One of the occupational hazards of this job is the constant bombardment of startup pitches. Some hit the mark, but many fail to register.

Now, here’s your chance to practice your pitch, and quite possibly earn some cool prizes along the way, including the chance to pitch to a crowd of geeks and investors at the GeekWire Meetup and Elevator Pitch on Oct. 23 in Seattle.

Beginning today and running through Saturday, we’re kicking off a “Startup Pitch Competition” with the Founder Institute in which any Seattle-area entrepreneur can submit his or her one-sentence pitch in the comment thread of this post. The top pitch will earn free admission to the Founder Institute’s entrepreneurial bootcamp, a 15-week program taking place in Seattle from Oct. 9 through the end of January. (Cost is typically $995).

In addition to that prize, the top five entrepreneurs whose pitches we like the most will win the chance to join us on-stage at the Crocodile Cafe Oct. 23 for the GeekWire Meetup and Elevator Pitch.

Founder Institute creator Adeo Ressi; Seattle entrepreneur Dan Shapiro; Hark co-founder David Aronchick; GeekWire’s Rebecca Lovell; and Founder Institute’s Dave Parker have agreed to judge the entries, provide feedback and help pick a winner of the Founder Institute prize, which we will announce on GeekWire sometime early next week.

Make sure to clearly describe your business, including company name, target audience and the overall problem you’re trying to solve. Also, please include your name and a link to your Web site, so we can contact you if you win.

Don’t think you can do it in a sentence? We think you can do it in 30 words.

Here’s an example:

GeekWire is the leading technology news site based in Seattle, covering our region’s people, companies and innovations, creating community and catalyzing conversation through breaking news, online features, and events.

The contest is open to entrepreneurs in the Seattle region. To compete, post your one-sentence pitch in the comment thread below, with your name and a link to your site. Deadline for submissions is 9 p.m. Pacific time on Saturday, Sept. 29. Good luck, and happy pitching!

UPDATE: The winners of the one-sentence pitch competition have been chosen, so check out our post here. Also, for those who’d like to join us for the GeekWire Meetup on October 23rd, sign up here.

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  • B.E. Ward

    Project Lift will revolutionize all levels of aviation operations, bringing reduced fuel consumption, enhanced safety, and a better passenger experience through scalable web and mobile applications.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Hey B,

      Can you narrow down the market a bit for me? are you starting with commercial aviation, GA or military? These markets will test and deploy product significantly differently.

      I’d leave off revolutionize… unless you have customers on video

      • B.E. Ward

        Hi Dave..

        I waffled on ‘revolutionize’ myself. But I decided to stick with it because I really do think it would significantly change the way the world uses airplanes.

        The primary market is the airline industry, as that’s where you have the highest number of disparate stakeholders who need good information. You’d probably be astonished at the sort of antiquated software is running everything from departure and arrival information to calculating flight plans.

        But what I propose is more than an ‘upgrade’. It’s really creating a technological ecosystem (I imagine that’s overused jargon anymore as well) that helps users where they’re at, be they passengers, people waiting for folks on the planes, pilots, management, etc.

        And the other key is scalability. I’d eventually see a company like Weyerhauser or an air ambulance operator use the tools alongside big (and not so big) airlines.

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      Um – how? This is a hoverboard startup (http://www.danshapiro.com/blog/2011/07/a-twitter-a-hoverboard-or-something-in-between/) so focus your pitch on the how and not the why.

      • Forrest

        Hoverboards need lift… Interesting post, thanks!
        (also, the end parenthesis breaks your link, btw)

      • B.E. Ward

        Hi Dan..

        This is fantastic feedback, thanks. I was also pondering the how vs. why. I figured for a one-sentence pitch, a ‘why’ would be much more useful and hopefully provide an opportunity to explain the how. But your advice is great.

        So, with Project Lift. How?

        An MVC-style architecture that’s driven by ‘different views for different folks’. Customers using small connected devices, pilots and ground crews using small tablets, operations folks using a new generation of giant tablets (or at least large touch screens), management and planners using the web.

        You book a ticket from Seattle to DC via Chicago. You arrive at the airport and there’s no more looking at departure boards. Your phone gives you walking directions to your gate and tells you which security line would be quickest. Even before you get to the airport, you can see how long it’ll take you to ‘run the gauntlet’ to better plan your morning.

        Your first flight takes off and the flight attendants come through with beverages. Lift knows you like ginger ale with cranberry juice and two limes on morning flights based on prior flights. The flight attendant is advised through their tablet and he/she asks if you want your ‘usual’.

        Flight plan calculations are being run almost continually behind the scenes using the latest wind data to ensure your flight is on the most efficient route. If it’s not, flight and ground crews are advised and something better is suggested.

        Upon landing in Chicago, you get a message with departure information (and your seat number) for your next flight along with a map telling you where to go and how long it’ll take to walk there. The next flight is full, but you can change your seat right then and there by offering to trade with someone else who is looking to change as well.

        If your connecting flight was cancelled, the system determines two options for you. You can standby on an earlier flight to Dulles or get on a later flight to DCA. You pick one on your device and everything’s taken care of without talking to anyone in a uniform.

        You choose the later flight to DCA and you’re off. A line of thunderstorms develops along the route since the flight was planned. The system ‘sees’ the weather and builds a new route to safely traverse the area and forwards that info to the flight crew and ground support. Once the crew has clearance for the new route from ATC, everyone’s ETA is revised (along with any downline changes) from operations folks down to the limo driver waiting for you.

        Unfortunately, it’s more than a sentence, but this is just the start.

        • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

          now…back to a sentence :). Complex is easy, simple is hard

          • B.E. Ward

            Through data collection and distribution, and through applications built for every stakeholder in an airline – from CEO to customer – Project Lift changes the way we fly.

            ?

  • Guest

    Philthy Education is closely partnered with companies struggling to find qualified job candidates and the education community, together they develop and operate company-sponsored and low-cost training programs to rapidly prepare job seekers for in-demand positions with proven and company-approved curriculum.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      hey guest – I might suggest:

      PE provides free online training and skills programs to (technical?) job candidates. The process surfaces the most skilled candidates that are then recruited through these company sponsored programs.

      I don’t like the name, it may be memorable, but it’s hard to spell and will sound negative to your audience.

      • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

        Evidently the submitters are not the only ones having difficulty counting sentences. ;)

        • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

          I’ll use “so” next time :)

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Look for some of the mentors for the Founder Institute Seattle to weigh in on your posts!

