The VIPs of Innovation – an Exclusive Network of Benefits for Entrepreneurs

Cincinnati, OH – November 28, 2017 – VIPs of Innovation is an exclusive program offered to innovative entrepreneurs worldwide, carefully chosen by Zoozler’s selection committee. Members have access to a large network of investors and a unique array of substantial benefits to significantly reduce the cost of running their companies.

The program boasts a fixed membership fee, with no additional cost to members, as well as access to significant services and benefits, including:

  • Either $500 of free video services or business consultation services
    • Major rate benefits in:
    • Rent
    • Advisory board matching
    • Legal services
    • Insurance
    • CPA services
    • CFO services
    • Recruiting services
    • HR services
    • Marketing services
    • Tech development services
    • Design
    • Videography
    • Fundraising services
    • Sales services
    • etc.
  • You also gain VIP access to select startup networking events
  • Zoozler’s online investor matching program
  • Marketing rights to highlight membership in Zoozler VIPs of Innovation
  • Featured in select Zoozler promotional materials

“The vast majority of companies fail because their founders lack the ability to focus,” says Paul Powers, CEO of Zoozler. “Having spent years working with hundreds of startups, we’ve decided to create a unique program that would help give the right means to entrepreneurs so they have the clarity, confidence, and support to grow highly successful businesses.”

Applying is designed to be as simple as possible:

Email Paul Powers directly at ppowers@zoozler.com, or call +1-513-828-7398.
A member of the Zoozler selection committee must interview the applicant (by phone or in-person).
If any additional information is needed, it will be requested in the interview.
Reviews take place regularly, generally at least once per month.
The main attributes that will be evaluated are the founder or team, commitment to their company, the merit of the company’s proposition and the founder’s/team’s ability to make their company succeed.

Questions With Founders: Farah Allen, Song Society

Ethan Smith sat down for a chat with Farah Allen, the founder and CEO of Song Society, an app helping songwriters and artists create necessary legal documentation for revenue generation, to learn a little more about what keeps the innovative entrepreneur motivated.

 

Farah, can you give me the quick description of what Song Society is?

“Song Society is a mobile application that allows artists to get into the business process to collaborate, get feedback, continue to write and create. Rosie, our AI, is always working in the background to automatically create the documentation needed to generate revenue. Our app has features like video conferencing, group text and chat, attachment support for external microphones and other equipment, and other features to give additional assistance to artists.”

 

How did you come up with the idea for Song Society? Are you in the music industry?

“My husband is in the music industry, in A&R, and he always had a story about another artist who was being sued, because they didn’t give proper credit to everyone involved in writing a song – even if they only wrote one word. Since my background is IT consulting, I’m ordinarily creating software solutions and collecting data for Fortune 500 companies. I decided that this made me uniquely qualified to solve the problem, and I created Song Society to help artists create contracts and other legal documentation.”

 

Have you always wanted to be an entrepreneur, or did it just happen one day?

“My father is an entrepreneur, so I think it’s in my DNA to have an entrepreneurial spirit. I’ve always had some sort of small venture on the side, and it was just a matter of time before I felt the need to do something bigger as an adult. I recognized a problem and began working on the solution – I know I’m onto something and want to see it through.”

 

So what’s next for you, Farah?

“We are working on expanding into other markets, and are hoping to partner with a major performance rights organizations like BMI, ASCAP, or SESAC. The plan there is to give all artists access to Song Society and make a database so each organization can communicate and share information to ensure everyone gets the recognition they deserve. We are currently in 32 countries, and are helping people all around the world work together to write and produce music safely.

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs? 

“For me, my background helps guide challenges and answer questions, so I would say to learn a skill or trade first, then use that knowledge to solve an issue. I’m always going back to my past experience to see what I can use to improve my current processes.

 

I also think it’s very important to never quit talking to your customers. There’s always something you can learn from them to help improve their experience. With something like Song Society, my challenge was how to bring creativity into software and make the business side appeal to artists.”

 

 

The Mobile Application Saving Songwriters and Producers from Legal Headaches

The Song Society app uses advanced AI and machine learning to write copyrights and contracts, protecting artists from legal issues they may have not even been aware of, as well as connecting artists around the globe who are open for collaboration.

