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  • 26 Jul 2016
    Startups are hard, really hard. We all know the stats, that 9 out of 10 new companies will fail, and yet hundreds of Founders launch new enterprises in LA every month! One of the hardest parts of startups is funding, finding it, banking it, and keeping it. It comes from friends, family, personal savings, credit card debt, angel investors... and now as we find ourselves in 2016, the exciting new world of Equity Crowdfunding. Nobody knows the Equity Crowdfunding landscape (especially that landscape here in LA) better than LA's very own, NextGen Crowdfunding. They've setup a platform to learn about the space and more importantly to discover some of the exciting new companies that are in the midst of the fundraising process. Not only this but they've also established themselves as the premiere host of Equity Crowdfunding events. And it just so happens that tomorrow they're hosting their next event, Ignition LA! The official event information...   Watch 6 Innovative Companies Launch their Crowdfunding Campaigns from our NextGen Studios in Los Angeles, CA.   Equity Crowdfunding Companies Present Live and Online - ask questions, follow along, invest, track results    As these companies present online you'll be able to Watch executives and founders discuss their companies  Pose questions to the executives Follow the companies  Optionally invest (via their crowdfunding platform) Track the results in real-time via NextGen's Crowdfunding Dashboard Investment crowdfunding* for small companies became available in May. Now July marks the first time that Title III companies will be presenting their crowdfunding campaigns live and online.   EVENT: Online - July 27, 5:00 to 6:00 PM Pacific, Broadcast Live from NextGen's Los Angeles Studio   NextGen holds these signature events for company executives to appear in-person to launch investment crowdfunding campaigns. Investment crowdfunding for small companies became available in May. Now July will mark the first time Title III companies will be presenting their crowdfunding campaigns in a live-online format. We have 6 exciting companies presenting tomorrow, Wednesday July 27. Be among the first to learn about the investment opportunities offered to the general public.  Bloomery SweetShine     Brewer’s Table   FarmFromABox     Snapwi.re     Virtuix      Youngry  While watching these exciting companies – executives and founders - present online, you will be able to:          Pose questions to the executives        Follow the companies        Optionally invest (via their Crowdfunding platform)        Track the results in real-time via NextGen’s Crowdfunding Dashboard   * Reg A+,Title III/ Reg CF    
    531 Posted by Silicon Beach LA
  • Startups are hard, really hard. We all know the stats, that 9 out of 10 new companies will fail, and yet hundreds of Founders launch new enterprises in LA every month! One of the hardest parts of startups is funding, finding it, banking it, and keeping it. It comes from friends, family, personal savings, credit card debt, angel investors... and now as we find ourselves in 2016, the exciting new world of Equity Crowdfunding. Nobody knows the Equity Crowdfunding landscape (especially that landscape here in LA) better than LA's very own, NextGen Crowdfunding. They've setup a platform to learn about the space and more importantly to discover some of the exciting new companies that are in the midst of the fundraising process. Not only this but they've also established themselves as the premiere host of Equity Crowdfunding events. And it just so happens that tomorrow they're hosting their next event, Ignition LA! The official event information...   Watch 6 Innovative Companies Launch their Crowdfunding Campaigns from our NextGen Studios in Los Angeles, CA.   Equity Crowdfunding Companies Present Live and Online - ask questions, follow along, invest, track results    As these companies present online you'll be able to Watch executives and founders discuss their companies  Pose questions to the executives Follow the companies  Optionally invest (via their crowdfunding platform) Track the results in real-time via NextGen's Crowdfunding Dashboard Investment crowdfunding* for small companies became available in May. Now July marks the first time that Title III companies will be presenting their crowdfunding campaigns live and online.   EVENT: Online - July 27, 5:00 to 6:00 PM Pacific, Broadcast Live from NextGen's Los Angeles Studio   NextGen holds these signature events for company executives to appear in-person to launch investment crowdfunding campaigns. Investment crowdfunding for small companies became available in May. Now July will mark the first time Title III companies will be presenting their crowdfunding campaigns in a live-online format. We have 6 exciting companies presenting tomorrow, Wednesday July 27. Be among the first to learn about the investment opportunities offered to the general public.  Bloomery SweetShine     Brewer’s Table   FarmFromABox     Snapwi.re     Virtuix      Youngry  While watching these exciting companies – executives and founders - present online, you will be able to:          Pose questions to the executives        Follow the companies        Optionally invest (via their Crowdfunding platform)        Track the results in real-time via NextGen’s Crowdfunding Dashboard   * Reg A+,Title III/ Reg CF    
    Jul 26, 2016 531
  • 14 Jun 2016
    The beginning of 2016 saw a number of new industries starting to make significant strides. Drones, eSports, Bitcoin and Virtual Reality have all made waves, but none so great as those made by the world of Equity Crowdfunding, specifically Title III. This section, and its groundbreaking legislation opens the world of early-state startups to non-accredited investors. Translation? Early stage startups can finally access hundreds of million of additional potential capital, and FINALLY the average Joe has access to the next potential Facebook with an investment of as little as a couple thousand dollars.   All of this movement and growth is great, but it requires real action and progress to really make its mark. One method of tracking progress in any new industry is access to relevant event opportunities. In the case of Equity Crowdfunding, one LA-based company in particular, NextGen Crowdfunding, is stepping up this week to confirm what we've all hoped & expected, that Equity Crowdfunding is here to stay...in a BIG way with the launch of the first ever Equity Crowdfunding Title III Summit!   And better yet, they've made tickets to Silicon Beach members... FREE!     Tomorrow afternoon LIVE from the NextGen Crowdfunding Event Center in El Segundo, the biggest names in LA's Equity Crowdfunding Community are coming together to show you the true state of the industry. One look at the speaker list and you know this is going to a good one, including some of the best and brightest;   Richard Swart, Chief Strategy Officer, NextGen Crowdfunding  Vincent Bradley, CEO, Flashfunders Ryan Feit, CEO and Co-Founder, SeedInvest Eugene Kim, Vice President of Product, NextSeed Ron Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, StartEngine Kendrick Nguyen, Founder, Republic Martin Kelman, COO, CrowdBoarders Mike Norman, President, Wefunder, Inc. Jennifer Gatewood, Founder, PeerElevate Chris Parker, Co-Founder and CTO, Indie Crowd Funder Aaron Pollak, Co-Founder and COO, VENTURE.co   Any LA founder hoping to realize their startup dreams through Equity Crowdfunding should absolutely take advantage of this FREE event to learn best practices, hear how other companis have been successful, and meet and network with some of the foremost investors in this hot new space. Likewise this will also be a hotzone of opportunity for new investors to learn about the general regulation of this space, as well as meet some of the most promising LA startups who are still finishing up their fundraising rounds. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow to find out what LA's Equity Crowdfunding & Startup environment will look like as we head into 2017!   Get Your Free Title III Summit Ticket Here  
    894 Posted by Silicon Beach LA
  • The beginning of 2016 saw a number of new industries starting to make significant strides. Drones, eSports, Bitcoin and Virtual Reality have all made waves, but none so great as those made by the world of Equity Crowdfunding, specifically Title III. This section, and its groundbreaking legislation opens the world of early-state startups to non-accredited investors. Translation? Early stage startups can finally access hundreds of million of additional potential capital, and FINALLY the average Joe has access to the next potential Facebook with an investment of as little as a couple thousand dollars.   All of this movement and growth is great, but it requires real action and progress to really make its mark. One method of tracking progress in any new industry is access to relevant event opportunities. In the case of Equity Crowdfunding, one LA-based company in particular, NextGen Crowdfunding, is stepping up this week to confirm what we've all hoped & expected, that Equity Crowdfunding is here to stay...in a BIG way with the launch of the first ever Equity Crowdfunding Title III Summit!   And better yet, they've made tickets to Silicon Beach members... FREE!     Tomorrow afternoon LIVE from the NextGen Crowdfunding Event Center in El Segundo, the biggest names in LA's Equity Crowdfunding Community are coming together to show you the true state of the industry. One look at the speaker list and you know this is going to a good one, including some of the best and brightest;   Richard Swart, Chief Strategy Officer, NextGen Crowdfunding  Vincent Bradley, CEO, Flashfunders Ryan Feit, CEO and Co-Founder, SeedInvest Eugene Kim, Vice President of Product, NextSeed Ron Miller, Co-Founder and CEO, StartEngine Kendrick Nguyen, Founder, Republic Martin Kelman, COO, CrowdBoarders Mike Norman, President, Wefunder, Inc. Jennifer Gatewood, Founder, PeerElevate Chris Parker, Co-Founder and CTO, Indie Crowd Funder Aaron Pollak, Co-Founder and COO, VENTURE.co   Any LA founder hoping to realize their startup dreams through Equity Crowdfunding should absolutely take advantage of this FREE event to learn best practices, hear how other companis have been successful, and meet and network with some of the foremost investors in this hot new space. Likewise this will also be a hotzone of opportunity for new investors to learn about the general regulation of this space, as well as meet some of the most promising LA startups who are still finishing up their fundraising rounds. We look forward to seeing everyone tomorrow to find out what LA's Equity Crowdfunding & Startup environment will look like as we head into 2017!   Get Your Free Title III Summit Ticket Here  
    Jun 14, 2016 894
  • 03 Apr 2016
    Digital Summit is coming to LA this week. If your company or startup has customers it wants to keep, or is trying to expand by reaching out to new customers, this conference might just be for you. From Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon, Digital Summit offers nearly twenty hours of workshops, topic sessions, and keynote speeches with the brightest minds in the industry. Global experts in SEO, online marketing, brand storytelling, customer outreach, UX, and a dozen other digital strategies will be on hand to teach you cutting-edge techniques and offer advice about challenges specific to your business. Past attendees have included brands like Twitter, SalesForce, and Adobe, and keynote speakers that are internationally recognized thought leaders. But take note, it will be impossible to see everything and meet everyone in only two days, so you'll have to prioritize.       But first things first: What is the Digital Summit? Digital Summit LA is a forum about the future of eCommerce and the digital strategies that are required to succeed in a rapidly changing online ecosystem. Topics covered will include UX and design, mobile, email, search, and many others. Digital Summit is a national series, with events taking place from Washington DC to Dallas to Minneapolis, and this week it arrives in LA. The forum will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center, at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.   Conferences should be looked at as an investment, like education. College can be expensive, but in the long run, it's usually a good investment. Registering for an event like Digital Summit can sometimes be a much easier decision. Over the course of two busy days, you'll have the opportunity to hear from a huge range of experts. Susan Bennett's voice might sound instantly familiar, she's the voice of Siri. Anne Gherini is the head of marketing and communications at StumbleUpon. Joshua Franklin is the search marketing manager for The Honest Company. But not all of the speakers are industry experts. Representatives from a number of colleges and universities will be in attendance, and there are also speakers with academic backgrounds, like Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist employed by Microsoft to study the intersection of technology and human behavior. And perhaps the biggest draw is Ann Handley, the best-selling author of Everybody Writes, who has been described as “the most influential woman in social media.”     In addition to an impressive series of speakers, the forum offers a number of educational workshops on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. While you're at a roundtable on the future of mobile, one of your coworkers might check out the workshop on effective email marketing. The workshops are also an excellent opportunity to meet other attendees and expand your professional network. Digital Summit is also suprisingly affordable when compared to other national conference events of this kind. It's also conveniently local, and because it's big, there are more personal connections to be made. If the session on marketing to millennials is full of familiar faces, maybe you should walk down the hall to see who is in the workshop on narrative design. Previous Digital Summit events have included representatives from large companies like American Express and Google, but also smaller ventures like Code Baby, Knockout Gaming, and Cloud9 Marketing. With such a diverse pool of people in one location, it's good that there are social breaks built into the schedule.   In short, this is the digital marketing event that you might want to attend this week. Over 30 useful workshops. Keynote speakers that are defining their fields. And a convenient location. There are several passes available, including a Conference Pass for $295 (access to the speeches and workshops), an All-Access Pass for $395 (Conference Pass plus special pre-conference workshops), and a Platinum Pass for $595 (includes access to a VIP lounge and a meet-and-greet with the keynote speakers). When you consider the value that Digital Summit packs into two days, it's not surprising that fewer than 50 passes remain. It also doesn't hurt that there are two open bars!   Silicon Beach LA community members get $25 off their admission with discount code "BEACH25" at Digital Summit LA Checkout. For those of you planning to attend, we'll see you tomorrow at the Summit!
