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Chris Caceres · October 6, 2009 · Short URL: and The Funded present you Juice Pitcher event live via Ustream and The Funded have partnered to host "Juice Pitcher," a unique event to find and present the most promising early-stage startups. 

Unlike other gatherings where presenting companies are chosen by a select few judges, we launched an open peer-voting system, whereby the 10 presenting companies were chosen based on peer voting as well as input from Adeo Ressi, The Funded founding member, and Bambi Francisco, founder and CEO of

After a three-week contest akin to an open casting call, the Juice Pitcher competition attracted 132 companies and more than 3,000 votes were cast. 

We won't announce the top 10 presenters until this evening. But they are among the top 20 vote-getters. 

Here are the top 20 companies that won the popular vote. RentCycle, Spreezio, Qless, IDniti, Thumbtack, dSpot, TribeVibe, HearPlanet, GadgetTrak, UMapper, Nomadesk, Viralogy, Cloudmach, Webvanta, WhichBox Media, Amplified Analytics, Giftventure, Network Hippo and Educator.

Tune in here to watch the startups present along with keynote speakers like Aaron Patzer of and Munjal Shah of who will share advice with entrepreneurs, live from San Francisco.  We'll also be hosting an episode of Juice Box, a live version of our popular show, VatorBox. 

The show airs tonight from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm PST.  See you here.

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Try one of our demos by calling 877-4-0-LINES877-4-0-LINES  (877-405-4637877-405-4637 ) . More information available at .


We conservatively estimate the total available market for QLess at over $36billion/year. 2+ years of each American life lost waiting represents 6.9% of the average work-life expectancy, or $936 billion of the GDP lost yearly that could be reclaimed with QLess, an independent validation of the tremendous value of solving the waiting problem.




>       Enables customers to join a line remotely.Join “virtual waitlists” by calling or text-messaging from their cell phones,by instant-messaging (IM), or through the Web.

>       Gives consumers room to roam.Pursue whatever activities they want, wherever they wish, while QLess holds their place in line

>       Promotes Public Health.By dispersing customers, there is less waiting in crowded environments where germs naturally spread.

>       Lets customer tweak their arrival time.Consumers can “push back” their place in line any number of minutes. Everybody else’s wait gets adjusted accordingly.

>       Plan ahead. Obtain estimated wait-times (which QLess calculates automatically, even factoring in no-shows and turn-aways along with other wait-time elements).



·        Increased customer satisfaction.Our customers have experienced a surge in positive reviews in sites such as Yelp, and these mention QLessTM.

·        Increase revenues. Allow customers to shop while they wait. American shoppers spend about $1/min while shopping at a mall.

·        Reduce no-shows by 15% to 40% & turn-aways by 75%. Freedom increases patience, and QLess acts as a digital tether to reel prospective customers into our customers' businesses when the business is ready to serve them.

·        Brings the power of web analytics to brick & mortar shops. Average wait time, customer outcomes(served vs. abandoned, ...), customer geography, customer return rates customer by customer, per wait time, day visited, time visited, employee, unprecedented visibility into what makes customers tick.  

·        Mobile Marketing. 80% to 96% of QLess users provide us with their cell phone numbers. Users can opt in to SMS &/or voice coupons, news & more.

·        Personalization. QLessTM allows customers to personalize their every interaction with each patron, keeping track of previous visits and preferences (language, …).

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·        Can be deployed anywhere lines form. No specialized software or hardware necessary. Because QLessTMis a hosted Web application, all a customer needs is a laptop, tablet or phone and an Internet connection. 

·        Learns over time.Gets smarter and smarter. Sophisticated algorithms allow QLessTM, to project increasingly accurate wait times based on real-time and historical data. QLess proved that wait time forecast accuracy predicts customer return rates. 

·        Allows simultaneous and remote viewing of the Queue. Any number of users can log on and manage the line simultaneously. Perfect for remote oversight. 

·        Environmentally Friendly. By shifting ticket generation from the physical to the virtual,companies no longer need to print tickets or keep physical pagers. 



QLess allows advertisers to reach customers:

Ø with unprecedented targeting capabilities, based on:

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o  what they are trying to do at the time of receiving the ad

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Ø at a time when they are waiting, and thus receptive to distractions;

Ø as they are entering a point of sale (e.g. retail establishment).



QLessTM has been successfully deployed at a number of award-winning restaurants, DMVs, colleges, retail stores, healthcare, transportation, and government facilities, including the City of Austin, and has freed more than 100,000 users from standing in line. QLess will be soon deployed at a number of leading facilities in the gaming, theme park and beauty industries, too.


The Team

The team includes an award-winning Ph.D. and veteran entrepreneur from MIT, Caltech and McKinsey who's already grown another company from conception to profitability, an experienced technology leader from Yahoo who has already grown a number of successful start-ups and an experienced sales team.



QLess has grown revenues by an average of 200% per year since launch. Customers range in size from small independent restaurants to T-mobile. Testimonials include:

“I think overall it’s a very good system. Customers really like it. The day we had a really long wait, everything was perfect.. On a 1 to 10 scale, I’d give it a 9. Educating people [about their wait] helps tremendously. It’s perfect, it really is.”
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“Any simpler and it would do it itself!... At our Divisional Staff meeting Sherry had some very complimentary things to say about Qless and it’s staff as well. We would like you to consider us a strong reference for your firm should you wish to provide my contact info to any potential opportunity.” –John Barker, IT Director, Motor Vehicle Registration.

QLess is a great friggen idea!
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More testimonials can be provided upon request.



 QLess has been featured in Mashable, the New York Times blog by Freakonomics authors, Nation's Restaurant News, QSR Web (Quick Service Restaurants), the American Academy of Family Physicians, Mobile Marketer, Aviation Week, Chain Store Age and blogs around the world. See for details.






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