 

Cincinnati, OH – August 17, 2017 – Artificial intelligence is smarter than ever, allowing for more applications than possible just a few short years ago. Being applied to a myriad of industries, one entrepreneur is bringing AI to the music industry.

Farah Allen, founder and CEO of Song Society, is helping artists and songwriters create the necessary revenue documentation, contracts, and copyrights with Rosie, the “digital manager.”

“A lot of artists never take a break from their creative process to work on business aspects,” says Allen. “By automatically producing documentation, there is more time for artists to focus on their songwriting, recording, or production. We are exploring a future release of Rosie where you you can close songs, name contracts, and ask her questions about copyrights and publishing.”

Currently, the Song Society app is used in 32 countries worldwide, and expecting to expand into other markets, eventually partnering with performing arts organizations such as BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC to help as many artists as possible.

Offering impressive features including video conferencing, group text and chat, instant feedback, and more, Song Society easily connects artists around the globe who are open for collaboration. Networking features within the app allow users to search for other artists based on particular likes and dislikes, as to allow for a smooth and successful session.

Song Society is collaborating with the Zoozler Venture Network to raise funds to allow for potential growth. The Venture Network is comprised of experts in business development, operations, sales, and strategic planning.

“Our goal is to create a centralized database for record labels and other organizations,” says Allen. “Most organizations aren’t sharing data with one another, and with Song Society, all data is in the app, and any organization would have immediate access to copyrights and song information.”

 

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(513)392-8588

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Questions With Founders: Blake Roberts, Sporting IQ

Ethan Smith sat down for a chat with Blake Roberts, the founder and CEO of Sporting IQ, an entertainment technology company from Australia, working to develop engaging mobile games to bring sports fans together from all across the globe.

  

So, Blake, what is Sporting IQ?

At Sporting IQ, we develop fan entertainment technology. Our core product is Call It Live® – mobile gaming for live sport. We’re all about engaging with the fans as they watch live, whether at home, out with friends, or at the stadium. Using some of the elements that make gambling exciting, we mold them into family friendly forms of entertainment – all while connecting the fans with their favorite teams. Some of our fans call it the ‘Clash of Clans for live sport.’

 

How did you come up with the idea for Call It Live®?

“A few years ago, I was involved in stadium experiential activations, and I would always be thinking of new ways to engage with the fans. The original Call It Live® concept was all about the stadium experience – and then it evolved into something much more scalable and commercial.

The other issue that drove the concept, is a concern I have around gambling and fantasy sports. This entertainment dominates the sporting landscape, especially here in Australia, and does little for each team’s brand.  Not only does gambling damage the emotional connection between the team and fan, it misses the mark with younger fans, females and families.“

 

Why did you decide to become an entrepreneur?

“I’d been working in a corporate role for many years, for a large multi-national company, and over time I started to get bored. I wanted to immerse myself in a project that I’m passionate about, and something that I could build on for years to come. I’ve always had decent ideas, I’m a sports nut, and I’m a bit of a gamer – so I came up with a unique idea that I truly believed in, and decided to take a chance – it all made sense at the time.”

 

Do you play sports, or are you more of a spectator?

“Australia is a sporting nation and kids grow up playing many sports. Mostly I played Rugby and Cricket, but tried everything else that was available, including baseball and basketball. I still play sports like golf and tennis, and next year we have an over 35’s Aussie Rules Football team starting up in the area, so I may give that a go.”

 

Is baseball actually popular in Australia?

“Down here we love our sports, and thanks to the live broadcasts, US teams from the MLB and the NFL are very popular. Baseball is played everywhere, and has a large fan base already. Our major baseball league is growing in popularity, and our national team is always competitive.

 

The live games are normally on in the mornings, so it’s a great time for most sports fans, as there is nothing else on. We’d much rather watch the Yankees v Red Sox – than morning television.”

 

Is it your love of sports that keeps you going, or is it more than that?

“Good question, motivation is key and it’s not always easy to find. I exercise regularly and try to get a good night’s sleep – give the brain a reset. It’s 24/7 so you need to reset sometimes. The next day is always a fresh start. If I hit a major wall, I try to evolve the idea and add to its excitement or commercial value.

