker videos.
- Super-simple signup for speakers: list your location, fields of expertise, typical price range, and upload or link to a video.
- Freemium model: Free to create a basic video listing, paid accounts get a larger, more prominent listing with more content.
Sign up at http://99speakers.com to get early access.
Good Guy Robots Inc.
Ranyl Bantog, Director / Co-Founder http://goodguyrobots.comThere are currently 300+ million smart phone devices out in the wild. That number will double in the next few years as they get more powerful and more affordable, as will the demand for high quality content. If you look at all the app worlds, app stores and mobile marketplaces, what do you see in the top 50? GAMES! You need 1/300 of the market (0.003%) to buy your game for $1 to make $1,000,000. If you have 0.003% of the entire market playing a free version of your game every day with ads you can generate at least $1000/day in ad revenue. Keys to success:
- Great Game Concept
- Monetization Strategy
- Production team to bring the game to market
- Viral Marketing Plan
Do you have the creativity, talent and skill for any of these? We would love to collaborate with you.
Denis Altudov, Founder I'm developing and selling iPhone apps. I have been moderately successful so far, and I see a very bright future ahead for mobile app development: a new frontier for the better user experience, lower developing costs and better monetization. My recent presentation to Seattle XCoders on the subject of "making money on iOS platform" was rather well-received; the slides can be found here: http://bit.ly/m6KG0N
James Chutter, Founder and Executive Creative Director Storypanda is reinventing story time by bringing young kids and parents together through the technology that they both love. We’re developing an iPad based publishing platform to release new interactive kids stories as well as classic kids books that we’ve all grown up with. By opening up the platform to users we’ll allow kids and parents to also co-create their own stories with the help of our Storypanda storytelling tools. With our user-base we’ll create a social network or “bookshelf” for sharing these stories with friends, family and the greater Storypanda community. If you ever thought you could tell a great kids story, now you can with a little help from your little one and Storypanda!
Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill, Founder MyBestHelper is a breakthrough on-line caregiver search and match application that is fundamentally better than the existing on-line and traditional caregiver search options - it saves time and money while delivering a better outcome for both families and caregivers. MyBestHelper does for hiring in-house help, what eHarmony did for dating. Factors such as work style, attitudes toward care and parenting, interests and personality traits are used to create a proprietary scoring system that matches people with the caregivers that are most compatible to their practical and deeper needs. We aim to be THE global destination site for finding in-house help along the full continuum of needs and the full family life-cycle, and be a global brand known for its effective and excellent service to both families and helpers.
Adrien E Herberts, CEO weev.ca Students interacting at university drive’s forward the worlds greatest idea’s and technologies. But despite being better connected to their friends than ever before, friends are not always nearby available, or relevant to your problem; and are only a fraction of the bright minds on campus. There is a world of untapped potential. Our product, Weev, is a location-based network exclusively for campus. When a student walks into a building they see which other students are in the building and information they care about to collaboration; faculty, classes and interests. Students can either chat with a specific student in the building and instantly meet up for tutoring or talking, or can ask questions of all the students in the building. It’s like a dynamic rolodex in real time, all available in your pocket on your smartphone. Enabling users with relevant and immediate connections, our strategic positions as students are selves, and a dense niche will gain Weev a valuable user base and change the way people work together.
Tom Carchrae, Founder intellecti.ca intellectica builds scheduling and optimization software for deployment on the cloud, using the on-demand computing power of the cloud. Unlike the majority of current scheduling applications, we are more than a clone of Google Calendar; we provide metrics and algorithms to produce better schedule. Better schedules lead to a better run business. We are currently building an application for employee scheduling, primarily targeted at the restaurant industry. Restaurants are an industry with tight margins and a lot of chaos, as anyone who has worked in one can attest. Our software helps manage the chaos while increasing the bottom line. A key focus of our software is that it improves the life of both the owner/manger *and* the employees. We launch this summer. If you are interested in talking to us about other scheduling or optimization applications, please get in touch. Likewise, if you are a UX person who wants to make beautiful software with us.