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Retrofit is a Next-Level Fitness Solution

Fitness is a goal that many people pursue yearly, and there have been countless books, videos, diets, classes, and theories as to the best ways to lose weight.  Weight loss is a massive business with many different companies and people offering many different solutions. It is no surprise that fitness has been the focus of tech startups, many offering plans and programs first online and now available via smartphone apps of all kinds.  Retrofit is a tech startup for those pursuing weight loss goals with an available app that seeks to combine all the most effective elements of various fitness plans in one place for users to access anytime, wherever they may be.  More than just an app for individual personal enrichment, it includes solutions for employers to curb workplace obesity and includes social aspects as well. Read more »

Memrise Adds Fun to Learning Language

While there are a multitude of language-learning websites and apps available, companies are constantly adding new innovations and integrating developing software to either improve existing ones or create better ones altogether. One startup dedicated to helping users develop language-learning skills is Memrise, which takes a somewhat less rigidly academic approach, so much so that its developers claim it “makes learning languages and vocab so full of joy and life that you’ll laugh out loud.” That is certainly a lofty claim for a learning app, but it seeks to do this in several ways. Read more »

Nvite Makes Event Ticketing Easier than Ever

The event ticketing experience has understandably undergone many changes as technology has improved.  Most people now purchase tickets online either directly from a venue or through a second-party site, often on mobile device as well as PCs. For event organizers, the cost and effort of creating a site for ticket sales or hiring someone to do so typically result in a lackluster look. Not only that, but there is little one can do to encourage ticket sales, respond to potential customers, or know how well tickets are selling and to whom.  To that end, a startup called Nvite exists to make the entire process more involved, interactive, and engaging while making it even easier to work through. Not only that, but it increases customer involvement in unprecedented way while adding something of a social element through community hubs and event pages. Read more »

Finding a Roommate is Quick, Easy, and Safe with Roomi

Anyone who has ever lived in or moved to a big city understands the difficulties of not only finding a place to live, but the right people to live with in order to ensure that their new living experience will be peaceful, safe, and enjoyable. Thankfully, now there is Roomi, an app that matches roommates based on housing needs and personality. The app works for those who need to find someone who can move in and split rent as well as those moving to a city who need a new place to live. Anyone with an available space can list it on Roomi, but anyone who does must undergo a full assessment and verification before doing so. With the ability to view photos and learn a potential roommates’ like and dislikes as well as his or her personality, some have referred to Roomi as “Tinder for roommates.” Read more »

EverQuote Makes Buying Auto, Life, and Health Insurance Easier

EverQuote provides a platform for consumers to compare insurance quotes from all the major insurance companies for Auto, Life and Health insurance. EverQuote understands that their clients are on budgets and have busy lives. Who has the time to enter their information from insurance website to insurance website to find the best price? It is easy to become complacent when you already have an auto, life and health insurance policy. Read more »

SparkGig Streamlines the Search for Talent

Booking the perfect entertainment can be one of the main challenges of a child’s birthday party, a house party, a corporate event, a wedding, or any one of numerous kinds of events. Conversely, an artist or performer may be extremely gifted and simply not have the exposure or name recognition to book a gig. Fortunately for everyone involved, now there is a startup called SparkGig that helps all of this come together. Essentially, SparkGig is a platform that allows users to book talent based upon review systems and the type of event while giving people with special skills a way to utilize them and receive payment for it. In doing so, the startup ensures the best match between the host, his or her guests, and the performer. Read more »

Sideqik is Marketing for the Internet Age

Marketing in the Internet age is much different than in years past.  It is more difficult than ever to compete and make a sustainable profit with growing competition and the fast pace required to keep up in business.  Sideqik is a startup that works to alleviate the potential problems facing brands and increase sales utilizing the most effective means in modern marketing. This involves taking advantage of “influencers,” or specific key individuals and groups who have the most influence over potential buyers, rather than focusing on a target market as a whole to grow sales.  An influencer can be an individual buyer whose presence in social media, online review sites, or similar venues can impact sales more effectively than any traditional advertising campaign.  It can also include third parties, such as suppliers or manufacturers in a supply chain or those such as journalists, industry analysts, professional advisors, and the like. Read more »

Workpop Revitalizes the Employment Market

Individuals searching for jobs and companies looking to hire have their share of difficulties in the process. It can be stressful, time-consuming, and tedious, though necessary.  While the Internet has provided opportunities for tools such as job boards and postings, online application and resume submission services, and more, there is much technology can still offer.  This is where a startup called Workpop comes in. It is much more than just a resume or application that can help make the process of finding a job much easier and faster while allowing employment providers access to much more detailed and applicable information about a candidate. Read more »

EveryMove is a More Complete Health App

Startups are part of a busy marketplace, and in it there are thousands and thousands of apps that aim to affect behavior change through many different means. The reality is behavior change is very, very complicated and there is no simple solution. EveryMove is an app that unifies all of your fitness activity all in one place, then helps you build that personalized network around you to provide you with recognition and awards for being healthy. Rather than being an app that changes your behavior in an online marketplace crowded with such apps, it integrate with more fitness devices than any other app, to capture and gather information on more than 100 different activities. Plus, unlike many other fitness apps, EveryMove emphasizes social sharing so that friends and family can cheer a user on. Read more »

Beyond Pricing Makes Hosts More Money on Airbnb

photo BP_zpsmollr15c.pngBeyond Pricing optimizes rental hosts success on Airbnb and other vacation rental sites. A major problem has emerged for vacation rental hosts: how to decide the best rental prices and improve marketing strategies. There are too many factors for rental hosts to consider, thus their revenue and rental success on Airbnb’s marketplace is stagnate. Beyond Pricing solves this problem by providing a platform to help rental hosts competitively price their rentals, increasing revenue and maximizing the number of nightly rentals. Read more »