Vestorly
est. 2013
Stage: Series A
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Elevator Pitch

Vestorly is a AI-driven content curation platform to boost engagement and business intelligence.

Aha-Moment

When we realized that content is the glue and engagement the currency of the internet. With the right content you can boost engagement by 2-3x.

Symbl.ai
est. 2018
Stage: Revenue
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We empower developers to rapidly deploy conversational intelligence in any channel and build differentiated product experiences out of natural human conversations.

Aha-Moment

Seeing developers think and build so many different conversation-driven experiences - across meetings, sales, call centers, legal, education, etc that we can enable.

Kahil Investment Group
est. 2014
Stage: Angel
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diamond are girls' best friend. we buy an sell rough diamonds, we are licensed, we have a in house gemmologist. we know and understand the business very well. and we love what we do.

Aha-Moment

when we deliver a product to client and you see a beautiful smile rising from within

Ayurnutrition
est. 2016
Stage: Other
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We empower, educate and guide people to make their wellness as their priority by choosing foods and lifestyle that nourish the mind and body, increase energy levels and decrease stress levels combining the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda with Nutrition and wellness.

Aha-Moment

Our aha moment was when our client told us that coming to us was a total game changer for them and that they have gained a lot of energy, healthy, wellness and life back after seeing us and following us recommendations.

Bullhorn
est. 2008
Stage: Revenue
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I run a branding agency. We were hired to name other companies, but didn't have a good process to do so. I wrote The Naming Book realizing that many entrepreneurs who couldn't afford to hire an agency could benefit from the process. https://www.thenamingbook.com/

Aha-Moment

Thinking about putting together a how-to video I read the other naming books and realized there was a gap in the market. There wasn't a repeatable process informed by academic research and tested in the real world.

POWER KIOSK
est. 2013
Stage: Series A
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Power Kiosk is the largest energy marketplace and rate management platform in North America. We connect buyers and suppliers of energy to secure the best plans that fit their needs.

Aha-Moment

I became a broker of energy right after graduated from my Ph.D. program in Northwestern University. What was happening in the industry was insane. The industry was old-school and fragmented. Brokers were calling the suppliers over and over all day every day. There was no synergy. Everything ran slow and inefficient. It became obvious that the energy brokerage industry needed a massive shakeup. Power Kiosk is the product of that imagination in 2012.

Xena Workwear
est. 2019
Stage: Revenue
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My name is Ana Kraft and I am the founder of Xena Workwear. We design and manufacture fashionable steel-toe boots for women in STEM. I worked in the manufacturing industry for many years and while I LOVED my job, I always HATED my clunky safety boots that made it impossible to dress professionally. The safety shoe industry has not changed in decades and so many companies still apply the "shrink it and pink it" concept where they take a men's boot, make it smaller and make it pink. This is NOT what professional women in STEM want and that is exactly why I decided to design a safety shoe that allows us to feel confident and be safe. We launched in May of 2019 and the positive feedback from women across industries was overwhelming! We sell not just a pair of boots but the feeling of confidence. Our goal is to become the go-to company for women in STEM.

Aha-Moment

After complaining for many years, discussing this topic with my engineering friends and doing a lot of research, I decided that I need to shake up this industry. I was confident that my broad engineering background and my project management skills could help me develop a product and launch this business.

Givn Goods, Co
est. 2015
Stage: Series A
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At GIVN, we make seriously good products for seriously good people - with a focus on making social impact, sustainably. Our customers have provided over 3 million days of clean water to people in need. GIVN uses recycled materials to produce its products including rPET and aluminum. GIVN is believed in by amazing investors including SOSV and Wolfpack. Product lines include GIVN Water and GIVN Apparel.

Aha-Moment

When we realized that our growth strategy is actually B2B vs B2C. The biggest value proposition, at least the one that gets givn the highest return, is the brand boost for our retailer partners.

House of Intuition
est. 2010
Stage: Bootstrapped
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House of Intuition is a metaphysical brand dedicated to to helping people along their journey of personal growth through healing, transformation and empowerment. Our mission from the start has been to help others feel hope when they feel hopeless; to feel powerful when they feel defeated; and to bring intention within when people are seeking outside of themselves.

Aha-Moment

We built House of Intuition as a spiritual detox center and people kept asking us for more tools. We listened and this has given us the opportunity to grow while staying open and non-conforming.

Savitude
est. 2016
Stage: Debt-Financed
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Elevator Pitch

For the fashion designers and merchandisers, whose framework has been the hourglass body the Savitude AI Explorer is part of a Design Management Platform that personalizes clothing designs for all body types. Unlike the status quo, our technology will ensure that customers with all nine body shapes and the four proportions will find clothes that fit and look good on the them.

Aha-Moment

I was the original founder of 2 predictive modeling companies (with IPO and $95M buy out exits), by working with domain experts in pharma. I earned an MFA in fashion design, ran my own fashion e-Commerce label and discovered fitting people was very hard, but knew I could solve it with modeling (1st Aha). We built an AI recommendation engine that deliverd +11% growth. Then we realized our AI can also "ideate design details" to create new designs, just like a fashion designer would in real life (Aha #2). Now we have AI Explorer, and can scale creativity using only images.

IntellaSense
est. 2019
Stage: Revenue
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Elevator Pitch

Stories have the ability to move people in a myriad of directions. They can move them towards a buying decision, they can move them towards activism, and they can even move them towards evangelism (product or religion). IntellaSense wants to create a portfolio of brands centered around stories that engage our intellect and our sense of belonging.

Aha-Moment

I launched The Startup Story podcast in January of 2019 to meet a desire that I had to sit with highly successful entrepreneurs to understand how their steps might be different than those who have not succeeded. I had no thought around "how big can this get." Well, in June of 2019 a listener from the UK emailed me to let me know that the show was #11 in the UK. After a bit of research I realized we were also Top 100 in the US and Australia. In that moment I started thinking about all that this brand could become.

The Digital Collective
est. 2018
Stage: Revenue
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Elevator Pitch

I'm a co-founder of a digital marketing company. We specialize in web design and creating super engaging online ad campaigns.

Aha-Moment

My aha-moment is every time I look back to where I used to be before and remind myself just how much persistence, focus, and dedication has paid off. Long-term investor mindset over all.