Monday, August 27, 2012

Updates from Duke startups August 2012


The following are updates from Duke alumni-led startups as of August 2012.  The alumni listed here have volunteered to give updates.  If you have an update, email hwr2@duke.edu

Aaron Aycock, 2005
Email:    aaron@cubevibe.com
Startup Name: CubeVibe
Location: Atlanta
Update:
StartupRiot Finalist
TAG Top 40 Most Innovative Companies
Enterprise 2.0 People's Choice
HR Technology Conference "Awesome New Tech"
We've launched our product and we're currently implementing a big new customer this month!
Next Milestone:
Raising money, Adding 1-2 advisors from HR Tech Space



Rachel Cook, 2006
Email:    rachel.cook@alumni.duke.edu
Startup Name: Seeds
Location: New York, NY and Nairobi, Kenya
Update:
We were recently approved by the App Store, and disbursed our first loan in Nairobi with the help of a team of Duke students and alums.  We will be taking Seeds on a 50+ stop University Tour beginning this fall at Duke, in conjunction with screenings of The Microlending Film Project, my global documentary exploring the impact of microloans on women.  Partners joining us on the University Tour include ACCION, Women's World Banking, and Investours.
Next Milestone:
Finding a co-founder, Raising money



Scott Dacko, 1993
Email:    scott@flicmob.com
Startup Name: Flicmob
Location: New York City
Update:
Flicmob.com is in limited public beta. We have 100+ filmmakers signed up to help test & refine the product.
There are two TV pilots shooting in Los Angeles & New Orleans that are launching on the platform in October. We'll make a big public push around those projects & our new original content product.
Actively looking for content to help launch - working with indie film producers, TV documentarians, web series producers, etc. Also looking for co-founders for the platform - technical & business development.
Next Milestone:
Expanding



Jason Ethier, 2010
Email:    jason@dynamo-micropower.com
Startup Name: Dynamo Micropower
Location: Boston
Update:
Proofs of concept completed under NSF SBIR Phase I grant
Won Best pitch at New Energy Symposium in NYC
Semifinalist in Mass Challenge & CTO
Full scale prototype to be completed soon
VP of Engineering to be hired in soon  (Keep an eye out for a job listing soon)
Next Milestone:
Raising money, Developing a prototype



Katie Finnegan, 2010
Email:    katie.finnegan@hukkster.com
Startup Name: Hukkster
Location: New York, NY
Update:
The start-up is currently in private beta (launched May 2012) and we are in the process of preparing for a public launch in September!  The site will be completely re branded and have a lot of new functionality, just in time for Christmas shopping!
Next Milestone:
Raising money, Expanding



Michael Gagliardi, 1989
Email:    mgagliardi@austin.rr.com
Startup Name: Jackson Electronics, LLC
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Update:
We have been shipping our first product, iRoc for iPhone, since August 2011.  We are working on several development projects including a Double DIN version of iRoc, an iPad attachment, and a telematics capability.  We are currently looking for investors to expand our distribution channel and complete developments through manufacturing.  For more information, please visit www.iRoconline.com.
Next Milestone:
Raising money, Expanding



Daisy Jing, 2010
Email:    daiserz@gmail.com
Startup Name: Perfect Beauty
Location: Los Angeles, California
Update:
Private beta, raising money
Next Milestone:
Raising money



Anne Kallus, 2007
Email:    akallus@gmail.com
Startup Name: GearListed
Location: SUNNYVALE
Update:
We're planning a beta launch 9/6. Feedback is welcome. We're also looking for sports & outdoor enthusiasts to help out with engineering & community management.

Next Milestone:
Finding a co-founder, improving engagement & monetization



Matt Koidin, 2005
Email:    mkoidin@gmail.com
Startup Name: Pocket
Location: San Francisco, CA
Update:
We closed our Series B of $5M last month with lead investor Foundation Capital along with Google Ventures and Baseline Ventures.
We're actively hiring developers and an analytics lead. See here for details: http://getpocket.com/jobs
Next Milestone:
Expanding



Jason Langheier, 2009
Email:    j@zipongo.com
Startup Name: Zipongo, Inc
Location: San Francisco, CA, USA
Update:
http://www.zipongo.com/jobs:
VP Engineering
VP Product
UX & Visual Design
Account & Project Management
Operations Manager
http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/25/zipongo-seed-round/

Next Milestone:
Expanding, Talent recruitment, National product launch, Sales to health payors and retailers




Yoav Lurie, 2005
Email:    yoav@simpleenergy.com
Startup Name: Simple Energy
Location: Boulder, CO
Update:
We're live in over 550,000 homes with two of the biggest utilities in the country (SDG&E and Pepco) and have over $1mm in YTD bookings.
Next Milestone:
Raising money



Kathryn Minshew, 2008
Email:    kmminshew@gmail.com
Startup Name: The Daily Muse
Location: New York, NY
Update:
Great - we've blown past 1M users and are moving the HQ back to New York at the end of August!
Next Milestone:
Raising money, Expanding



Colin Mutchler, 1999
Email:    colin@loudsauce.com
Startup Name: LoudSauce
Location: San Francisco
Update:
We recently reached a milestone: our crowdfunded ads have now reached over 30 million (from the $130k pledged on our platform). http://visual.ly/crowdfunded-advertising-people
After exploring the crowdfunding of ads across many media, our upcoming beta platform will be exclusively focused on collaborative video buying. We've learned that video is the sweet spot of being both emotionally compelling to funders, and operationally effective (and scalable) from the targeting and buying side.
We're raising an angel round this fall to roll out the platform and expand beyond political advocacy to include passionate supporters of film, music and maker culture.
We have a strong small team including a solid Rails developer, and would benefit from a senior product focused CTO and a social video guru with video buying experience who wants to deeply disrupt the advertising industry.
Next Milestone:
Raising money, Expanding