    688 Posted by Silicon Beach LA
  • Digital Summit is coming to LA this week. If your company or startup has customers it wants to keep, or is trying to expand by reaching out to new customers, this conference might just be for you. From Tuesday morning through Wednesday afternoon, Digital Summit offers nearly twenty hours of workshops, topic sessions, and keynote speeches with the brightest minds in the industry. Global experts in SEO, online marketing, brand storytelling, customer outreach, UX, and a dozen other digital strategies will be on hand to teach you cutting-edge techniques and offer advice about challenges specific to your business. Past attendees have included brands like Twitter, SalesForce, and Adobe, and keynote speakers that are internationally recognized thought leaders. But take note, it will be impossible to see everything and meet everyone in only two days, so you'll have to prioritize.       But first things first: What is the Digital Summit? Digital Summit LA is a forum about the future of eCommerce and the digital strategies that are required to succeed in a rapidly changing online ecosystem. Topics covered will include UX and design, mobile, email, search, and many others. Digital Summit is a national series, with events taking place from Washington DC to Dallas to Minneapolis, and this week it arrives in LA. The forum will take place at the Skirball Cultural Center, at 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.   Conferences should be looked at as an investment, like education. College can be expensive, but in the long run, it's usually a good investment. Registering for an event like Digital Summit can sometimes be a much easier decision. Over the course of two busy days, you'll have the opportunity to hear from a huge range of experts. Susan Bennett's voice might sound instantly familiar, she's the voice of Siri. Anne Gherini is the head of marketing and communications at StumbleUpon. Joshua Franklin is the search marketing manager for The Honest Company. But not all of the speakers are industry experts. Representatives from a number of colleges and universities will be in attendance, and there are also speakers with academic backgrounds, like Matt Wallaert, a behavioral scientist employed by Microsoft to study the intersection of technology and human behavior. And perhaps the biggest draw is Ann Handley, the best-selling author of Everybody Writes, who has been described as “the most influential woman in social media.”     In addition to an impressive series of speakers, the forum offers a number of educational workshops on the latest trends, technologies, and best practices. While you're at a roundtable on the future of mobile, one of your coworkers might check out the workshop on effective email marketing. The workshops are also an excellent opportunity to meet other attendees and expand your professional network. Digital Summit is also suprisingly affordable when compared to other national conference events of this kind. It's also conveniently local, and because it's big, there are more personal connections to be made. If the session on marketing to millennials is full of familiar faces, maybe you should walk down the hall to see who is in the workshop on narrative design. Previous Digital Summit events have included representatives from large companies like American Express and Google, but also smaller ventures like Code Baby, Knockout Gaming, and Cloud9 Marketing. With such a diverse pool of people in one location, it's good that there are social breaks built into the schedule.   In short, this is the digital marketing event that you might want to attend this week. Over 30 useful workshops. Keynote speakers that are defining their fields. And a convenient location. There are several passes available, including a Conference Pass for $295 (access to the speeches and workshops), an All-Access Pass for $395 (Conference Pass plus special pre-conference workshops), and a Platinum Pass for $595 (includes access to a VIP lounge and a meet-and-greet with the keynote speakers). When you consider the value that Digital Summit packs into two days, it's not surprising that fewer than 50 passes remain. It also doesn't hurt that there are two open bars!   Silicon Beach LA community members get $25 off their admission with discount code "BEACH25" at Digital Summit LA Checkout. For those of you planning to attend, we'll see you tomorrow at the Summit!
    Apr 03, 2016 688
  • 24 Dec 2015
      [An Interview With The SugarCube Founder, Johnnie J. Refvik]     Robert Lambert: Thanks for taking some time to chat with us Johnnie. First things first, how many on the founding team?   Johnnie Refvik: The Sugarcube was created by me and my Co-Founder (and wife) Mandy Refvik.       RL: And what does The SugarCube do?   JR: The SugarCube is a Diabetes Lifestyle Management System which consists of a state of the art glucometer that supports insulin delivery and bluetooth’s your blood glucose readings/results directly to The SugarCube Mobile App. The system will change the way diabetics manage their day to day glucose levels.     RL: Where is the company based?   JR: Manhattan Beach, CA     RL: If not full-time on TheSugarCube, what's your current day job?   JR: I am fully plugged into The SugarCube these days, however, I previously started and still own Unlimited Lynx, Inc., a Telecommunications company that provides services to wireless carriers (like AT&T) nationwide.     RL: When did you officially launch The SugarCube?    JR: The business was founded in 2013 and we went live on Indiegogo on November 12, 2015. We will be officially live in the iOS app store in March of  2016. It's a really exciting time for us!     RL: How did you get the idea for the startup?   JR: I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes back in March of 2009, about two weeks after my mother passed. It was a rough time for me. I was lost, trying to figure out how to properly manage my new diagnosis. I tried nearly all the glucometers on the market but was completely dissatisfied. I didn’t understand how there were so many gaps between testing ones' blood sugar and tracking/reporting to doctors. It was then that I had the "Ah Ha!" moment… and came up with The SugarCube, an all in one glucometer that supports insulin delivery and communicates to our state of the art mobile app which your doctor will have access too. For the full origin story CLICK HERE.     RL: Have you raised funding or are you currently bootstrapped?   JR: We've raised some funds and are currently meeting with investors to close out our official Seed Round.         RL: Are there any competitors in the Diabetes Management space?   JR: There are a handful of big competitors out there including; OneTouch, Freestyle, Lifescan, TrueMetrix and others. We're looking forward to giving them all a run for their money!     RL: How do you beat someone like OneTouch in your specific niche?   JR: That’s the million dollar question! We're confident that our product's comprehensive/hybrid design will significantly change the way Type 1 & 2 Diabetics mange there day to day lives. Of course we are the small fish in a rather large pond, but being a diabetic myself, I personally know where the gaps are in the current technologies on the market. I have used them all and pinpointed the issues with each. I spent the past 4 years designing and re-designing this product so it would simplify a diabetics life and promote an overall healthier lifestyle. Our plan is also to provide the user with cheaper and higher quality test strips to ease the re-occurring cost that hits their pockets.     RL: How'd you come up with the name The SugarCube?    JR: Well, it started out as a joke after I initially told my friends that I had diabetes, back in 2009. They started calling me "Sugar" and several other variations of the name as ones' colleges buddies do. One day one of them called me "The SugarCube" and later when we started to fine tune the product we thought It would be the perfect name...and luckily enough it was available!     RL: Who developed the app and how long did it take?   JR: We worked with the team at BizTek Innovations out of San Jose. They've been great to work with beacuse they really took the time to build a great understanding our of product and goals. We'll be kicking off Phase-2 of our mobile app development starting in January 2016 which will include the Android App development.      RL: What is something uniquely memorable about your company?   JR: When telling people about The Sugarcube the first question is, "how did you come up with this idea"? And when we tell the story from the very beginning (Day 1) it all goes back to the support of PEOPLE. There have been strangers, friends, and family all helping to make this idea a reality. It didn't take one person, it took a community of support, encouragement, strength, and love to bring The SugarCube to where we are today. We feel nothing but blessed to be here today building and watching our dreams come to life.     RL: What is your main focus over the next 3-6 months?   JR: First things first, we're finishing up our Indiegogo campaign and continuing to Beta test the SugarCube App to be ready to go live in March.        RL: What can people in the Silicon Beach community do to help?   JR: We would love as much support as possible from the community. We are looking for investors and partnerships. Finally, we need to get the word out to as many people as possible to support us on Indiegogo. We know diabetes doesn’t affect everyone but we added some cool perks for those who don’t have diabetes.  Please check us out our campaign: Indiegogo - The SugarCube: A Diabetes Management System     RL: Thanks for taking some time to chat today Johnnie. For potential partners, media, and clients looking to get in touch, what's your preferred contact method?   JR: It was great chatting with you today Robert. Anyone looking to connect can email me directly at: [email protected]      *A few members of The SugarCube App team at the American Diabetes Association's Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at LA's Griffith Observatory. (Image Courtesty: The SugarCube App)     _________________________________________________________________________________________    Got a tip about an LA startup we should cover? Shoot us an email at [email protected]   _________________________________________________________________________________________ 
    5168 Posted by Robert Lambert
  •   [An Interview With The SugarCube Founder, Johnnie J. Refvik]     Robert Lambert: Thanks for taking some time to chat with us Johnnie. First things first, how many on the founding team?   Johnnie Refvik: The Sugarcube was created by me and my Co-Founder (and wife) Mandy Refvik.       RL: And what does The SugarCube do?   JR: The SugarCube is a Diabetes Lifestyle Management System which consists of a state of the art glucometer that supports insulin delivery and bluetooth’s your blood glucose readings/results directly to The SugarCube Mobile App. The system will change the way diabetics manage their day to day glucose levels.     RL: Where is the company based?   JR: Manhattan Beach, CA     RL: If not full-time on TheSugarCube, what's your current day job?   JR: I am fully plugged into The SugarCube these days, however, I previously started and still own Unlimited Lynx, Inc., a Telecommunications company that provides services to wireless carriers (like AT&T) nationwide.     RL: When did you officially launch The SugarCube?    JR: The business was founded in 2013 and we went live on Indiegogo on November 12, 2015. We will be officially live in the iOS app store in March of  2016. It's a really exciting time for us!     RL: How did you get the idea for the startup?   JR: I was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes back in March of 2009, about two weeks after my mother passed. It was a rough time for me. I was lost, trying to figure out how to properly manage my new diagnosis. I tried nearly all the glucometers on the market but was completely dissatisfied. I didn’t understand how there were so many gaps between testing ones' blood sugar and tracking/reporting to doctors. It was then that I had the "Ah Ha!" moment… and came up with The SugarCube, an all in one glucometer that supports insulin delivery and communicates to our state of the art mobile app which your doctor will have access too. For the full origin story CLICK HERE.     RL: Have you raised funding or are you currently bootstrapped?   JR: We've raised some funds and are currently meeting with investors to close out our official Seed Round.         RL: Are there any competitors in the Diabetes Management space?   JR: There are a handful of big competitors out there including; OneTouch, Freestyle, Lifescan, TrueMetrix and others. We're looking forward to giving them all a run for their money!     RL: How do you beat someone like OneTouch in your specific niche?   