Posts tagged startups
Posts tagged startups
By Dave McLaughlin, CEO & Co-Founder of Vsnap
Vsnap is a seed-funded startup approaching our A Round. We are looking for a high-energy, hands-on CTO / VP Engineering to take the lead on this fast-moving opportunity.
This is a key position and will have strong equity participation. We need the kind of highly curious technology leader who is resourceful enough to solve any problem, creative enough to architect and code, and has the developer charm to recruit and inspire a high-impact team.
This is a critical hire for us — right now we’re six people, and we expect to triple in size in the next 12 months. We are in Boston, and that’s where this hire needs to be. We have strong momentum — we just closed our first six-figure deal with a Fortune 500 firm and I have a pipeline of similar opportunities.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The last company I co-founded was acquired by PayPal — and I see a much bigger vision for Vsnap!
If you don’t know Vsnap, here’s what we do:
Vsnap makes it easy for people in Sales & Account Management to send and track quick one-to-one video messages. We believe that people in customer-facing roles need an easy tool to bring warmth and attentiveness into their customer interactions. That’s how you rise above the noise of today’s business environment.
Our little video messages do this really well — in fact, when you vsnap your customers, they take action up to 41% more than when you email them.
If you are interested in learning more, awesome! Please reach out to me directly. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and of course I will respect the confidentiality of our conversation, whatever the outcome. I look forward to hearing your perspective on all the interesting, hard problems we need to solve!
Extra points for people who actually vsnap me to introduce themselves. Your perspective is worth a whole lot more if you’ve actually tried our product in its current state.
Also, I announced yesterday my 5% Founder’s Promise: I committed myself to setting aside a portion of my own future earnings from Vsnap specifically to invest in startups founded by people who have worked for Vsnap. So if you’re looking for a next role that’s a stepping stone to starting your own company, this could be a great fit for you. I am in love with anything that helps me empower and support our team members — even beyond the life of this company.
One more thing — you need to know that Vsnap is a belief-based company and that our values are non-negotiable. They are:
Be human. Smile. Breathe. Say what you love.
Only help. Never ever just add noise. Like, ever.
Be a doer. Action is character.
Protect Simplicity. And it will protect you.
Make colleagues and customers feel special. They will never forget how you make them feel.
Celebrate questions. They are the doorways to discovery.
Those simple statements are the tent poles of the culture we’re building. I talk more about why values are so important in this video. If none of this resonates with you, then there’s probably no point in us talking.
For recruiters: I respect what you do, but I’m not interested in hearing from you regarding this opportunity. There will be a day when I need your help. Not now though. Thanks.
By Dave McLaughlin, CEO & Co-Founder of Vsnap
This blog post is a formal promise from me, as CEO and Co-Founder here at Vsnap, to everybody who works for Vsnap at any time during the life of this company.
My promise is this:
I will put five percent of whatever money I make when we exit this company into a fund to make seed investments in companies started by people who have worked for Vsnap. I’ll hold those dollars for this purpose for five years or until they’re fully deployed, whichever comes first.
I’m calling this the 5% Founder’s Promise.
My thinking here is simple. I believe that business is a team sport, and I see it as my job to bring on amazing people, then to empower and support them in attacking huge goals. With this open promise, I am committing myself to extend that even beyond the life of the company.
Truth be told, it’s an easy promise to make because, for me, the part of startup life that I find most gratifying is seeing the people around me become stronger in their skills and more confident in their convictions. I genuinely love that. The idea of continuing those connections into the future and trying to serve those friends in an ongoing way, well that’s actually what I want.
I’m not obligating myself to invest in anything that any ex-Vsnap employee wants to fiddle with. You will need to have an opportunity I can get my head around. And I’ll need to know from our time together in the trenches that you are an absolute Doer.
But all of this is a ways off, and Vsnap is still early in its life – so why make this promise right now?
Well, because we have a bunch of hiring coming up, and I want everyone to know that, at Vsnap…
…we live our Values!
If you work with me, I want you to have absolute clarity about the values that define our culture. This promise is about putting those values into action, and making it crystal clear that they aren’t just a set of bullets on a slide somewhere.
…we have High Expectations!