Griff Parker
Email:    griffparker@gmail.com
Startup Name: WellAlly, Inc.
Location: Wayne
Update:
Today’s employer offered health improvement benefits are inefficient and outdated. Traditional programming, consisting of pre-selected workplace-centric supplier combinations, does little to change unhealthy lifestyle behaviors. 
WellAlly’s is being developed to work differently. Our web-based systems enable promoting healthier lifestyle choices by Individually Designed Activity Selections  (i.e., Use 3rd party resources and integrated performance-based incentives).
We are building the team, web-based knowledge-center, analytic capabilities and delivery systems to lead a new era of delivery individualization. We are looking for IT talent to help design is how it works.

Next Milestone:
Finding a co-founder, Raising money, Developing a prototype



Dan Pollard, 1992
Email:    dan@mydrugcosts.com
Startup Name: myDrugCosts, Inc.
Location: Research Triangle Park, NC
Update:
NEEDS:
1. Growth funding
2. A strong sales and business development executive with experience selling prescription drug benefits to large employers and partners.
RECENT NEWS:
Here are some of our most recent wins in the market:
1. SEANC Selects myDrugCosts to Lower Prescription Drug Costs
RALEIGH, NC, August 15, 2012 -- The State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC) has selected myDrugCosts, a mobile software service which helps individuals save money on prescription drugs, to provide service to SEANC’s 55,000 members.
Read more http://mydrugcosts.com/2012/seanc-selects-mydrugcosts-to-lower-prescription-drug-costs/
2. myDrugCosts Selected for CED Tech Venture Conference 2012
Durham, NC CED, the Southeast’s largest entrepreneurial support organization, announced the second group of companies selected to participate in the Demo Showcase at the CED Tech Venture Conference 2012 on Sept. 11-12 at the Raleigh Convention Center.
Read more: http://mydrugcosts.com/2012/mydrugcosts-selected-for-ced-tech-venture-conference-2012/
3. Employees report saving money on prescription drugs using tool from myDrugCosts in the June 15, 2012 issue of Employee Benefit News
The preliminary results of a pilot project involving a large, self-funded employer and a new mobile application, myDrugCosts, show that 42% of employees who used the voluntary benefit reported saving money on their prescription drug costs.
Read the full article: http://ebn.benefitnews.com/news/mydrugcosts-wwl-pharmacy-costs-drugs-generics-smartphone-2725099-1.html
4. myDrugCosts Wins Best Consumer App at 2012 Health Datapalooza
WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 2012 – myDrugCosts was awarded First Place in the Consumer App category by the Health Data Initiative at its third annual Forum, The Health Datapalooza.  myDrugCosts, and its best-in-class transparency and comparison solution for lowering prescription drug costs, was presented the award by Howard Koh, MD, MPH, Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Read more: http://mydrugcosts.com/2012/mydrugcosts-wins-best-consumer-app-at-2012-health-datapalooza/
See the presentation: http://vimeo.com/44461066

Next Milestone:
Raising money, Expanding



Jason Sender, 1997
Email:    jason.sender@gmail.com
Startup Name: Innovation Logistics
Location:
Update:
We are finding it very difficult to raise funds.
Next Milestone:
Raising money



Brandon Warner, 2008
Email:    brandon@simpleregistry.com
Startup Name: SimpleRegistry
Location: Durham, NC and Cincinnati, OH
Update:
Raised a seed round in 2012 with CinciTech
Next Milestone:
Raising money, Expanding



Crick Waters, 1983, 1992
Email:    crick@alumni.duke.dedu
Startup Name: Conga
Location: Palo Alto, CA
Update:
Conga Beta is Open! 
I welcome all DukeGEN'ers to sign up and try our Social Discovery tool.
Here's a direct link with invitation code:
http://www.conga.com/signup/2-11219-0-1340684809230-025dc473f8484a909646c989414d0dfe/
About:  Conga is a social relevance platform.  We apply sophisticated algorithms to the connection data from your LinkedIn, Facebook, and other profiles.  We create a mathematical expression of you that lets us determine how well anyone might fit with you.
Do a search in Conga and we'll tell you who is likely to be the best fit for you and why.
Give it a whirl.  It works.  And there is much more to come.
Thanks,
Crick
Next Milestone:
Raising money





Evan C. Anderson 2004
Email: evan.anderson@osebergenergy.com
Startup Name: Oseberg
Location: Oklahoma City
Update:
From Seed to Growth
Over 30 Clients ranging from closely held private companies to $25B market cap public companies since going commercial 18 mos ago  
Cash Flow Positive
100% Client Retention
Next Milestone:
Identifying/Adding Tech Advisors, 300% Growth in 12 Mos, Hiring 1 Customer Success Manager, 1-2 Outside Sales Reps, & 2 Additional Developers w/ interests in predictive analytics, OCR, & GIS      



Jessica Faye Carter, 2002
Startup Name: Toour
Location: Connecticut
Update:
Mentioned in TechCrunch article on social travel
Currently in alpha
Several hundred users have signed up for our upcoming private beta
Next Milestone:
Private beta, Add a couple of advisors in travel space, raising money


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