JR: That’s the million dollar question! We're confident that our product's comprehensive/hybrid design will significantly change the way Type 1 & 2 Diabetics mange there day to day lives. Of course we are the small fish in a rather large pond, but being a diabetic myself, I personally know where the gaps are in the current technologies on the market. I have used them all and pinpointed the issues with each. I spent the past 4 years designing and re-designing this product so it would simplify a diabetics life and promote an overall healthier lifestyle. Our plan is also to provide the user with cheaper and higher quality test strips to ease the re-occurring cost that hits their pockets.     RL: How'd you come up with the name The SugarCube?    JR: Well, it started out as a joke after I initially told my friends that I had diabetes, back in 2009. They started calling me "Sugar" and several other variations of the name as ones' colleges buddies do. One day one of them called me "The SugarCube" and later when we started to fine tune the product we thought It would be the perfect name...and luckily enough it was available!     RL: Who developed the app and how long did it take?   JR: We worked with the team at BizTek Innovations out of San Jose. They've been great to work with beacuse they really took the time to build a great understanding our of product and goals. We'll be kicking off Phase-2 of our mobile app development starting in January 2016 which will include the Android App development.      RL: What is something uniquely memorable about your company?   JR: When telling people about The Sugarcube the first question is, "how did you come up with this idea"? And when we tell the story from the very beginning (Day 1) it all goes back to the support of PEOPLE. There have been strangers, friends, and family all helping to make this idea a reality. It didn't take one person, it took a community of support, encouragement, strength, and love to bring The SugarCube to where we are today. We feel nothing but blessed to be here today building and watching our dreams come to life.     RL: What is your main focus over the next 3-6 months?   JR: First things first, we're finishing up our Indiegogo campaign and continuing to Beta test the SugarCube App to be ready to go live in March.        RL: What can people in the Silicon Beach community do to help?   JR: We would love as much support as possible from the community. We are looking for investors and partnerships. Finally, we need to get the word out to as many people as possible to support us on Indiegogo. We know diabetes doesn’t affect everyone but we added some cool perks for those who don’t have diabetes.  Please check us out our campaign: Indiegogo - The SugarCube: A Diabetes Management System     RL: Thanks for taking some time to chat today Johnnie. For potential partners, media, and clients looking to get in touch, what's your preferred contact method?   JR: It was great chatting with you today Robert. Anyone looking to connect can email me directly at: [email protected]      *A few members of The SugarCube App team at the American Diabetes Association's Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes at LA's Griffith Observatory. (Image Courtesty: The SugarCube App)     _________________________________________________________________________________________    Got a tip about an LA startup we should cover? Shoot us an email at [email protected]   _________________________________________________________________________________________ 
    Dec 24, 2015 5168
  • 14 Dec 2015
      [An Interview With Shootly Founder, Garrett Henricksen]    Robert Lambert: Thanks for taking some time to chat with us Garrett. First things first, are you a solo Founder or do you have a Co-Founder?   Garrett Henricksen: There are two of us, me and Damien Greco.   RL: And what does Shootly do?   GH: Our app provides photography and drone photography “Dronography” on demand.   RL: Where is the company based?   GH: Venice Beach, CA   RL: If not full-time on Shootly, what's your current day job?   GH: “My day job at the moment is working as the LA rep for Business Wire which helps startups get their news in front of journalists, investors, bloggers.   RL: When did you and Damien officially launch Shootly?   GH: November 2015 we launched in the iOS app store, Incorporated in May, and started quickly partnering with the local startup events.   RL: How did you get the idea for the startup?   GH: Surfing actually. I had one of the best sessions of my life surfing a hurricane swell on the East Coast but went home without any photos to relive that experience and share it with my friends. I realized, this is something I’ve wanted my whole life- the ability to capture life’s best moments on-demand. A bunch of friends are professional photographers and knowing they are always looking for extra gigs, I thought, this was something we both need.     RL: Have you raised funding or are you bootstrapped   GH: We're bootstrapped.   RL: Any competitors in the on-demand photography space?   GH: There are a ton of competitors that have photography platforms on web but not on mobile. There is a competitor called Thumbtack on mobile but they offer countless service based gigs so it’s less focused.   RL: How do you beat someone like Thumbtack in your specific niche?   GH: The way is really just focusing on one industry, photography. And we also don’t offer they way they do where the service providers bid on jobs which bids down the cost of the job which becomes a race to the bottom in pricing. Our model is more favorable to the service providers.   RL: How'd you come up with the name Shootly?   GH: After three months of deliberation, we tried every name in the book. Literally anything photography related is taken on every platform. It came to a point where our developer said, “alright guys the app is done, what are going to call this thing? We need a name.” We noticed that a common nomenclature trend in startups is to add the “LY” which generally helps in locating available domains while also clearly portraying that this is a tech startup.   RL: Who developed the app and how long did it take?   GH: We worked with the team at CTRL.LA. They were great and got it done in 6 months from May through October.     RL: What is something uniquely memorable about your company?   GH: I'd have to say, the innovation in the drone technology sector overall and our excitement to showcase what we can do with it next with Shootly.     RL: What is your main focus over the next 3-6 months?   GH: Owning the LA market. Once we’re comfortable with the marketing expansion for a city like LA we’re going to flip the switch in the other major metropolitan cities we’ve been targeting. We’ve already begun talks with investors who are available once we’re at that point.”     RL: What can people in the Silicon Beach community do to help?   GH: We’re stoked to have people jump in and try out the app. We want to capture their favortie moments or fulfill a business need. We’re also interested in partnering with different companies and events who can benefit by leveraging our app and photographer/dronography network.     RL: Thanks for taking some time to chat today Garrett. For potential partners, media, and clients looking to get in touch, what's your preferred contact method?   GH: My pleasure! And I'd love to chat with anyone with questions and/or partnership requests. They can email me directly at: [email protected]   *Download the Shootly App from the iPhone App Store* _________________________________________________________________________________________    Got a tip about an LA startup we should cover? Shoot us an email at [email protected]   _________________________________________________________________________________________   
    3708 Posted by Robert Lambert
  •   [An Interview With Shootly Founder, Garrett Henricksen]    Robert Lambert: Thanks for taking some time to chat with us Garrett. First things first, are you a solo Founder or do you have a Co-Founder?   Garrett Henricksen: There are two of us, me and Damien Greco.   RL: And what does Shootly do?   GH: Our app provides photography and drone photography “Dronography” on demand.   RL: Where is the company based?   GH: Venice Beach, CA   RL: If not full-time on Shootly, what's your current day job?   GH: “My day job at the moment is working as the LA rep for Business Wire which helps startups get their news in front of journalists, investors, bloggers.   RL: When did you and Damien officially launch Shootly?   GH: November 2015 we launched in the iOS app store, Incorporated in May, and started quickly partnering with the local startup events.   RL: How did you get the idea for the startup?   GH: Surfing actually. I had one of the best sessions of my life surfing a hurricane swell on the East Coast but went home without any photos to relive that experience and share it with my friends. I realized, this is something I’ve wanted my whole life- the ability to capture life’s best moments on-demand. A bunch of friends are professional photographers and knowing they are always looking for extra gigs, I thought, this was something we both need.     RL: Have you raised funding or are you bootstrapped   GH: We're bootstrapped.   RL: Any competitors in the on-demand photography space?   GH: There are a ton of competitors that have photography platforms on web but not on mobile. There is a competitor called Thumbtack on mobile but they offer countless service based gigs so it’s less focused.   RL: How do you beat someone like Thumbtack in your specific niche?   GH: The way is really just focusing on one industry, photography. And we also don’t offer they way they do where the service providers bid on jobs which bids down the cost of the job which becomes a race to the bottom in pricing. Our model is more favorable to the service providers.   RL: How'd you come up with the name Shootly?   GH: After three months of deliberation, we tried every name in the book. Literally anything photography related is taken on every platform. It came to a point where our developer said, “alright guys the app is done, what are going to call this thing? We need a name.” We noticed that a common nomenclature trend in startups is to add the “LY” which generally helps in locating available domains while also clearly portraying that this is a tech startup.   RL: Who developed the app and how long did it take?   GH: We worked with the team at CTRL.LA. They were great and got it done in 6 months from May through October.     RL: What is something uniquely memorable about your company?   GH: I'd have to say, the innovation in the drone technology sector overall and our excitement to showcase what we can do with it next with Shootly.     RL: What is your main focus over the next 3-6 months?   GH: Owning the LA market. Once we’re comfortable with the marketing expansion for a city like LA we’re going to flip the switch in the other major metropolitan cities we’ve been targeting. We’ve already begun talks with investors who are available once we’re at that point.”     RL: What can people in the Silicon Beach community do to help?   GH: We’re stoked to have people jump in and try out the app. We want to capture their favortie moments or fulfill a business need. We’re also interested in partnering with different companies and events who can benefit by leveraging our app and photographer/dronography network.     RL: Thanks for taking some time to chat today Garrett. For potential partners, media, and clients looking to get in touch, what's your preferred contact method?   GH: My pleasure! And I'd love to chat with anyone with questions and/or partnership requests. They can email me directly at: [email protected]   *Download the Shootly App from the iPhone App Store* _________________________________________________________________________________________    Got a tip about an LA startup we should cover? Shoot us an email at [email protected]   _________________________________________________________________________________________   
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  • 27 Nov 2015
