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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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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Meet with Ted Kraus, Adam Gold, Ryan Bloomer, Mike Loftus and David Cao at Saturday’s Pitch Demo Day

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When: 9AM – 12:30PM Aug 16th Saturday

Where: InnoSpring, 2901 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA

Check out here for selected startups’ profiles!

Judge Panel List


  • Ted Kraus, Managing Partner at Tech-Rx Ventures
  • Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures
  • Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Accelerator
  • Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50
  • David Cao, Startup Hunter, Angel Investor at F50

Judge Panel Bio


Ted is a Managing Partner at Tech-Rx (www.tech-rx.vc) where he focuses on commercializing consumer products and technologies in the energy, biotechnology and web industries.  Prior to Tech-Rx, he was a Principal at 8 Rivers Capital (www.8riverscapital.com) where he managed deal flow and due diligence for potential investment opportunities and developed commercialization strategies for NET Power, ParkIntuit and Hemosonics. In 2011, he Founded BUYSTAND (merged), an ECN and trading platform for consumer goods, where he served as COO from 2011 – 2013.  Early in his career, Ted was a Technology Analyst for Tech Coast Angels, the largest angel investment network in the US. He received an MBA from Loyola Marymount and a BS in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the University of Arizona. In 2013 Ted completed the Executive Program in Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.
He lives in Silicon Valley and is an avid snowboarder, runner and mountain biker.

Adam Gold, Founder at Espial Ventures

Espial Ventures was launched to invest in the next generation of leading companies with a keen focus on backing imagination and innovation. Prior to Espial Ventures in 2014, Adam founded Espial Capital in 2012 to capitalize on the tectonic shifts underway across the global public equity technology, media, and telecommunication (TMT) universe. Espial’s strategy capitalizes on powerful tailwinds and headwinds that result in behavioral changes in consumption, distribution, retailing, and computing, across dozens of electronics, services, and digital and physical product categories. Adam previously ran money at Gilder Gagnon Howe & Co (GGHC) in New York, which he joined in 2008. GGHC managed $5B in capital with a focus on global growth investing. Prior to GGHC, Adam worked at Coatue Management, a $10B fund with a focus on global TMT investing, which he joined in 2007. Adam began his career at EnTrust Capital in 2001 as an Intern and Summer Analyst, and became a full-time analyst in 2005, where he covered all of EnTrust’s TMT investments. Graduating early with numerous honors and distinctions from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 2004, Adam holds a B.S. Magna Cum Laude with double-majors in Finance and Accounting and a minor in Journalism & Mass Communication. Adam is also Chairman of the Espial Foundation, which he started in 2013 to invest in the next generation of student leaders and innovators. The Foundation’s core tenet: TECH (Technology | Education | Children | Health) is an investment in a more innovative and skilled workforce, and a more vibrant economy.

Ryan Bloomer, Managing Partner at Momentum Venture Partners 

We invest and grow leading mobile startups from around the world.

Mike Loftus, Startup Executive & Angel Investor at F50

David Cao, Startup Hunter, Angel Investor at F50

Seven Rising Startups Will be Pitching on Pitch Demo Day Aug 16th #SVEPnD

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Seven rising startups will be pitching on Aug 16th @InnoSpring, 2901 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA

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

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

• Inventalator: Inventalator is a crowdsourced development community that helps entrepreneurs validate, develop, & launch technology products.

• Fundoo Innovations: Integrating “E-Commerce & E-Gaming,” to create a novel channel of gamified promo marketing

• FeelingsIntel Company:  Targeted Advertising from Context specific feelings extracted from Smart-Phone texting

• Grush: Grush transforms the brushing chore into a fun and interactive game. Motion sensing brush and mobile games guide kids’ brushing and lets parents track results.

• Groopie, Inc: Groopie is a place where you can create shows with groups of friends.

Startup Profile


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

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”.

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

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.

Inventalator: Inventalator is a crowdsourced development community that helps entrepreneurs validate, develop, & launch technology products.

Inventalator is an intelligence community that provides crowdsourced research and development to entrepreneurs and SMB’s. Our platform allows companies to connect with our crowd to perform research & development on new product concepts, allowing them to gauge demand, perform market analysis, raise financial capital, and connect with the resources necessary to develop and commercialize new products.

Fundoo InnovationsIntegrating “E-Commerce & E-Gaming,” to create a novel channel of gamified promo marketing 

Our product line, seamlessly integrates (a) entertainment, (b) simple wagering by players, on (c) easy-to-learn games, with a (d) winning opportunity on (e) selected discounted consumer products & services (P&S). We have granted patents, a couple of customers and dev teams in USA & India. Adequate funding will accelerate our growth trajectory.

FeelingsIntel Company:  Targeted Advertising from Context specific feelings extracted from Smart-Phone texting

Human communication has to be processed by an “affect language parser” (ALP) to extract emotions and draw human-like inferences, which are credible & therefore understandable / acceptable to humans. This emotion extraction enables targeted advertising for products & services, to be sent to opt-in consumer, in a timely manner. We have an “unfair advantage” in ALP technology, disclosed in granted patents, thereby making “FeelingsIntel” a sustainable funding-worthy enterprise.

