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Feb 13, 2016

YoGrow

Startup Name YoGrow What problem are you solving? ECommerce is the fastest growing retail market. This is a worldwide phenomenon. ECommerce is growing and as the technological barriers are lowered the market for small to medium sized businesses increases. YoGrow helps companies grow by helping them achieve their goals. If they need help to get there, our integrated marketplace connects them and lets them track their performance and return on investment.

The market is ripe for disruption. Other marketplaces have been flooded with poor quality marketers. The majority of e-commerce store owners have had negative experiences with hiring experts. They have been sold the snake [...]

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Feb 12, 2016

ZipShipit

Startup Name ZipShipit What problem are you solving? Having to drive down to The UPS Store or Post office and standing in line to ship a package What is your solution? ZipShipit gives consumers the ability to compare prices between carriers, print a label and ship a package from home or office while getting 15%-40% discounts off retail rates. Target Market Individual Consumers and Small Businesses How will you make money? Spread between the Volume discount rates that ZipShipit gets and the discounted rates that are passed on to the consumer Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity? This is a $100 Billion industry that has not changed years [...]
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Feb 12, 2016

QuietKit

Startup Name QuietKit What problem are you solving? There never seem to be enough hours in the day, and stress seems to be ever-growing in our society, with few healthy ways to manage and deal with it. Meditation can do a lot to help people learn how to become less distracted and less stressed, but so many of the resources for meditation either complicate how to get started, or immediately try to upsell you before you see any benefit.QuietKit gives you guided meditation for beginners, for free, so you can get started right away, without having to sign up, install, or pay for anything. What is your solution? Learn to increase focus, reduce stress, and increase mindfulness with [...]
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Feb 12, 2016

ExamZone

Startup Name ExamZone What problem are you solving? We allow users to create exams and quizzes online. What is your solution? Users need to buy one of our response packages that included a number of responses for their exams and create exams online, by typing the questions and answers, and choosing the type of answer. Target Market Educational institutions, teachers, human resources departments How will you make money? By selling response packages. Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity? Dan Tatomir is the founder of this ingenious web-based app. He is passionate by everything involving technology, from web-based apps to flying his own [...]
 
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Feb 12, 2016

Big Rock Labs Inc.

Startup Name Big Rock Labs Inc. What problem are you solving? The Search & Discovery of local professionals. What is your solution? Reach: Connect Better, Locally.Reach is how professionals meet locally. It’s a free smartphone app that uses geolocation to help you discover the professional talent and prospects closest to you. It also makes networking easy with in-app event registration and a safe & secure instant messaging platform. Reach is the perfect tool for anyone looking to expand their network and make real handshakes. Target Market Professionals of all ages How will you make money? We have a Freemium business model and plan to sell premium features of the app [...]
 
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Feb 11, 2016

Wirkn

Startup Name Wirkn What problem are you solving? Wirkn is a candidate-­first solution. We’re helping job seekers in the shift­-based retail, restaurant, and hospitality industry more easily find jobs and pick up relevant skills. The current application experience of walking door-to-door handing in resumes or applying senselessly by shooting resumes to a centralized portal doesn’t work and is wasting the time of both the candidate and employer. In an increasingly part-time world of work, we’re helping fill their seasonal roles and ease the recruitment and screening of candidates.Francois Jobin, former VP HR at ALDO Group and their 1800+ stores, has been watching [...]
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Feb 11, 2016

CrowdReviews.com

Startup Name CrowdReviews.com What problem are you solving? When you’re looking for a great restaurant to go to, your first thought is to go to Yelp to find one. When looking for a hotel, your first thought is to go to TripAdvisor to find one.

However, where do you go when you are looking for a great web designer, an SEO agency, a credit card processing company, or CRM software?

There is no solid experience yet for the B2B and software industry where the companies are ranked based on customer reviews.

CrowdReviews.com aims to solve that problem. What is your solution? CrowdReviews.com is the first buyer’s guide on products and services based on [...]

 
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Feb 4, 2016

Recharge

Startup Name Recharge What problem are you solving? Right now consuming space is controlled by the supplier, we give that control to the consumer where they can use it for exactly the time they need. What is your solution? Consume living space for exactly the time you need. You can control your check-in and checkout time. Business travelers, commuters and conference attendees love our service. Target Market Consumers How will you make money? Pay for living space by the minute. Tell us about the market & founders, why is this a great opportunity? Our team is led by a group of WashU entrepreneurs who were early at Google(Employee #6), early at Hitch(exited to Lyft) and [...]
 
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Feb 4, 2016

How to Increase Your Capability for Consistently Achieving Exponential Growth

Think about all the vagaries of running a high-technology venture – as executive leaders you need to be setting the vision, formulating strategies for success and operationally attracting and retaining top-level talent, leading and managing teams, sourcing and deploying scarce resources and negotiating ongoing funding rounds, all while building a sustainable platform and compelling products.

Some CEOs and executive leaders have an innate ability to juggle all these balls, keeping them up in the air and constantly moving their business forward. But for every one such person they are 10 others who become increasingly overwhelmed by the level of chaos that surrounds [...]

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Feb 3, 2016

Henry Ford, Lies & Innovation

In an article in the Harvard Business Review, Patrick Vlaskovits has decided that the quote below, attributed to Henry Ford, was actually manufactured by one Jean-Marie Dru in 2002

“If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”

Often have I heard this quoted by those pedalling consulting services that will miraculously transform your employees into great innovators.

The consultant will generally float the idea that there are just two ways to innovate:

The dull way via customer feedback, or Through true innovation that is created by gifted visionaries that mostly ignore customer input and instead create innovation based solely [...]
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