A seamless online home buying process that puts the buyer first and saves them an average $7,500 of the agent fee

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The Problem

There are 75 million digitally native millennials that are about to start families and will begin buying homes. The real estate industry, however, has not been able to successfully adapt to consumer behavioral shifts and technology. It is true that home buyers use tools like Zillow and Redfin to find their home, but also isn’t surprising that six out of 10 homebuyers find the home they will ultimately buy without an agent. Technology has empowered house hunters, yet, for the majority of the process, people still buy homes the way our parents and grandparents did, while paying massive agent fees. …


Enabling students to find quality, affordable research materials in a fraction of the time.

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The Problem

Currently, 60% of college students choose not to purchase textbooks if they cannot get them used or at a depreciated value. That directly impacts their ability to perform in their studies and increases the barrier to entry to a higher education, one in which is growing in demand.

What The Company Does

EcoText is like the Spotify for college textbooks. The company currently has over 65,000 titles available on its platform from some of the largest open educational resource (OER) producers including OpenStax and others. The search engine allows students and professors to find free materials that they are able to use for their academics, dramatically reducing the overall cost of the course and democratizing access to resources. Through the company’s technology, ecoText increases collaborative engagement between students to enhance academic insight that otherwise would not be obtained through a traditional textbook. Features including highlighting, note taking, and shared annotations that allow students to gather insights to better understand material and increase academic curiosity. …


Allowing F500 corporations and franchisees to quickly hire new hourly workers from untapped applicant pools and reduced turnover

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The Problem

Hourly workplaces have notoriously high turnover rates, which for quick service restaurants is around 132% per year, according to Quick Service Magazine. Hourly employers are therefore constantly hiring new people and spending thousands of dollars to train them, only to see their employees leave a few weeks or months later. This has been a problem for decades, but fear of infection by COVID-19 and high unemployment benefits has only made things harder, even as unemployment rates rise.

What The Company Does

Syrg helps hourly employers get ahead of their hiring needs and stabilize their workforces. They do that by creating engaged, personalized, and growing talent communities for each customer, getting customers great hires today and a place to easily source from in the future. Talent communities consist of customers’ best former, seasonal, and student employees, as well as past applicants and referrals, and receive regular updates ranging from open opportunities to exit and insight surveys. The results are simple: customers no longer need to scramble for hires every time someone leaves and instead can focus on growing their business for the long-haul. …


Digital technologies that help enhance individual personal mental wellness

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The Problem

Burnout affects over 21.5M U.S. healthcare professionals with one out of two physicians experiencing burnout. It directly impacts quality of patient care, leading to an increase in patient mortality rates and clinical malpractice suits. It also causes provider turnover, costing healthcare institutions an estimated $500,000 to $2 million per provider. Current support programs have failed to address this unmet need due to their in-person nature, lack of confidentiality, and absence of peer support.

What The Company Does

Cress Health offers providers a novel chat-based peer support option called the Cress App that is convenient, confidential, and personalized. Support communities are generated through a proprietary matching algorithm, which creates safe, anonymous group chats that consist of specialty-specific peers. The platform also offers a personal journaling feature that allows for tracking of daily emotional/mental states. …


An online platform that gives people the ability to create, customize, and monetize their own exclusive poker rooms

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The Problem

The online poker industry is strange because the size of its market depends on how good users are at playing poker. In the early 2000s, online poker experienced the “moneymaker poker boom.” During this period, millions of recreational players flooded the market. Importantly, this influx of recreational players was a self-fulfilling prophecy. As more recreational players entered, the games became more inviting and profitable to prospective recreational players, which only made more recreational players enter and so on. Since then, however, the online poker market has shrunk significantly. People like to blame botting, legal constraints, and advances in poker theory for this decline, but the real reason is that as soon as the games started to lose recreational players, the games became less inviting, leading more recreational players to stop playing. …


Affordable options for advanced software and hardware tools for the specialty coffee industry.

