A couple companies that I’m into:
Turf : An app from an incredible
designer from NYC, Michael Tseng, Turf is a iOS game that combines
foursquare with monopoly. You checkin to get points, buy and sell
properties, and maintain them. I’d love to see more games that take into
account a real world component like location and Turf does this well. He
has been thinking about this game for a while and its great to see this
passion project come alive over the last year. Check out the
that launched it.
Everlane : An online clothing merchandiser that
produces high quality apparel for reasonable prices. Started by my TA in
college, this site is quietly killing with awesome shirts and
accessories without the crazy markups that other brands have because of
their retail requirements. As people become more comfortable ordering
clothing online, sites like Everlane will flourish. Its still early for
them, but I can see this site doing well in the next few years.
uBeam : Wireless charging. If
this works as advertised, its going to be everywhere. Check the video:
. First done in 3 weeks (!) by two female students at Upenn. Really hope
this makes it to market!
Kinobi: Motion capture based learning. A startup
out of Startup Weekend EDU NYC, Kinobi makes it simple to create and
partake in Kinect based learning applications. Think doing yoga poses or
dance moves with the application letting you know exactly how to
position yourself. I dreamed about doing this for dance classes when I
did motion capture for games back at Carnegie Mellon. Kinobi is making
Amicus : Social outreach for non-profits.
Having worked with Habitat for Humanity for years, it was easy to tell
that even some of the best non-profits need a massive change in thinking
about how they do outreach and build an audience for their causes.
Amicus gives them a platform to do this. In the future, I envision the
platform expanding to a consumer facing platform for engaging with the
causes people care about. The founder, Seth’s, fashion taste is also
Bonus: RapGenius: A site that lets you write
definitions of lyrics. I’ve been a fan of this site for a while, as they
are an awesome example of how to do social media marketing / community
right; their readers are engaged and respond well to most things they
post. They also kill it on SEO for new tracks since they are the first
to publish lyrics for new tracks, and the definitions give you the exact
search terms that people will remember and search for. They also have