Here are the 10 finalists for Vator Splash LA!

Steven Loeb · May 30, 2013 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/2fb7

Don't forget to vote for your favorite startup on Thursday night!

The day we've all been waiting for is finally here! That's right, Vator Splash LA is happening tonight!

We here at Vator have got 10 great startups on deck who are anxiously waiting to present to you! They were chosen through two rigourous voting rounds, including an online popular and judges' voting round, from some 100 startups. Later today, they will begin to take the stage to pitch their companies to some of the top tech VCs in California and win prizes worth more than $25,000, plus sit-down meetings with five top VCs.

At the event, there will be a People's Choice winner. To win, the startup has to have the most votes from fans. If you can't make the Splash event, be sure to check VatorNews Thursday evening (pitches start around 6:05 pm and end 8:45 pm). We'll have instructions on the code you need to text for your favorite startup!

Here are the 10 startups that will be presenting tomorrow night:

GoodFit reduces returns and increases purchase likelihood for the online retailer by accurately recommending clothing size to the e-commerce shopper based on their body shape. The platform seamlessly integrates into the e-retailer’s website through a software as a service (SaaS) model.

It utilizes machine-learning algorithms to match shoppers’ body dimensions to clothing that best suits their body shape. It determines the shopper’s body shape through five simple questions, requires no measurements, and takes under a minute to complete.  After finishing the questionnaire, shoppers receive a personalized recommendation of clothing that will fit according to their body shape and a personalized sizing chart. This allows shoppers to wisely purchase the correct size and fit. 


Stockr is a social media platform for the stock market.  By combining market data and news with two pillars of scalable networks like Facebook and LinkedIn -- authentic identity and good social technologies -- Stockr is transforming the way individual investors, industry experts and public companies connect and share what’s moving the markets. 

It provides real-time updates from people, publications & companies users follow; recommendations; 5-minute delayed quotes on companies from their curated list; customized market news; and chart and company fundamentals.

BiteMe is a multi-player creative-social-betting-video mobile platform that allows its users to create and offer any number of wildly creative bets and broadcast them worldwide via 6-second microvideo (Vine) taken from their smartphone.

They can multicast 10 or 100 bet offers of completely different events "baits", all at the same time at different odds they set, without risking more than one single bet. They also get acclaim and virtual money for judging the videos and outcomes of the bets of others.

Players control the odds, and rate each other based on how creative, successful or controversial each other are, all in a fully transparent way.

Fans.lu provides a platform for game developers to sell merchandise directly to their fans through a turnkey dedicated store.customer.com site. It uses Magento to build the stores and it also provides merchandise design, on demand manufacturing, fulfillment and store customer service.

It also offers APIs that game developers can easily plug into their games in order to interface directly with our stores.  Development of a custom software that will allow gamers to integrate their unique game characters and worlds directly onto merchandise and 3D printed models is also in the works.

Skit! allows anyone to use their latest photos, Facebook friends, or quick drawings to tell an impressive, animated story. Drag and drop background and characters, add stunning effects, animate by dragging characters, and add your own voice or soundtrack.

The Skit! Marketplace allows advertising agencies and digital rights holders to monetize branded content on touch devices in a way that uniquely engages audiences. Users will share stories of their favorite brands, such as characters from The Walking Dead.

Shop In Spa provides free, privately branded e-commerce web stores that offer real-time, peer-to-peer transactional capabilities between resorts, spas and salons and the manufacturers that supply them. SIS systems can process sales and purchase transactions, and make automatic payment disbursements in 28 countries.

The company retains 25% of every sale and reorder. Its resorts/spas market their branded stores to millions of their customers.

Tint is a self-service platform for brands to aggregate, curate, and display any social feeds (including hashtags) anywhere they want. They can display feeds from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, etc. and embed it onto any website, Facebook page, TV display, retail kiosk, or mobile app. It puts a Flipboard onto any site.

Over 13,000+ active brands were using Tint within 5 months of launch. Notable clients include: Toni Braxton, NBA, Kelly Rowland, Enrique Iglesias, NFL, Honda, Aston Martin, Williams Sonoma, Chelsea FC, Tadashi Shoji, Microsoft Bizspark, World Music Awards, Limp Bizkit, Kairos Society, Scopely, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Southern California, Krispy Kreme, The Lumineers, Verizon and Vogue.