  • http://www.facebook.com/philnolimits Phil Gordon

    Stop Playing With Yourself! Jawfish Games is the industry leader in real-time, multi-player tournament technology for web and mobile games with early results indicating nearly triple the industry average for player engagement.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Phil, you got a LOL on the first read.

      So Jawfish is a tool that other game companies can use to increase player engagement? Are you building your own games as well?

      I’d avoid “industry leader” and stick to the data of triple – that speaks for itself.

      • http://www.facebook.com/philnolimits Phil Gordon

        We’re building our own games and also will be integrating with very well known IP — we have one big gaming company under contract and 5 others evaluating the platform for a variety of games. Our first demonstration game is apps.facebook.com/wordrack — this game is currently the only game on web or mobile that does bracketed, real-time tournaments — hence, the industry leader.

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      I had the opposite reaction as Dave – your intro line broke the one-sentence rule and wasn’t funny enough to warrant the ick-factor. If you’re going to take a risk, the joke had better be a knee-slapper. (It doesn’t help that I’ve heard this line before).

  • Michael

    You spent 15 million dollars building that perfect website, its live, and now you have now idea where the errors are coming from, why its slow, or how to make is better because ‘it works on my machine’, Graphdat solves this.

    • Lovelletters

      Thanks, Michael. I love a good use case scenario (though I’d love a $15 million budget more). Telling a good story goes a long way but I’d love to hear more about the “how,” as in what is your solution and how do you solve it. Thanks!!

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Michael,

      I like the enterprise market – businesses pay a lot to get things fixed. So I’m guessing the $15M price point says that is the market that you are going after?

      Is your solution something an enterprise deploys before they launch or something they use after launch and ongoing?

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      Excellent. I don’t know if you can build this, but I know a lot of people need it. I also don’t know of anything quite like this right now. Great one-sentence pitch.

  • AaronRoberts

    QThru is a mobile shopping platform that helps retailers get customers to the front of the line by allowing them shop, scan, get deals, and then checkout with a smartphone app.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Aaron, will this require a different mobile app for each retailer? Is the value proposition to the retailer getting people in the store or helping them transact when they are there?

      • AaronRoberts

        Our app is generic, but if someone has “faved” that retailer, the retailer will get a splash which briefly shows when someone is shopping in that store. Certainly we can work with the retailer to white label if the retailer is large enough and willing to commit. If they do, they must also commit to being apart of the QThru App.

        • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

          OK – so the goal is to get new customers into the store or to give the customer the deal?

          • AaronRoberts

            The goal is to make customers loyal by delighting them with mobile self-checkout (no lines) in grocery, and offer shoppers great deals too.

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      Aaron, you’re clearly in a hot space; there’s a ton of interest in mobile commerce. That’s the good news.
      The bad news is that with so much going on and so many competitors, you’ve really got to wow me with something that’s going to make you stand out from the crowd. There are a lot of ways to do this: it could be a unique twist on the business model or product, something about your background that makes me think you’re a surefire winner, or an early deal with a major partner that gives you credibility.
      Without that, though, it sounds like a laundry list of features that every Social/Local/Mobile company is touting, and it’s hard for me to get excited.

      • AaronRoberts

        Hi Dan, we’re doing quite well with customers so we’ll work this in.

      • http://hark.com David Aronchick

        +1 on Dan’s comments – if you do have customers already, then perhaps mentioning them in your pitch works? (QThru is a mobile shopping platform that has already helped xx retailers do yy purchases, by…)

  • Tony Mandarano

    PaidPunch lets you save on every purchase at local businesses.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Hey Tony, I like the name… tell me a little more about how – what makes it unique?

      • http://www.facebook.com/tony.mandarano Tony Mandarano

        PaidPunch creates a unique win-win between businesses and consumers where the consumer gets savings EVERY visit (no collecting points or stamps) and the business gets repeat business (because of the upfront prepayment).

  • Ian Hancock

    With people constantly stressed out and having trouble finding the perfect gift for their loved ones, iWishfor is an innovative app that allows you to save and share gift ideas with friends and family so you always give the perfect gift. Find it at iWishforapp.com!

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Hey Ian,

      there is a lot of noise in this space in competition – and a number that have failed before you. You may want to think about how you narrow the focus down to a specific launch market (that has money to spend).

      The challenge of the affiliate model is that you aren’t going to get 20-40% margin but a small percentage as a referral fee.

      Can you go after a market that has more margin to launch?

      • Ian Hancock

        The affiliate model is only a small part of our revenue model. I don’t want to give too much away but we see lots of potential in partnering with retailers to help them make better marketing decisions.

      • Ian Hancock

        We recognize that there is competition out there but we feel that the majority of apps out there are lacking in many areas and are not well designed. We also think that we are coming in at a perfect time with the interest in Pinterest etc. We have new designs coming and a website that will mirror and extend the power of the app side.

  • alishahrazad

    Companies spend $68 billion each year on long, boring computer-based training to find out how many people completed a quiz; Saltbox connects learning analytics to business outcomes.

    Ali Shahrazad (ali.shahrazad@saltbox.com). http://www.saltbox.com

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Ali,

      I think I’d go with something like “Companies spend $68B a year on online and video training all to get someone to complete a quiz, Saltbox goes past the quiz and delivers __________ with the analytics to measure business results”

      • alishahrazad

        Dave, thanks for the feedback. Saltbox is a database where learning records from any system or content can be stored (using an API), and we provide learning analytics. Our solution is content and medium agnostic, and we don’t create training. Seems like I should make that more clear. Thanks, Ali

        • http://twitter.com/enriquegodreau Enrique Godreau III

          FI mentor here…

          What’s Cool: Big Business is about Big Problems. This is a big problem.

          What’s Missing: The vision statement on your website says, “We build technology enhanced learning solutions to improve workforce performance and productivity.” Nice statement, but you are trying to do too much. Dave’s fill-in-the-blank question is a good one, driving to the real initial core of your business. Whatever you decide the core to be, make sure it’s true to your vision statement. That it’s all about workforce development and not simply technology and gadgets just because they’re there.

          • alishahrazad

            Thanks. It is important for us to stay true to our vision statement and I would agree that we are trying to do a lot, in order to solve such a big problem. Our unfair advantage to accomplish this is our first hand experience feeling the pain in large organizations (learning & development, sales, operations) coupled with our ability to execute technically.

            We feel that providing learning analytics that help companies design better learning experiences, leading to better business outcomes (like increased revenue, competence, etc) is the same thing as improving workforce performance.

            Thank you guys both for the feedback. This exercise has helped! We are very excited about our public launch coming up at devLearn in Las Vegas at the end of October!

