Lightning Pitch: Entrée – Your restaurant in real-time

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COMPANY: Entrée ELEVATOR PITCH Your restaurant in real-time. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION Entrée is restaurant point-of-sale, made smarter. Our reconstructed, intuitive user interface radically improves the way servers, managers, and staff complete their tasks. Real-time analytics, faster workflows for servers, and integrated front-of-house management streamline … [Read more...]

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COMPANY: ELEVATOR PITCH Floor plan plugin for event software. PRODUCT/SERVICE DESCRIPTION is a plugin for ticketing and event registration websites that makes it easy to sell reserved seating tickets—ticket buyers can select their seats on an interactive floor plan. For online ticket sellers, this presents a complex technical challenge. First, … [Read more...]

After a new $1.2M funding infusion, video interviewing platform Kira Talent looks to redefine the higher ed admissions process

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A Q&A with Kira Talent co-founder Emilie Cushman. The Toronto-based startup, which has built an application that facilitates video-based interactive interviews for companies and college admissions, has completed a $1.2 million Seed funding round, which it revealed earlier this month. Investors include Relay Ventures, the Business Development Bank of Canada and Angel … [Read more...]

onLoop launches at SXSW with its subject-based take on social messaging

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A Q&A with onLoop co-founder and CEO AK Sands. The Los Angeles-based messaging startup launched out of beta at the South by Southwest 2015 show earlier this month. It was founded last year by Sands and Jacob Heinz. SUB: Please describe onLoop and your primary innovation. Sands: onLoop is an open social messaging network that behaves the way you do in the real world, … [Read more...]

Altocloud lands $2M to enable more responsive and ‘predictive’ sales efforts

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A Q&A with Altocloud CEO Barry O’Sullivan. The Mountain View, California-based startup, which has built a predictive analytics platform for sales teams, announced earlier this month that it has completed a $2 million Seed funding round. Investors include Delta Partners, Digicel Group and ACT Venture Capital. It was founded in 2013 by O’Sullivan, Joe Smyth, and Dan Arra, and … [Read more...]

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...]