LA Tech Series


Presenting the 10 finalists for Vator Splash LA!

10 startups will be pitching their ideas to some of the top tech VCs!

Innovation series by Steven Loeb
October 2, 2014
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Vator Splash LA is finally here!  And in just a few hours, we'll find out who the winner is!

The winning company gets one-hour individual sit-down meetings with top-notch VCs, such as Javelin Venture PartnersGreycroftWavemaker PartnersShasta VenturesBaroda VenturesBullpen CapitalAnthem Venture PartnersCAA VenturesTech Coast Angels, and Rustic Canyon Partners. Plus the top 10 finalists win one year free service from Rackspace.

The overall winner receives in-kind prizes to help cut business expenses. Prizes - which are valued at $35k-plus - are one-year free subscription valued at $24k from Rackspace, an Apple iPad Mini, free engineering work valued at around $8000 from Stratpoint Technologies, two-hour tax consultation from KPMG, two-hour legal consultation fromWilson Sonsini, free services from Braintree, SendGrid, ScrubbedBread and Butter and more!

In the last four and a half years, Vator has put 165 startups on stage. Since then, they've collectively raised nearly $400 million in follow-on capital.Past Vator winners have gone on to raise $100 million in follow-on capital. Among them are RelayRidesUdemyThumbtackGetablePokitDokDogVacay, and Traxo, to name a few. We look forward to watching the progress of the next 10 we put on stage. 

At the end of the night, the judges will vote for their favorite! That startup will be the Vator Splash Winner.

Here are the startups vying to win Vator Splash LA! is an international community where people can enjoy music/videos together in a socially interactive environment.

Its customers are brands seeking a highly integrated advertising channel, artists looking to reach a wider international demographic, and digital content consumers that enjoy consuming content in a fun and engaging environment.

 The community is over 3.5 million registered users in over 190 countries.



Upside  provides a fully-automated, white label platform that helps registered investment advisors leverage technology and algorithms to advise, manage, and service clients who want next-generation investment services. 

It provides advisors with paperless account opening, portfolio selection, automated trading and rebalancing, client and advisor portals, and practice analytics in an intuitive, design-led user interface.

Console OS

Console OS allows users to run Android on a Windows PC or tablet. It is designed to run stand-alone, meaning it doesn't have the performance limitations of solutions that run inside of Windows.

It is able to toggle with Windows in as little as ten seconds, and it avoids the performance issues commonplace with competing solutions for running Android on a PC. Console OS is able to deliver full 3D graphics with technology that outperforms today's Android tablets and phones.



IUNU has developed a product that enable communities to efficiently transition to and master indoor horticulture year round, solving the core problems preventing indoor agriculture from being economical and environmentally sustainable. 

Compared to current commercial lighting systems, its proprietary Dual Plasma fixture produces 70% less heat, consumes 50% less energy, reduces water consumption, and grows superior produce.



NabThat is a  platform for people to buy or lease new cars by allowing them to create online offers that local dealerships can match or counter.

Consumer information is kept completely private from dealerships, therefore shielding car shoppers from salesmen phone calls and emails. Savings are guaranteed and an express checkout service is provided which allows consumers to have their car delivered or be in and out of a dealership within minutes instead of hours.

Overall, NabThat's platform substantially improves the efficiency of the car buying process by minimizing the amount of time it takes, maximizing consumer savings, and empowering car shoppers and dealers alike. 


Whistle allows customers to communicate with businesses via popular mobile messaging apps, such as GoogleHangouts, WhatsApp, WeChat and Viber, as well as SMS.

Whistle operates on a single web browser tab. It aggregates customer communications into a minimalistic web and mobile admin panel and allows businesses to respond or triage incoming messages via a real-time chat interface to and from the customer's preferred app.

personalRN  is a HIPAA-compliant, patient-facing mobile app to provide disease-specific information to patients and caregivers relevant to their real-time care setting. 

It includes customized education utilizing artificial intelligence algorithms that are determined by patient-specific data points and requires provider engagement and re-engagement from admission to discharge and subsequent outpatient care settings. 


AIO Robotics, Inc.

AIO Robotics is a 3D Printer company that has built an all-in-one 3D Printer, called ZEUS, that can scan, print, copy, and fax 3D objects with the touch of a button.

There are oo technical skills required, as the 3D printer is self-contained with an integrated high-speed computer and can fully be operated over an intuitive 7-inch touchscreen. ZEUS comes ready out of the box, setup time is less than 10 min.



Plantaware calls itself "the Internet of Plants." It is a Web service and modular hardware to help gardeners and farmers grow better plants with minimal efforts.

Users can download GrowCycles, whicch help growers achieve the best possible results by displaying - in sync with actual life cycle of the plant -  step by step caring instructions, trivia, suggestions, tips and alerts, delivered as text, video and pictures. These interactive events are used to help users decide what to plant, advise them of problems, and remind them of things to do in their garden or farm. 



ProGrids matches related products to content in the form of a native advertising unit. We have built a proprietary product matching technology that reads complex content and incorporates disparate signals in order to serve up the right products at the right time and to the right person.matches related products to content in the form of a native advertising unit.

It is a proprietary product matching technology that reads complex content and incorporates disparate signals in order to serve up the right products at the right time and to the right person.

Our judges include Ethan Applen (Warner Bros.),  Jules Walker (KPMG),  Robyn Ward (UTA), Eric Martineau-Fortin (White Star Capital, Mark Landay (Dynamic Synergy0, Jed Katz (Javelin Venture Partners), Brian Garrett (Crosscut Ventures)

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