 

More importantly, I talk about Call It Live® whenever I can. I find myself burning the ears off just about anyone who’ll listen. 99% of the time I get a positive response, so that helps the motivation. On top of that, it gives me the chance to practice my pitch, which is always important.”

 

I personally think it’s good to be passionate about a project, and to always practice and improve. What’s next for you and your venture?

“There’s exciting times ahead for Sporting IQ. We’ve already completed two ‘live’ trial seasons for Australia’s premier football (soccer) league, so we’re excited to see how it goes for other audiences around the world. We have our new version of Call It Live® Football (Soccer) launching In October, and we already have a lot of interest from teams around the world.

 

On the development front, we’ve started work on Baseball and Cricket, which we intend to release early next year – and we have a number of other concepts ready to roll out when the time is right. The other exciting side to our business is the data we collate. Call It Live® is all about live interaction, so we’re learning stuff about fans that has never before been possible.”

 

That all sounds like great news. Is there anything you would tell an aspiring entrepreneur, or maybe a struggling entrepreneur?

“Have patience. Most of the time start-ups will move slower than you plan. You need to factor this in to all aspects of your business and manage expectations – especially your own. Being realistic is a huge part of success, you need to have thick skin and not let the small things, or negative news affect you. Always keep evolving. Your best ideas may not have been discovered yet, but you have to stay organized, it’s easy to get lost out there.

Australian Entertainment Technology Company Connects Sports Fans Around the Globe

Sporting IQ, a company developing mobile games for live sports, is teaming up with the Zoozler Venture Network for funding to further connect sports fans all around the world.

 

Cincinnati, OH – August 16, 2017 – Sports are one facet of daily life that extends past cultural and geographical borders. Fans from all around the globe share the same passion about certain sports, teams, and even specific athletes, so wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easy way to engage with each community of sports fans?

Sporting IQ is an Australian company working to develop fan entertainment technology. Their core product is “Call it Live,” an app some are calling the “Clash of Clans for live sport.” Utilizing the exciting aspects of gambling technology, Sporting IQ is able to make a family-friendly form of entertainment.

While connecting sports fans with their favorite teams, Sporting IQ engages their audience every step of the way. From providing tickets to future games, food and drink vouchers, or allowing easy communication with video messages and in-app communications, Call it Live is already creating a valuable emotional connection between fans and their favorite sports.

“Australia is a sporting nation and kids grow up playing many sports,” says Sporting IQ founder, Blake Roberts. “Down here, we love our sports, and thanks to live broadcasts, US sports are very popular too. Call it Live is creating an experience for all sports lovers. With our app, users will be more engaged, and become life-long super fans.”

With support from the Zoozler Venture Network, Sporting IQ is building on opportunities to expand into the US market and gain investor funding. “As we are located in Australia, it’s a great asset to have such a committed resource based in the US, that understands the market, and that already has so many connections to work with,” says Roberts.

 

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Ethan Smith

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(513)392-8588

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Questions With Founders: Scott Boots, i-1-1

Ethan Smith sat down for a chat with Scott Boots, the co- founder and CEO of i-1-1, an app helping 911 be more effective, to learn a little more about what keeps the innovative entrepreneur motivated.

Can you give me a quick pitch of what i-1-1 is, Scott? Explain it as if I’ve never heard a single thing about it.

“i-1-1 is the ‘personal crisis app.’ It allows users to contact 911 in ten seconds, for any emergency you would normally need to call 911 for. If your life is at risk, be it a heart attack, car accident, mass violence, fire, or any other situation that calls for emergency response crews, i-1-1 provides rapid GPS location to the call-center operator. Using location-based services in the app delivers a more accurate location than a standard call, and helps save more lives.”

How is the app more accurate than a phone call? Do operators not already have my location?

“80% of the calls to 911 use triangulation – bouncing signals from different cell towers to get a rough estimate of where you are. Triangulation isn’t very accurate – that’s why you’re always asked to provide your exact location when you call 911.”