Grush: Grush transforms the brushing chore into a fun and interactive game. Motion sensing brush and mobile games guide kids’ brushing and lets parents track results.

Problem: Tooth brushing is often viewed by children as an unpleasant chore because they can’t see what they are doing and do not know whether they are doing it properly. Additionally, they find the twice daily task as boring because they don’t understand the benefits of brushing and receive no feedback or reward from it. It’s hard for kids to consistently brush their teeth with proper technique when they get no feedback. Parents have to spend a lot of time supervising their child’s brushing to avoid tooth decay and high dental treatment costs.
Solution: The Grush (Patent Pending)platform makes brushing visible for kids and turns brushing into a fun game. This interactive game rewards kids for proper brushing technique. Parents are provided with a method to monitor kids’ brushing. Brushing results are stored in the cloud for data access.
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Groopie, Inc: Groopie is a place where you can create shows with groups of friends.

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.

Come meet with Neil Weintraut, Erin Delacroix, Indu Navar, Saji Johnson, and Eugene Zhang at Jan 25 Pitch Demo Day#SVEPnD

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Come meet with our judge panel for  Jan25 Pitch Demo Day! Thanks to all of them for being judge on Saturday.

===Judge Panel List=== 

• Erin Delacroix, Innovator at LinkedIn

• Indu Navar, Managing Director of Woodside Capital Partners

• Saji Johnson, Managing Partner of Anicca Ventures

•  Neil Weintraut, Cloud Venture

• Eugene Zhang, CEO, InnoSpring Inc.; General Partner, TEEC Angel Fund

• David Cao, Serial Entrepreneur, Founder of SVEntrepreneurs & Startups, Founder & CEO at GWC, Earlier Stage Mobile Angel Investor

===Judge Panel Bio===

Erin received her BFA in New Media from AAU. She has a strong focus on strategy, innovative product design, and business development. One Kings Lane, Coin, ebay, URBN, World Golf Tour, and Wells Fargo are among the various companies within her portfolio.

Indu Navar advises software and Internet services companies on strategic financing transactions and M&A. Over the past 20 years, Indu has served as a founder and CEO of successful companies, developing a proven…

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SVEntrepreneurs: now world’s second largest meetup community

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SVentrepreneurs had become world’s second largest meetup community! It happened sometimes yesterday. Thanks to all the members, helpers, speakers,!

FYI, the No.1 meetup – NY Tech Meetup was founded by Meetup.com founder.

Our new home page (Still draft): sventrepreneurs.org

FYI. Meetup global list of entrepreneur groups:

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The 10,000+ member strong SVNewTech Meetup, started in Jan ’06. Meet other entrepreneurs, investors, bloggers, and tech enthusiasts who come together to network and watch demos of hot new technologies. We meet once a month, the first hour is company

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SVEntrepreneurs Invite you to SIPACON – Organized by Silicon Valley India Professional Association

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SIPA has partnered with Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs & Startups  and is offering all sventrepreneurs members 100% Discount and Free Registration for 2 days (Limited Quantities)

 

• Keynote: Ro Khanna, Counsel – Wilson , Author -“Entrepreneurial nation’

• Panel Discussion: The Next Wave of Personalization with Big Data

• Panel Discussion: Trends in Internet of Things

• Leadership Talk: Maintaining your Leadership Compass

• Pitch it up Fest for Startups (7 startups, 8 min each)

     Judges-     (Naeem Zafar, David Cao and Ali Reza)

https://www.myeventsignup.com/guest/guestregister.php?q=17&r=UHBHj17h  

Some of the speakers for the event

 

Pitch and Demo Day Special: SVE Anniversary Celebration!

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 – 9:15 AM, Saturday, November 16, 2013

 – InnoSpring, 2901 Tasman Drive, Santa Clara, CA

Dear friends,

Nov is the the Anniversary for SVE. We are inviting several past sponsors, speakers to this event!

Pitch: your Start-up to a panel of VCs / Angels (Prior registration is required)

Demo: your product at world’s largest Mobile Entrepreneurs community, in the heart of Silicon Valley!

Co-founder Pitch: Are you looking for mobile developer or co-founders? Join this event! (Registration not required, you can also post at our startup job board Startup Job Board:http://goo.gl/LAiojM)

Here is how we are helping the winners of Pitch and Demo Day to get funded in 6 months:

• Pitch a group of investors privately

• Connect with the investors from Silicon Valley Venture Network

• Featured by SVEntrepreneur group

• Post your jobs, openings, partnership offers for free!

• Free services from many sponsors

Apply for pitching slot: http://goo.gl/941nmM

To speak: goo.gl/8D29i

Welcome product for Android, iOS, WP, HTML5, Facebook, Chrome, and Cloud.

=== Agenda===

9AM Networking

9:30M Opening & Introduction

9:32AM Opening Remark

9:35 Keynote

9:40AM Startup Pitch

11AM Founder Story

11:15AM Co-founder pitch (Open mic)

11:30AM Judging Panel Discussion

12:30 Closing Remark

12:30 Lunch & Networking

1:30PM Startup Job Fair