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Looking for a little more help in pitching – here’s a 5 minute video – http://vimeo.com/16447520

  • http://twitter.com/cellartracker Eric LeVine

    CellarTracker provides rich cellar management tools for wine collectors and is THE consumer rating system for wine.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Eric, all that stands between me and a great collection is a corkscrew. If I threw that out, I’d have an awesome collection.

      I’m guessing it’s a mobile app that connects to your website?

      Is your target market only for collectors? Can you broaden the market out to enthusiast and beginners? without that the market will be tiny.

      Will you integrate with other outside data for ratings or comments.

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      Aren’t you cheating a bit by pitching a proven success like CellarTracker here? :)

      • http://twitter.com/cellartracker Eric LeVine

        Not really cheating. Just trying on a short pitch. ;-)

  • http://twitter.com/Cascadia Sherry Reynolds

    People forget 85% of what they hear in their doctors office. Health Info RX lets your doctor give you a prescription for Information Therapy and provides online health courses, taught by leading doctors and health care facilities in the US, for people newly diagnosed with chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure.

    • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

      Sherry, seems we’re running in simliar industries albeit with a different focus. How far along are you guys? Love to talk :)

      • http://twitter.com/Cascadia Sherry Reynolds

        I was a mentor for the healthcare vertical for the recent Microsoft/Techstars Accelerator (Jintronix primary co) and embedded in the Health 2.0 space. Stood up the National eHealth Collaborative a few years ago. Cofounded a couple of non-profits and 1 for profit and I am the HIMSS – Washington President elect as well as on the National eConnecting Consumers Committee and 3 different health IT advisory boards so already doing so already out doing customer validation and partnership dev.

        • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

          Great to hear. I’ll have my Alpha in three weeks and beta about a month behind that with 20 wellness chefs and nutritionists onboard. We’re about to run a crowdfunding campaign to launch the vertical’s content. Love to talk about working together. Played around healthtap at all?

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Thanks Sherry, big market, big idea. Do you see it as a mobile app – Tablet on the Dr side?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713934316 Sherry Reynolds

        Yes.. I tend to start with the big customers in mind.. VA or Kaiser for example and both are moving to mobile. In many populations more people have access to mobile than the internet so that is also a consideration. I would love to hear of anyone anyone who is delivering a course via mobile.

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      I like this. The problem resonates with me, because I always forget what the doc said and have to google it when I get home (even when it’s something simple like “don’t take this medicine with food”… or is it “make sure to take this with food”?).
      I would drop the “for people newly diagnosed…” portion. It’s great that you’re focusing early, but it’s not essential to the idea and the pitch is tighter without it.
      Instead, I would say “from a founder who…” and explain your credentials (if I recall from our meeting at the Kinect accelerator you have some relevant background).
      And an important nitpick: it’s two sentences. You can fix that by replacing the period with “, so “.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713934316 Sherry Reynolds

        Thanks Dan.. I was a mentor for the TechStars Accelerator healthcare vertical and founded the National eHealth Collaborative for the Office of the National Coordinator at HHS but can’t fathom how to include that? I also forced my teams to get their pitch down to a tweet so you would think I would be able to do the same! I watched the video someone had mentioned and added the specificity but I agree I like your version much more..
        Sorry for the delay responding I was down at the Stanford Medicine X conference this past week.

  • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

    Wellganic provides consumers with dietary restrictions an intuitive pathway to culinary freedom and personalized health through a crowdfunded e-learning platform offering adaptive and interactive video lessons by certified chefs and nutritionists.

    • Lovelletters

      Hey Caen, thanks for jumping in. Hate to break it to ya, that’s 31 words ;) In all seriousness, you do a nice job of saying what-for-whom-and how, but the general audience might just hear buzzword-buzzword- chefs- buzzword-buzzword. How about simplifying: Don’t let dietary restrictions cramp your style; with Wellganic, certified chefs and nutritionists provide you interactive video lessons to set your cuisine free!

      • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

        Just had this discussion with my PR, Marketing lead after sending this in :) Couldn’t be more timely. I guess I was approaching this more from an angel pitch perspective with business and not the consumer on the mind. That said, you just gave my consumer pitch brilliantly. What do you do as a mentor at FI?

        • Lovelletters

          Timing is everything! I am *not* a PR professional but do my best to help folks with their investor pitches having run such an org here in town in a past life. Don’t forget– angels are consumers too– and if you can’t sell to a customer you’re going to have a tough time selling to an investor!

          • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

            Clear and appreciated. I’m definitely in the mind-shift from features to benefits as we move away from building and accelerate towards packaging. Also been doing a good deal of consumer testing for this very purpose. It was that which nailed freedom within restrictions and the safety to experiment/play was the latent desire. With hopes to expand into a larger healthy lifestyle market, this trending market seemed a clear way to gain traction as a vector of our brand to leverage the business model. I have 20 wellness chefs and nutritionists on board and am about to run a crowdfunding campaign to launch the wellganic community. Nailing down all the pitches and angles as Alpha approaches now, so, again, timing is everything ;)

          • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

            @Lovelletters:disqus had to run away to the mountains and volunteer this weekend. Thought about the pitch. How’s this?

            “Don’t let dietary restrictions limit your adventure; with Wellganic, chefs and nutritionists answer your requests and create interactive video lessons that set your cuisine free!”

            I think it evident this is our launch target pitch, with grander vision to support. Go big or go home yes, but the plan is to start small and echo while giving us room to diversify the brand later.

  • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

    Love the engagement on here! Well done, Founder Institute! Hope you’re well Lovelletters! Good to see you’re everywhere.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kikareem.hunter Ki Kareem Hunter

    It’s NBA.com… for rec leagues! HoopFigures is a global network of fully-automated league management websites that IS the NBA.com for non-professional leagues, creating powerful community interaction and involvement with a real-life fantasy basketball twist for the amateur and/or casual player.

    • Lovelletters

      Thanks! Very clear. Sounds a bit like
      http://www.orangeslices.com/ ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/kikareem.hunter Ki Kareem Hunter

        Much different, it seems. Whereas orangeslices seems to be geared towards team management, Hf is focused on league management. And different from all others in the space bc where they all focus on league mgmt, Hf fully-automates mgmt leaving league owners to focus on community engagement through a variety of built-in features (most automated as well).

  • http://twitter.com/aprkim April Kim

    ChattingCat is a platform that connects non-native speakers who want to express their thoughts in English to native speakers who want to help, so that when the connection is made, non-native speakers get instant correction of their written
    English.