      (The first in a series about the origin and use cases of the Silicon Beach social network)    I was 18 when I tried my first startup. As a first-time founder I decided to take on an idea that was essentially "an eBay for services" and it was called, Young Punk Services. Over the next year and a half I think I made almost every first-time Founder mistake; asking for people to sign NDA's, going to banks for small business loans, describing the project as "in stealth mode" to protect from potential idea thieves, and many more. When I decided to put that idea on 'the shelf' in 2009 I knew that next, after gaining some additial startup experience, I would create something to address the cause of the frustration I'd struggled with.   After launching Silicon Beach LA's basic site and events in 2011 we started looking at which elements we wanted to include in the full version of the new online hub. These decisions were influenced in large part by putting 4 years of emails and requests from people across the community into separate categories and then considering what sort of pre-existing sites could address these issues. First, and foremost we had thousands of requests for networking opportunities and introductions, so the foundation of this site needed to have a Facebook-esque (individual profiles) social attribution layer. Secondly we had thousands of individual questions across hundreds of different topics so we knew we needed a vBulletin-esque internet forum layer that was linked to the individual profile attribution of the Facebook-esque layer...and it went on from there until we realized that the model looked like this:   MUST HAVES   Social Layer - Facebook Comprehensive Community Search & Attribution - Wikipedia Internet Forum - vBulletin Events Calendar - Google Calendar Classifieds - Craigslist Startup Jobs - Monster Service Provider Business Directory - Angie's List Startup Company Directory - Angel List Startup News - TechCrunch Community Groups - Meetup   OPTIONAL EXTRAS   Image Gallery - Flickr Polls - Survey Monkey Videos - YouTube   So in our wildest dreams what use cases would be possible with this new site? It would be a place to ask any question (FORUM), follow all the news (FACEBOOK TIMELINE / TECHCRUNCH) and be able to engage in it through the comments, join/post or discover every event (GOOGLE CALENDAR), research every startup (ANGEL LIST), learn about every job (MONSTER), join any community group (MEETUP), post to and search every classified post (CRAIGSLIST), read reviews on every Silicon Beach service provider (ANGIE'S LIST), locate all community startups (YELLOW PAGES) and service provider companies (GOOGLE MAPS), and more.   Fast forward to July 1st, 2015, and after developing the structure and site over more than 18 months we launched the first version of that vision. The comprehensive community/social hub for the entrepreneurs in LA located at www.SiliconBeachLA.com/social...   ...And the crowd went wild! In August the site drew 1,153 page views during it's (I'm barely online, fairly buggy, too many rough edges to count) beta phase. By September that number had jumped to 50,234 and it goes without saying that we were getting pretty excited to see the vision resonating with the community. The numbers each month since then have continued to climb at a fairly 'aggressive' pace and things are just getting started!   Going forward we'll be adding new features every week to improve the user experience. We've been loving the feedback and requests in the beta phase. If you've yet to check out the site and establish your own digital footprint in the community you can sign up now. With a profile you can;   Search Members Discover/Post/Search For Upcoming Events Discover/Post/Search Community Blogs & News Discover/Post/Search Service Provider Business Listings Discover/Post Questions/Answer Questions In The Community Forums     _________________________________________________________________________________________       Got a tip about an LA startup we should cover? Shoot us an email at [email protected]     _________________________________________________________________________________________     
    1768 Posted by Robert Lambert
  •   (The first in a series about the origin and use cases of the Silicon Beach social network)    I was 18 when I tried my first startup. As a first-time founder I decided to take on an idea that was essentially "an eBay for services" and it was called, Young Punk Services. Over the next year and a half I think I made almost every first-time Founder mistake; asking for people to sign NDA's, going to banks for small business loans, describing the project as "in stealth mode" to protect from potential idea thieves, and many more. When I decided to put that idea on 'the shelf' in 2009 I knew that next, after gaining some additial startup experience, I would create something to address the cause of the frustration I'd struggled with.   After launching Silicon Beach LA's basic site and events in 2011 we started looking at which elements we wanted to include in the full version of the new online hub. These decisions were influenced in large part by putting 4 years of emails and requests from people across the community into separate categories and then considering what sort of pre-existing sites could address these issues. First, and foremost we had thousands of requests for networking opportunities and introductions, so the foundation of this site needed to have a Facebook-esque (individual profiles) social attribution layer. Secondly we had thousands of individual questions across hundreds of different topics so we knew we needed a vBulletin-esque internet forum layer that was linked to the individual profile attribution of the Facebook-esque layer...and it went on from there until we realized that the model looked like this:   MUST HAVES   Social Layer - Facebook Comprehensive Community Search & Attribution - Wikipedia Internet Forum - vBulletin Events Calendar - Google Calendar Classifieds - Craigslist Startup Jobs - Monster Service Provider Business Directory - Angie's List Startup Company Directory - Angel List Startup News - TechCrunch Community Groups - Meetup   OPTIONAL EXTRAS   Image Gallery - Flickr Polls - Survey Monkey Videos - YouTube   So in our wildest dreams what use cases would be possible with this new site? It would be a place to ask any question (FORUM), follow all the news (FACEBOOK TIMELINE / TECHCRUNCH) and be able to engage in it through the comments, join/post or discover every event (GOOGLE CALENDAR), research every startup (ANGEL LIST), learn about every job (MONSTER), join any community group (MEETUP), post to and search every classified post (CRAIGSLIST), read reviews on every Silicon Beach service provider (ANGIE'S LIST), locate all community startups (YELLOW PAGES) and service provider companies (GOOGLE MAPS), and more.   Fast forward to July 1st, 2015, and after developing the structure and site over more than 18 months we launched the first version of that vision. The comprehensive community/social hub for the entrepreneurs in LA located at www.SiliconBeachLA.com/social...   ...And the crowd went wild! In August the site drew 1,153 page views during it's (I'm barely online, fairly buggy, too many rough edges to count) beta phase. By September that number had jumped to 50,234 and it goes without saying that we were getting pretty excited to see the vision resonating with the community. The numbers each month since then have continued to climb at a fairly 'aggressive' pace and things are just getting started!   Going forward we'll be adding new features every week to improve the user experience. We've been loving the feedback and requests in the beta phase. If you've yet to check out the site and establish your own digital footprint in the community you can sign up now. With a profile you can;   Search Members Discover/Post/Search For Upcoming Events Discover/Post/Search Community Blogs & News Discover/Post/Search Service Provider Business Listings Discover/Post Questions/Answer Questions In The Community Forums     _________________________________________________________________________________________       Got a tip about an LA startup we should cover? Shoot us an email at [email protected]     _________________________________________________________________________________________     
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  • 10 Nov 2015
    COACH LABS SOLVES THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WITH SWING ANALYZERSFirst Ever 4DVP Multi-Sensor Technology and App is a Game Changer   LOS ANGELES, CA. – Coach Labs, Inc. is releasing DuoTrac Golf as the first part of a multiple sports series in wearable, multi-sensor technology via a 28-day Kickstarter campaign November 24, 2015.   DuoTrac is a multi-point, motion-tracking, portable sensor-based device and mobile app that can be used in multiple sports to analyze and improve swing performance. The multi-sensor technology uses a four-point system that doubles the accuracy of other sports swing analyzers and portable sensor technology.  How can one sensor provide data of value when measuring only one point in space?     Unlike single sensor products, DuoTrac Golf’s 4-Dimensional View Plane (4DVP) tracks the golfer’s clubface path, transition, face angle at impact, foot roll and weight shift from 4 points in space (two club sensors, one at the grip and shaft, and a pair of shoe sensors).  No other swing analyzer app accounts for the feet’s position and stance. Incorporating the measurement of additional reference points gives a complete statistical snapshot of your full swing plane and footwork.  Without an accurate measurement of all of these critical metrics, single-point data becomes irrelevant and useless.  It’s the sum of that data run through our analytics model that computes where the swing isoff and how to correct it, doing so in a simplified way like the iPhone transformed the mobile phone experience.  Golfers can now experience a “virtual” on-the-go golf coach. The snapshot visuals on the app target seven key points of the swing. The device shows your exact swing path and clubface at impact whether open, closed or neutral. In addition, the exclusive foot sensors provide feedback on your transition, weight transfer and follow-through. The data is simple, useful and reliable and helps build long-term consistency versus temporary fixes.   DuoTrac Golf is designed for golfers of all abilities from amateurs to professionals. The set-up process is easy and very user friendly. DuoTrac Golf can be worn for practice on the range or on the course. DuoTrac’smobile application providesgame statistics including swing history and comparisons, greens in regulation GIR, distances to the hole, putts/hole per game, overall score and stats. With enhanced accuracy through our 4DVP analysis and advanced hardware, golfers can use DuoTrac to set goals while tracking their progress and improvement week after week. Coach Labs, Inc. is releasing DuoTrac Golf as the first part of a multiple sports series in wearable, multi-sensor technology via a 28-day Kickstarter campaign Nov. 24, 2015. The initial product launch is focusing on the golf industry and will be unveiled at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., January 26-29.  Some early bird price points start out as low as $79 for two sensors and $149 for the 4DVP four sensor complete set.   ABOUT COACH LABS, INC. Coach Labs, Inc. empowers athletes and coaches with professional and highly accurate technology to increase performance. Jason Koo, founder of Coach Labs, Inc., is a serial entrepreneur and inventor of the KooClip sunglass visor clip and SnapCap Golf ferrules. He has created global brands through mass-marketing with Sunglass Hut, Walmart, Target, CVS, and Best Buy to name a few.   As an avid golfer for the past 15 years, Jason Koo blended his passions for golf and innovation and created DuoTrac.  Curt Menefee, FOX Sports broadcaster and host for the 2016 U.S. Open, is a partner and ambassador for DuoTrac. The product development team includes PGA players, teaching professionals, trainers, sports enthusiasts and experts, aimed to make a breakthrough training device that makes golf easier, gratifying and more fun!  For more information or to pre-order visit www.duotrac.com.   DUOTRAC CONTACT:  Jayme [email protected] Like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DuoTracSports Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DuoTrac  
    39370 Posted by Jayme Johnson
