Earlier today we announced the five finalists, and we are inching closer to choosing this year’s Startup of the Year. The final stage of the process? Pitching the startups to our tech titans, the judges ultimately tasked with helping us choose the winner.
Meet the Tech Titans Judging
From across the nation, these VCs had the opportunity to pick the minds of each startup:
- Jeff Clavier, Founder and Managing Partner, SoftTech VC
- Lisa Lambert, Managing Partner, The Westly Group
- Arjun Sethi, Partner, Social Capital
- Gary Shapiro, President and CEO, CTA
- Tammi Smorynski, Director, Intel Capital
- Lo Toney, Partner, GV
Klickly From Santa Monica, CA
Klickly is a data-driven impulse payment solution for social streams and mobile experiences. Their AI buy-button powers commerce in ads, emails; Klickly kills the sales funnel, allowing customers to purchase with a touch everywhere. Buy what you want, when you see it.
PodShare From Los Angeles, CA
PodShare is a dormitory style live/work community, where a membership grants you access to spaces across the city to co-live, co-work, and collaborate. They currently have 50 pods across Los Angeles and recently were the winners of the Startup Showcase Los Angeles.
CoSchedule From Fargo, ND
CoSchedule is a drag-and-drop plan, publish, and execute marketing calendar. Plan all of your content in one place, manage your workflow with one tool, and create content even more efficiently. You can also consolidate your social media, project management, marketing, and blogging tools in one place.
ShearShare From McKinney, TX
ShearShare connects salon and barbershop owners to individual beauty operators to fill unused salon suites and stations on a temporary basis, allowing salon and barbershop owners make money on their excess inventory. Licensed cosmetologists and barbers then lease suites and booths by the day. With ShearShare, licensed barbers and cosmetologists — hair stylists, makeup artists, nail technicians, estheticians, massage therapists — have the flexibility of working in a professional salon environment without committing to a long-term lease contract.
Peanut Butter From Chicago, IL
Peanut Butter helps employers offer student loan repayment as a benefit. Their technology helps companies securely create, manage, and track the impact of student loan repayment plans. The company’s team handles employee enrollment, loan verification, and coordination of payment to multiple student loan servicers. Peanut Butter also helps employers attract millennial talent by offering student loan payment as an incentive. By facilitating modest contributions to employee student loans the company can help employers reduce turnover and hiring costs and differentiate their employee value proposition. They are currently operating out of the 1871 incubator.