F50 Just Closed More Than $2 Million in Seed Round Funding

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Online Platform Private Beta Scheduled to Launch in June 2015

SAN FRANCISCO, June 15, 2015 — F50, a private co-investment platform, announced today the successful close of its seed round for more than $2 million from a group of investment funds and angel investors. The company will use the funds to grow its team, particularly by adding developers to launch its online platform, and to expand its network of investors.

F50 has built a private network to help 1000+ investors from around the world access and share great deals. Simultaneously, F50 has helped many members of its 230+ selected founders in their seed or angel round.

“We founded F50 last year on top of Silicon Valley’s largest entrepreneur community to connect founders by providing them access to a global network of smart capital,” said David Cao, Founder & CEO of F50. “Our relationships with key influencers in the startup community, including corporations like Google and accelerator programs like StartX, have been very helpful in our success to date.”

“F50 is supporting the startup ecosystem by connecting entrepreneurs with strategic investors globally. It’s great to have received such strong support from our diversified strategic partners,” said Bill Reichert, Co-founder of F50 and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures.

The company’s founding team includes Eric Ly, the Co-founder and former CTO of LinkedIn, as well as Tel Iiu, the former EVP of Tencent. F50 will host a series of private, offline-to-online events for its Network members this June, including an invitation-only F50 Season 5 Summit in downtown San Francisco to showcase 100 startups across eight major verticals to more than 400 investors worldwide.

About F50

F50 is a private co-investment platform that connects a network of high-quality founders with smart capital. F50’s curated platform of select early-stage startups provides deal flow for member investors. The easy, fast submission process together with regular, live-pitching events provides an ideal way for founders to secure early stage capital quickly from a global base of smart investors. For more information, visit www.f50.io.

Contact: Allison Carleton
Public Relations
Phone: (415) 323-6581
Email: a@f50.io

Funded! Global Edition

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Join SVE at Funded! Global Edition – a conference with investor conversations capped off with a startup job fair and a big networking party.  This will be the largest SVE event to date with 1000+ founders and 100+ startups recruiting! Get there early to hear from the following investors:

  • Dave Bell – Founder of Gummicube
  • Dr. Ossama Hassanein – Partner of Newbury Ventures
  • Erik Lassila – Managing Partner of ShengJing Group
  • Bill Santana Li – Founder of Knightscope
  • Bill Reichert – Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures
  • Mark Siegel – Managing Partner of Menlo Ventures
  • Hans Tung – Managing Partner of GGV Capital

Follow us @SVEntrepeneur, #fundedSVE

There will be a job fair, complimentary beer, wine & pizza, and a networking party that you won’t want to miss!  Think free food and drinks, a startup job fair, a DJ, and a room full of founders all at an innovative new event space at Bespoke in the heart of San Francisco.

Thanks to our sponsors ShengJing and F50, Funded! Global Edition is totally free! All that is needed on your part is to RSVP on Eventbrite.

Schedule:

  • 2:00pm – Doors open
  • 2:30-6:00pm – Investor conversations, Post series-A Founder panel, and keynote
  • 6:00-8:00pm – Job fair and networking party

We can’t wait to see you there, and please spread the word!

P.S. Interested in a FREE recruiting table at our conference? Fill out this form.  Don’t forget to post your jobs up at SVE’s startup job board here.
As mentioned, this premier event is brought to you by our generous sponsors, ShengJing group and F50. ShengJing will be hosting the Global Innovation Awards in September, featuring $1.5M in cash awards & $150M investment for the winners: f50.io/gia. Meet some of the competing startups at SVE’s Funded! conference.

Resonant Games LLC Won the Gaming Pitch Demo Day Followed by Sending.IO

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Winner’s Introduction

Adaptablox.com by Resonant Games: Video chat with educational games and activities

600_415697672Resonant Games is a studio that specializes in social apps with synchronous interactivity. Our team has been working together for the past 15 years developing Social Games, Virtual Worlds and F2P Mobile Games.

As parents with distant relatives we recognized the need for an accessible video chat application for distributed families. With Adaptablox.com we set out to create a video chat platform that would allow participants to join in a shared space with one click (no download or plugin required). Once connected, family members can synchronously share content like toys, books and educational games to add context to the conversation. Eventually, family members will be able to upload photos, create drawings together and record their session for sharing externally.