The Dog Walking Co. is focused on solving the problem of efficiently being able to find a local trustworthy person to come into your home and take care of your pet. It  solves a problem for dog owners to find, hire and trust someone with their pet. It provides insurance and technology tools for professional dog servicers and create a simple experience for dog owners.

The company takes a 10% fee from the owner and from the professional dog servicer.

Teachmeo is an international marketplace and community where anyone who wants to learn and/or teach and skill can connect via live, one-on-one video. Teachmeo's range of learning topics is limited only by the imagination. Crochet, origami, music lessons, sign language, sushi making.... these are just a few of the countless hobbies and skills that Teachmeo will cover.

Unlike other e-learning websites that specialize in pre-recorded videos or impersonal webinars, Teachmeo provides a true one-on-one learning environment that replicates the experience of being with a teacher in the same room. This is especially helpful for teachers and students who might be separated by hundreds, or even thousands, of miles but now can meet face-to-face in the comfort of their own homes.

Runner is a Web/mobile app that allows ordinary people to make some extra money by simply transporting items along the regular commutes that they are taking anyway; "crowdshipping."

The system and method provides technological and price advantages for express shipping that customers cannot get from traditional standalone providers.

Runner also enables senders to provide star ratings and reviews of each and every 'runner' that they use, providing a further competitive incentive for quality fulfillment.  Thus, Runner even benefits from the decentralized localization of the competitive behavioral decisions for which each independent 'runner' can self-manage themselves to proivide.

What does the winner get?

At the end of the night, the judges will vote for their favorite! That startup will be the Vator Splash Winner. At the same time, the audience will vote for their favorite. That startup will become the People's Choice Award winner. Be sure to check into VatorNews to get the codes to text in your favorite startup. 

All presenting companies will receive a bottle of wine, courtesy Manifesto, plus $24,000 in services from Rackspace and a video of their presentation, plus discounts to future Vator events.

But the winner will also get:

  • A demo table at the next Splash event; Discounts to Vator events
  • Opportunity to be an online judge for the next Splash
  • Sit-down meetings with top VCs (Javelin Venture Partners, DFJ, Rustic Canyon Partners, CrossCut Ventures)
  • Two hours accounting consultation, courtesy KPMG
  • One-hour corporate, one-hour IP consultation, courtesy Wilson Sonsini.

The Splash winner also wins an Apple iPad!

Check back night to see which of these lucky startups have taken the top prizes!

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Everyone finds mobile/tablet ads extremely annoying.  The heat map studies prove that.  Ad prices on mobile/tablet is a fraction of that on PC.  As mobile usage overtakes PC usage, online ad industry may have only a few quarters to search for innovative ways to engage users before revenue growth slows significantly.

Solution:
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Product:
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Then, share with your friends via email or Facebook, or publish to YouTube directly!

Not feeling creative? Just browse through user-generated videos, and if you like a video, you don't have to start from scratch, you can just remix a story or continue a story, like magic.

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Max Woon, co-founder, previously co-founder of Xfire (acquired by Viacom/MTV for $102m in 2006).

Accelerator:
TechStars

Advisor:
Micah Baldwin, CEO, Graphicly

 


The Dog Walking Co.

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Dogwalkingco.com is the future of in-home pet services. In a $40B+ market, we plan to expand the industry by personalizing every in-home pet care need and service. 

We are focused on solving the problem of efficiently being able to find a local trustworthy person to come into your home and take care of your pet. This is currently a fragmented offline business which has not standard measure for making a decision. The Dog Walking Co. makes it easy to find a person, see why they are so good at what they do and quickly hire them. Again most people looking for a service needed it yesterday and don't have the time to figure out who is the best person to work with so we take it upon ourselves to make that process easy. 

Stockr

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Described by Forbes as "Bloomberg for the masses," Stockr is a social media platform for the stock market.  By combining market data and news with two pillars of scalable networks like Facebook and LinkedIn -- authentic identity and good social technologies -- Stockr is transforming the way individual investors, industry experts and public companies connect and share what’s moving the markets. 

No other platform provides market data and modern social tools:

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Stockr is building a community of bona fide Wall St. and industry experts, leading to information sharing and content never before available to most investors:

Pachter Profile Page

 

Companies like $NTWK are now paying Stockr to publish and communicate directly with the market:

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Teachmeo

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Teachmeo is an international marketplace and community where anyone who wants to learn and/or teach and skill can connect via live, one-on-one video. We're planning to revolutionize the way people learn & teach by becoming the largest interactive educational marketplace in the world.

