Splash SF Sept 2012 Finalist - Showbucks

Kristin Karaoglu · October 17, 2012 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/2afb

Check out Showbucks's presentation at Splash SF Sept 2012

Splash SF finalist Showbucksis a social app platform that brings  human interaction back to social apps by combining social video with social games. It develops a series of social apps on iOS and Android that allow users to play with their friends face-to-face on video.

Watch founder and CEO Michael Yuen present.

Even though success is not defined by how much money a company has raised, past Vator winners, such as ThumbtackGetableGrovo, Astrid, Udemy, and Geeklist have gone on to raise millions of dollars collectively from venerable VCs, soon after presenting.

Want to apply to get on stage at the next Splash competition? It's being held in NY on Dec. 5. Join the Splash competition here.

Here's some other testimonials: 

"The process of inviting everyone one we knew to vote for us, even before the event, was a fantastic way to build support for our company. Then presenting at Vator Splash was a blast. The short presentation style ensured the audience was engaged and the follow-up questions from the judges were on-point and constructive. At Vator Splash, I made great connections with a number of investors and had a number of follow-up meetings. We were able to raise our last round entirely from investors who discovered us from the publicity we generated from Vator Splash," said Jon Paris, CEO and founder of Astrid.

"Working with Vator, and Bambi, is a pleasure. She's really passionate about uniting great ideas with the right people. We actually tied for first in last years Vator Splash SF and as a direct result raised $150,000 from an investor who saw us pitch. TEEC Angels approached us right at the event and invested soon thereafter. Reuben Katz, CEO and founder of Geeklist.

"Vator has acted as a launchpad for my startup in terms of awareness and exposure. As a winner of a Vator competition, my startup enjoyed early traction and buzz. Vator has kept my business relevant in the minds of investors, entrepreneurs and potential employees. I've made many invaluable connections to the investor and entrepreneur community." Tim Hyer, founder and CEO, Getable

"DogVacay.com won Vator Splash LA in June 2012. The competition allowed us an opportunity to meet and pitch against some of the great Los Angeles startups and further foster our entrepreneurial community. There was such a positive energy with so many great minds providing insightful feedback throughout the night. Two paws up, Vator!"  Aaron Hirschhorn, founder & Top Dog, Dog Vacay 

"Events like Vator Splash are critical for startups to generate awareness. We were a top 10 finalist for Splash LA. It provided us with an amazing opportunity to network and gain exposure to a whole community of investors and VCs. Soon after, we raised $3M as a result of the momentum/exposure from the event and the platform in general," Peter Vogel, founder and CEO, Plink.

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Showbucks is a social app platform that brings face-to-face human interaction back to social apps by combining social video with social games.

Social video (i.e. Socialcam) and social games (i.e. Draw Something) are growing rapidly on mobile devices. However, there is no face-to-face human interation in these "social" apps. Just random video sharing and repetitive gameplay with computer graphics. These "social" apps are turning players into an army of clones.

Showbucks brings face-to-face human interaction back to social apps by combining social video with social gaming technology. We create a series of social apps on iOS and Android that allow you to play with your friends face-to-face on video.

Showbucks is incubated at the Founders Den and Turner Broadcasting's Media Camp. Our investors include Turner Broadcasting and former Chief Marketing Officer and Vice Chair of AOL. Our advisors include MC Hammer and partners of Founders Den.

Founder and CEO Michael Yuen is an award-winning entertainment and technology entrepreneur who started his career creating 3D online games for movies like The Titanic and The Fifth Element. Michael was the founder and CEO of Apptera, a speech and mobile app platform handling over 100M calls per year for Bank of America, Fandango and MovieTickets.com. Apptera was funded by Lightspeed ventures and Walden Capital.

Competitive advantage

First to market - first mobile platform to deliver social apps combining social video and social games

Experienced founder - proven serial entrepreneur who founded Apptera

Viral Growth - eveyone who downloads the app with play with 10+ friends

Advanced technology - Patent-pending asynchronous social video gaming system

Established marketing alliance -  celebrities like MC Hammer and media like Turner Broadcasting network


Michael Yuen

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Founder & CEO of Showbucks, saving human interaction