If you are looking at an opportunity with Vsnap and you aren’t sure what level of expectation we have for our team, well now you know. Don’t apply for a job here unless you are ready to embrace high expectations. That’s part of our commitment to one another.
Time will tell whether my five percent is a lot of money or not so much. We have a pretty massive vision, so I believe it will be. But whatever that amount is, those dollars will be there to help Vsnap team members launch their dreams. I hope other people are half as excited about this as I am! Let me know what you think in the comments, or tweet at me at @davemacboston.
And to other Founders, I want to say that the 5% Founder’s Promise is not a proprietary idea. Please feel free to make it yourself. I think that would be amazing!
By Dave McLaughlin, CEO & Co-Founder at Vsnap
Last week we had our BREW Boston event, Enterprise Sales for Startups. We have learned so much in the area of working with large companies and we wanted to share that knowledge with other small, disruptive companies. We invited some fantastic sales leaders to share their wisdom in an intimate discussion, and I’ve put together a short video with what, for me, were the key takeaways that any startup should be mindful of as they begin working with large enterprises.
By Trish Fontanilla, VP of Community & Customer Experience at Vsnap
(Updated 10/30 - the fully bolded teams are the final 26)
The MassChallenge Startup Showcase is just around the corner (Wednesday, July 31, 2013). If you haven’t been to the showcase before, it’s an incredible way to get to know the new startups in the accelerator (most of the 128 will be there!). If you have been to the showcase, there is one fun new addition. In partnership with sponsor Fish & Richardson, there’ll be a spin on Shark Tank with, you guessed it - Fish Tank. A few chosen finalists will be pitching live to some Boston celebrity judges.
Don’t know any of the companies? Well you’re in luck. Below are the Twitter pitches for the MC startups, with the exception of the ones that are in stealth. There’s also a Click to Tweet link at the end of each pitch so you can share the info with your friends and community. Spread the love, these startups deserve it.
I also wanted to take a moment to give a shout out to my fellow Alumni-in-Residence Alain Ferry (RaceMenu), Ashok Chander (Cellanyx Diagnostics), Derek Kaknes (Prime Student Loan), Jackie Thong (Ubiqi Health), Jeff Durso (Native Brain), Jon Friedman (Freight Farms), Mike Raybman (TripReactor), Sarah Biller (Capital Market Exchange), and Tish Scolnik (GRIT). If you see them, ask how their companies are doing too!
See ya there!
3dim (High Tech) USA - MA, 3dim brings you freedom to gesture in 3D to your phone, tablet or smart glasses. Without a screen or without occluding, you’re in control.
99Degrees Custom (General) USA - MA, @99Custom manufactures build-to-order apparel for the me-commerce market and is built to empower the workforce in Lawrence and Lowell. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Acsendo (High Tech) Colombia, Acsendo helps midsize companies to enter into the HR world, offering them a solution on the cloud that is extremely easy to set-up and use. Click here to tweet this pitch!
AMS-Qi (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - MA, AMS-Qi improves electricity generation. We enable more efficient coal & biofuel burn, reduced boiler outage & reduced pollutant emission. Click here to tweet this pitch!
AutoPump (Social Impact) Nepal, Not public at this time
Autowale (General) India, Not public at this time
B.B.R. Medical Innovations, Inc. (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - NH, With disruptive tech. that prevents potentially lethal hospital infections, B.B.R. Medical is improving the quality and cost of healthcare. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Beantown Bedding, LLC (General) USA - MA, Bedsox Laundry-Free Linens® are biodegradable bed sheets that can be used for weeks and discarded in trash or compost. No washing! Click here to tweet this pitch!
Bit Harmonics (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - MA, Not public at this time
Calista Therapeutics (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - RI, Calista Therapeutics is developing proprietary drugs for Cystic Fibrosis that are 12 months from IND enablement and cliinical trials. Click here to tweet this pitch!
CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals will enable “on-demand” manufacturing of pharmaceuticals with advantages in lead time, quality, and cost. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Develatech (Energy / Clean Tech) Kenya, Develatech provides efficient stove technology to the 3 billion people cooking on open fires, saving lives and reducing deforestation. Click here to tweet this pitch!
DrinkSavvy (Social Impact) USA - MA, DrinkSavvy aims to eradicate drug-aided date rape with a constant self-monitoring cup or straw that change color if one’s drink is roofied. Click here to tweet this pitch!