  • COACH LABS SOLVES THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS WITH SWING ANALYZERSFirst Ever 4DVP Multi-Sensor Technology and App is a Game Changer   LOS ANGELES, CA. – Coach Labs, Inc. is releasing DuoTrac Golf as the first part of a multiple sports series in wearable, multi-sensor technology via a 28-day Kickstarter campaign November 24, 2015.   DuoTrac is a multi-point, motion-tracking, portable sensor-based device and mobile app that can be used in multiple sports to analyze and improve swing performance. The multi-sensor technology uses a four-point system that doubles the accuracy of other sports swing analyzers and portable sensor technology.  How can one sensor provide data of value when measuring only one point in space?     Unlike single sensor products, DuoTrac Golf’s 4-Dimensional View Plane (4DVP) tracks the golfer’s clubface path, transition, face angle at impact, foot roll and weight shift from 4 points in space (two club sensors, one at the grip and shaft, and a pair of shoe sensors).  No other swing analyzer app accounts for the feet’s position and stance. Incorporating the measurement of additional reference points gives a complete statistical snapshot of your full swing plane and footwork.  Without an accurate measurement of all of these critical metrics, single-point data becomes irrelevant and useless.  It’s the sum of that data run through our analytics model that computes where the swing isoff and how to correct it, doing so in a simplified way like the iPhone transformed the mobile phone experience.  Golfers can now experience a “virtual” on-the-go golf coach. The snapshot visuals on the app target seven key points of the swing. The device shows your exact swing path and clubface at impact whether open, closed or neutral. In addition, the exclusive foot sensors provide feedback on your transition, weight transfer and follow-through. The data is simple, useful and reliable and helps build long-term consistency versus temporary fixes.   DuoTrac Golf is designed for golfers of all abilities from amateurs to professionals. The set-up process is easy and very user friendly. DuoTrac Golf can be worn for practice on the range or on the course. DuoTrac’smobile application providesgame statistics including swing history and comparisons, greens in regulation GIR, distances to the hole, putts/hole per game, overall score and stats. With enhanced accuracy through our 4DVP analysis and advanced hardware, golfers can use DuoTrac to set goals while tracking their progress and improvement week after week. Coach Labs, Inc. is releasing DuoTrac Golf as the first part of a multiple sports series in wearable, multi-sensor technology via a 28-day Kickstarter campaign Nov. 24, 2015. The initial product launch is focusing on the golf industry and will be unveiled at the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla., January 26-29.  Some early bird price points start out as low as $79 for two sensors and $149 for the 4DVP four sensor complete set.   ABOUT COACH LABS, INC. Coach Labs, Inc. empowers athletes and coaches with professional and highly accurate technology to increase performance. Jason Koo, founder of Coach Labs, Inc., is a serial entrepreneur and inventor of the KooClip sunglass visor clip and SnapCap Golf ferrules. He has created global brands through mass-marketing with Sunglass Hut, Walmart, Target, CVS, and Best Buy to name a few.   As an avid golfer for the past 15 years, Jason Koo blended his passions for golf and innovation and created DuoTrac.  Curt Menefee, FOX Sports broadcaster and host for the 2016 U.S. Open, is a partner and ambassador for DuoTrac. The product development team includes PGA players, teaching professionals, trainers, sports enthusiasts and experts, aimed to make a breakthrough training device that makes golf easier, gratifying and more fun!  For more information or to pre-order visit www.duotrac.com.   DUOTRAC CONTACT:  Jayme [email protected] Like us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/DuoTracSports Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DuoTrac  
    Nov 10, 2015 39370
  • 21 Oct 2015
      Techstars announced this morning the launch of their second LA accelerator, The TechStars Healthcare Accelerator in Partnership with Cedars Sinai. This new program will pair innovative health focused startups with the top physicians and researchers in the country.   "The Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai, will support the leading academic medical center’s focus on developing innovative approaches to medicine and science that not only further enhance the quality of the care but ensure it is provided in a patient-centered, cost-effective manner," David Brown from Techstars said in a prepared statement. "Cedars-Sinai, the largest nonprofit academic medical center in the western United States, is known internationally for providing the highest-quality, most advanced patient care."   The 10 companies selected for the program will receive an investment of up to $120,000. They will also have the opportunity to work at the dedicated Techstars Healthcare Accelerator space adjacent to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood. This location will put the teams in a prime location to tap into "Cedars-Sinai’s clinical expertise and information infrastructure including hardware, software and digital health technical resources."   Applications for the program which open today will be accepted through January 8th. The three month program begins for the companies selected on March 28th and culminates with a demo day on June 23rd.     ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------   Take Action!   Apply to Techstars Healthcare Accelerator Join the Techstars Healthcare Accelerator Group     ------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  
    19738 Posted by Robert Lambert
  •   Techstars announced this morning the launch of their second LA accelerator, The TechStars Healthcare Accelerator in Partnership with Cedars Sinai. This new program will pair innovative health focused startups with the top physicians and researchers in the country.   "The Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai, will support the leading academic medical center’s focus on developing innovative approaches to medicine and science that not only further enhance the quality of the care but ensure it is provided in a patient-centered, cost-effective manner," David Brown from Techstars said in a prepared statement. "Cedars-Sinai, the largest nonprofit academic medical center in the western United States, is known internationally for providing the highest-quality, most advanced patient care."   The 10 companies selected for the program will receive an investment of up to $120,000. They will also have the opportunity to work at the dedicated Techstars Healthcare Accelerator space adjacent to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood. This location will put the teams in a prime location to tap into "Cedars-Sinai’s clinical expertise and information infrastructure including hardware, software and digital health technical resources."   Applications for the program which open today will be accepted through January 8th. The three month program begins for the companies selected on March 28th and culminates with a demo day on June 23rd.     ------------------------------------------------------------ ------------------------------------------------------------   Take Action!   Apply to Techstars Healthcare Accelerator Join the Techstars Healthcare Accelerator Group     ------------------------------------------------------------  ------------------------------------------------------------  
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  • 03 Nov 2015
     Yesterday we had a chance to chat with Richard "RB" Botto, the Founder of LA's Stage32, "The online platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, television and theater creatives worldwide." As one of LA's fastest growing entertainment startups we were excited to catch him between his whirlwind film festival and conference schedule.   Stage32 Quick Facts: Founded: 2011 Employee Count: 13 Current Members: 500,000+   "Stage32 is Lynda meets LinkedIn for Film, Television, and Theater Creatives." - FORBES   Robert Lambert: Last time we connected was at your 3rd year anniversary party in Hollywood. What have you (Stage32) been up to since then?   Richard Botto: That was just over a year ago. Things have exploded quite a bit since then. Our membership is up over a half million now. We’ve established our position and are now recognized as the leader in online education for people working in film, television, and theater. The roster of industry executives worldwide who provide education to the community is now over 450. And we just surpassed 1000 hours of viewable education. So that's just a little of what's been going on.   RL: I've been vicariously living through many of your social feeds posts and it looks like you've been keeping busy at most of the main film festivals and tv/production related conferences.   RB: Definitely been racking up the frequent flyer miles. I've been all over the world teaching, educating, speaking and simply attending Stage 32 related events. We were at the Cannes Film Festival where we invited to present at their NEXT Pavilion which highlighted companies blazing the trail in the convergence of entertainment and tech and where we had the 2nd most attended panel after Netflix. Additionally, we just took a curated program of 6 films shot by Stage 32 filmmakers and premiered them at the Raindance Film Festival in London. Variety covered the event and spotlighted our winning filmmaker. The initiative and program proved so successful that we’ve been contacted by multiple prestigious film festivals looking for us to provide programming with our members' films. We’re thrilled by that. It’s an exciting time for not only my staff, but for members of the community.   RL: And what does it mean to be a member on the site?   RB: It means that you are a film, television or theater creative looking to make important connections, hone your craft, further your education and be part of a like-minded community. One of the best media descriptions as to what we’re all about, one that we were really pleased with, especially because it came before the acquisition of Lynda, was when FORBES called us LinkedIn meets Lynda for people working in film, television, and theater. We believe that we have a much more social environment than LinkedIn, but and there is also that component of connecting on a professional level which LinkedIn provides. And then of course the Lynda aspect which speaks to the high level of online education and instruction which we provide.    RL: When did you launch?   RB: We went into beta in early summer of 2011 and launched in September.    RL: Did you raise outside funding and do you have a co-founder?   RB: I bootstrapped the business and am the sole founder. We were profitable by year 2.   RL: How big is the team and where are you based?   RB: We have 10 full time and 3 part time employees that are based in our offices on the Manhattan Beach Studios Lot. In 2013, we acquired a company called The Happy Writers, now The Stage 32 Happy Writers, which provides opportunities for screenwriters to pitch their screenplays to high-level industry executives via Skype from anywhere in the world. Since the acquisition we’ve added a number of other screenwriting services and expanded the team. There are now 2 full time and 3 part time employees working on the Stage 32 Happy Writers division. They’re located in an office in Sherman Oaks.   RL: Over the next 12 months what's on the company and product roadmap?   RB: Well certainly the main focus is to expand the online education component of the platform. The demand for webinars, classes and labs for all film, television and theater disciplines is off the charts. We will continue to recruit and vet the most accomplished instructors possible and expand our roster. Our approval rating on our education, based on attendee feedback, is 97%, about 35% higher than industry standards, and that’s something of which we’re enormously proud. So that's the main focus right now. We have a few other expansion plans designed to fall into our ongoing mission of providing access and exposure for our members, but we're not revealing them just yet.   RL: Stage32 seems like such a great startup choice for a city like Los Angeles as the home of the entertainment community. How did you come up with the original concept for the company?   RB: I had the idea in 2009. The cool thing about it is that I'm not only a founder of the company but also a user of the platform as an actor, producer and screenwriter. In trying to make quality connections that could further my creative career, the broad based social media sites just weren’t doing it for me. And when I spoke with friends of mine in the industry, I discovered they had similar feelings of discontentment. Further, I come from a tech background having started and consulted on many companies. One thing you always try to do is look around the curve or look out and try to see the distant landscape. To me, I believed that the number of broad based social networks would plateau and that eventually people would want to drill down by interest and/or profession. My belief was that niche networks offering concentrated networking would be the next logical wave, or evolution, if you will, of social media. I built the first phase of Stage 32 in Q2 of 2011. I then sent invites to 100 of my industry friends and asked them to use the platform. If they liked what the experience and saw the potential in the platform, I asked them to help me build the community by inviting at least 5 industry peers. If they didn’t see the value, I asked them to provide a minimum of 3 reasons why. I chased everyone down over the course of 6 weeks. 97 joined the site and sent their invites. The other 3 offered their thoughts. I’m happy to say those 3 are now members as well. The response was so overwhelmingly positive, I decided that I would crowdsource the community. Ever yperson who signed up received a message from me inviting them to the community and explaining why I started the platform. The message also included the request, or ask, to invite at least 5 fellow creative peers. Within 3 months, we had 5,000 people on the platform, many checking in multiple times a day. At that point, I felt the idea was validated and we pushed forward from there.   RL: What is the current pain point for you in the build out?   