SmarterD fundamentally transforms how enterprises make strategic IT decisions.SmarterD is creating a technology platform that will help revolutionize how your company or enterprise makes IT decisions. When it comes to IT strategic planning, it can be a struggle that often leads to hiring consultants to help, which can be costly. SmarterD offers a cloud-based SaaS solution to your IT concerns. Their platform “...integrates and correlates a company's internal data, external market data, and artificial intelligence and analytics to make recommendations and guide companies in making smart decisions that best support their business objectives.” Their product, Enterprise IT Edge, has three components that work together to create a digital roadmap of your enterprise, bring in relevant external market data, and utilize advanced algorithms and AI to guide decisions and provide recommendations. SmarterD customers include Barnes and Noble, and they forecast being cash flow positive in less than 30 months. Plus, they have a major partner with over 200 potential customers that’s already invested $500,000.
The affordable way to search, find & communicate with an incarcerated loved one.Pigeonly is “the leader in providing families with easy to use, low-cost inmate communication services.” Through their platform, users can use their mobile phone, tablet, or computer to search and find inmates, and then send them printed photos, letters, greeting cards, postcards, or even online articles. Pigeonly also provides a low cost VoIP phone solution for prison phone calls, using their proprietary technology Haystac™. So far, they’ve connected over 100,000 prison inmates on their platform; they’ve secured $5M in VC funding from Silicon Valley investors; they have over 10,000 active users; and they support every Federal, State, and County jail in the US, which is over 17,000 facilities. They’ve also saved families over $8MM in phone fees, and they’re earning over $175,000 in monthly revenue, with an expected 50% increase in daily subscribers and revenue for 2018.
A mobile platform modernizing the barbershop experiencetheCut is a mobile platform that’s here to disrupt the $5M barbershop industry and modernize the barbershop experience. theCut is for both clients and barbers, and it’s an app that easy to use. Barbers simply create a profile with their services, location, hours, haircut photos, and banking information. Clients can then search the app to discover talented and trusted barbers. Once they find one they like, they can book through the app -- as well as pay, tip, and post a review. So far, theCut has over 100,000 users, including 90,000 in the past nine months, and they’re growing 27% MoM. They’ve booked over 450,000 appointments, facilitated over $9M worth of haircuts, and have barbers in 48 states, plus Puerto Rico and Canada, using the app. theCut is here to improve and change what it means to go to the barbershop -- and make sure you end up lookin’ good.
YayWay: The Trusted Social Network.Anyone Media Network is here to offer a new type of social media. A safer, more trustworthy, and innovative social media. Called YayWay, this social media platform is a way for fans and their favorite celebrities to connect in a more genuine, trusted, and legitimate way. Founded by musician and industry executive Charles Simmons, YayWay provides fans with a “one-stop shop” for all their favorite influencer’s music, concert tickets, products, videos, bios -- you name it. Now, you don’t have to worry about going to ten different sites to try and track down the information you’re looking for. Plus, you can trust YayWay. They only deal with real influencers and celebrities, making sure that these people and their fans have direct connection. In fact, YayWay believes they are the only social media app out there that currently protects fans from someone scamming or pretending to be a celebrity. With YayWay, they hope to change the future of what communication looks like and build a world with better -- and more genuine -- media.
Service App for Fast & Easy Car Repairs.CAKNOW is the app you need when it comes to taking care of your car. As they put it, they offer “hassle-free auto repairs at the tap of an app.” Their app is a free, real-time auto service bidding platform designed for all car owners. Simply open the app, tap your needs, and CAKNOW connects you with a list of local auto mechanics who bid for your business. You then have the freedom and ability to select the service, availability, and price that works best for you. Payment goes through the app as well. CAKNOW also provides same-day delivery auto parts to auto shops to help cut down on repair times and offers diagnostic tools and online forums for car owners to learn more about their cars and services needed. Right now, CAKNOW is serving the Los Angeles and Orange County markets, and they plan to continue expanding into the rest of California before growing nationally. They’re the only auto app out there that provides instant quotes from competing shops, and they might be just what your car -- or your local auto shop -- needs to keep on driving.
Match + Alexa meets Hitch, only smarter... and funnier.IceBrkr is the new dating app that’s going to change the face of online dating. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to help build users build meaningful rapport and plan the perfect dates for their matches. IceBrkr doesn’t just break the ice when it comes to helping you meet that special someone -- it provides on-demand, expert dating advice the whole time, too, helping with everything from building a profile and chatting advice to date recommendations. IceBrkr’s focus on improving communication through technology is what sets them apart from all the other online matchmakers. Each piece of technology built for IceBrkr is created with the purpose of making people better communicators while empowering them to build meaningful relationships. So far, they’ve spent zero money on marketing but have been featured on NBC Rhode Island, Fox Boston, Boston Innovators, and several other media outlets. IceBrkr is here to break the ice -- and revolutionize how we use technology to communicate and date.
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