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.

Jingle & Mingle – Networking Event

Tech the halls with Zoozler this holiday season at the most festive networking event in Cincinnati. Enjoy free drinks and appetizers while schmoozing in a winter wonderland.

Cincinnati OH – November 17, 2017 – As the year comes to a close, we’d like to take a look back at all of the great accomplishments of the Cincinnati Startup community. From funding and innovation, to new employees and building a wonderful community, there are so many things to celebrate this year.

Join us for a special networking event, and make sure to bring your holiday cheer, as we will also be collecting donations for Child Focus, Inc. Holiday Giving Tree Program. Although it is not necessary, we would like to encourage you to bring non-perishable food, or personal care items to be donated.

Child Focus Inc. is a local non-profit providing comprehensive solutions and supportive services to children and their families across Ohio. To learn more about Child Focus Inc, please click here: bit.ly/2yIxZra.

Event details:

When: Thursday, December 7th from 5:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Zoozler, 18 W 7th Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Why: Networking, holiday cheer, free food and drink

 

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Juble it! Wins Big at Tech Summit

Juble It
Our friend and client, Paolo Dominguez, and his team at Juble it! were the recipients of the “Big Idea Award” at the 2017 ComSpark Innovation Tech Summit.

Cincinnati OH – October 3, 2017 – Hundreds of guests gathered last week in Mason for the 2017 ComSpark Innovation Tech Summit. The annual two-day trade show brings together a myriad of tech companies, startups, investors, and students, all for one purpose – innovation.

ComSpark provides a platform for the growing Cincinnati tech community to celebrate accomplishments, milestones, and innovation, through their website, events, and more. This year’s summit welcomed vendors such as Zoozler, and Physna, speakers and discussions featuring prominent executives from the Cincinnati area, and startup booths, for small companies to attract more business and spread awareness.

Among the startups in attendance was Juble it! – the social media button enabling people to spread their appreciation for things they love on the web through small donations or tips. Helmed by Paolo Dominguez, also named the 2017 Rising Tech Star, Juble it! was granted the Big Idea Award.

Follow their journey through their website and social media, as they prepare to present at the 2018 StartupGrind Global Conference in Silicon Valley.

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.”

 

 

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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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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(513)392-8588

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Questions with Founders: Vladimir Fridman, Plan Truth

Ethan Smith sat down for a chat with Vladimir Fridman, the founder and CEO of Plan Truth, an innovative platform where users can share their experiences with their healthcare provider, to learn more about what keeps the innovative entrepreneur motivated.

 

Vlad, I’m not very familiar with healthcare insurance – can you explain to me what Plan Truth is, and what it does?

“Plan Truth is the only place you can visit on the web to learn specifically about each healthcare plan in your state. It’s a forum where consumers can come together with healthcare providers to share their healthcare plan experiences and rate how well their plan meets their needs.”

And this covers any type of health insurance?

“Our website covers the main insurance programs in each state like Medicaid, Medicare, Obamacare, and private insurance too. If someone wants to learn more about Medicare, or about a specific insurance provider like BlueCross BlueShield, Aetna, Humana, or any specific plan, they just select the state they live in, and whether they’re a patient or provider, and they can review each major plan offered in that state.”

That actually sounds extremely useful. What made you decide to venture out and become an entrepreneur?

“I am a cardiologist by practice, and every year I am asked hundreds of times: ‘what’s the best health insurance for me?’ I had no way of answering this, and there’s not a lesson on insurance in medical school, so I turned to the internet to learn more about the options out there. I couldn’t find much, but after a little more than a decade, I’ve learned a lot about the insurance world, and felt that I had to do something to help. It is such a disservice to anyone not to know their own insurance plan, or what their deductible is.”

Entrepreneurship plus cardiology sounds pretty intense. Do you have any advice to give to someone that aspires to be an entrepreneur?

“If I were to say anything, I would say to learn a specific field first, then try to change it or innovate it. For example, if I wanted to change the way air traffic control worked, that would not be possible. After more than ten years of actual practice in medicine, I learned how the field really works – so then I started seeing ways I could improve it. How do you know what needs to be fixed if you’re not in the nitty-gritty? You have to look at the status quo and your set of skills before you can really determine what needs to be fixed.”

For more information, visit plantruth.com, and expect the updated site to launch Q4 of 2017.

Zoozler Tech Lab and Cincinnati Startup, “Juble it!” Announce Partnership to Take on the “Like” Button

Juble It

Cincinnati, OH –June 7th, 2017 – Zoozler Tech Lab, the start-up focused wing of Cincinnati-based digital firm Zoozler, announced Wednesday its partnership with media/fintech startup Juble it!, a new platform that is reinventing the “like”.

At its core, Juble it! is a social media button that enables people to spread their appreciation for things they love on the web through small donations or tips.

Paolo Dominguez, Juble it! Founder and CEO, recognized a significant problem content creators and publishers were having – how to monetize content in an industry where advertising dollars continue to shift to social and mobile.

“Content creators have had the donate and tip buttons since the dawn of the internet, but it’s seen limited adoption. That’s because there’s too much friction in the payments experience on both sides of the coin (consumer and merchant). This has created large barriers for small donations and tips to make economic sense.”

Dominguez states that Juble it! reduces that friction and opens up new revenue streams for those media outlets that produce quality content. “There is an abundance of great content out there that the “like” inaccurately captures. It is flawed. It’s morphed into a popularity contest rather than a way to determine quality content and more importantly consumer sentiment.”

Dominguez had a business plan, but needed help bringing it from paper to product.  After connecting with Zoozler’s Head of Advanced Technology Jordan Crone, Dominguez started his relationship with Zoozler. Juble it! and the Zoozler Tech Lab will collaborate to create, scale and launch the product.

“The partnership with Zoozler was a perfect fit.” Dominguez states. “The Tech Lab model is unique in that it not only brings very talented tech expertise, but also connects me with funding sources and strategic partnerships at each stage of growth”.

Paul Powers, CEO of Zoozler agrees. “We [Zoozler] are excited about the opportunity that Juble it! brings to the market. They bring a unique approach to a growing problem in media, fintech, and adtech. We look forward to helping them capture this great opportunity.”

The product is set to launch this summer. For additional information on Juble it! and to become a beta tester visit Jubleit.com/beta.

 

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Ethan Smith, Social Media Specialist / Outreach

(513)392-8588, esmith@zoozler.com

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