Nimbler won the Startup of Month at March 16th Pitch Demo Day organized by SVEntrepreneurs, one day after Silicon Valley Entrepreneurs welcomed the 9000th member! The judge panel of 6 also selected Atooma & Couplewise as runner
Nimbler, John Canfield, Founder & CEO
Atooma, Gioia Pistola, Co-founder & CMO
Couplewise.com, Gary Krane, CEO/Chief Love officer, Chief Psychologist, co-founder
“Nimbler is a mobile meta-search engine bridging the silos of local transportation choices.”
Nimbler is building meta-search for local transportation. Just like Kayak and Expedia help travelers find the best trip among many options, Nimbler will help users find the best way to get from A to B among the increasing number of transit, car sharing, limo, taxi, ride sharing, parking, and biking options.
Nimbler SF, our second product, will be released early March. It gets you from point Ato B efficiently whether by BART, Muni, AC Transit, Caltrain, bicycling, walking orcombinations of the above. Nimbler provides full point-to-point routing, real-timeupdates and advisories together in one app. Nimbler will make you faster, moreefficient, and more flexible in your daily travels in and around the city.
Founder’s Profile: John Canfield
John is passionate about solving difficult problems and improving people’s lives. John previously was Senior Director, Global Fraud & Risk Management at eBay where he delivered major reductions in fraud through account security, verification, detection, and business process innovations. Prior to eBay, he held senior product management and marketing roles for web and VXML products at Zip2 and iHello. John was a principal software engineer at DEC and a researcher at Toshiba’s lab in Kawasaki, Japan. He holds a Masters and Bachelors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT, and an MBA from Stanford.
Gioia Pistola is the CMO and cof of Atooma. She met Francesca Romano, the CEO and UX Designer of the company, in Italy at InnovAction Lab, the first startup program in the Country. Her education shifted from Technologies of Communication to Economics and Marketing, and her job experiences relied on Community management for international Brands (Telco and Consumer Goods) and Project management in big companies in mobile industry and VC funded startups. Social Media, innovation, mobile technologies, community management, growth hacking stand as her favorite keywords.
Other co-founder: Fabrizio Cialdea, CTO and Andrea Meriggioli, Chief Creative Officer
Angelist Profile: https://angel.co/atooma
Google developers channel review:
Message from Founder:
“It has been a great opportunity to challenge ourselves in a very high level pitch arena, and this acknowledgment as Startup of the Month (runner) give us the right energy and confidence to keep on pushing and exploiting the silicon valley network. Now we are looking for valuable relationships that can help our business to succeed and SVE is doing a great part of this job.”
“We are looking for a local professional who can help us building relationship and manage our community, both online and offline. Additionally we are looking for relevant advisors and ambassadors who loves Atooma and can enhance our visibility and grow the network effect.”
Download Atooma from the Play Store.
Couplewise.com, in MVP (working to improve its UI and UX), is a relationship management and enrichment website that provides a robust set of tools to enable couples, at any stage of their development, at any state of their satisfaction to optimize their relationship. Couplewise.com does this by drawing on:
• The best science on long-lasting, happy marriages and committed relationships
• The best therapeutic practices used to save and revitalize relationships
• The wisdom of other couples, deployed via web 2.0 technology
• A treasure chest of easy-to-use, customizable, and eventually algorithmically recommended and gamified (in a unique way) interactive tools, even if one mate is not highly motivated
Couplewise.com gives couples highly personalized, innovative, engaging, ongoing and scalable interactive tools to enable them to do the following:
• Identify in a non-critical manner the root cause of each partner’s frustration or unhappiness,
• Motivate their partner if their partner is reluctant to participate
• Learn how to better empathize with each other and replace arguing with better conflict resolution skills
• Make and keep doable behavior or action agreements
• Have more fun and play together despite “having no time for play and fun”
• Know each other much more deeply and understand each other’s childhood wounds
• and more (eg. eventually link to other couples to better achieve these objectives and other objectives that help society and the planet
Marketed not only directly to consumers, but through health insurance, large employer, Religious organizations, and therapists themselves, Couplewise.com will be pioneering the next step in the Internet Revolution, moving from from our obsession with large quantities of relationships to using technology instead for what truly increases human happiness–the quality of our most important relationships, especially our most important adult relationship. All of Krane’s own post tax profits will be going to address the other main non biological cause of unhappiness.
Founder’s Profile: Gary Krane
Gary Krane PhD, the presenter and Chief Psychologist and Content officer, was a former founder and head of a successful investigative documentary production company, author of the first book to crowd source reality games for workaholic couples, and developed a reality TV series that was taken by Disney that became a successful multi year program.
Message from Founder:
“If you want to help, 1) please see our cofounder and job openings below in case you know anyone (ideal for anyone who’s been deeply touched by unhappy marriage or divorce), and ideally, spread the word to potential seed funders, and 2) please spread the word to couples you know (happy and unhappy, since all relationships can be better) that we are offering $400-500 in services and possible cash for up to 10 more couples willing to give us up to 60 min total, for a usability study who can do this by March 27. First come first served. ContactGary@couplewise.com and put “couples wanted” and your city in subject box, with contact info and years together in body of email.”
Cofounder and Intern Position Openings:
Additional Experienced PT Rubyist (15-20hr ok; America or Canada based preferred);
American Senior Ruby Tech adviser ( CTO option)–anywhere USA
COO, and Sr VP Biz Dev: Prefer people who besides having the requisite skills, have good contacts with seed or angel investors
Gamification designer or adviser,
Social Media Director or Assoc (Intern welcome)
Psych-oriented usability and QA tester,
Psych Research Director (Grad, PhD thesis candidate, or Intern with fast track to director title)
Marriage Therapist adviser (must be experienced couple therapist)
To Apply: Jobs@couplewise, and in sub line: specify position, city you are in and in body
provide your personal motivation, any special contacts, relevant experience, and attach resume. Be sure to always include all contact info and city in your sig.
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