Our demo at Adaptablox.com is a prototype of what will ultimately evolve into a HUB for the distributed family. We are excited about the enthusiasm for our video chat platform because we know that it solves a real problem and we are anxious to take it to the next level.

For anyone that is interested in discussing investment opportunities please reach out to us at hello@resonantgames.com

Bart Yeary CPO

Bart is a master of F2P monetization and user experience design. He was most recently Product Owner at NaturalMotion Games, a leading social games company focused on delivering console quality games on iOS and Android. Bart was formerly Sr. Director of Product for FooMojo Inc. (backed by $10 million in venture capital from Softbank). Bart also has extensive experience in the Advertising industry having worked as a Sr. Art Director for Razorfish and as a freelance interactive designer for Leo Burnett and Cramer Krasselt. Earlier in his career Bart pioneered the development of browser based virtual worlds when he launched Faketown.com in 1999. Bart lives in San Mateo Ca. with his wife and their 3 year old son (more than 600 miles from the nearest family member!).

Runner up’s Introduction

Sending.iO: We focus on using Email to help game developers acquire, retain, and monetize their users.

sending_blackLogoSending.IO is the ONLY company focused on delivering email technology and services to the gaming industry.  We help game publishers acquire, retain, and monetize their users via sophisticated behavioral targeting and email technology. Our service is free for game publishers and we give 70% of revenue back to the publisher for utilizing our monetization solution.

Sending.IO’s Team

¤Lee An.  BA EE Princeton.  MS EE Stanford. Serial entrepreneur since 1996.  4 startups.  First two raised combined $30M in VC financing.Nettangerine profitable since year 1, generated cumulative sales over $50M.

¤Scott Wang. BS Computer Science Stanford. 15 years development experience.  Senior engineering manager at Yahoo responsible for media properties.  Monthly users exceeding 100M.   Expert in highly scalable web and mobile services.

¤Amy Monier.  BA Arizona State.  9 years agency and online marketing experience.  Expertise in SEO, Email marketing, monetization, and customer acquisition.

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We’ve selected seven gaming startups to pitch next Thursday evening in SF!

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Join us on Oct 9th Thursday @Pivotal Labs in San Francisco.

Judge of Panel

• Patrick Mork, EIR at Signia, X-Googler, Disruptor, C-level Start-Up Builder

• Ann Burkett, Venture Partner at F50

• Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat

Pitching Startups

• ZRDS Games: Mobile phone entertainment for Kids

• Figure Of Speech: Cards Against Humanity Reinvented for Mobile

• Asylum Labs: Innovative Mobile Social Casino games

• Resonant Games LLC: Video chat with educational games and activities

• Senetur: Platform to allow game teams and studios to find talent, prototype faster, decrease time to market, and connect publishing opportunities outside of conferences

• Hero Systems & Mechanics: Developing a mobile game that connects to a physical toy swords. A mobile apps powers two opposing toy swords. During a toy sword fight NFC and bluetooth signals are sent between them and their mobile apps and a winner is determined

•  Sending.iO: We focus on using Email to help game developers acquire, retain, and monetize their users.


  • Patrick Mork, EIR at Signia, X-Googler, Disruptor, C-level Start-Up Builder

Multi-cultural, multi-lingual start-up senior executive. Worked in US / Europe / LATAM and speak 4 languages fluently.

Former global head of marketing for Google play; worked in 5 start-ups including one as CEO / co-founder and two more as board advisor. 14 Years experience in mobile content / mobile games / app retail and distribution.

Currently EIR at Signia seeking CEO / No2 role in a high growth start-up in mobile content, education, health or consumer services where strategy, marketing, and entrepreneurial drive (mixed with a bit of “madness”) can help make a significant impact for a company with big ambitions.

  • Ann Burkett, Venture Partner at F50

Ann Burkett is a Venture Partner with with F50 Venture focusing on and recommending game companies for investment in the 500k and 2Million range. She has run Game Dojos which was the original incubator for Plain Vanilla Games “Quizup” which has over 200million active users and recently raised $20Million from Sequoia Capital, with participation from all existing investors, including Tencent, Greycroft Partners, IDG Ventures, BOLDstart Ventures, CrunchFund. Game Dojos also had in its class Focused Apps LLC a small independent whose Hit Tennis games have been downloaded over 30million times. A developer by training her team also worked on games which have had up to 10million active users. She loves unique and independent games and teams that can be crafted to also be successful and has been known to show up to Gamesbeat in bad teeshirts.

