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: 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: 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.

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.