February 24, 2015
C ANDACE V. MITCHELL, 27, of West Philadelphia, is co-founder & CEO of Myavana, a North Philly startup offering personalized hair service for women of color. Users send in a hair sample for lab analysis, and Myavana recommends products based on the results. Q: How did you come up with the idea for Myavana? A: I've had issues managing my hair. I majored in computer science at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, wanted to be an entrepreneur and thought about my issues as a consumer.
February 3, 2015
Y ASMINE MUSTAFA, 32, of University City, and Anthony Gold, 49, of West Chester, co-founded Roar for Good, a University City firm aimed at empowering women with fashionable safety accessories and educational programs. The startup is part of DreamIt Athena, a female-focused entrepreneur program by DreamIt Ventures. I spoke with Mustafa, the CEO. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Roar? A: A woman was raped a block from my apartment shortly after I came back from a trip to South America last year.
January 9, 2015
ALLISON BERLINER, 30, of Center City, is co-founder & CEO of SpotItBuyIt, which helps small retailers sell more via Instagram with a mobile app. Berliner, a 2013 Wharton MBA, co-founded the startup - which launched in a trial phase called beta in November - with chief technology officer Roopak Majmudar, 33, of University City. I spoke with Berliner. Q: How did you come up with the idea for SpotItBuyIt? A: We'd been working with small retailers and kept hearing the word Instagram and they really wanted help on converting mobile traffic [on]
November 10, 2014
C HRISTOPHER CAPORALE, 21, of Havertown, is a St. Joseph's University junior and founder of Waterless Works, a water-free mobile car-wash business. The new, five-person startup allows customers to schedule a car wash at a time/place that's convenient. It says each of its car washes saves 38 gallons of water, and for every car wash completed five gallons of clean water is donated to WaterisLife, a charity that provides clean drinking water to families in Ghana, Kenya and India. Q: How'd you come up with the idea?
November 1, 2014
LOGAN COHEN, 24, of Malvern, is co-founder and COO of ed-tech startup Kudzoo. The company built a mobile app that rewards students, aged 13 and older, for their grades and achievements with deals and opportunities. Cohen also teaches a weekly entrepreneurship class for 14-to-16-year-olds at the Science Leadership Academy. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for Kudzoo? A: My co-founder, Trevor Wilkins, came up with it to reward students for academic achievement. It started as discounts and deals and we wanted to see what would get kids excited and it evolved into an app. Q: The startup money?
October 23, 2014
MORGAN BERMAN, founder and CEO of MilkCrate Philly, was wrapping up her pitch yesterday to a panel of big shots at the Forbes Under 30 Summit, a three-day gathering of young game-changers at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. MilkCrate, which has a mobile app to help people live more sustainably in neighborhoods, was one of five finalists selected to make a five-minute pitch - dubbed the "$400,000 Pressure Cooker" - to the panel, which included AOL founder Steve Case, Forbes Media CEO Mike Perlis and former venture capitalist Troy Carter, founder of Atom Factory.
August 29, 2014
M ORGAN BERMAN, 29, of Fairmount, is founder and CEO of MilkCrate, a mobile app that has been described as "Green Yelp with Soul. " Berman, who has a master's degree in sustainable design from Philadelphia University, got frustrated having to look on Google for eco-friendly businesses in Philadelphia. A 30-day Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, launched Sunday, had raised at least $4,410 of a $20,000 goal as of yesterday. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for MilkCrate? A: There was so much great information on websites, but no central place someone could go to figure out how to live more sustainably in Philadelphia.
July 11, 2014
D AVID MARTIN, 30, of Blue Bell, is founder and CEO of PetCoach, a startup with a mobile app - currently in stealth mode - that gives pet owners direct advice on their smartphones from veterinarians and certified pet experts. The startup expects to publicly launch next month. Q: How'd you come up with the idea for PetCoach? A: When we got accepted into DreamIt Ventures accelerator [in Austin, Texas] last winter, they suggested we make PetCoach a place to get expert pet advice in real time.
July 10, 2014
R USS OSTER, 42, of Yardley, is founder and CEO of Grassroots Unwired. The Bristol-based startup provides real-time, GPS-enabled mobile canvassing and fundraising solutions for nonprofit and political clients. Oster previously had a 15-year consulting career organizing field campaigns across the U.S. on behalf of political candidates. Q: How'd you get the idea for Grassroots Unwired? A: I was in a meeting with the campaign manager for [then-New Jersey Gov.] Jon Corzine in 2009, and she said, "We're about to spend thousands of dollars on people going door-to-door and we have no idea if they're doing what they're supposed to be doing and, if they are, we've got to enter all that data into a computer.
November 29, 2013 |
On Thanksgiving, many of us need to get to distant places, cook stuff we only eat once a year, and soak up traditional entertainments. These smartphone applications may help out. The AAA Mobile app has some services you can use without joining the auto club. You can map a route and let the "Co-Pilot" give verbal directions. Check for locations and prices at gas stations, find electric-car charging stations, and check out attractions on the road ahead. If you're a AAA member, the app is another way to call for roadside assistance and access other club travel services.