    • Lovelletters

      Hi April– thanks for the submission, and love the impetus behind the business. It’s a huge market but a crowded space, with others such as yongopal (now
      http://wanderwith.us/) struggling to find a place and make money there. If this is a mechanical turk style app, how do you ensure the quality of the tutors?

      • http://twitter.com/aprkim April Kim

        Thanks for the clear focus! ChattingCat ensures quality by testing tutors before pairing them with students. And, students can rate the tutors as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodney.stearns.16 Rodney Stearns

    TextNoMore is an innovative mobile application that saves two lives everytime it’s activated while providing much needed funding to high schools around the country.

    • Lovelletters

      Wow, bold claims! No one could argue about the implied benefit here….and I’ll bite. Usually I ask folks to tell me about the benefits, not the features (focus on impact, vs bells and whistles), but with this pitch I’m struggling to understand what the features actually are. How does your app raise $ for high schools? And how can you back up the claim that it saves lives? I hope it does– I would cheer you.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rodney.stearns.16 Rodney Stearns

    A SafeWayHOME is the worlds first 24 hour degsignated driver mobile application that provides users with 3 degsignated drivers, and a 24 hour taxi service that is available anywhere in North America.

    • http://hark.com David Aronchick

      Not bad – interesting idea, needs getting filled. In London, they have a free service that does this already, but North America could be a good market.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    it’s begs the question to the Unique Selling Proposition – how?

    • http://www.facebook.com/colin.hodge Colin Hodge

      Users connect (discretely) through Facebook, and can ask their trusted friends (wingmen) the scoop on cute friends or for an introduction. It’s the top way people meet offline (through people they know), and we’re using the power of the social graph to bring it online!

  • http://twitter.com/simonspaul Paul Simons

    Do you have trouble keeping up with the news and your social networks? iHear Network is a mobile app for Android that turns these feeds into your own personalized news radio station. Use the time on your commute to and from home to listen to the news you want to hear.

    • Lovelletters

      Hi Paul! I have the unfair advantage of having heard iterations of your pitch before, but a little extra on the “how” would be great. Is the “news we want to hear” in fact curated by our social graph? Or does the app just read me my twitter feed? Or both? :)

      • http://twitter.com/simonspaul Paul Simons

        Thanks Rebecca! Right now you have the option of listening to the following: Twitter, Twitter Lists, Facebook, Read-It-Later, and topic based news channels that we have put together (Business, Tech News, Sports, etc.). I will try to work this into a better “how” statement.

        • Lovelletters

          Got it. I find when you support a number of features and don’t have time to list them all in your pitch, you can demonstrate some breadth by using the ‘book-end’ approach: from Twitter Lists to Read-It-Later we narrate the news stream from your social graph. Cheers!

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Brad, I’ve seen a couple of these – it’s sounds like a Non Profit, vs a for profit. Is that the case?

  • Noah Spitzer-Williams

    Highlight Hunter is an app that helps camera owners quickly find the highlights in their videos and share them with friends. http://www.highlighthunter.com

    • Lovelletters

      Hey, Noah! Great to see a UW “Sweet 16″ biz plan competition team in the mix! Reminds me a bit of another UW biz plan idea…vholdr, which became twenty20 which is now
      http://contour.com/ …and another UW biz plan competition finalist
      http://www.feralmotion.com/ Let’s face it, we’re Huskies and we like sports videos. So for the benefit of the GeekWire readership…tell us what makes Highlight Hunter special!

      • Noah Spitzer-Williams

        Hey Rebecca! We’re good friends with the Contour guys and Feral Motion, and proud to be tackling sports video with them.

        Let’s face it, few people enjoy spending an afternoon editing video. You’d rather be outside on your next adventure! Most of us have hours of footage sitting on our computers that we’ve never touched.

        What makes Highlight Hunter special is that we’ve come up with a simple, clever technique to save camera owners hours of editing time: record like you normally do, but after something cool happens, cover the camera lens with your hand for 1 second. Drop your footage into Highlight Hunter and it will create a set of highlights for you, one for each time you covered the lens. Review each one, save it as a smaller clip or share it up to Facebook.

        Highlight Hunter is easier to use than fumbling with physical buttons on the camera, 8 times faster than searching for highlights manually, and it works with any digital camera. GoPro’s own video producers have been using it for several months, saving an average of 6 hours of editing time per single-day event.

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      This is nice but too vague – I need to know what you’re doing (and does it work yet). Is this image recognition? Crowdsourced quality metrics? How are you finding highlights?

      • Noah Spitzer-Williams

        It’s really simple actually. Record like you normally do, but after something cool happens, cover the camera lens with your hand for 1 second. Drop your footage into Highlight Hunter and it will create a set of highlights for you, one for each time you covered the lens. Review each one, save it as a smaller clip or share it up to Facebook.

        GoPro’s own video producers have been using it for several months, saving an average of 6 hours of editing time per single-day event.

    • http://hark.com David Aronchick

      Cool concept, but worries me that it’s just a feature. Why wouldn’t the built in camera, or camera+ just do that? Seems like it’d be just one button – “candidate hero image”. Great new UX though, very smart.

      • Noah Spitzer-Williams

        To be clear, we aren’t tackling the iPhone video scenario. We’re after wearable sports cameras like Contour and GoPro because the videos are longer and the highlights are unexpected.

        End-users don’t think of it as a feature. They think of it as “now I feel good about buying that camera because I’ll actually do something with the footage.”

        Megapixels and GPS are irrelevant if users can’t easily find the content they care about.

        • http://hark.com David Aronchick

          Ah, I see, so it’s a post processing thing (regardless of the camera source). Great feature – but now it feels like a feature of Picasa/Windows Live Photo/etc.

  • http://twitter.com/urgravity Ron Miller

    URgravity is a cloud and mobile service offering consumers discovery of health and wellness patterns; it uses pedometers, digital scales, blood pressure and glucose meter information to identify and recommend changes to get you on your way to a healthy lifestyle.

    • Lovelletters

      Hey Ron! I enjoyed your pitch at Startup Weekend but what I have to say was the most compelling aspect was interoperability. We are all addicted to devices, and too many of them, so the idea of a central dashboard holds some appeal. If that is still centric to your value proposition I’d recommend promoting the simplicity of the interface and the ease of integration.

      • http://twitter.com/urgravity Ron Miller

        Hi Rebecca,
        Thanks for the as usual great advice. I’m working that in now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/abdulle.abdinur Abdulle Abdinur

    Traderrs is B2B social ecommerce platform that enables Buyers and Suppliers to be more engaging and interactive with each other so that meaning full long term business relationship is formed.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Abdulle, this is one of those that means a lot to you – because you are close to it, but may not to your audience based on familiarity . Buyers are businesses?