DS Labs Inc (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, DS Labs presents a new technology that gives mothers unprecedented freedom, enabling discreet breast pumping anytime, anywhere. Click here to tweet this pitch!
EdFolio (Social Impact) USA - MA, Not public at this time
Elegant Therapeutics (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, They help pharmaceutical companies accelerate drug discovery by automating experimentation on small model organisms.
Energy Intelligence (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - MA, Energy Intelligence is developing the first economical roadbased energy harvesting system for use at commercial sites with steady traffic. Click here to tweet this pitch!
EyeDoll Chatter (General) USA - GA, EyeDoll Chatter is a new, all-natural interactive makeup line for teens and young women. Girls can share their creations via the iPhone app. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Footnote Inc. (General) USA - MA, Footnote collaborates with scholars to translate complex academic research into engaging, accessible content for a mainstream audience. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Gentoo (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA,The InfuGo is a light compression vest designed to safely manage infusion equipment on the patient’s body, improving their quality of life. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Global Village Fruits, Inc. (General) USA - MA, Global Village Fruits builds agricultural supply chains and introduces new wonderfruits to the US market, beginning with India’s jackfruit. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Good-Benefits, Inc. (Social Impact) USA - MA, @GoodBenefits invented the “401k for charity” that makes employee giving programs painless to run & engaging to join. Giving is now a perk. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Green City Growers (Social Impact) USA - MA, We transform unused space into thriving urban farms, providing our clients with access to quality food, while revitalizing city landscapes. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Greenvolved (High Tech) Israel, Greenvolved is an evolution of crowdfunding for environmental projects that lets individuals and corporations to co-operate for our planet. Click here to tweet this pitch!
HackCriticalCare (HCC) (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA Not public at this time.
Hemova Medical (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MD, Hemova improves clinical outcomes for ESRD patients with a vascular access solution that is safer, more robust and anatomically neutral. Click here to tweet this pitch!
INRFOOD (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - NC, You don’t need a PhD to understand what’s in your food. @INRFOOD is a food GPS that personalizes and simplifies diet and nutrition. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Integrative Enzymatics INC (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - NM, Integrative Enzymatics has developed a proprietary method of designing pharmaceuticals. Our flagship patented drug treats diabetes. Click here to tweet this pitch!
iQuartic Inc (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, iQ Analytics enable providers to optimize non-fee-for-service by mining clinical data for cost control and quality improvement opportunities. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Likelii (General) USA - MA, Not public at this time
Little Sparrows Technologies (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, Little Sparrows Technologies makes low-cost, power-adaptable phototherapy devices to cure babies with jaundice in low resource areas. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Loci Controls (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - MA, Loci Controls maximizes revenue for landfill gas to energy projects by using wireless sensors to monitor & control gas collection. Click here to tweet this pitch!
LTG Exam Preparation Platform (Social Impact) USA - MA, LTG is a tech-education company developing a self-learning platform for iOS devices to enable students to study for standardized tests. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Mariwear (General) USA - MA, Mariwear: a new, innovative line of women’s apparel designed to enable a woman to get out of her bra, get comfortable but still feel dressed. Click here to tweet this pitch!
MCast Analytics (General) USA - MA, MCast Analytics provides the missing link that enables retailers to understand their customers’ behavior across online and offline worlds. Click here to tweet this pitch!
MobiStine (Healthcare / Life Sciences) Palestinian Authority, Do you care about your pregnant relative? We do care too; MobiStine provides trusted healthcare apps for new parents for better healthy life. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Mofin Technologies (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, Mofin Technologies provides mobile tools to help people collaborate and motivate each other toward improved wellness and peace of mind. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Monkey in the Middle Apps (High Tech) USA - CO, Monkey In The Middle Apps replaces paper worksheets with fun, educational apps for middle school students. @PlayLearnRepeat Click here to tweet this pitch!
moWoza (General) South Africa Not public at this time
Neural Analytics (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - CA We offer a noninvasive solution for measuring intracranial pressure that currently requires a neurosurgeon to drill a hole into your skull. Click here to tweet this pitch!