RB: I wouldn’t call it so much a pain point as an educational process, or, perhaps, a rewiring process. So many are hardwired to maintaining a presence on certain broad based social media sites. Yet, when you ask them what they are getting out of those platforms on a professional level, the answer is almost always, “Nothing”. So, the idea of concentrated networking is one that we preach and teach wherever and whenever possible in an effort to make film, television and theater creatives realize that there is a professional network filled with like-minded people focused on helping them achieve their goals. 4 years into this venture, we’ve made significant progress on this front. Even the media has come around and given us our due, in many cases recognizing us as one of pioneers in niche social networking. They’re also recognizing our educational initiatives, which further separates us from almost all broad based networking platforms. The media coverage coupled with the sheer amount of success our users have had worldwide through networking on and utilizing Stage 32 has provided the social currency which has made this particular pain point a lot less painful.   RL: You're also a member of Founders' Club. What was your interest in joining the group?   RB: Well I like what you're doing and, as you might imagine, I love the notion of concentrated communities. We're living in a world now where finding a niche and a community is so important to find like-minded people you can network, communicate with, bounce ideas off of, and simply just brainstorm. And I think in LA in general, that mentality, especially in the tech world, has been so spread out. The mindset over the last 10, 20, 30 years has been Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley. Obviously, that’s changed tremendously over the last half decade, not only here in LA, but worldwide. But speaking to this community, the tech community in LA, and more focused, the community interested in bridging the gap between tech and entertainment, those embracing these new paradigms – to be in the middle of that, it’s beyond exciting. And to have one organization, this terrific initiative you started, focused on connecting those at the forefront of this movement, that was something that was incredibly appealing to me.   RL: Are you currently considering any fundraising?   RB: We're definitely keeping our options open. We’ve had numerous articles written speaking to our various successes and to the fact that we’re profitable. As a result, we’ve been fortunate to have had a number of interested parties inquire about the business. We’ve been approached by numerous venture capital firms and have initiated exploratory discussions with a few. We have numerous ideas on paths to scaling the business, so we’re keeping our ears open. The interest alone has been a reward unto itself. It's been great being approached.   RL: Thanks for taking some time to share what you've been up to and all the best on your future continued success with Stage32!   RB: Thanks, Rob! Thrilled to be a part of the community.   *Richard Botto and the Stage32 Filmmakers selected to attend the Raindance Film Festival in London. (Image Courtesy of Richard Botto)  
    15058 Posted by Robert Lambert
  •  Yesterday we had a chance to chat with Richard "RB" Botto, the Founder of LA's Stage32, "The online platform dedicated to connecting and educating film, television and theater creatives worldwide." As one of LA's fastest growing entertainment startups we were excited to catch him between his whirlwind film festival and conference schedule.   Stage32 Quick Facts: Founded: 2011 Employee Count: 13 Current Members: 500,000+   "Stage32 is Lynda meets LinkedIn for Film, Television, and Theater Creatives." - FORBES   Robert Lambert: Last time we connected was at your 3rd year anniversary party in Hollywood. What have you (Stage32) been up to since then?   Richard Botto: That was just over a year ago. Things have exploded quite a bit since then. Our membership is up over a half million now. We’ve established our position and are now recognized as the leader in online education for people working in film, television, and theater. The roster of industry executives worldwide who provide education to the community is now over 450. And we just surpassed 1000 hours of viewable education. So that's just a little of what's been going on.   RL: I've been vicariously living through many of your social feeds posts and it looks like you've been keeping busy at most of the main film festivals and tv/production related conferences.   RB: Definitely been racking up the frequent flyer miles. I've been all over the world teaching, educating, speaking and simply attending Stage 32 related events. We were at the Cannes Film Festival where we invited to present at their NEXT Pavilion which highlighted companies blazing the trail in the convergence of entertainment and tech and where we had the 2nd most attended panel after Netflix. Additionally, we just took a curated program of 6 films shot by Stage 32 filmmakers and premiered them at the Raindance Film Festival in London. Variety covered the event and spotlighted our winning filmmaker. The initiative and program proved so successful that we’ve been contacted by multiple prestigious film festivals looking for us to provide programming with our members' films. We’re thrilled by that. It’s an exciting time for not only my staff, but for members of the community.   RL: And what does it mean to be a member on the site?   RB: It means that you are a film, television or theater creative looking to make important connections, hone your craft, further your education and be part of a like-minded community. One of the best media descriptions as to what we’re all about, one that we were really pleased with, especially because it came before the acquisition of Lynda, was when FORBES called us LinkedIn meets Lynda for people working in film, television, and theater. We believe that we have a much more social environment than LinkedIn, but and there is also that component of connecting on a professional level which LinkedIn provides. And then of course the Lynda aspect which speaks to the high level of online education and instruction which we provide.    RL: When did you launch?   RB: We went into beta in early summer of 2011 and launched in September.    RL: Did you raise outside funding and do you have a co-founder?   RB: I bootstrapped the business and am the sole founder. We were profitable by year 2.   RL: How big is the team and where are you based?   RB: We have 10 full time and 3 part time employees that are based in our offices on the Manhattan Beach Studios Lot. In 2013, we acquired a company called The Happy Writers, now The Stage 32 Happy Writers, which provides opportunities for screenwriters to pitch their screenplays to high-level industry executives via Skype from anywhere in the world. Since the acquisition we’ve added a number of other screenwriting services and expanded the team. There are now 2 full time and 3 part time employees working on the Stage 32 Happy Writers division. They’re located in an office in Sherman Oaks.   RL: Over the next 12 months what's on the company and product roadmap?   RB: Well certainly the main focus is to expand the online education component of the platform. The demand for webinars, classes and labs for all film, television and theater disciplines is off the charts. We will continue to recruit and vet the most accomplished instructors possible and expand our roster. Our approval rating on our education, based on attendee feedback, is 97%, about 35% higher than industry standards, and that’s something of which we’re enormously proud. So that's the main focus right now. We have a few other expansion plans designed to fall into our ongoing mission of providing access and exposure for our members, but we're not revealing them just yet.   RL: Stage32 seems like such a great startup choice for a city like Los Angeles as the home of the entertainment community. How did you come up with the original concept for the company?   RB: I had the idea in 2009. The cool thing about it is that I'm not only a founder of the company but also a user of the platform as an actor, producer and screenwriter. In trying to make quality connections that could further my creative career, the broad based social media sites just weren’t doing it for me. And when I spoke with friends of mine in the industry, I discovered they had similar feelings of discontentment. Further, I come from a tech background having started and consulted on many companies. One thing you always try to do is look around the curve or look out and try to see the distant landscape. To me, I believed that the number of broad based social networks would plateau and that eventually people would want to drill down by interest and/or profession. My belief was that niche networks offering concentrated networking would be the next logical wave, or evolution, if you will, of social media. I built the first phase of Stage 32 in Q2 of 2011. I then sent invites to 100 of my industry friends and asked them to use the platform. If they liked what the experience and saw the potential in the platform, I asked them to help me build the community by inviting at least 5 industry peers. If they didn’t see the value, I asked them to provide a minimum of 3 reasons why. I chased everyone down over the course of 6 weeks. 97 joined the site and sent their invites. The other 3 offered their thoughts. I’m happy to say those 3 are now members as well. The response was so overwhelmingly positive, I decided that I would crowdsource the community. Ever yperson who signed up received a message from me inviting them to the community and explaining why I started the platform. The message also included the request, or ask, to invite at least 5 fellow creative peers. Within 3 months, we had 5,000 people on the platform, many checking in multiple times a day. At that point, I felt the idea was validated and we pushed forward from there.   RL: What is the current pain point for you in the build out?   RB: I wouldn’t call it so much a pain point as an educational process, or, perhaps, a rewiring process. So many are hardwired to maintaining a presence on certain broad based social media sites. Yet, when you ask them what they are getting out of those platforms on a professional level, the answer is almost always, “Nothing”. So, the idea of concentrated networking is one that we preach and teach wherever and whenever possible in an effort to make film, television and theater creatives realize that there is a professional network filled with like-minded people focused on helping them achieve their goals. 4 years into this venture, we’ve made significant progress on this front. Even the media has come around and given us our due, in many cases recognizing us as one of pioneers in niche social networking. They’re also recognizing our educational initiatives, which further separates us from almost all broad based networking platforms. The media coverage coupled with the sheer amount of success our users have had worldwide through networking on and utilizing Stage 32 has provided the social currency which has made this particular pain point a lot less painful.   RL: You're also a member of Founders' Club. What was your interest in joining the group?   RB: Well I like what you're doing and, as you might imagine, I love the notion of concentrated communities. We're living in a world now where finding a niche and a community is so important to find like-minded people you can network, communicate with, bounce ideas off of, and simply just brainstorm. And I think in LA in general, that mentality, especially in the tech world, has been so spread out. The mindset over the last 10, 20, 30 years has been Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley, Silicon Valley. Obviously, that’s changed tremendously over the last half decade, not only here in LA, but worldwide. But speaking to this community, the tech community in LA, and more focused, the community interested in bridging the gap between tech and entertainment, those embracing these new paradigms – to be in the middle of that, it’s beyond exciting. And to have one organization, this terrific initiative you started, focused on connecting those at the forefront of this movement, that was something that was incredibly appealing to me.   RL: Are you currently considering any fundraising?   RB: We're definitely keeping our options open. We’ve had numerous articles written speaking to our various successes and to the fact that we’re profitable. As a result, we’ve been fortunate to have had a number of interested parties inquire about the business. We’ve been approached by numerous venture capital firms and have initiated exploratory discussions with a few. We have numerous ideas on paths to scaling the business, so we’re keeping our ears open. The interest alone has been a reward unto itself. It's been great being approached.   RL: Thanks for taking some time to share what you've been up to and all the best on your future continued success with Stage32!   RB: Thanks, Rob! Thrilled to be a part of the community.   *Richard Botto and the Stage32 Filmmakers selected to attend the Raindance Film Festival in London. (Image Courtesy of Richard Botto)  