      Is it that “Traderrs” allows businesses to discover and source products through 1,000′s of suppliers, but unlike the price only platforms we use social tools to build credibility and long term relationships”

      Even then, I’m not sure how that is different then alibaba.com vendor rankings. Are you a tool that works on other commerce platforms or do you want to be both?

  • David Whitlock

    Circletime
    Kids introduces children to the sights, sounds and tastes of world cultures
    through fun, engaging interactive experiences, helping them explore the world
    and their own unique cultural stories. http://www.circletimekids.com

    • Lovelletters

      Hi David– thanks for your submission! I’m lucky enough to have been introduced to your site before, and note that in the above, unfortunately phrases like “multicultural library” are missing. When I visit your site I actually have a much clearer vision of exactly how you engage the community. Bottom line, I’d suggest you get more specific and use some of this powerful language from your site– it actually paints a much clearer picture of the usage scenario.

    • Forrest

      And tastes, really? Ah, I see you have recipes… you got my click!

  • K C

    SyncBeat is a user-driven entertainment marketplace connecting the artists, professionals, and fans for collaborations by posting gigs, networking and socializing, creating events, as well as selling tickets and merchandise.

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      Sounds hellishly difficult, as if you’re simultaneously building myspace, ticketmaster, and a bunch of startups that do parts of what you do. I can’t get excited about this unless you give me something magical that makes me believe (see my note to Aaron above for examples).

      • K C

        I see where you’re coming from. How about:
        SyncBeat is where users can organize entertainment-related job hiring process, media, and events; making it accessible for artists, professionals, and fans to find resources on the web systematically.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daviddcferguson David Ferguson

    Gibberin is a spoken messaging service combining the richness of voice with the convenience of texting; recipients hear your voice with all its passion, pace and emotion, just tap, talk, send. http://www.gibberin.com

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      cool idea, I use voice to text now. Will it be sending a wav file and do I need the app on the receiving end as well?

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      So it’s… voicemail? Email with sound attachments? Your pitch is aspirational but I need something more functional to have a sense of whether it’s interesting or not.

      • http://www.facebook.com/daviddcferguson David Ferguson

        Similar to voicemail without the awkward interface and with additional functionality such as gibbering a group, easy reply, collaboration, retention of messages. The inspiration for Gibberin was a desire to quickly and easily speak a thought I want to communicate and deliver to a contact with one tap of their image on a mobile device, though we support more than mobile now.
        We use the term ‘spoken messaging’ to indicate it is something new and to avoid negative associations with legacy voice mail experience. How to imply this in 30 words or less remains a challenge.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Nice! how do I access the data as I wonder around the wine store?

    • http://twitter.com/cellartracker Eric LeVine

      Right now your best bet is to use a 3rd party partner app called Cor.kz for wandering. In addition, I will soon have a smartphone optimized version of the site.

  • Eric Jain

    Zenobase.com is a Twitter for data; collect and aggregate time series data, including
    measurements with units, geolocations, tags, links and ratings!

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Thanks Eric. Can you tell me what market you’re going to serve?

      • Eric Jain

        Markets:

        1. People doing self-tracking (see e.g. quantifiedself.com) and whose data doesn’t fit into existing, specialized tracking tools (such as WeightWatchers.com).

        2. Companies looking for a SaaS solution to build a specialized self-tracking service (e.g. for their WiFi weight scale or similar gadget).

        3. Organizations that need to publish any kind of time-series data (e.g. waiting times, traffic incidences) or do collaborative data collection (e.g. trail conditions, Sasquatch sightings).

  • personify_it

    Personify is a social volunteering marketplace that lets you discover how you can help out anywhere you are.

    And how about a video pitch: http://vimeo.com/38106307

    • Lovelletters

      Hey Chuks! Thanks for the submission. I have to say I like the way you encapsulate this on your site: “Personify lets you quickly discover volunteer and social good opportunities happening around you, and real actions you can take to volunteer your time towards a greater good.” It’s a bit more concrete and specificity is good– you want to both capture our imaginations and help us wrap our brains around a use case scenario. I’d suggest you revert back to your website description! It’s good!

      • personify_it

        Thanks, Rebeca! That’s our elevator pitch! Ok, here it is:

        Personify lets you quickly discover volunteer and social good opportunities happening around you, and real actions you can take to volunteer your time towards a greater good.

      • ChuksOnwuneme

        Thanks Rebecca. Not sure why my comments are not showing up. if this shows up, then yes –that is the elevator pitch:

        “Personify lets you quickly discover volunteer and social good opportunities happening around you, and real actions you can take to volunteer your time towards a greater good.”

        And ofcourse the website: http://personify.it
        Mobile apps also coming up.

        • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

          Chuks, I just checked and some of your earlier posts were getting caught in the Disqus spam filter. Drop me or John a note if you run into any other issues getting your comments to show.

  • http://twitter.com/earthbongo earthbongo

    earthbongo is a social media tool that helps businesses tell their story of corporate good and engages employees around sustainability and corporate citizenship, creating a vibrant workplace and healthier planet. http://www.earthbongo.com

    • Lovelletters

      Hi Barry, Stephanie and team! Thanks so much for submitting. I have a special place in my heart for organizations that are doing well by doing good. It’s really inspiring to see a startup “gamifying” corporate social responsibility, and selfishly, it would be great to learn more about what you bring to the party above and beyond well-publicized (somewhat inter-company competitive) workplace giving campaigns like Artsfund and United Way. Would you consider yourselves an “ingredient brand” powering such initiatives? Are they competition? Or are you focusing on giving to smaller non-profits that don’t have such significant operations? Site is looking great. Best of luck to you all!!

      • http://twitter.com/earthbongo earthbongo

        Rebecca! Hello, this is Stephanie. Thanks for your comment. We took the 30 word limit seriously. Let’s give it a go again, this time stating the problem we solve:

        71% of American workers are disengaged, and companies flounder tracking their corporate social responsibility. earthbongo leverages social media to solve these problems to create a vibrant workplace and healthier planet.

        earthbongo’s enterprise software addresses employee engagement at mid-sized companies by making their CSR programs come alive. Our competitors are generally geared toward multi-national companies, but the mid-sized operation is not well served. None allow for harvesting data across social media platforms to inform Talent Managers what employees are doing that supports their values, and our it’s clearly something they want. earthbongo is a C-suite reporting tool that engages employees around the company’s brand.

