Online Tuxedo Rental
The Black Tux is reinventing the customer experience in the antiquated $10B+ tuxedo rental and sales industry. We enable customers to rent or buy premium tuxedos online, easily get measured and fitted just about anywhere, and ship it both ways for free. All for much less than going to a traditional retail tuxedo shop.
Blayze is the first online video audience development platform that empowers brands, Youtube channels, and media companies to buy and sell highly targeted new viewers. The Blayze network already reaches over 200 million viewers and has generated hundreds of thousands in sales. We are trusted by many of the top media companies in the world to activate, manage, and monetize their audience and data.
Ecinity is an artificially intelligent, self learning, automated online marketing service for local businesses that efficiently attracts new customers without paying for advertising and without the merchant or Ecinity ever really lifting a finger. In short, Ecinity is a world class online marketing manager “in a box.” Ecinity is currently in private beta with thousands of customers. Ecinity’s founding product, engineering and sales team comes from Google, Yahoo, AT&T Interactive, ReachLocal and many others.
Enventum is an enterprise event marketing and engagement platform that enables Fortune 1000 brands to amplify event marketing dollars and create digital relationships with attendees. These companies spend $20B annually, hold five million events each year yet lack a unified platform to capture, organize, and deliver personalized photos to attendees enabling real engagement with their target customers and to amplify their brand through a measurable network of social activity. Enventum’s customers include Anheuser Busch, Diageo, Arena Football, Langham, Hilton, Starwood Hotels, event planning agencies, among others.
GetMeRated is a mobile app where teens and twenty somethings find NEW friends through photos and chat. New member registrations have grown 70% week-over-week since October of 2012 with over 9 million photo questions posted. Our users spend 170 minutes a month on our service - double the engagement of both Tumblr and Pinterest.
Marketplace for Social Media Art & Artifacts
Instacanvas makes it easy to turn social media artifacts you love into physical objects you can own. Our flagship offering is a marketplace for Instagram photography that enables the buying and selling of Instagram photos as ready-to-hang canvas prints. Instacanvas powers galleries for over 20,000 artists around the world and is currently generating over 1.2M monthly unique visitors…all without spending a dime on advertising.
Laffster is bridging the gap between advertisers looking to shift their $60 billion TV budgets to online video and the limited number of viable options due to low quality comedic content that proliferates the web. Laffster has licensed thousands of hours of premium comedic content from TV, movies and standup featuring comedians like Jon Stewart and Louis CK and is distributing it on both third-party platforms like YouTube as well as its own socially-driven web app. Furthermore, Laffster has teamed up with neuroscientists at Dartmouth studying humor and Emmy-award winning film/TV professors at USC to build their comedy recommendation technology. Co-founders include an ex-Google engineer/comedian and former advertising strategist at CollegeHumor and Warner Brothers.
Lifecrowd is a marketplace for social activities connecting people, interests and culture. Lifecrowd inspires its online community to experience life offline by providing a platform for both discovering and hosting local activities. By integrating individual social graphs, user reviews, and personalized recommendations, Lifecrowd super-charges your social calendar. Currently Lifecrowd is live in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco. Lifecrowd’s team and investors have helped build leading companies including Groupon, Zynga, eBay, Fab.com, Zocdoc, Blackboard and SayMedia.
MarkedUp is Omniture for desktop and enterprise application developers. MarkedUp is the first ever analytic solution for the $100B desktop and enterprise application industry. Desktop application developers, product managers, and executives are now demanding measurable insights into the behaviors of their end-users in order to discover new ways to improve engagement and monetization. Since launching on Windows 8 we’ve grown rapidly, tracking behavior for hundreds of thousands of app users every day for customers such as Microsoft, StumbleUpon, ZeptoLabs, and others.
Marketplace for Enthusiasts and Hobbyists
Panjo is a marketplace for the world’s most ardent auto, sport, and hobby enthusiasts. Existing marketplaces poorly underserve and ignore this audience. Each year, 350M worldwide enthusiasts spend $15B buying products, parts, and accessories from their peers through a patchwork of inefficient methods. Within three months of launch, Panjo has achieved hundreds of thousands in monthly gross merchandise sales.
