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.

Juble it! Wins Big at Tech Summit

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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: 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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For further information regarding this release, please contact:

Zoozler

Ethan Smith

esmith@zoozler.com

(513)392-8588

zoozler.com

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.

New Tool Helps Consumers Navigate the World of Health Insurance Plans

The one-of-a-kind website provides consumers an easy way to compare all available health insurance plans in their state and choose a plan that works for them.

Cincinnati, OH – July 17, 2017 – PlanTruth, started by Dr. Valdimir Fridman, MD, is the first, and only, healthcare insurance ratings and review website. The innovative site aims to be the leading user-driven forum where consumers can come together to share their experiences with their health insurance provider, as well as provide data on the major plans in each state.

Immediately following his fellowship, Fridman, a New York cardiologist began noticing that a large majority of his patients were almost clueless about which insurance plan they needed most, or what their plan actually covered. After practicing medicine for over a decade, and being asked hundreds of times per year about the best insurance plans, Vlad decided that something needed to be changed.

“The problem with healthcare is that most people don’t have a grasp on exactly which plan works best for them,” says Fridman. “Insurance is something that most people have to figure out themselves, and it’s difficult when there isn’t an abundance of information out there to rely on.”

Often asking their doctors for an opinion on which plan to pick, the average consumer needs more answers than what a doctor is generally able to provide. Plan Truth provides more useful information than what a physician or doctor may recommend, and goes further than other ratings sites by providing actual customer ratings and reviews instead of using quality assessment guidelines to rank the providers.

“Everyone needs health insurance, but every person requires a plan tailored just for them. Plan Truth helps lay out different options so consumers can see what works best for them as an individual,” explains Fridman. “The point of Plan Truth is that we are a third-party, unbiased review site where people can share their own experiences, not a place to favor one provider over another.”

You can expect the updated Plan Truth site to launch mid-Q4 of 2017.

 

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For further information regarding this release, please contact:

Zoozler

Ethan Smith

esmith@zoozler.com

(513)392-8588

zoozler.com

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.

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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.”

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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.