        • http://hark.com David Aronchick

          I would argue the 30 word limit is a wonderful tool for crafting your message, and you should still be able to get everything you need in there. EarthBongo empowers small and midsized companies to give back, by rewarding their employees for things they do that highlight the company’s core values. (that’s not right but you get the idea)

          • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

            +1 – complex is easy, simple is hard

    • http://www.danshapiro.com/blog Dan Shapiro

      I don’t understand why companies need a specialized tool to tell environmental messages. Wouldn’t you use whatever your general purpose social media tool is for this?

  • Lovelletters

    Hey Brad, I see you’re a finalist for NWEN’s First Look Forum. Congrats! You and Chuks (personify.it) should talk!! See his submission above if you haven’t already crossed paths.

    • http://www.facebook.com/bwilke Brad Wilke

      Thanks! Will do. And I’m definitely looking forward to NWEN next month…fingers crossed!

  • Amol

    PatentCloud is a Bigdata Platform that helps lawyers and anyone interested in patents to detect trends and mine anomalies on active and abandoned patents using custom dashboards, analytics and reporting

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Hi Amol, nice discovery from last night’s discussion at Perkins. The problem is there, the question is how many people are looking for the solution?

      • Amol

        Hi Dave, this is not a discovery from yesterday. I have been discussing the idea with legal firms and patent search companies for quite some time now. I think there might be others interested also like legalzoom or google. But I agree that the masses may or may not want to purchase subscriptions for this right away

  • Gigamoon

    Gigamoon.com matches exclusive moonlighting engineers with
    tech startups

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      The pitch here looks like a number of job sites. After looking at the site I’d integrate part of your headline and make it something like

      “Gigamoon matches kick-ass engineers with tech startups for equity – deliverables guaranteed documents included”

      You’ll need to educate your customer to what % of equity and the docs to do so, but give a look to http://fi.co/contents/fast as advisor docs.

  • Praerit

    Symform is disrupting
    the cloud storage and backup market with a distributed, crowdsourced model that
    fundamentally changes the way people and cloud applications store, access and backup data by
    leveraging existing Internet resources all over the world and reducing dependency on expensive centralized data centers.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Praerit,

      when I think of storage I think of datacenters and companies, when I think of crowdsourcing I think of tasks that need to be completed. Based on the pitch I would say you are serving consumers, not businesses?

      is it “Symform aggregates underutilized data center capacity and sells that cloud backup and storage capacity to consumers at a discount”?

  • Forrest

    Radar Love Rings point the way to your sweetheart without the need to pick up a phone, and their style ensures that even the most tech-resistant partner will want one!

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Hi Forrest, I’m not sure if it’s a Ring or an App? can you clarify what it is and how it works?

      • Forrest

        Sure! A Radar Love Ring is just an actual piece of jewelry, until you pair it with another RLR… The rings now point the way to each other, helping the wearers to meet up.

        The first iteration will be linked to a background app via bluetooth – very much like the MetaWatch: your phone stays in your pocket (providing the gps & directional support). All interaction is provided through your natural body movement and visual feedback from the ring itself.

        • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

          very clever. Is it currently a product? If so, make sure you state that – vs aspirational.

  • http://geekwire.com Todd Bishop

    Great thread, keep it going! We’ve been having a couple issues with the Disqus spam filter, but if anyone has problems getting their comments to show, just email me (todd@geekwire.com) and we’ll get it resolved.

    • Noah Spitzer-Williams

      This is super fun :-)

  • http://zenvestment.com/ Zenvestment

    Zenvestment.com: become your own hedge fund.

  • http://twitter.com/SeattleMcCarthy Kevin McCarthy

    Likester has tracked over a billion Facebook Likes from over ten million people, and we’ve built a powerful Facebook Ads platform allowing the marketers to leverage all of that data to their advantage.

    • http://twitter.com/espelienjb Joel Espelien

      How is this different from Facebook itself? Is this really a standalone idea?

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.wilcox2 Travis Wilcox

    Manfoodom’s ™ (Man-food-kingdom) purpose is to provide
    all men an intuitive mobile application that is focused on solving the often
    weak appeal that traditional food apps have on men by enabling them to learn,
    create, record, share and enjoy manly dishes from an engaging community driven
    platform design to encourage men to cook their way to King status.

    • http://www.facebook.com/travis.wilcox2 Travis Wilcox

      Sorry didn’t see the word count limit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.wilcox2 Travis Wilcox

    Manfoodom app solves the weak appeal food apps have on men by using
    a community base to encourage men to cook by providing features to learn,
    create, and share dishes.

    • http://twitter.com/espelienjb Joel Espelien

      Like the unique twist of a food app for men. However, the “encourage men to cook” sounds both a little limited.

      • http://www.facebook.com/travis.wilcox2 Travis Wilcox

        If Manfoodom was to succeed in the the future I would ideally solve this weakness by launching a comparable version targeted at Women “Queenfoodom”.

        • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/travis-wilcox/16/857/4b4 Travis Wilcox

          @Lovelletters: Hi Rebecca, I wanted to ask since you’re
          the only
          female judge, are there any opinions or thoughts
          you have on Manfoodom regarding its gender specific
          market. What are your thoughts on possibly having
          versions for both genders in the same application?
          An example would be like how Angry Birds
          includes seasonal versions build into the
          application as a whole.

          Thanks in advance for any feedback!

          • Lovelletters

            Thanks, Travis. Have to admit I tend to focus a lot less on gender and more on use case scenario, as I think the latter may more clearly suggest your go-to-market strategy.
            I have a couple disconnects with your general pitch.
            (1) Historically, more men than women have dominated the upper echelons of chef-dom (Julia Childs was an absolute ground-breaker in her day).
            (2) What group has the most affinity? (a) Dudes because they’re dudes? or (b) Single parents who are crazy busy, tapped out for meal ideas for their kids, and need some inspiration? Scenario b is not defined by gender. I’m not saying that’s your market but I have a hard time wrapping my brain around a pitch without a use-case scenario.

            And, full disclosure– not sure my own gender will be particularly helpful or unhelpful with respect to evaluating your pitch. For example, I just judged a company at Startup Weekend whose goal was to help women fake their way through sports conversations at the water cooler. I score that one high on the specificity of the use case scenario, but low on the personal appeal factor (as I know a hell of a lot more about sports than my husband does or cares to).