She currently also founded and runs the HTML5 Developers Conference which is the currently the largest JavaScript/HTML5/CSS/node.js technology focused conference in the world. She also founded and runs IOTAconf Internet of Things Conference. HTML5Devconf, IOTACconf and F50.io will be held at Moscone Center SF in San Francisco on Oct 20, 21 with training the following week.

  • Dean Takahashi, lead writer for GamesBeat

“I’ve been a business journalist since 1988. most of that time i’ve focused on technology journalism. In 2002, I published a book on the making of the Xbox, “Opening the Xbox: Inside Microsoft’s Plan To Unleash an Entertainment Revolution.” My second book, “The Xbox 360 Uncloaked: The Real Story Behind Microsoft’s Next-Generation Video Game Console,” launched in 2006. The information is at www.spiderworks.com/xbox360. Now I’m a lead writer on the digital media blog at www.venturebeat.com”
Specialties:video games, computer hardware, chips, digital media

Bibs Won Pitch Demo Day(Consumer Mobile) Followed by Staytuned

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Winner’s Introduction:

Bibs: bibs is a platform for modernizing running events.

Go here for Angellist Profile

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Bibs ties together online registration, rfid chip timing and result sharing into a single platform.

For athletes and spectators, bibs is a mobile app to sign up for events, receive times and results and share with their friends. For event organizers, bibs is a powerful tool that connects event registration, timing and management into a single platform and allows them to connect with partners and sponsors.

Bibs has:
– The top race results app in the United States
– The world’s first universal RFID platform for sports timing
– The official app of multiple top 100 events in the US

Bibs raised an angel investment from two industry leaders and is currently looking to grow more.

Galen Danziger, CTO at Bibs.

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Galen has an educational background in Computational Physics and experience in numerical computing/algorithm design. He worked at multiple gambling software companies and a wearable company building a fitness tracker, then moved to help founding bibs.

Job Openings at Bibs:

We are hiring a frontend developer, with these qualifications:
– Very comfortable with javascript, (angularJS framework in particular)
– Responsive design for mobile/desktop applications
– Backbone/mobile experience also desirable
– Interested in running/athletic events

Runner up’s Introduction:

Staytuned:  Staytuned is a context aware user interface that provides users with the right apps at the right moment, directly on their lock screen.

Go here for Angellist Profile

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Staytuned collects devices’ hardware (sensors) and software (usage of mobile apps) data to learn from the users and predict their future
behavior. It provides users with a direct access to their most used
applications for every context and with the most suitable applications already available in their devices. Additionally, it works as a platform for app developers increase their loyal users from their already existing user base.

Founder and CEO: Alejandro Garcia Del Bosque

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Business techy with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong international background. Founder and CEO of Staytuned, a young startup in the mobile industry based in Palo Alto. Previous experience in cross-border M&A/Fundraising operations in the TMT industry and business development at a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. Networks in the US/Germany/Mexico.

 

 

Pictures from the event:

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Judges with winners and runner up

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Thanks everyone for coming yesterday!

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Thanks PubNub for sponsoring us great venue and food!

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Six Rising Startups are Selected to Present at Pitch Demo Day: Consumer Mobile Sept 10th

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When: 5-8:30PM, Sept 10th Wednesday

Where: PubNub, 725 Folsom St, San Francisco

Check out more details here.

=== Startup Pitching List ===

  • Staytuned: Staytuned is a context aware user interface that provides users with the right apps at the right moment, directly on their lock screen.
  • DoctorQuickly: Instant Health Care through your Phone.
  • Drively: A simple snapshot of your driving.
  • Blush Messenger: Send a secret message to a friend, get a video of their reaction as your message is revealed.
  • Bibs: bibs is a platform for modernizing running events.
  • GEO: A mobile app that allows you to share information as you walk by people.

=== Details ===

Staytuned:  Staytuned is a context aware user interface that provides users with the right apps at the right moment, directly on their lock screen.

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Staytuned collects devices’ hardware (sensors) and software (usage of mobile apps) data to learn from the users and predict their future
behavior. It provides users with a direct access to their most used
applications for every context and with the most suitable applications already available in their devices. Additionally, it works as a platform for app developers increase their loyal users from their already existing user base.