    Nov 03, 2015 15058
  • 22 Oct 2015
      (Houston Golden is a web developer at CloudMedia and Founder of Hubify)     Visit www.cloud-media.com to hire Houston for your next freelance web-development job.    According to the second annual Freelancing in America study (an online survey of over 7,000 U.S adults who have held paid jobs [both freelance and non-freelance] for the past 12 months) by Freelancer Union and Upwork, 700,000 more people have joined the freelance work force in the space of one year.   60% of the people said they started freelancing more by choice than by necessity; 78% of the people who left traditional work to start freelancing confirmed they earned more through freelancing within a year or less; 73% of freelancers agree technology is making it easier to find freelance work these days and 50% of freelancers said they would not quit freelancing to take up a traditional job with any employer irrespective of how much the job promises.   The way work is done is absolutely changing. There have been very many years of struggle between traditional employers and traditional employees. The struggle is still on. This struggle makes a lot of employees resume every morning at a work they do not enjoy one bit and run home at night as fast as they can. All that is changing now; a lot of people are finding freedom with freelancing and the number is swelling by the day.   According to the same survey, 84% of freelancers who are millennials say they would freely recommend freelancing to their friends.   34% (54 million) of the U.S workforce is engaged in freelancing and experts already predict this will rise to 50% by 2020.     Even though freelancing does not promise some of the benefits that come with traditional jobs like health care, etc. freelancers have a lot of reasons for choosing to play by different rules.   A freelancer has freedom; he picks his projects and decides his terms with his clients; he works when he wants and where he wants. There’s no boss looking over his shoulders; he just ensures he delivers superb work at the end of the day. Freelancing allows him build skills and pursue his passion.   Now, there’s already a short supply of developers and designers for full time traditional work. This group is creative and love to remain that way. Traditional work cannot provide them the kind of flexibility they need to explore creativity and so most of them are embracing the freedom and flexibility that come with freelancing. Bad thing is, once they turn away from traditional work, they more often than not are not willing to return to it.   In the same light, there’s a constant rise in the number of bootstrapped internet entrepreneurs. A lot of these entrepreneurs make this decision because they never want to get trapped in the 9 to 5 snare or the four walls of boredom. They want to provide solutions; they want to be creative – in their own terms and they don’t have to spend heavily to get tasks done, they can simply hire freelancers without the customary overhead of running an office. And more importantly, they can be freelancers themselves and use the income from freelancing to fund their startups.   Freelancing is changing the future of work.Freelancers are taking over.   People are no longer willing to come sit at an office, doing stuff they don’t enjoy. Even those who still keep their day jobs freelance on the side and will more likely take a dive into full-time freelancing. In just a matter of years, there’ll be more people freelancing than people doing traditional jobs and companies will be forced to outsource more.   Are you ready for the future of work?   Originally posted on the Hubify Blog and CloudMedia Blog. If you enjoyed the article, please give us some love on Medium.   If you are interested in hiring me for Freelance Web Development, Graphic Design, or Marketing work, please check out my portfolio on CloudMedia and/or email me:  [email protected]
    14383 Posted by Houston Golden
  •   (Houston Golden is a web developer at CloudMedia and Founder of Hubify)     Visit www.cloud-media.com to hire Houston for your next freelance web-development job.    According to the second annual Freelancing in America study (an online survey of over 7,000 U.S adults who have held paid jobs [both freelance and non-freelance] for the past 12 months) by Freelancer Union and Upwork, 700,000 more people have joined the freelance work force in the space of one year.   60% of the people said they started freelancing more by choice than by necessity; 78% of the people who left traditional work to start freelancing confirmed they earned more through freelancing within a year or less; 73% of freelancers agree technology is making it easier to find freelance work these days and 50% of freelancers said they would not quit freelancing to take up a traditional job with any employer irrespective of how much the job promises.   The way work is done is absolutely changing. There have been very many years of struggle between traditional employers and traditional employees. The struggle is still on. This struggle makes a lot of employees resume every morning at a work they do not enjoy one bit and run home at night as fast as they can. All that is changing now; a lot of people are finding freedom with freelancing and the number is swelling by the day.   According to the same survey, 84% of freelancers who are millennials say they would freely recommend freelancing to their friends.   34% (54 million) of the U.S workforce is engaged in freelancing and experts already predict this will rise to 50% by 2020.     Even though freelancing does not promise some of the benefits that come with traditional jobs like health care, etc. freelancers have a lot of reasons for choosing to play by different rules.   A freelancer has freedom; he picks his projects and decides his terms with his clients; he works when he wants and where he wants. There’s no boss looking over his shoulders; he just ensures he delivers superb work at the end of the day. Freelancing allows him build skills and pursue his passion.   Now, there’s already a short supply of developers and designers for full time traditional work. This group is creative and love to remain that way. Traditional work cannot provide them the kind of flexibility they need to explore creativity and so most of them are embracing the freedom and flexibility that come with freelancing. Bad thing is, once they turn away from traditional work, they more often than not are not willing to return to it.   In the same light, there’s a constant rise in the number of bootstrapped internet entrepreneurs. A lot of these entrepreneurs make this decision because they never want to get trapped in the 9 to 5 snare or the four walls of boredom. They want to provide solutions; they want to be creative – in their own terms and they don’t have to spend heavily to get tasks done, they can simply hire freelancers without the customary overhead of running an office. And more importantly, they can be freelancers themselves and use the income from freelancing to fund their startups.   Freelancing is changing the future of work.Freelancers are taking over.   People are no longer willing to come sit at an office, doing stuff they don’t enjoy. Even those who still keep their day jobs freelance on the side and will more likely take a dive into full-time freelancing. In just a matter of years, there’ll be more people freelancing than people doing traditional jobs and companies will be forced to outsource more.   Are you ready for the future of work?   Originally posted on the Hubify Blog and CloudMedia Blog. If you enjoyed the article, please give us some love on Medium.   If you are interested in hiring me for Freelance Web Development, Graphic Design, or Marketing work, please check out my portfolio on CloudMedia and/or email me:  [email protected]
    Oct 22, 2015 14383
  • 18 Nov 2015
      Last night at NeueHouse in Hollywood the inaugural class of Troy Carter's SmashdLabs took the stage to present to an impressive audience of investors, journalists, media, and some of LA's top influencers.  The 5 companies included an impressive range of technologies and industries and included; Enrou (LA), Sidestep (LA), THRONE (LA + NY), Trakfire (LA), and WeTransfer (Amsterdam)   ____________________________________________________   Enrou - @Enrou_   Tagline: Shop To Empower   What They Do: Derived from the idea of being en route toward building a better world, Enrou is an online marketplace for the socially conscious consumer to discover one-of-a-kind products created in developing communities all around the world.   Current Funding: $150,000   Headquarters: Playa Vista, CA   Founders: Ann Wang (@AnnWang013) & Jessica Willison (@Jessica__Lynn)   Interesting Notes: They received great advice about story-telling as an ecommerce company from The Honest Company's, Brian Lee. Their repeat customer rate of 24% is way above industry average. They will be launching a 'Charity Water-esque' impact dashboard for customers to track their spending and impact on the site over time. They won a $400,000 prize package from the FORBES pitch contest Their time at Smashd Labs was focusing on their largest holiday line yet specifically around corporate gifting. [EXCLUSIVE] They are releasing a capsule collection with Rachel Roy. Their brands employ nearly 3,000 individuals from all over the globe.   What They Need Now: Funding They're currently hiring, search opening: Enrou Jobs Media Coverage Shop their holiday gift options   ____________________________________________________      Sidestep - @SidestepApp   Tagline: Skip The Line   What They Do: Sidestep is an app that lets fans browse and buy concert merchandise before, during, and after the show for pickup at show or delivery home.   Current Funding: Raised $900,000 previously, and recently opened their $1 Million round.   Headquarters: New York, NY (relocating to LA as early as January '16)   Founders: Eric Jones (@IAmEricJones) & Petie Pizarro (@PetiePizarro)   Interesting Notes:  Team of 2 They recently signed a deal with TicketMaster to offer pre-sales. Generated over $200,000 in sales while in the program. The co-founders started out as touring musicians who are familiar witht he pain point. "Let's shape the future of live events together" was advice they received from Jason Hirschhorn. They've successfullly worked with over 500 events since launching.   What They Need Now: Funding $1 Million Seed roung Looking for anyone in the music industry to start using the platform      ____________________________________________________     Trakfire - @TrakfireMusic   Tagline: The Best Emerging Music   What They Do: Trakfire surfaces the best new emerging music through daily crowdsourced curation.   Current Funding: $50,000   Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA   Founders: Arjun Mehta (@ArjunKMehta) & Grant Collins (@LilCPU)   Interesting Notes:  [Announcement] Officially soft-launching today! Launching with three genres to start; Hip Hop, R&B, and Electronic. They're launching first through college campuses, starting at USC.   What They Need Now: Employees Media Coverage      ____________________________________________________     WeTransfer - @WeTransfer   Tagline: WeTransfer Makes File-Sharing Easy And Enjoyable.   What They Do: WeTransfer is a digital platform to share and discover fresh digital content.    Current Funding: $25 Million   Headquarters: Amsterdam   Founders: Bas Beerens (@BastiaanBeerens) & Nalden (@Nalden)   Interesting Notes:    WeTransfer, a 6 year old company joined SMASHD Labs to learn about the American culture. Last week, they hit the 1 Billion transfers per year mark. Usage of the service doubled in the US over the last 12 months. Troy Carter recently joined the board of WeTransfer.  They re-built WeTransfer from the ground up, the re-design will be launched in 2016. They launched a music player to also offer streamable music.   What They Need Now: Funding Employees Media Coverage      ____________________________________________________     THRONE - @THRONE   Tagline: THRONE Is Yours   What They Do: THRONE is a mobile-first marketplace and rapidly growing ecosystem created to facilitate buying, selling and discovery within the streetwear and sneaker community.   Current Funding: Opening their round today!   Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA + New York, NY   Founders: Emeka C. Anen (@EmekaCAnen) & Chis Anen (@Chis_Anen)   Interesting Notes:  Currently hitting 3 million sneaker fans a month The fix a super fragmented market with their seamless mobile app Their content side is on pace to hit over 100,000 hits a month They've grown to over 700 ambassadors while at Smashd Labs The streetwear/footwear community is extremely passionate which is helping drive viral growth They founders are brothers They're going to be working on orginal content with Russell Simmons' company, All Def Digital.   What They Need Now: Excited to discuss partnerships and funding.   ______________________________ ______________________________   Congratulations Suzy and Troy on a successful first class!    
