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Jun 28, 2015

Revlio – Social Media E-commerce Platform

Ed: If you are in the business of selling product and your product images are being spread far and wide by social media, traditional e-commerce shopping carts are not the most efficient way to close potential sales and in many cases directing views to a standard e-commerce site would probably kill the sale.

So the idea of being able to buy the beautiful product you just liked with a click of a link or by sending an SMS from a Instagram or Pinterest photo is a great way to turn social media interest into sales.

Very convincing story on their website.

Startup Name Revlio What problem are you solving? Whether it be in print, on TV, a product, or on Instagram; [...]
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Jun 25, 2015

Slicing Pie Event Tonight – How To Split Startup Equity Between Founders

Guest Post by Mike Moyer:  Mike is the inventor of the Slicing Pie model, a universal method for creating a perfect equity split in a bootstrapped startup company.  Mike is an author and entrepreneur who started a number of companies including Bananagraphics,  Moondog, Vicarious Communication and Cappex.com, a site that helps students find the right college. 

Today he runs Lake Shark Ventures, LLC, an early-stage and growth-stage consulting and investment firm and teaches entrepreneurship at Northwestern University and the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business. He has written eight books with a focus on business and entrepreneurship.

Mike and Founder Institute [...]

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Jun 25, 2015

BillingEngine – Slick Billing System For Freelancers

Ed: Had a few of these billing systems recently, when you see a category start to get lots of replication it gets a bit boring (after the 10th Uber for X App I usually stop publishing them) but this billing system looked super slick so decided it deserved a shot.

Startup Name BillingEngine What problem are you solving? It provides freelancers with the opportunity to save all their invoices, clients, and projects in one place, without the need to store files on their local computers.Invoices can be converted into professional looking PDFs at the click of a button. Received payments are totalled and displayed as bar charts, giving the user more control over his [...]
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Jun 24, 2015

Sales Bridge – The Missing Link Between Email & CRM

Ed: I like this app, few organisations or sales people have this problem solved or consistently record their communications into their CRM.

Longer term I see a future where traditional outbound and inbound sales reps are increasingly automated or replaced with self service.

The truth is most people don’t want to deal with sales people if unless they have a requirement which needs a customised solution.

I can say this with conviction after spending 20+ years selling various tech related products and services.

There is now enough evidence to say people just want to hit a button on an app and have a problem solved, service provided or a product [...]

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Jun 23, 2015

These tiny plastic chips can deliver therapeutic genes into cells

Ed: Very excited about this. This post was first published on sciencealert.com by Fiona MacDonald (thanks Fiona) however I felt compelled to share it as I have been mentoring Ryan for some time now and it looks like he is getting pretty close to putting his low cost Gene Therapy chips into lab trials.

It’s potentially a really big deal in delivering treatment for certain Cancers and HIV, he is currently self funding most of the costs personally and with small grants while completing his PhD, so he may be seeking Angel or VC funding later in the year assuming success in this next set of tests. 

Image Credit: Warren McKenzie

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Jun 21, 2015

BitCalm – Hosted DevOps Backup & Configuration Management for Cloud Services

Ed: Backing up servers is and always has been a pain in the ass, so this team has found a real problem with a seemingly simple solution.

Although cloud storage systems are usually redundant with multiple copies of data, this will only protect you from outright failure of a VM or instance.

It won’t save you from yourself and the many screw-ups that can happen running infrastructure.

Full or partial data corruption can happen for a variety of reasons not just hardware.

You could accidentally delete an instance  yourself, or a malicious or incompetent team member could delete or corrupt data or an instance, you could have a problem with your newly [...]

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Jun 20, 2015

adsy.me – Microsites In a Snap + History Lesson

Ed: Adsy.me wants to be the 2015 version of Geocities. The reference to Geocities in the pitch is an interesting one, for those that were still at school or not born during the dotcom boom Geocities was one of the first major consumer sites, pre Myspace, essentially just a big personal home page hosting site that you could customise.

Started in 1995, they built the site to become the 3rd highest traffic site in the world in the space of a few years, listed on NASDAQ in 1998 and were acquired by Yahoo in 1999 in a stock swap valuing the business at $3.57 billion (an outstanding outcome, even by todays standards). There is a great story by well known Venture Capitalist Fred [...]

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Jun 18, 2015

Videopath – Annotate Video with Websites, Comments, Media and Code + Free Lesson on Timing

Ed: This is a great idea, about 10 years ago we built something similar called EMP with a company called Enikos that I inherited after the VCs and the founders parted ways…. (I did two of these and was known as the Cleaner for a while).

Enikos was a video spinout from one of the Universities which helped create the MPEG21 standard for digital media containers, essentially allowing you to package video and supporting elements into a single XML container that could draw them all together on a timeline.

It wasn’t as pretty but it was a long way ahead of its time. EMP allowed you mash-up video from any source into a timeline with all sorts of other media, [...]

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Jun 17, 2015

Stitch – Launching New Products – The More Things Change The More They Stay The Same

Ed: Im sure Stitch could be interesting if their website actually spelled out what the product is. Their site mumbles something about realtime photos and story telling and has a very nice looking app on it, but is not really clear what the App does or who they built it for.

I’m not that bright and I have the attention span of a gnat, so if your product pitch and website doesn’t concisely tell me what problem you are solving, who has that problem, how you are solving it and why its better than the competition, I lose interest pretty quickly.

Oh just realised I just described most of the internet.

Sadly Stitch wastes most of the landing page talking [...]

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Jun 15, 2015

Webcred.it – Skills & Project Verification For Tech Workers

Ed: Great idea, there are some things you just can’t express or demonstrate on your Linkedin profile and profiles are often embellished.

Webcred.it allows you establish a record of projects you have worked on and the role you played which is confirmed by the company or project. There is no mechanism on Linkedin to provide this verification of both skills and your actual contribution.

In my case I have run about 10 tech projects that were either short gigs or experiments which are not really suitable to list on Linkedin as a separate jobs which would make sense to list on Webcred.it.

Often as a freelancer you might not be directly working for a company but [...]

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