Can’t you text 911 now? Surely they can track you pretty easily with that…

“Actually, only about 10%-14% of 911 call-centers accept texts. It’s been imposed that all call centers have to accept texts by the year 2021, but only about 20% of texts have any use of location services. You would think that in 2017, we would have something better or more accurate than the same system we’ve been using since 1971. There are a lot of barriers that stand between callers and operators, but determining location should not be one of them. Every 53 minutes, someone dies because 911 can’t find them. If we can implement the technology that already exists, we could help save actual lives. ”

That’s around 10,000 lives every year. Is reducing that number what keeps you motivated?   

“What keeps me going is that I know i-1-1 will improve emergency response. If a bomb threat is called into a school, that school immediately goes on lockdown and the teachers scramble to keep their students safe. Most of the time, the teachers and students have no clue what’s going on, sometimes for hours, and hide until rescue comes to tell them it’s safe. i-1-1 can provide real-time information and break down communication barriers to keep emergency crews and users within a 3-mile radius safe and informed.”

Since you have such a passionate project, is there any advice you could give to an aspiring entrepreneur?

“I would tell future entrepreneurs that you have to be ready to make sacrifices and give a large piece of yourself in order to complete your project. Your journey will add stress to your relationships, money, time, and your sanity. Sometimes it feels like a rollercoaster between genius and insane, and while there were many moments I was ready to give up, I knew I had to persevere to get the job done.

I would also say that having the right team can take you a long way – or that ‘different ingredients make the soup better.’ You won’t be able to do it alone, so finding the right collaborators to help you get where you need to be is huge. Without a team to support you and add new perspectives, you’re prone to making errors, and that will make progress take infinitely longer.”

The 10-Second Solution to Preventing Tragedy

Zoozler teams up with i-1-1 to bring a mobile app to consumers, enabling users to contact emergency services in 10 seconds, no matter the type of crisis.

Cincinnati, OH – August 1, 2017 – In the wake of tragedies such as school shootings or mass violence, and other emergencies like auto accidents, domestic violence, overdoses, and more, it has become abundantly apparent that something needs to change. Scott Boots, co-founder and CEO of the i-1-1 app aims to be that change.

i-1-1 is a mobile app making emergency reporting quicker, more accurate, and also helping people stay updated when near a danger situation. The user-friendly interface allows for quick navigation and a simple way to report an emergency in just a few taps. Using location-based technology, i-1-1 is designed to save lives by accurately providing the location of the user or the emergency.

Data shows that a standard call or text to 911 does not always accurately share your location, if it even shares it at all. When in extreme panic, unfamiliar surroundings, or an exceedingly dangerous situation, it may be hard to communicate your location with an operator.

“Every 53 minutes, someone dies because 911 couldn’t find them,” says Boots. “On a call, you can be located about 80% of the time – this number drops to 20% for text. The technology used by call centers is old and outdated, and people rely on it to save their lives, not die because they couldn’t be located.”

Instead of bouncing signals from cell towers in an attempt to triangulate a caller’s location, i-1-1 utilizes GPS to determine the user’s exact location. The app then alerts all other users within a 3-mile radius of the emergency using an advanced algorithm.

“What if an ambulance makes a wrong turn? What if an air care helicopter can’t land nearby? What if you’re on vacation and don’t speak English well enough to share your location?” questions Boots. “The technology that can fix these problems already exists, it just has to be implemented. That’s where i-1-1 comes in – as a tool to assist people in getting help when they need it most.”

You can expect the full launch of i-1-1 in Q4 of 2017.

 

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Questions with Founders: Paolo Dominguez, Juble it!

Ethan Smith sat down for a chat with Paolo Dominguez, the founder and CEO of Juble it!, a social button helping to give back to content creators, to learn a little more about what keeps the innovative entrepreneur motivated.

Startup Business

Paolo, can you explain to me why you decided to be an entrepreneur?

“As a part of my MBA at the University of Cincinnati, I enrolled in an entrepreneurship course that required the class to create a business plan and go through all the different aspects of creating a business, then pitch our ideas during a venture competition. Out of 225 schools in the world, our group was one that was picked to present at the competition, and while we didn’t win, we still got a grant from UC to start our venture. I had always liked being able to take an idea from scratch and create a viable product, and that experience helped ignite a passion and provided a path for me to get started.”

