Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec. Pitching Event Results: Petticoats to Pharmaceuticals

December brought in a new crop of amazing Startups.

The judges were impressed with the high quality of pitches - and also the unusual variety.

As a result, we had a very tightly contested finish with 4 finalists in the shoot-out. 

FINALISTS
So.i.Heard Music  Music Education for the 21st Century   
MB Group The largest global supplier of rare African fruits that temporarily alters taste buds for chemotherapy patients and a zero-calorie sugar substitute
 
HealthMed Corp    Patent protected combination of cholesterol medication for a large long-term user base

WINNER

Jewel Toned  Unique meant-to-be-seen shape wear and eCommerce site

Rachel McReary, Jewel Toned Founder earns an appearance at the next Private Equity Forum at the Yale Club. 

We hope you will be joining us again. Our next event will be in January when we will present the best of Startupalooza presentations.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Too Old for a Job - Start a "School of Rock"!

My daughter Danielle, makes her debut in the Westchester Business Journal.

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Westchester dads open School of Rock in Mamaroneck

Tory and Vanessa Ridder stand behind their son Wolfe, 9, while watching students in the School of Rock’s performance program practice at their weekly band rehearsal. Photo by Danielle Brody
Tory and Vanessa Ridder stand behind their son Wolfe, 9, while watching students in the School of Rock’s performance program practice at their weekly band rehearsal. Photo by Danielle Brody
Fathers in the county are keeping the classics alive with a new generation of rock stars – Westchester kids.
Two childhood friends opened a new branch of the School of Rock franchise in Mamaroneck in September. With corporate backgrounds, Tory Ridder and Ned Kelly, and their business partners Steve Kennedy and Tony Reilly, are getting a taste of what it’s like to be entrepreneurs – and rock band managers.
School of Rock, a company based in suburban Chicago with more than 140 locations in eight countries, is not unlike the 2003 movie of the same name starring Jack Black as teacher to a group of student musicians. The after-school program offers school-age kids and adults private music lessons and an opportunity to join a rock band. Weekly group rehearsals are practice for the live themed rock show the students put on at the end of the season.
“It’s such a great feeling – and this ties into the business – to see the music that I grew up on inspiring the next generation and how they’re able to connect with it and use it as a way to learn music,” said Ridder, 40, of Fleetwood in Mount Vernon. “This type of program teaches kids how music was meant to be played and how the founding fathers of rock, how they did it. It’s a wonderful tool to use that music as both inspiration and teaching material for the kids.”
Continued Here (Westfair)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

November STARTUPALOOZA Discovers New Stars

Results from Nov. Startupalooza


The judges were impressed with the high quality of pitches.

As a result, we had a very tightly contested finish with 4 finalists.







FINALISTS






Advanced Neural Metrics, Inc. Frank Minella. Pain measurement software.









Milestone Sports Ltd. Jason Kaplan, CEO Free/lowcost wearable technology that keeps manufacturers and retailers in touch with their customers. 

PixelRouter Andrew James, CEO One of the first available games for the coming VR platforms.






WINNER

Congratulations to Manny Ben-Or of BrideClick the wedding advertising network.

Manny earns an appearance at the next Private Equity Forum at the Yale Club on Dec. 3rd. 

We hope you will be joining us again. Our next Startupalooza will be on December 11.




Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"Are You Fundable?" Live Presentation (Video)

Live Presentation at Entrepreneurs Group

http://bit.ly/rufundablev

bit.ly/rufundable

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

"Are You Fundable?" Slideshow

Slides from the first public presentation of Are You Fundable? are now available.



What makes a Startup fundable? How to crack the Investors code and launch a billion dollar company. 

• What are Investors secretly looking for? • Who gets money the most? • Is age a factor? • How are startups valued? What's an Idea worth? • How do you become fundable?



http://bit.ly/rufundable

Monday, October 20, 2014

Are You Fundable? - First Public Presentation Gets Rave Reviews

by Danielle Brody
Is your business fundable? Three panelists with diverse experience with startups and investing gave advice to help entrepreneurs answer this question at the Entrepreneur Small & Business Forum event on October 17. The panelists included Alan Brody, of events company Startupalooza, Alessandro Piol of AlphaPrime Investors and Tom Wisniewski of RosePaul Ventures.
First Alan Brody talked about the investor code from his new book Are You Fundable. Brody explained his hierarchy of who gets funded the most.
1. Serial entrepreneurs: This is a rare person in the startup world. Serial entrepreneurs have a track record. They’ve already started 1 or more successful companies and won’t have a hard time getting funded. One example, is Steve Jobs. When his company NeXT was on the verge of bankruptcy, he met Ross Perot at an event, they hit it off, and Perot offered him $20 million.

2. Pedigreed: This person has 5+ years expertise in their startup’s industry. They know it well, they have a product, customers and a growth market.
Story continued here.

Startupalooza Report by Danielle Brody

Report from the Event


Winner: Dino Dogan

Triberr, a brand influencer startup with high-profile clients, won the top prize at Startupalooza on October 15. The monthly event, hosted at Hive55 by CEO Alan Brody, brings investors and entrepreneurs together for quick trade-show style pitching that culminates in a pitch-off between the top startups. The winner receives an invitation worth $1,500 to a Private Equity Forum event.
Story continued here in
Judges gather





Pictures: courtesy Vikram (Sunny) Malhotra


Scores from the Event 

CREDACIOUS
Juan Gonzalez InsightMedi


The judges were impressed with the high quality of pitches.

As a result, we had a very tightly contested finish with 3 finalists and 3 runners-up in the final shoot-out.


CREDACIOUS - Credibily ranking for online reviews.


Room - Private, secure online communities.


Strutz - Consumer podiatric products










Triberr - Managing & growing the blogger spokesperson community.

Boston Biomotion - High end physical therapy device.InsightMedi Secure private sharing of medical photography and visual data.

Mike Segal with Winner Dino Dogan, Triber


InsightMedi Secure private sharing of medical photography and visual data. 

The Winner was Triberr - spokesperson community manager.
Congratulations to Dino Dogan of Triberr who earns an appearance at the next Private Equity Forum at the Yale Club.

We hope you will be joining us again.
Our next Startupalooza is on Nov. 11 at WeWork at 28th & Park.