Lightning Pitch: Proximity – Chat and locate your friends off the grid

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COMPANY: Proximity ELEVATOR PITCH Proximity helps you chat and locate your friends off the grid—no Wi-Fi or cell reception needed. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Proximity helps you chat and locate your friends off the grid. Just turn on Bluetooth and go. We believe that your surroundings shouldn’t limit your ability to connect! Think about all the times you were … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: Get Reference – Paperless employment references

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COMPANY: Get Reference ELEVATOR PITCH Goodbye paper, hello paperless employment references. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Get Reference is a smart and simple web-based app for obtaining and creating paperless employment references. Get References takes the pain out of the employment reference process by saving time for employers to obtain and create paperless … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: MetaChi – Team task management and collaboration

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COMPANY: MetaChi ELEVATOR PITCH Team task management and collaboration. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION MetaChi is a place where task management and collaboration meet. The number one problem cited by distributed teams is task management—the number two problem cited is long threads. Email is an inefficient tool for task management and effective collaboration—that’s … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: ExactDrive wants to make online media buying a turnkey proposition for small- and mid-size ad agencies


By TIM NICHOLS, EXACTDRIVE CO-FOUNDER ELEVATOR PITCH ExactDrive designed and developed its media buying platform to provide small- to mid-size ad agencies (and independent resellers too) with a media buying platform that provides a turnkey solution to plan, manage, traffic, analyze, report and optimize digital display campaigns for their clients. PRODUCT/SERVICE … [Read more...]

Culture Amp gets big Series A backing for its ‘people analytics’ platform

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A Q&A with Culture Amp co-founder and CEO Didier Elzinga. The Melbourne, Australia-based startup, which has built a human resources survey platform for enterprises that collects actionable insights from employees, announced at the start of this month that its closed a $6.3 million Series A funding round. Investors include Felicis Ventures, Index Ventures and Blackbird … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Born out of the maker movement, LumiLabs wants to improve indoor lighting


By CHRISTOPHER SMOLINSKI, LUMILABS CO-FOUNDER ELEVATOR PITCH LumiLabs creates vibrant illuminated works for style and for wellness. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION LumiLabs is very much a lighting laboratory. We currently offer uplighting services for wedding and special events in addition to our original product, Lumious. Lumious brings the sun indoors by placing a … [Read more...]

Featured Startup Pitch: Opportunity Network’s curated network connects potential business partners across the globe, anonymously

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By BRIAN PALLAS, OPPORTUNITY NETWORK FOUNDER AND CEO ELEVATOR PITCH Opportunity Network is an online membership network that helps companies grow and succeed by finding trustworthy business partners across the globe. We anonymously connect the senior executives of businesses, high net worth individuals, and family offices from all over the world to valuable growth … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: Worksfire – Get more done today, together

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COMPANY: Worksfire ELEVATOR PITCH Get more done today. Together. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Worksfire combines project management, social collaboration, digital documents and business listings in one easy-to-use system. Connecting tasks, projects, documents, and people, Worksfire allows you to work better together to accomplish more, and will help you every step of … [Read more...]

Lightning Pitch: SketchBox – Monthly subscription box for art and art supplies

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COMPANY: SketchBox ELEVATOR PITCH Monthly subscription box for art and art supplies. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION SketchBox was created with the intention of empowering more artists to do what they love—make art! Every month, we deliver five-to-six premium art supplies right to your doorstep along with a unique piece of art to inspire you. What would you make if art … [Read more...]

With a $5M funding infusion, Accomplice looks to take on the big names in marketing tech

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A Q&A with Accomplice president and Chief Data Scientist Brian Lewis. The San Francisco-based integrated digital marketing startup announced at the start of this month that it has raised $5 million in Series A funding from WME | IMG. It was founded in 2013 as Fractal Sciences by Lewis, CEO Lior Tamir, Idan Benaim and Shaun Porcar. SUB: Please describe Accomplice and your … [Read more...]