            Bottom line, show me a compelling value proposition and use case scenario for your target market and I’ll be hooked. :)

          • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/travis-wilcox/16/857/4b4 Travis Wilcox

            1: You make a very good point over the dominance men

            hold in the world of
            professional cooking. Manfoodom would address this by providing a categorized
            UI for all skill levels along with ranking and difficulty ratings that apply to every dish uploaded.
            Example: I love BBQ, so naturally I cook more BBQ than anything else; in
            addition, I have special techniques that only I use among my friends. Manfoodom
            would allow me to upload my BBQ recipe into the BBQ category as short videos, or
            pictures followed by notes and a difficulty
            rating of my choosing. Once uploaded the recipe can then be shared to
            either select friends or the entire Manfoodom kingdom where
            it can be voted on by difficulty and ranked by quality and originality either in its own
            category or in all categories. The intended affect is to encourage men to cook
            by giving user a fun platform to learn from friends and share their own unique
            food creations. Providing and rewarding a community that is based on competitiveness and recognition of outstanding
            food creations would be the key
            factor in encouraging men
            to continue using the Manfoodom app.

            2: Manfoodom would be organized and equipped with
            features that would make
            it a valuable tool for many use
            case scenarios. Without a complete and comprehensive understanding of the intended UI UX and all features included
            it is hard to
            convey an all encompassing explanation on
            how Manfoodom can be applied to all
            its possible use case scenarios. With that said here is a couple of good examples
            on how Manfoodom can come in handy in times of need.

            “DATE PANIC”: The Date Panic feature aims at taking away
            the anxiety of making
            a romantic meal for that special lady. Panicked men would have access to a list
            of commonly used romantic meals that are pre-suggest by the community or
            previously used by friends. The key is to provide easy to
            prep and cook dish’s
            that are romantic in fashion.

            “SURPRISE ME”: This feature is based on technology that provides recipes based
            on what’s available in your fridge at
            the time. The twist is that results would be pulled from recipe data across the Manfoodom kingdom, thus providing
            relevant recipes in respects to the intended audience (men).

            I hope these examples have clarified some of the concerns regarding use case
            scenarios and their respective intended targeted audience.

            Thank you again for your help and criticism!

          • Alyssa Royse

            I am going to respectfully agree and disagree with Rebecca (who knows I adore her.) Everything she said about go-to-market and defining actual user cases is spot on, of course. However, when you’re marketing lifestyle things to a market that needs it, but doesn’t currently use it, or even know thy need it, gender can be a pretty powerful force. There will always be outliers, but they’re not your market anyway.

            Men may dominate professional cookery – largely because of historical gender divides and other hidden issues of male privilege – but they don’t dominate domestic cookery. A lot of this, I think, has to do with societal gender messaging that cooking is “woman’s work.” I think most men feel about as comfortable watching cooking shows or surfing cooking sites as they do at Victoria’s Secret or in the waiting room og an ob/ gyn office.

            I would totally tailor this to men, and then map out your sub categories by goal: busy dad, dude trying to get laid, college guy trying to not gain the freshman 20, etc….. Nailing that, as it were, also opens you up to countless partnering opportunities in terms of events / contests / promotions etc…. And, frankly, would do a world of good in breaking down some useless gender stereotypes.

            I have spent a lot of time looking at how gender stereotypes impact lifestyle choices and commerce – granted, my exact field is a little different (and routinely thought of as “men’s domain,”) but the basic principles still apply.

            (Yes, Rebecca, we’re coming.) ;)

          • Lovelletters

            Excellent points, Alyssa! I stated that aspect of my case a bit too strongly so am glad you put a finer point on it. Gender can be necessary but not sufficient in such cases as a way to define a market need. I tend to have a visceral reaction to statements implying women don’t know anything about sports, or men don’t know anything about cooking (which is generally not the intent of such pitches but can be the impact nonetheless). User experiences tailored to a specific demographic– and psychographic– can be highly effective and provoke equally visceral (and often positive) reactions.

          • Lovelletters

            @98cef3506db6a1ed7366abafc37426ac:disqus and I look forward to seeing you 10/23 of course! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Timothy.O.McLaughlin Timothy McLaughlin

    Meet, Compete and Win by playing in MatchPlayNetwork’s initial offering at Match-Play-Golf.com; growing the game of golf and bringing joy to golfers, across the nation and the world!

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Hey Timothy,

      Most of the audience you addressing won’t know what match play is, so you may need some additional explanation – or make it more generic. Like a lot of pitches here, in a sentence, lean toward the how.

      Match-Play-Golf.com’s site and mobile app connects golfers with on-demand and planned 1:1 golf competitions for players at any level and any location.

  • http://hark.com David Aronchick

    This is helpful (why do so many restaurant web sites suck?!?) but you shouldn’t start with the technology, start with the user benefit. Hardest part will be the last mile – getting people to know about your platform.

    • http://twitter.com/ggier Georgia Gier

      Thanks for the great advice, David! Is this version a little better?

      Portals allows businesses and consumers with no programming or design experience to easily create an online presence that is automatically optimized for all devices – such as smartphones, tablets, and desktops – through an online HTML5 application and website builder.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tony.mandarano Tony Mandarano

    That sounds pretty good Dan! Thank you for the input!

  • http://www.facebook.com/travis.wilcox2 Travis Wilcox

    BarTopia™ simplifies
    your night out by providing mobile users bar data including specials and menu
    prices the instant you walk in; Furthermore, Users would have the option to
    chat, send and receive drinks.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Travis,

      I like the other idea better, mostly because hyperlocal marketing has become such a crowded space – 1. without a finical model and 2. so much money flowed into the daily deal vertical over the last couple of year. Even if you had a great killer app it would be hard to get funded.

      That said, something similar will happen in the future.

      • Guest

        Dave, I agree that this is a crowded
        and overdone business model, even if I have feature that set me apart it may
        not be enough to be a sustainable model in the long run. That being said I
        still think there is room to grow in terms of hyperlocal type apps; moreover, with new trending tech such as NFC
        (Near Field Communication) and AR
        (Augmented Reality) tech being used more often in mobile apps I believe there may be a way
        that BarTopia can utilize some of these technologies in an engaging way that
        users and bars can enjoy and benefit from. BarTopia’s revenue model may be
        slightly more complexed than other similar apps but the room for possible growth
        in my opinion is high. On the down side I would say compared to my other idea
        BarTopia would require more participation on three accounts, 1. Users 2. Bars
        3. Point of Sale systems in bars – (Optional – to accomplish sending drinks to friends).
        Thanks again for your feedback and criticism.

        • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/travis-wilcox/16/857/4b4 Travis Wilcox

          Wow, not sure how this happened, thought I was logged in. Sorry about the mess up there.

      • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/travis-wilcox/16/857/4b4 Travis Wilcox

        Dave, I agree that this is a crowded and overdone business model, even if I have features that set me apart it may not be enough to be a
        sustainable model in the long run. That being said I still think there is room to grow in terms of hyperlocal type apps; moreover, with
        new trending tech such as NFC (Near Field Communication) and AR (Augmented Reality) tech being used more often in mobile apps I believe there may be a way that BarTopia can utilize some of these technologies in an engaging way that users and bars can enjoy and benefit from. BarTopia’s revenue model may be slightly more complexed than other similar apps but the room for possible growth in my opinion is high. On the down side I would say compared to my other idea BarTopia would require more participation on three accounts, 1. Users 2. Bars 3. Point of Sale systems in bars – (Optional – to accomplish sending drinks to friends). Thanks again for your feedback and criticism.

  • http://twitter.com/WebPercent WebPercent

    WebPercent
    develops and administers a standardized digital literacy test, covering over 10
    technology areas, that helps professionals and students learn critical skills
    for living in a digital society. http://webpercent.com

  • Solomon Kula

    I’ll genetically engineer miniature pot-bellied rhinos for pets and sell diamond-plate wainscoting on the side.

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Solomon, can you have the miniature pot-bellied rhinos deliver the diamond plated wainscoting?

  • BrianW

    WebPercent
    develops and administers a standardized digital literacy test, covering over 10
    technology areas, that helps professionals and students learn critical skills
    for living in a digital society. http://webpercent.com

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Brian, cool idea. Do you see the people who take the test paying for it? Is it free so that you can generate leads to online courses (or referrals to partners) that are paid? I’ll give the test a look as well, but the thing that strikes me first is how to acquire customers – and what you do with them after the complete the test.

      • http://webpercent.com/ Brian W

        Hi Dave; 2 revenue streams: 1) teachers would pay for a set number of students to take assessment – I have several teachers evaluating the system right now; 2) each section is scored separately so based on how they do, we would surface “offers” – I would work with other tech providers to either do a revenue split, referral fee or a straight paid sponsorship.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Othmane, it’s a big idea. Tell me more of the how? e.g. are you going to aggregate twitter feed information via # tags? How do you get the traffic

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Liz, like some other threads here, hyperlocal is a tough market for a number or reasons – 1. cost of customer acquisition (merchants) is expensive, 2. what % of the sale you can take is small and 3. when you talk about buying from local merchants, it will sound like a deal site (even if it’s not).

    Narrow the focus (don’t worry about the world yet). What is unique about your idea and pitch that you can differentiate from other hyperlocal commerce companies?

    • http://twitter.com/PiecesOfThere PiecesOfThere

      You are totally right Dave. Thank you for this feedback! I have been going back and forth on whether the site should be about buying from local merchants in your favorite places even if you are far away from that place (a site for immigrants for example) – or to be a best of the best site (for example, all the local things that make nantucket special can be found on the site and shipped – targeted to transients).

      The unique part is that there is not a site out on the market with a drop ship model. Also other sites that claim to be “buy local” sites, like ebay’s buy local site, will include merchants that are not “local merchants” (but corporate retailers) when a user searches by place.

      I realize I will have to start with one market location at first. Seattle, Portland, or my hometown of nantucket are on the list. Basically because the customer acquisition wold be easier for me with these locations (however, I realize it will still take time to build a database of merchants and their products). I question if the branding at first would need to reflect this.

      As for the transaction fee %, isn’t it always low for ecommerce in general? At least in the beginning until you can charge a list fee too…?

      3rd – I never realized that the term “buy local” or “local merchant” would sound like a deal site, but it makes sense with Groupons popularity. I will put more time into researching this!

      Thanks again :)

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    good idea. A couple of thoughts on the pitch.

    Changing peoples (customers) definitions is an expensive marketing effort, it’s likely easier to create a new word for it that you can drive to (product name?). It also risks sounding “buzzy” to the customer or investor.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Application deadline for the Founder Institute is Sunday night at Midnight – go to http://www.fi.co/apply/101

  • Greg Ringelstetter

    We provide total peace of mind for every remodeling project with a secure escrow service for homeowners and contractors in an annual 200 billion dollar industry (just one of 12 identified revenue streams).

    • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

      Hey Greg, can you include the how you do it as well as what is unique? How will you acquire customers (do you lead with the consumer or the contractors)?

      BTW, 12 revenue streams will be viewed as a bad thing until you proof out the first and most viable.

      • Greg

        Fair enough. I lead with contractors, followed by the consumer. The escrow will be the main staple of the site, but each stream will also make the site a must for both the contractor and the customer.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    The deadline to complete the pitches is 9PM tonight, Saturday.

    If you’ve received feedback that helps clarify your pitch, take a few minutes to update the pitch for final judging.

    @DaveParkerSEA

  • Swatee Surve

    Wellness Junkie creates mobile digital pet games for women 25-50 that are emotionally connected experiences that inspire sustainable behavior change towards healthier lifestyles or improved disease management.

  • http://twitter.com/DaveParkerSEA Dave Parker

    Thanks to everyone for submitting your pitch. We’ll be doing the judging and announcing the winner early next week via GeekWire!

    • http://www.facebook.com/caen.contee Caen Contee

      Ran away to the hills for the weekend and game back to check out all the pitches. Always learn so much in these sessions while hearing people go at it. Thanks again for doing this! Any and all feel free to reach out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dirck.schou Dirck T Schou Jr

    By putting the mobile user at the center of the universe,
    Seattle-based software company Taqtile Mobility empowers brands to connect
    directly with their target customers in a way that is personal, useful and
    relevant thereby maintaining strong ties to brand advocates, and gaining
    traction with new customers.

  • http://zenvestment.com/ Zenvestment

    Thanks for the feedback. You’re right, maybe we shall avoid the term ‘hedge fund’.

    Here’s a reviser version:

    Zenvesment is a new concetp for investing in the Stock Market. It aims to combine the peace of mind of mutual funds, the performance potential of cutting-edge quantitative methods, and the independence of individual investors.

  • http://teardowns.com/ Brian Hickey

    teardowns.com makes the transaction for “land-valued” property (teardowns and renovation opportunities) more efficient and convenient by giving buyers and sellers of the property type an opportunity to connect directly or through the use of an agent.

  • John Thompson

    Found this company as well. Just started using for our education seminars.

    9Slides is a cloud based repository that
    allows businesses, schools and consumers to capture slides & video recorded
    presentations and share that interactive personalized experience online anytime,
    anywhere, on any device including desktops, smartphones and tablets in a secure
    way without downloading any app or special hardware or software.

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