Website: http://www.staytuned-app.com/
Angelist: http://angel.co/staytuned

Presented by Alejandro Garcia Del Bosque, Founder and CEO of Staytuned

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Business techy with an entrepreneurial spirit and strong international background. Founder and CEO of Staytuned, a young startup in the mobile industry based in Palo Alto. Previous experience in cross-border M&A/Fundraising operations in the TMT industry and business development at a startup accelerator in Silicon Valley. Networks in the US/Germany/Mexico.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/agdelb

 

DoctorQuickly: Instant Health Care through your Phone.

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* DoctorQuickly is the First Mobile Application which can provide live video/audio/messaging health care consultations 24/7.
* DoctorQuickly makes sure you reach a doctor right away in necessity no matter what time.
* DoctorQuickly brings Doctors and Patients closer with truly innovative solutions.
* DoctorQuickly is Uber for Doctors, with seamless Doctor Communications, Payments and Ratings systems.
* Tele Video Consultation market is projected to grow to $13.7 Billion in 2018.
* DoctorQuickly provides HIPAA Compliant Video, Audio, Photos and Messaging channels.
* DoctorQuickly is redefining the mobile healthcare professional services market.

Presented by Hirish, CEO, Co-Founder at DoctorQuickly

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Serial Entrepreneur. More than decade of experience with startups and fortune 50 companies. Lead Architect for Cisco Video Streaming.

Drively: A simple snapshot of your driving.

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US drivers spend about 1 hour daily on the road, but there is very little actionable information. Fleet management systems are already using statistical information to improve vehicle usability, maintenance and driver safety. Consumers should have easy and affordable access to this information as well.

Our application is based on a cheep OBD device that could be purchased today for ~$10. The device plugs into any car made since 1996. This device together with a cell phone becomes a powerful cloud enabled analytics tool. Our android application is available through Google Play store with >1000 downloads and >50000 total miles driven by users.

Links to website and the application:
http://drively.co
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.drively.mechconnect

Presented by Eldar Khaliullin, Founder and CEO at Drively

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Ph.D from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering. Spent some time in Software startups in Semiconductor Manufacturing. Successfully co-founded and sold a business in the area and about year and a half moved to automotive telematics and consumer applications.

 

Blush Messenger: Send a secret message to a friend, get a video of their reaction as your message is revealed.

Blush is a mobile messaging application with a unique implementation of video. Blush uses the front-facing camera to record the reactions of friends as your private messages are revealed to them. Blush enhances the offline convenience and openness of texting with the human element of face-to-face communication

Presented by Danny Espinoza, Founder and CEO at Blush Messenger

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In 2003 I started my own consulting business, Mesa Dynamics, which led to an asset acquisition where I met my business partner. He and I started three startups: Quece (patent portfolio acquired by Intellectual Ventures in 2007), Lumifi (SaaS document analysis company shuttered in 2008) and CardStar (acquired by Constant Contact in 2012), a mobile application for managing customer loyalty.

I was awarded a U.S. patent for technology created at CardStar (8,468,054).

 

Bibs: bibs is a platform for modernizing running events.

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Bibs is creating a platform that unites runners and event directors. We have a registration system that allows runners to sign up for events and handles the transaction and ties directly into event management software. We also have an easy to use hardware platform that times runners at the day of the event and a fraction of the price event directors are used to paying. This plugs directly into the app, which allows runners to view and share their results in addition to discovering new events. Bibs received an angel investment from two respected event directors and timers in the running industry at the beginning of the year.

Presented by Galen, CTO of Bibs.

Galen has an educational background in Computational Physics and experience in numerical computing/algorithm design. He worked at multiple gambling software companies and a wearables company building a fitness tracker, then moved to help founding bibs.

 

GEO: A mobile app that allows you to share information as you walk by people.

We are a mobile app that will allow people to walk by one another and share information. After people receive information, they can than share it with others as they walk by one another. Consider us like a Twitter with feet. We plan to change the information age forever, and our unique server design that monitors people’s location so they can constantly share information while moving will revamp digital content sharing forever. Imagine a college kid throwing a party? He can share his thought out and others can share it, and therefore his thought could go viral as people move around.

Presented by Alden Morri

My name is Alden Morris, I am an inventor and entrepreneur. We are building a mobile app that allows users to walk past one another and share ideas, events, photos, music, and more. When one user receives a thought, another user can share their thought as they walk around.