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The Problem

Coffee roast level sensors are valuable tools in the roasting process, used for quality control, experimentation, and other research purposes. These tools generally cost $1,000 to $2,000, which is far out of reach for many small scale or home roasters that would otherwise implement these tools in their process. Coffee roast level sensors are also used in the coffee grading and tasting process, impacting the prices that farmers and producers are offered and are able to take.

What The Company Does

By providing an accurate, effective, and easy-to-use roast level sensor for $299, Espresso Vision Inc. has greatly reduced the financial barrier to accessing this technology. This has been achieved through combining a highly precise sensor with an integrated sample cup and housing design, eliminating the need for external light proofing or multiple parts. …


Surfacing audience preferences to inform decisions about the development, distribution, and promotion of media content.

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The Problem

As the media industry continues moving toward streaming services and platforms as a mechanism for delivering content to audiences, the nature of how we think about content has changed. It’s no longer a need to fill a few time slots in a traditional TV schedule. Now, media companies are operating deep content portfolios that need to meet the needs of current and future subscribers on demand.

What The Company Does

Diesel Labs is a pioneer of content analytics, illuminating audience preferences and behaviors across the fragmented media spectrum. With the volume of content growing exponentially across a myriad of channels and services, Diesel has developed a first-of-its-kind insights platform that provides comprehensive audience analytics for the media and marketing industry. Using a sophisticated machine learning based approach, Diesel builds decision tools for every step in the content lifecycle in support of content strategy, media research, and ad sales leaders. The company has also created an insights platform that addresses emerging business questions from “how can we keep our existing audience engaged” to “where will our next 1 million subscribers come from?” …


An input-based, language-acquisition tool for students and teachers

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The Problem

Research shows that language acquisition cannot happen without exposure to input that is both communicative and comprehensible. The act of working to comprehend a message is at the base of all acquisition in order to make it as enjoyable and easy as possible for both students and teachers.

What The Company Does

Lit facilitates language acquisition by providing an entire platform of compelling, controlled input in the form of digital stories that utilizes high-frequency vocabulary and models the most common language functions. The content is optimized for language acquisition and the platform is designed for seamless use by teachers, students, and independent learners. You won’t find long-winded grammar explanations, contrived practice scenarios, or unmanageable language. Instead, high-frequency vocabulary coupled with animated visual clues make the learning experience fun, effective, and automatic. …


Great technology for event organizers to make setting up events easier and allowing organizations to avoid ticket fees on events.

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The Problem

There is a lot that goes into making a successful event from transportation to safety and transparency to the high cost of selling tickets on event platforms such as Eventbrite. Additionally, small businesses and organizations don’t have access to great technology to enable instantaneous booking or gain new customer segments.

What The Company Does

Ridj-It is a dynamic event management platform that offers tools making event setup easier including allowing organizations to avoid ticket fees on events. For instance, in one event at Pico Mountain in February, Ridj-it saved the event organizers over $1,500 in ticket fees just for using Ridj-it versus Eventbrite. The platform also has developed a carpool tool that enables people to travel to events together, and drivers must upload valid licenses to drive for safety. Ridj-It also offers social booking profiles including photos, names, adventures taken, and other features that enhance accountability and transparency, which keeps bad actors out. Other features include a social sharing aspect where users post photos as well as a library of vendors for outdoor and indoor activities so people can share adventures with others. …


Parkaze is a hassle-free shared economy marketplace where you can rent and host privately-owned parking spots.

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The Problem

Finding affordable parking is crazy hard. Annually, Americans waste $73 billion in time and fuel while searching for parking. Interestingly, parking spots are hiding in plain sight. About 30% of all the parking spots in cities are privately owned by people and they are left vacant when they go to work or school.

What The Company Does

Parkaze is a web- and mobile-based online marketplace for private parking spots. The company provides a safe and trusted platform by verifying each renter and host in the platform. …

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Bram Berkowitz

Full-time journalist and Content Strategy Lead at GoingVC writing about business, the economy, startup culture movies, sports and much more.

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