September brings us the International Day of Peace on the 21st of the month, marking its 30th anniversary with this year’s theme of “Right of the Peoples to Peace,” which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Cartoon icon Scooby Doo, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Olympian Jesse Owens and HG Wells were all born in September. The New York Times was first published in September 1851, and Google was incorporated in 1998. And, in the words of poet Helen Hunt Jackson, “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
Fanchimp is fast and easy social media marketing for small and medium businesses. The tool integrates your favorite blogs and recommends the best content to share with your followers. The startup was founded in Santiago de Chile, South America while attending StartupChile, a six month startup incubator program run by the Chilean government.
John Courtney is founder and CEO of Endao, a platform for building Business Process Management (BPM) software that radically changes the design and deployment experience for the better. The Endao platform allows you to build powerful BPM applications quickly and cost effectively.
August brings us Dream Day on the 28th, inspired by the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech from 1963. IBM unveiled its first Personal Computer this month in 1981. The 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton; chef and TV star Julia Child; The Star Spangled Banner lyricist Francis Scott Key; and professional wrestler Hulk Hogan were all born in August. And in the words of singer, songwriter Garth Brooks, “That smell of freshly cut grass makes me think of Friday night football in high school. The cutting of the grass reminds me of the August practice.”
Artifact Uprising is an internet-based startup that wants to free your photos from the confines of your smartphone or tablet and bring them back into the physical world. The startup is known for a suite of tangible products for digital photos that is beautiful in its minimalistic design and eco-friendly roots. Its signature products include Instagram-friendly photo books with interior pages printed on 100 percent recycled paper and a collection of wooden products handcrafted with mountain beetle pine.
Negotiation between legal parties has historically been a process dominated by uncertainty, guessing games and anxiety. However, today’s professionals can make strategic decisions based on deep data and predictive analytics to improve conventional wisdom and to correct cognitive errors in judgment.
I’d heard about StartupBus in 2011 from Anthony, the boss of a friend who worked in Cleveland. Anthony was one of the original members of the first 2010 StartupBus trip. At the time, I had been to several meetups and had gotten to know a lot of the programmer type folks in the Cleveland area. I had actually met Anthony briefly at a previous hackathon weekend.
Ember is a demand-side online advertising platform solely focused on video. It’s designed to help advertisers shift from TV ads to online video to maximize the impact of their digital budgets. Ember’s platform brings more transparency to online video advertising placements and uses fine-tuned proprietary algorithms and contextual and semantic engines to ensure brand safety, placement and stronger ROI. Ember also uses a real-time bidding (RTB) platform to optimize ad spend.