Here is my Linkedin: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/alden-morris/97/72a/b2b

Groopie, Inc. Won the August Pitch Demo Day Followed by iSmartAlarm, Inc. and Flow State Media

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Last Saturday SVE’s monthly startup contest Pitch Demo Day was successfully hosted at InnoSpring. We got a great turnout of 150 around people showing up! 7 selected startups pitched in front of a judge panel consists of 4 investors. Everyone enjoyed the event!

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  • Winner’s Intro

Groopie, Inc: Groopie is a place where you can create shows with groups of friends.
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“We have developed a mobile first platform that brings vlogging to a collaborative social era. Groopie is the only place that lets you create shows with your friends and share stories together. Everyone part of a show can contribute to the story with their unique perspectives and social experiences, from anywhere in the world. Unlike YouTube, the recording and editing tools are part of the user experience, and simple enough for anyone to achieve TV-style production. With Groopie you can send someone a record request and shoot an episode using two cameras from two locations. Our editing studio lets you merge footage by choosing which camera angles you want to create one continuous video. Finally, titles and subtitles can be added to any part of an episode, giving viewers and content creators a reality TV like experience. Groopie adds a fun, social dynamic that is essential for engaging mobile users.”

Founder & CEO: Fuad Hawit
fuadFuad Hawit is the Founder and CEO of Groopie, Inc., where he has been leading design and product development from its inception. Fuad brings high energy and a fearless drive, motivating his team to achieve success and greatness while ensuring that everyone shares the same vision. Prior to undertaking his own venture, Fuad co-founded Mixberry Media as a technology sales and business development executive, where he structured new business opportunities, strategic alliances, partnerships and the sales process. In 2009, he co-founded Monica, the first virtual assistant iPhone app to use voice recognition (before Siri). Fuad holds a B.S. in Business Administration, with a concentration in Marketing Management from California State University.

 

 

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  • Runner-ups Intro:

iSmart Alarm, Inc.: iSmartAlarm is making the best smartphone enabled home system and connected home system.

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iSmart Alarm, Inc. is a leader in the DIY Home Security market and an innovator in the Internet of Things (IoT). The iSmartAlarm ecosystem was created to be the first smartphone-controlled do-it-yourself (DIY) home security solution that is easily portable, easy to set up, requires no wiring, and gives the user the opportunity to protect their home intelligently. There are no monthly fees, no subscription fees, and no long-term contracts as would be expected from older, traditional systems.  The iSmartAlarm communicates through the user’s smartphone, giving access to monitoring, system control, and statistics to increase the safety of home, property, and family.  Revolutionary in the home security space, iSmartAlarm provides the whole family the ability to integrate with the free iPhone and Android Apps and remotely arm, disarm, and monitor the security system from their cell phone, from anywhere, in real time. Currently iSmartAlarm products are available at tier-1 online retailers such as Apple, Amazon, Walmart, Newegg and smarthome, etc as well as “Brick and Mortor” such as Fry’s Electronics and Micro Center, etc.

Co-Founder & CEO: Raymond Meng

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Flow State Media: MIT/Zynga casual gaming studio with strong live, mobile multiplayer game engine

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Strong team: CEO: Zynga, Activision, Call of Duty, Rockstar Games. MIT MBA, CompSci degree from Penn.

CTO: 20th Zynga Employee. Original Zynga Poker and FarmVille developer. Client/server/web/mobile experience. 20+ yrs making games.

Head of Product: Zynga 4.5 yrs. 8 games launches, 6 mobile, 2 MIT degrees. 4 more artists & developers each with 15-20 yrs game development experience. Most in Philippines keeping our dev costs a small fraction of US developers.

Strong traction: 750k installs via organic growth and several Facebook App Center Features. No marketing spent yet. Live crossword game “Letter UP” generates $29 ARPPU and $.24 ARPU (12x better than average Facebook ARPU). 3M+ games played on Facebook and growing. Long-term retention: June 2013 installers still contribute 15% of monthly revenues in 2014. Players average 1/hr a day, twice the competition. Generating $5k+/month. Net monthly burn is only $17k/month. Tops in terms of “quality per dollar spent”.

Presented by Kahn Jekarl, CEO at Flow State Media

 

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