NoMos (General) Not public at this time
Nyopoly (General) USA - MA, With Nyopoly, negotiate your personal price on current trends and designer brands. Get what you love, every day, at a price you want to pay! Click here to tweet this pitch!
Plexx (Social Impact) USA - MA, Plexx is a mobile skill-building marketplace for youth without a degree to learn skills, anytime, anyplace, get a job, and launch a career. Click here to tweet this pitch!
PRISNA, LLC (General) USA - MA, Not public at this time.
ProcessPrime (High Tech) USA - MA, Process Prime provides effortless ERP for small manufactuerers, allowing hobbyists to be manufatuerers and manufateruers to be successful. Click here to tweet this pitch!
QMedic (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, QMedic’s wearable sensing platform enables your loved ones to age at home with dignity, while keeping them connected, healthy, and safe. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Quad Technologies LLC (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, Quad Technologies’ unique dissolvable hydrogel enables cost effective and robust consumables for biologics purification and cell separation. Click here to tweet this pitch!
RailPod (High Tech) USA - MA, RailPod - Robotics technology for safer and more efficient railroad track inspections.
Raja Systems (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - MA, Raja Systems lowers energy costs in isolated microgrids around the world through the use of real time weather and load data. Click here to tweet this pitch!
reNature, Inc. (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - AZ, Not public at this time
School Yourself (Social Impact) USA - MA, School Yourself is using technology to make even the most challenging math and science concepts come alive with engaging, hands-on content. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Sensible Baby (High Tech) USA - MA, Sensible Baby uses sensor-based technology to provide parents the peace of mind they need to know that their child is sleeping safely. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Sensulin, LLC (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - OK, Sensulin may be the 1st 24hr insulin for type I/II diabetes, which will improve compliance, and give patients a chance at a normal life. Click here to tweet this pitch!
SitterCycle, LLC (Social Impact) USA - MA, The first online social learning platform where caregivers teach each other to provide quality care and advance their careers. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Spire (General) USA - MA, Spire: The future of higher education. Available now in Africa.
Student Success Academy (Social Impact) USA - TX, SSA pairs high school students with university students across the nation for personalized guidance in college, career, and life. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Switch - Remote Control Things (High Tech) Germany, Not public at this time
Sword & Plough: Repurposed for a Purpose (Social Impact) USA - CO, Sword & Plough is a quadruple bottom line bag company that works with veterans to repurpose military surplus fabric into stylish bags. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Symp Solutions (General) Not public at this time.
Tab. (High Tech) USA - MA, Not public at this time
Thompson SCI (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - NH, Thompson SCI is commercializing a patented device based therapy to preserve neurologic function in patients who suffer spinal cord injuries.
Tripzon (High Tech) USA - MA, Tripzon™ is the first travel packaging platform for planning + booking complex trips. Users can finally create great trips all in one place! Click here to tweet this pitch!
UltraCell Insulation (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - NH, Our patented advanced cellulose insulation gives us a performance edge in a rapidly growing $400M market, while costing less to produce. Click here to tweet this pitch!
UPower (Energy / Clean Tech) USA - MA, The always-on, carbon-free, container-size and recyclable MW size nano-nuclear battery, which lasts for 12 years without refueling.
Vecoy Nanomedicines (Healthcare / Life Sciences) Israel, Vecoy Nanomedicines develops patent pending virUSA - traps for the treatment of HIV/AIDS and other viral infections. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Veraquel Technologies Inc. (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, Veraquel is transforming the purification of peptide drugs at discovery and large-scale manufacturing scales. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Verbal Applications (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, Verbal bridges the communications gap between patients and their caregivers through a tablet-driven cloud-based platform. Click here to tweet this pitch!
WaveGuide (Healthcare / Life Sciences) USA - MA, WaveGuide makes a handheld nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer (u-NMR) for the low cost rapid detection of diseases. Click here to tweet this pitch!
Wedubox.com - Legency SAS (Social Impact) Colombia, Wedubox the revolution of online education in spanish, 1,800 professors in 3 months. Working directly with teachers and small universities. Click here to tweet this pitch!
WomenLEAD, Inc (High Tech) USA - MA, WomenLEAD revolutionizing mentoring with an online personal advisory board platform designed to accelerate women’s advancement as Leaders. Click here to tweet this pitch!