Oh, wow, that’s actually really exciting. What was your project?

“We created an idea called i-Shopper – it was a touch-screen attached to shopping carts that would help shoppers navigate the store, provide coupons, and display ads. This was before everyone had smartphones, so at the time, it was really cool.”

Since you’ve been an entrepreneur for more than a decade, what keeps you motivated?

“Having the passion to create my own dream instead of working to create the dream of someone else. I’ve always felt that I was lacking something when working for a boss of some sort, and I wanted to create my own legacy. Having said that, I wouldn’t be in the position I am now without the skills and expertise I picked up in my professional career, so taking the plunge into full-time entrepreneurship had a lot to do with readiness. What I’ve learned over the years is that being an entrepreneur doesn’t work very well if you’re doing it on the side – going all-in with your venture and taking a leap of faith will allow you to do your very best and keep moving forward.”

So what’s next for you, Paolo?

“I want Juble to be a commonly used verb like ‘Google.’ Today, there is no word in the English language that means; I want to celebrate you, this, or that, by giving a token of appreciation. Donation and Tip are all associated with someone ‘asking’ you, rather than you freely giving on your own accord. It’s the feel-good, completely voluntary ‘give back’ that you want to celebrate. That’s why I created the name Juble it! as it stems from the word Jubilate!

While our initial focus is in the digital world, Juble it! will also take shape in the physical world as well. Visiting a national park? Instead of dropping a dollar in the beat up box at the visitor center, take out your mobile phone and Juble it! Taking a picture of the Grand Canyon? Juble it! and send the proceeds to a non-profit preservation organization. At a street performance? Juble it! to give back to the artist instead of dropping money into a hat…and oh by the way, see where they are performing next.

All of these small donations add up when they are aggregated together; especially for the smaller guys. We have a saying at Juble it!; small change equals big change.”

Juble It

Speaking of ‘smaller guys,’ do you have any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?

“It definitely helps to have experience in the industry you’re trying to innovate in. Having passion to add to that experience is the perfect combination – find a problem in your industry or in an area you absolutely love and find a new way to fix it. Once you have your grand idea, you have to fully commit and focus on your venture to be successful. The difference between a ‘wantrepreneur’ and an entrepreneur is dedication – give it your all and don’t be afraid to fail.”

For more information on the product, visit jubleit.com.

Developing a Digital Safety Net to Help Heroin Users in Times of Need

Cincinnati technology development company, Zoozler, develops mobile application to provide heroin users with real-time assistance from certified care providers located nearby.

Cincinnati, OH – June 12, 2017 – Tackling overdose related deaths in the US is a daunting task, but the Hacking Heroin event gave Cincinnati a glimpse of what the tech community can do to help. One glimmer of hope is a mobile application named Lazarus, aimed at helping heroin users in their times of need.

Opioid addiction and overdose have run rampant across the United States, leading to three times more opioid related deaths in 2015 than in 2002. Since then, the heroin epidemic has aided in the rise of opioid related deaths as the number one cause of death in Americans under the age of 50.

For those who seek help, there is a limited window of opportunity. Designed by Zoozler employees and Robb Hedrick, Lazarus can offer immediate aid by connecting heroin users, in real-time, with certified care providers. The app provides location-based services at the tap of a single button, allowing responders to see the current location of the user, and act immediately. Available on both iOS and Android devices, the Lazarus team hopes to save lives nationwide.

“The heroin epidemic is felt around the US, but especially in Greater Cincinnati,” the Lazarus team explains. “We are trying to create a support network for users who need help. Lazarus will create on-demand solutions that will educate and spread awareness, while also providing high quality care.” The team also describes how they hope that family members and friends of users download the app to stay prepared for a tragic situation, should the day come.

Team Lazarus took home the Crowd Favorite award at Hacking Heroin, and hopes to continue their efforts in further establishing Cincinnati as an innovation hub. Solving local issues is just the first step in the Lazarus plan, eventually working to become a nationally supported app helping users get back on their feet.

To become a beta tester of Lazarus, visit their site here.

 

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