    10707 Posted by Robert Lambert
  •   Last night at NeueHouse in Hollywood the inaugural class of Troy Carter's SmashdLabs took the stage to present to an impressive audience of investors, journalists, media, and some of LA's top influencers.  The 5 companies included an impressive range of technologies and industries and included; Enrou (LA), Sidestep (LA), THRONE (LA + NY), Trakfire (LA), and WeTransfer (Amsterdam)   ____________________________________________________   Enrou - @Enrou_   Tagline: Shop To Empower   What They Do: Derived from the idea of being en route toward building a better world, Enrou is an online marketplace for the socially conscious consumer to discover one-of-a-kind products created in developing communities all around the world.   Current Funding: $150,000   Headquarters: Playa Vista, CA   Founders: Ann Wang (@AnnWang013) & Jessica Willison (@Jessica__Lynn)   Interesting Notes: They received great advice about story-telling as an ecommerce company from The Honest Company's, Brian Lee. Their repeat customer rate of 24% is way above industry average. They will be launching a 'Charity Water-esque' impact dashboard for customers to track their spending and impact on the site over time. They won a $400,000 prize package from the FORBES pitch contest Their time at Smashd Labs was focusing on their largest holiday line yet specifically around corporate gifting. [EXCLUSIVE] They are releasing a capsule collection with Rachel Roy. Their brands employ nearly 3,000 individuals from all over the globe.   What They Need Now: Funding They're currently hiring, search opening: Enrou Jobs Media Coverage Shop their holiday gift options   ____________________________________________________      Sidestep - @SidestepApp   Tagline: Skip The Line   What They Do: Sidestep is an app that lets fans browse and buy concert merchandise before, during, and after the show for pickup at show or delivery home.   Current Funding: Raised $900,000 previously, and recently opened their $1 Million round.   Headquarters: New York, NY (relocating to LA as early as January '16)   Founders: Eric Jones (@IAmEricJones) & Petie Pizarro (@PetiePizarro)   Interesting Notes:  Team of 2 They recently signed a deal with TicketMaster to offer pre-sales. Generated over $200,000 in sales while in the program. The co-founders started out as touring musicians who are familiar witht he pain point. "Let's shape the future of live events together" was advice they received from Jason Hirschhorn. They've successfullly worked with over 500 events since launching.   What They Need Now: Funding $1 Million Seed roung Looking for anyone in the music industry to start using the platform      ____________________________________________________     Trakfire - @TrakfireMusic   Tagline: The Best Emerging Music   What They Do: Trakfire surfaces the best new emerging music through daily crowdsourced curation.   Current Funding: $50,000   Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA   Founders: Arjun Mehta (@ArjunKMehta) & Grant Collins (@LilCPU)   Interesting Notes:  [Announcement] Officially soft-launching today! Launching with three genres to start; Hip Hop, R&B, and Electronic. They're launching first through college campuses, starting at USC.   What They Need Now: Employees Media Coverage      ____________________________________________________     WeTransfer - @WeTransfer   Tagline: WeTransfer Makes File-Sharing Easy And Enjoyable.   What They Do: WeTransfer is a digital platform to share and discover fresh digital content.    Current Funding: $25 Million   Headquarters: Amsterdam   Founders: Bas Beerens (@BastiaanBeerens) & Nalden (@Nalden)   Interesting Notes:    WeTransfer, a 6 year old company joined SMASHD Labs to learn about the American culture. Last week, they hit the 1 Billion transfers per year mark. Usage of the service doubled in the US over the last 12 months. Troy Carter recently joined the board of WeTransfer.  They re-built WeTransfer from the ground up, the re-design will be launched in 2016. They launched a music player to also offer streamable music.   What They Need Now: Funding Employees Media Coverage      ____________________________________________________     THRONE - @THRONE   Tagline: THRONE Is Yours   What They Do: THRONE is a mobile-first marketplace and rapidly growing ecosystem created to facilitate buying, selling and discovery within the streetwear and sneaker community.   Current Funding: Opening their round today!   Headquarters: Los Angeles, CA + New York, NY   Founders: Emeka C. Anen (@EmekaCAnen) & Chis Anen (@Chis_Anen)   Interesting Notes:  Currently hitting 3 million sneaker fans a month The fix a super fragmented market with their seamless mobile app Their content side is on pace to hit over 100,000 hits a month They've grown to over 700 ambassadors while at Smashd Labs The streetwear/footwear community is extremely passionate which is helping drive viral growth They founders are brothers They're going to be working on orginal content with Russell Simmons' company, All Def Digital.   What They Need Now: Excited to discuss partnerships and funding.   ______________________________ ______________________________   Congratulations Suzy and Troy on a successful first class!    
    Nov 18, 2015 10707
  • 15 Oct 2015
      (Corey Epstein is the Co-Founder of DSTLD)   We’re considering letting our customers become investors in DSTLD and we want your feedback.   In the past, only wealthy investors and venture capitalists had the opportunity to buy stock in private companies like Facebook and Lululemon before they went public. That has just changed and as of June 2015, the JOBS Act now allows anyone to invest in private companies. In light of this, we’re considering filing with the SEC to let our customers buy shares in DSTLD.    We founded DSTLD in 2014 as a new way to craft luxury denim and essentials without retail markups. We’ve been humbled by the amazing response from thousands of people who love and wear DSTLD every day. Now it’s time to take the business to the next level, and as one of our early adopters, we want you to have the chance to share in our success.   If we do go ahead, we’ll use the funds to create new product lines that you’ve been asking us for and to expand our marketing so that more people can hear about DSTLD. This isn’t an offer to invest, and as of now you can’t actually buy shares. I’m writing today to ask for your feedback to help us decide whether or not to pursue this. If you think you might be interested, please click below.   https://www.seedinvest.com/dstld   Indicating your interest in no way obligates you to any future action.   Thanks, Corey EpsteinCo-Founder, DSTLD   Denim.LA (dba DSTLD) is “testing the waters” to gauge market demand from potential investors for an Offering under Tier II of Regulation A. No money or other consideration is being solicited, and if sent in response, it will not be accepted. No offer or sales of the securities will be made or commitment to purchase accepted until qualification of the offering statement by the Securities and Exchange Commission and approval of any other required government or regulatory agency. An indication of interest made by a prospective investor is non-binding and involves no obligation or commitment of any kind. To make an investment in any deal currently testing the waters on the SeedInvest platform available to the general public, the Company must first qualify the offering with Federal regulators. No offer of securities will be made without a registration statement.    
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  •   (Corey Epstein is the Co-Founder of DSTLD)   We’re considering letting our customers become investors in DSTLD and we want your feedback.   In the past, only wealthy investors and venture capitalists had the opportunity to buy stock in private companies like Facebook and Lululemon before they went public. That has just changed and as of June 2015, the JOBS Act now allows anyone to invest in private companies. In light of this, we’re considering filing with the SEC to let our customers buy shares in DSTLD.    We founded DSTLD in 2014 as a new way to craft luxury denim and essentials without retail markups. We’ve been humbled by the amazing response from thousands of people who love and wear DSTLD every day. Now it’s time to take the business to the next level, and as one of our early adopters, we want you to have the chance to share in our success.   If we do go ahead, we’ll use the funds to create new product lines that you’ve been asking us for and to expand our marketing so that more people can hear about DSTLD. This isn’t an offer to invest, and as of now you can’t actually buy shares. I’m writing today to ask for your feedback to help us decide whether or not to pursue this. If you think you might be interested, please click below.   https://www.seedinvest.com/dstld   Indicating your interest in no way obligates you to any future action.   Thanks, Corey EpsteinCo-Founder, DSTLD   Denim.LA (dba DSTLD) is “testing the waters” to gauge market demand from potential investors for an Offering under Tier II of Regulation A. No money or other consideration is being solicited, and if sent in response, it will not be accepted. No offer or sales of the securities will be made or commitment to purchase accepted until qualification of the offering statement by the Securities and Exchange Commission and approval of any other required government or regulatory agency. An indication of interest made by a prospective investor is non-binding and involves no obligation or commitment of any kind. To make an investment in any deal currently testing the waters on the SeedInvest platform available to the general public, the Company must first qualify the offering with Federal regulators. No offer of securities will be made without a registration statement.    
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