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Jul 30, 2015

Estate Baron – Real Estate Development Crowdfunding

Ed: I believe this an underserved market, development finance is really tough to get, but there is a reason for that.

Property development is a highly risky game with massive rewards once you get it right but so many things can go wrong during the process.

Development Application delays from the council, legal action from neighbours, building delays due to weather and every day you lose comes off the bottom line.

Its a tough market and it has a high failure rate but this problem is real, the banks do a crappy job, my biggest concern is that developers are probably a lot sharper and have a highly honed sense of survival, far more than startups.

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Jul 29, 2015

Hitch Radio – Social Radio App

Startup Name Hitch Radio What problem are you solving? Radio lacks a social listening experience and its own live nature makes it very hard to share (the content is ephemeral and requires an ephemeral sharing mechanism). What is your solution? The world is changing. Radio is heard by 94% of the United States, but its live nature makes it really hard to share. So we’ve created Hitch Radio: The World’s First Instant Messaging App For Live Broadcast Radio. Type in anything you want to hear and Hitch Radio will search 20,000 Radio stations globally so you can Hitch-a-Ride on the Radio station playing it right now. When you find something great you can send an instant message to your [...]
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Jul 29, 2015

AgencyPlatform – Automated SEO Platform

Ed: For those still practising the dark arts of Search Engine Optimisation this platform is probably about 5 years too late. While Google is the only game in town at least in US & Australia, manipulating your pages to achieve SEO rankings just doesn’t seem to have the juice it did 5 years ago.

I can hear SEO people screaming. While I acknowledge there are some things you can do to really break your search engine visibility, I think the days of playing SEO games are going away.

Only this morning I received a message from Google Webmaster telling me that they couldn’t crawl all my CSS and JS files due to a Theme upgrade and robots.txt rules. They know [...]

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Jul 29, 2015

DIRO The Animatronic Bear

Ed: Made me laugh, will probably sell a million, also to those who haven’t experienced the pain of building hardware possibly have no appreciation for how hard this would have been to build.

Startup Name DIRO the bear What problem are you solving? Brand new smart toy for children, acting as a best friend What is your solution? Internet connected teddy-bear robot. He can hear, he can speak and he can answer. Target Market Children 3-12 How will you make money? Subscription/Advertisement Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity? Programmer, engineer and entrepreneur with 15+ years of experience Founders Names Dmitry What type [...]
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Jul 29, 2015

Engage – Live Sales Chat & Dashboard

Ed: This is a higher touch sales process than a lot of e-commerce sites might want but you have to think this is going to massively increase conversion rates.

Startup Name Engage What problem are you solving? Legacy text chat, with their impersonal little boxes and nameless faceless call center experiences was the only option for website chat for the last fifteen years. Unfortunately it diminishes the customer experience to a sterile, one-time-only meeting. Until Engage came along, companies just didn’t have a good way to deliver a chat experience helped to build lasting relationships with web-based customers. What is your solution? At Engage we were sick and tired [...]
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Jul 29, 2015

Incisively – Conversion Optimisation Using Machine Learning

Startup Name Incisively What problem are you solving? Billions is spent on optimizing websites every year. Most of this is based on guesswork and by the time the changes are launched, they are out of date. Furthermore, most optimization is focussed on conversion rather than actual bottom line performance measures. What is your solution? Incisively generates more conversion and margin using machine learning algorithms that automatically adapt and learn to get you the best results. We help you take the guesswork out of digital optimisation. Target Market eCommerce website optimization teams, developers, digital marketers and digital agencies How will you make [...]
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Jul 29, 2015

Mometic – Realtime Breaking Share Price App

Startup Name Mometic What problem are you solving? There is no other way to quickly identify which of over 6500 US stocks is breaking at on a moments notice on your phone. Historically, this is a big money feature offered by desktop trading software. MOMO also includes instant alerts and social integration to take it a step further. What is your solution? MOMO is a stock investor’s best app for discovering new investment opportunities. MOMO provides real-time prices for stocks breaking out to new highs and lows. MOMO also includes instant alerts for keeping track of stocks on the move when MOMO is behind the scenes. Target Market Stock Traders and Active Investors How [...]
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Jul 26, 2015

Tesla Motors: a most unlikely disintermediation

A couple of weeks back, on the occasion of my daughter’s impending birthday, I was wandering through Westfield Plaza in the city on a shopping expedition. Already dulled senseless by Zara, Seed, & Bardot Junior I was greatly relieved to find a Tesla Motors’ Model S on display right in the middle of the mall. I sent my daughter on her way to the next shop and told her where to find me when she was done.

Sitting in the Tesla I was immediately impressed with the user interface and classy interior of the car. So when asked by the marketing budgie if I wanted to book a test drive, I of course answered in the affirmative.

Now I don’t drive much these [...]

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Jul 21, 2015

[a.i.] RESUME – AI Machine Learning Powered Job Search (or not)

Ed: This looks very interesting but the pitch was a little different to the website when I visited it. I couldn’t quite work out if the app was meant for an employer to use or a jobseeker.

I got the impression from the pitch that this would find me jobs based on an AI powered backend which in theory sounds great but when you register it just seems to be a sophisticated landing site.

After going through the signup process (which was powered by another startup called typeform.com) it now occurs to me that I was just part of someones user validation test.

Hypothesis was can you get someone to signup to your form on the pretext of signing into an application. [...]

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Jul 19, 2015

STACK – CRM with a LEAN Agile Personality

Ed: I implemented my first CRM about 15 years ago, at the time ACT was a very popular single contact manager (that’s what we called it before CRM was a thing).

As the business grew we needed to network the CRM so moved to a Goldmine network license.

There is probably a good case study about what happened to Goldmine, how they didn’t become Salesforce, Goldmine owned the CRM market 15 years ago, looking at their website my guess is that they have stayed with the old school office server based software licensing model and are being swamped by rabid cloud based competitors, but at least they are still in business 15 years later which is an unusual [...]

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