2009

Princeton Entrepreneurs in Summer Action

 

 Exhibytes ():

The Exhibytes team (now consisting of Carter Cleveland '09, Nikhil Basu Trivedi '11, Adam Sanders '09 and Calvin Lee '12) has moved to Silicon Valley, into offices at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA, and is working hard on getting the site ready for launch in the next month. We're a building a platform for buying, selling and discovering physical art on the social graph, and have received angel money to cover our expenses for the summer, and (hopefully) get us to revenue. Sign up for the launch email at , and follow us on twitter: 
 

 GoodCrush ():

Josh Weinstein '09 has this to say about his summer progress:
I found an excellent developer through RubyNow.com - I do have some good resumes from other candidates if people are looking to hire developers. I also attended a Ruby MeetUp and got to meet a few cool people in the space. We are going to be receiving help from a lawyer to go through the basic legal documentation - incorporation, trademark, and copyright - to be followed by equity and other legal matters. The developer and I are in the middle of our first "sprint" of our "Agile" development - we are focusing on removing bugs from the core functionality of the site (5 crushes), tidying up aesthetics, and then building out more features (e.g. letting users update their crushes monthly). Check out , and our Facebok page: 
 

 Memrise ():

Greg Detre *10:
Memrise is having a good summer. With the addition of Tony Xiao, Sean Emmer, Dan O'Shea and Ilya Tsinis, we're making real headway towards a working beta of our memorization software. We're also running a series of Memrise Masterclasses for SAT students in Manhattan in July, led by Grandmaster of Memory, Ed Cooke - if you know of anyone who might be interested, drop me a line (). Ed has begun lecturing around the US, including in Princeton last week, our press releases are starting to get picked up by newspapers, we're in serious negotiations with our first angel investor, and we're in talks with a rapidly-growing test prep company interested in licensing our technology. Check out , follow our blog and twitter, and keep in touch!
 

 SMSPrep ():

Breanden Beneschott '11, Kellam Conover *09:
Check out , and choose the technology you'd most like to use to get your edge with cutting-edge test prep. Need a fast, effective way to boost your test scores?  We’ve got it. 
Don’t have time to study?  Think again. 
Using the latest technology, we’re transforming the way test prep is done. 
SMSPrep is working out of offices in Silicon Valley on a summer grant from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

TigerLaunch 2009 Results!

  • 1st Place: - Greg Detre *10

  • Prize: $7,000 + [email protected]&Play

  • 2nd Place: - Carter Cleveland '09

  • Prize: $3,000 + [email protected]&Play

  • 3rd Place: Sonno - Muneeb Ali G1

  • Prize: $2,000

  • Best Written Business Plan: Sonno - Muneeb Ali G1

  • Prize: $1,000

  • Audience Favorite: - Carter Cleveland '09

  • Prize: $1,000

Audience Favorite 2009

Text "0" for Memrise: Greg Detre *10 (Web/IT)
24% (13 votes)
Text "1" for Cspot: Cesar Devers ’11 (Products and Services)
11% (6 votes)
Text "2" for Juvenis: Shawn Kothari ’11 (Social/Non-Profit/Development)
2% (1 vote)
Text "3" for Exhibytes: Carter Cleveland ’09 (Web/IT)
35% (19 votes)
Text "4" for Sonno: Muneeb Ali G1 (Web/IT)
7% (4 votes)
Text "5" for Lean Sleeves: Sankalp Gosain ’11, Jonathan Lea '09, Jesus Escoriaza '10 (Products and Services)
20% (11 votes)
Total votes: 54
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TigerLaunch 2009: Princeton's Business Plan Competition

What is TigerLaunch?

TigerLaunch is Princeton University's Business Plan Competition.  The competition is sponsored by the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club and Howard Cox '64.  The focus of TigerLaunch is to provide an integrative learning opportunity. Students gain practical experience by writing a plan for a new business venture and presenting and discussing it with judges whose backgrounds include venture capital, investment banking, and entrepreneurship. 

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