Teachmeo's range of learning topics is limited only by the imagination. Crochet, origami, music lessons, sign language, sushi making.... these are just a few of the countless hobbies and skills that Teachmeo will cover.

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GoodFit

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Business Opportunity

1) The Confidence Problem

According to Just-Style, 30% of all clothes bought online are returned. 2 out of 3 shoppers state poor fit as the reason for returning. Poor fit caused an $8bn problem for US retailers in 2011 in returns and un-converted sales.

2) Growing apparel sales online

According to Retail Systems Research, the vast majority of retailers expect their online apparel sales to increase sharply in 2013. There will be a strong focus on providing a good customer experience. The top concerns stated by retailers include providing richer product details and engaging social networks.

3) Analysis of Fit Data

Inventory, planning, and design issues are big issues for retailers. There is currently no cohesive tool or method for measuring how well clothes fit actual customers. Proper planning and allocation means that retailers need to know which of their garments fit target customers.

 

Product Description

GoodFit provides accurate clothing size recommendations with a flexible and easy-to-use proprietary platform. We are currently focused on women's denim.

GoodFit utilizes machine-learning algorithms to match shoppers’ body dimensions to clothing that best suits their body shape. It determines the shopper’s body shape through five simple questions, requires no measurements, and takes under a minute to complete.  After finishing the questionnaire, shoppers receive a personalized recommendation of clothing that will fit according to their body shape and a personalized sizing chart. This allows shoppers to wisely purchase the correct size and fit. 

The GoodFit platform seamlessly integrates into a retailer's website on its product page.

 

Traction

  • Tested on hundreds of women across 20 brands. We can recommend with 90% accuracy.
  • We will be launching in Summer with one of the fastest growing denim brands in LA.
  • We are in internal trials with one of Canada's largest denim brands.

Runner

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They all want an e-commerce store but have no technology budget, are scared of inventory investment and have no way to pick pack & ship.

Three 5 Star resorts are in our Beta.

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SIS has forged strong ties with 20+ national and international manufacturers of premier health, beauty and wellness products by providing them with a unique, and low-cost competitive advantage by dramatically cutting their distribution costs.

 

 

 

fans.lu

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Artists can sell originals and fans.lu manufactures additional on demand merchandise (shirts, 3D printed figures, framed prints…etc.)

 

  • Everything merchandise wise is printed in Detroit Michigan, on demand (no inventory costs)
  • Each store is made with responsive web design (one store for multiple viewing devices) and retina ready / HD graphics.  (Almost no other e-commerce sites offer that type of tech)

Fans.lu completed the StartEngine www.startengine.com accelerator program in January, 2013.  StartEngine is the largest startup accelerator in Los Angeles, California.  Founded by Howard Marks, co-founder of Activision, and Paul Kessler, Principal and Founder of Bristol Capital Advisors, LLC.

 

Tint

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Problem: Brands invest time, effort, and capital into social media yet their content lives for about 16 seconds before it's gone. 

Brands have websites that are static and find it difficult to manually add content to interact with audiences.

Solution: Tint is a self-service platform for brands to aggregate, curate, and display any social feeds (including hashtags) anywhere they want. They can display feeds from Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, etc. and embed it onto any website, Facebook page, TV display, retail kiosk, or mobile app. We put a Flipboard onto any site.

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Tadashi Shoji 
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*Betting is real-money where legal and soft-money in other jurisdictions. And those gates are coming down! 

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Let's say you're a big American Idol fan and you just know that Contestant A is going to win.

Step One: You register on BiteMe. It's free, easy and anonymous.

Step Two: You enter a few brief details about your bet offer (who, what and when) and what odds you are offering $1 to $1, $2 to $1 etc.

Step Three: On your smartphone you make your 6-second micro video promoting your bet in any entertaining way you see fit. It can be a smack down of the competition, or why you are so smart, or why your idol is so great, or anything that is entertaining which can drum up votes for your video and winnings to your coffer.

Step Four: At outcome, your virtual currency is either transfered out of or into your account. BiteMe only makes public your upvotes, win/loss ratio, judging stature and reputation on disputes. You rise or fall on how well you create and execute.