Penango offers end-to-end encryption and security solutions for cloud applications such as webmail, groupware, productivity applications, storage, and messaging. By 2015, governments and enterprises are expected to spend over $6B a year on cloud encryption and security. Using standards-based (S/MIME) technology, Penango has the only cross-platform, cross-browser encryption solution in the market with 6 patents issued and pending. Penango’s first product makes secure e-mail in webmail platforms such as Gmail easy to use, simple to manage, and accessible everywhere. Penango has close to 5,000 monthly seats deployed with over 650,000 monthly seats in backlog for customers that include the US Department of Defense, national laboratories, NGOs, enterprises of all sizes in healthcare, finance, and IT, and individuals worldwide.
With customer acquisition costs continuing to skyrocket, e-commerce companies must focus on increasing revenue from existing customers. Retention Science leverages Big Data algorithms to help e-commerce companies retain and re-engage customers to generate sales and maximize customer lifetime value. Our SaaS profiling engine uses machine learning techniques to analyze and predict customer behaviors based on massive demographic, social, and behavioral data sets. We use these analytics to automatically create personalized retention strategies and help businesses re-engage the right customers at the right time. Pilot partners have more than 10M customers with sales totaling $1B. Founding team consists of E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year, Berkeley, Caltech, Yale grads, and UCLA Ph.D data scientist.
RocksBox is a new discovery and sales channel for designer fashion jewelry. We aim to up-end the legacy online shopping experience by delivering a limited number of curated designer jewelry to our member’s doorsteps every month. Members can wear and experiment with their RocksBox pieces and only purchase the ones that they love. RocksBox beta has quickly grown to over 500 members through word of mouth, with retention rates above 85% and purchase conversion of more than 18% every month.
Subblime allows influencers on YouTube to monetize their audience through authentic product recommendations. The YouTube platform helps influencers build massive audience but makes monetization challenging. Subblime solves this problem by allowing channels to publish content audiences want and extend that to product recommendations from across the Web. Our launch generated 6x the traffic of a typical Youtube product placement and has led to a partnership with YouTube networks that collectively manage 120 channels and reach 16 million subscribers.
Surf Air is an all-you-can-fly, membership-based airline that introduces the ease and comfort of private air travel to a new audience. For $1,000 a month members get unlimited access to flights on any of Surf Air’s regularly scheduled flights. With comfy leather seats and flights in and out of exclusive regional airports this is what flying should be. In the week since launching Surf Air has already sold out its charter memberships, guaranteeing monthly revenue of over $500k. Surf Air’s team includes a former intelligence officer, an Air Force One pilot who also served as Warren Buffet’s personal pilot, a quant financial forecaster from the Federal Reserve, and the 2nd engineer at MySpace.
Interactive Game Show App Network
TouchFrame publishes interactive game show apps. Partnering with top TV producers and YouTube channels, we are the first company to power, distribute, and monetize game shows as mobile apps. TouchFrame’s interactive video platform allows content creators to turn game show formats into engaging apps. Our first App Show, Braindex, is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment (an Endemol company), and allows users to play trivia head-to-head against celebrities such as Mike Tyson on their mobile devices.
Wallaby Financial is developing a network-branded (Visa) payment card that dynamically routes transactions across a consumer’s existing credit cards to maximize rewards, cash back or savings. Consumers swipe smarter and save without having to think about which credit card is best to use and keep track of program details. Wallaby supports any consumer card (AMEX, Visa, MasterCard, Discover). Credit card issuers and retailers can create targeted campaigns to to enforce share of wallet shift, acquire new customers and deliver savings for check-ins, likes, follows, e-mail subscriptions, as well as spend-based loyalty programs.
Younity creates a personal cloud for all your files, built from your devices and your online services. With younity you can have all your files, on all your devices, all the time. Without syncing or storage limits and without configuration or management of any kind. Our patented “ubiquitous data protocol” is designed to integrate multi-device awareness into the operating system of all your devices, so you can stop thinking about the device to use and only think about the screen that is most convenient. 4 weeks since launch, younity had ‘younified’ over 50M files for its users.