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:
- Advisory board matching
- Legal services
- CPA services
- CFO services
- Recruiting services
- HR services
- Marketing services
- Tech development services
- Fundraising services
- Sales services
- 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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
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.”
It’s been a hectic past few months at Zoozler, but we couldn’t be happier with all that is going on. To keep it short and sweet here are a few highlights of the past few months:
- Introduction of Zoozler Tech Lab: It’s been a whirlwind of a process getting established, but we are proud to formally announce the addition of a new wing of the company, Zoozler Tech Lab. Our goal with this program is to help business minded entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life through technology. And we’re limitless with technical boundaries; whether it’s an app, website, web portal, wearables, VR, augmented reality or any crazy technology on the market, we’ve got it covered. Learn more about the program here or check out the intro video below the post.
- A redesigned website: As you can probably tell, we completely revamped our website to help reflect in our own brand the quality of work we try to give you, our partners, on a regular basis. The site should be much faster and will be updated much more frequently as new happenings occur (including this blog).
- New team members: Thanks to folks like you, we are growing at a tremendous rate. Between onboarding new projects, new company initiatives, new clients and beyond, we’ve been able to double our staff size this year and will continue to grow as the year progresses. You can check out our entire team here.
- A monthly newsletter: In an attempt to be more transparent and keep in touch more frequently, we’ve started the Zoozler Digest. This newsletter will give readers an inside look into what we’re up to and what we’re reading. Subscribe to the newsletter here.
There is plenty more going on behind the scenes and we hope to share those exciting happenings in the near future. But for now, thank you for reading.
Head of Advanced Technology