An elevator pitch is a concise overview used to describe or define a project, service, product, event or startup. The name reflects the idea that one should be able to deliver the summary in the amount of time it takes to ride an elevator, which usually takes 30 seconds to a little over a minute.
Aruni S. Gunasegaram is the Vice President of Client Services and Operations at Querium, a mobile-ready web service that quickly diagnoses student competencies and trains students on step-by-step procedures and critical cognitive skills required for modern careers. Designed for digital natives, Querium’s mobile learning software platform delivers smart diagnostics and personalized, bite-sized lessons. Its unique, Rackspace cloud-hosted, artificial-intelligence (A.I.) software products are designed for high school and college students in the United States.
nurseVersity is an online test prep program for nursing students, specializing in offering supplemental practice exams, flashcards and video to help nursing students increase their test scores. Students who know what’s tested design the product and content within nurseVersity, and it is all reviewed and validated by nursing educators.
October brings us World Vegetarian Day on the 1st, the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month. McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, artist Pablo Picasso, first ladies Eleanor Roosevelt and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were all born in October. Thomas Edison showed the first motion picture in 1889, and American Bandstand premiered with host Dick Clark in 1957. And, in the words of novelist Thomas Wolfe, “ All things on earth point home in old October – sailors to sea, travelers to walls and fences, hunter to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.”
Enplug is building a large and advanced network of social billboards in bars, restaurants, cafes and other high traffic venues. The digital screens feature live social media streams that allow people’s Twitter and Facebook posts, Instagram photos and more to appear instantly on the screens. An Enplug device can turn any TV into a live social feed and more.
Flickflyer is a marketplace application built on the premise that video just sells better. The app, which is available for iOS and Android, allows users to easily create and post video advertisements for items they’re selling using their smartphone’s camera. The addition of moving pictures and sound creates a more engaging experience and makes ecommerce more human. As Flickflyer puts it, the startup provides a video platform for buying and selling when photos just aren’t enough.
September brings us the International Day of Peace on the 21st of the month, marking its 30th anniversary with this year’s theme of “Right of the Peoples to Peace,” which is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and people. Cartoon icon Scooby Doo, King Richard the Lion-Hearted, Olympian Jesse Owens and HG Wells were all born in September. The New York Times was first published in September 1851, and Google was incorporated in 1998. And, in the words of poet Helen Hunt Jackson, “By all these lovely tokens September days are here, with summer’s best of weather and autumn’s best of cheer.”
Fanchimp is fast and easy social media marketing for small and medium businesses. The tool integrates your favorite blogs and recommends the best content to share with your followers. The startup was founded in Santiago de Chile, South America while attending StartupChile, a six month startup incubator program run by the Chilean government.
John Courtney is founder and CEO of Endao, a platform for building Business Process Management (BPM) software that radically changes the design and deployment experience for the better. The Endao platform allows you to build powerful BPM applications quickly and cost effectively.