Splash NY Dec 2012 Finalist - Offerbus

Kristin Karaoglu · January 23, 2013 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/2cba

Check out Offerbus's presentation at Splash NY Dec 2012

Splash NY Dec 2013 finalist Offerbus provides a turnkey, easy to integrate engagement platform that combines notifications, virtual currency rewards and a digital goods redemption marketplace. Developers can use the platform to engage, incentivize, retain and, if needed, monetize users. See Plamen Petrov present on stage.

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 SF on Jan.13. Join the Splash competition here.

Here's some other testimonials: 

"Having the opportunity to demonstrate Apartment List at Vator Splash and talk about our vision to an audience of top-tier VC investors and entrepreneurs was an exciting honor. Bambi and team put on an great night of Silicon Valley networking.  We made meaningful connections At Splash as well as on Vator that are proving fruitful for our business, and winning the start up competition was icing on the cake. Thanks Bambi and team for creating a great investor and entrepreneur community and packing the house with a fantastic audience." John Kobs, CEO and co-founder of Apartment List .

"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.

Join the Splash competition here.

Image Description

Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

All author posts

Read more from our "Trends and news" series

More episodes

Related Companies, Investors, and Entrepreneurs



Joined Vator on

With 700,000 apps in both the Apple and Google Play stores, competition to get installs is fierce.  But unless you are a highly addictive game,  an even bigger challenge is getting customers to use your app after it’s installed. Brands spend millions to acquire app customers but fail to keep them engaged and active and are unable to maximize ROI.

Offerbus addresses the problem with a turnkey, easy to integrate engagement platform that combines notifications, virtual currency rewards and a digital goods redemption marketplace.  Developers can use the platform to engage, incentivize, retain and, if needed, monetize users.

Adapting a behavioral model developed by Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab, Offerbus help brands and developers seamlessly integrate an engagement fabric into their existing application experiences. Customizable, personal trigger notifications combined with a virtual currency rewards maximize engagement and retention by encouraging and rewarding habitual use.

Our platform also incentivizes the sharing of those engaging experiences across social media. This both reinforces usage (the more friends and family you have using an app, the more likely you are to retain and use it yourself) and increases free distribution opportunities giving marketers a double return on ROI.

For those developers who want to leverage our platform for monetization as well, Offerbus provides a mediated offer wall solution which brings together multiple offer providers This allows customers to shop for personalized deals and earn additional rewards.  

Competitors include Badgeville,  Pocketchange and Bunchball.  A handful of carefully selected customers are testing out or in the process of integrating our solution.  We are self-funded.


Plamen Petrov

Joined Vator on

Co-founded Mobileplay, a mobile community portal and advertising-supported network for mobile content delivery.Lead a stellar engineering team and designed a system, scalable for million+ daily users.