Boomtown Boulder Unleashes Nine Startups
Last Friday local startup accelerator Boomtown presented their spring 2015 startup class in all their glory at the Boulder Theater. These brand new startups—literally some of them launched just days before Demo Day—showcase how they have spent the last 12 weeks using the $20k in investment, office space in Boulder, CO, mentorship from leaders in their respected fields and a plethora of other benefits provided by Boomtown as part of their accelerator program. The doors opened at 3:30PM on Friday, May 15th and the line of people waiting to get in snaked around the block and then some. Once the ticket and check in process was expedited and event programs were received, guests milled around the theater, grabbing an afternoon cocktail or beer from the bar and taking the seats set up in the theater. Soon enough the lights flashed then dimmed signaling the start of the Demo Day presentations. After a brief video message from governor John Hickenlooper congratulating the 2015 Boomtown Accelertor class on their hard work as well as the other startups for making Boulder a top startup city in the country, it was showtime!
Visibl, boasting video advertising for all, opened the show. Founded by former CP+B partner Alex Bogusky, Aquiles La Grave and Kelly Dotseth, the three of them put their heads together and created a video marketing platform allowing for small businesses, and anyone really, to display their video advertising campaigns online based on location, gender and age. Being able to stream video campaigns relevant to the online user, engagement rates increased dramatically and small businesses get a chance to put their products and work out there for interested people to see. Already gaining traction, visibl has ads running on CNN, Pandora, the New York Times and the Guardian.
Ever notice that some of your favorite chain restaurants are cleaner at one location than another? Or that the staff is overall nicer at the Panera in the next town over than the one at your own? Ever wonder why there can sometimes be such huge discrepencies between various chain restaurants in your area? Well that’s exactly why Benchmark Intelligence was made. Creators Jordan Skole, Ken Koontz, Eric Santos and Brandon Reid developed an SAS application to help restaurant owners and executives figure out why come chain locations perform better than others. Currently their target audience is the fast casual restaurant industry, but soon they hope to expand to the loding and hospitality industry.
Wudup, founded by Yanni Laloudakis and Anthony Haid, is an online dating app that, ‘seeks to solve the misrepresentation and missed connections of online dating’. Strongly echoing concepts of the once trendy, Chat Roulette, Wudup matches you with singles in your area in a real time video chat. Their hope is to connect you with people and not just profiles. Wudup is already live in a variety of college campuses, namely the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.
Gather your crowds for this easy to use, online event coordination tool. Mithaq Kazimi is the founder who created the web platform Audienced, which allows events of all sizes and kinds to be put on and most importantly guarantees an audience and minimizes/eliminates financial risks
Fabriq is a platform designed for safety. Inspired by her own personal safety close call, Violet Alexandre was inspired to create something to ensure the safety of loved ones even when they are not nearby. Violet and Sharif Alexandre designed Fabriq to be the technological solution for necessary 911 calls when loved ones are in danger. Fabriq integrates into people’s phones, other wearable devices and lives by setting automatic alerts and notification processes should that person be in potential danger. For example, by syncing Fabriq with your Uber app, Fabriq can notify loved ones or close friends if your Uber ride suddenly veers way off of the designated course. Stay tuned for more information on Fabriq and their launch!
In an effort to solve the problem of unbearable and dragging customer service calls, SimplyCalled strives to make customer service simpler, better and faster. By integrating into your phone and syncing with your customer service call, simplycalled offers onscreen visual images to help make the process and problem easier to fix. Founded by Nik Kumar, Simplycalled also offers real-time call wait times and stores all the information from your customer service call just in case you ever need to reference the call and solution again.
Another visually focused startup, Feedbac, ‘gets your video into the conversation faster’. Created by Dara King and Nick Ahmad, this program allows for companies to quickly create and stream videos onto the internet and social media. Through Feedbac you can analyze target audience and social trends, collaboratively construct the video and release it specifically to your target audience.
Creators Jack Freeman and Stephen Weigel created MailDeck, an app that helps to control your email. MailDeck’s main feature offers fewer clicks once you open your email on their your phone or desktop as well as real time email changes. For example, if you received an email in the morning offering a coupon for a free Egg McMuffin this morning but were unable to open that email until later the afternoon, instead of displaying an expiered Egg McMuffin coupon, the email would automatically update to reflect the current time and display instead a coupon for a free Big Mac. MailDeck also offers a new, aesthetically pleasing home design to manage your emails.
Stafr, debuting in accelerator programs in both San Francisco as well as Boulder, offers on demand event staffing. If you are hosting an event and need to staff it, simply enter the event information including budget and number of people needed and post your event to their event listings. You can then pick from a list of pre-screened and selected applicants, review their resumes and experience and select the ones you feel are the best fit. Stafr also ensures timely payment for those hired as well as quality staff members for your event.
As the closing event for Boulder Startup Week, Demo Day boasted a sold-out venue and did not disappoint; with over 800 people in attendance, these startups were able to present their hard work to a full house at the historic Boulder Theater.