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 - 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.

Princeton Pitch 2008: 90 seconds for $1,000

You know that brilliant business idea that’s been rattling around your head? Talk about it for 90 seconds for a chance to win $1000! Princeton Pitch 2008 is Princeton’s elevator pitch competition. Students have 90 seconds to pitch their business idea to a panel of 5 Venture Capitalists, Angel Investors, and Entrepreneurs to win the grand prize of $1,000. All you need is an idea. Register by November 16th at . Competition will take place at 7:30pm on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 in Friend 101. Catered Reception follows event. Workshop for all contestants with Professor John Danner, Princeton’s Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship on Tuesday, November 18 at 7:45pm in Frist 234. Come watch innovation at Princeton! Hosted by Princeton Entrepreneurship Club. Co-sponsored by Howard Cox ‘64, Sierra Ventures, Keller Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, and Projects Board.


  1. 90 seconds per pitch. We recommend, given the time constraint, that only 1 member of each team pitch, but this is just a suggestion. A flag will be raised by a PEC member at 80 seconds, notifying you that you only have 10 seconds left, and that it is time to wrap up the pitch.
  2. No presentation aides (PowerPoints, props, etc.) will be allowed. You will just have yourself and the microphone to speak to the panel of judges and the audience. This is because the whole purpose of an elevator pitch is to be able to explain your idea without any props. Judges will only be able to understand a good idea via a clear, compelling explanation, just as a VC would in an elevator (hence the term "elevator pitch").
  3. You'll see on the pitch below that the order of the teams is divided up into 4 groups, the first 2 groups of 8 teams, and the second 2 groups with 7 teams in each. This is because we will have 8 teams pitch, one after another as quickly as possible, and will take a break of 5-10 mins after each group of 8 teams for the judges to confer, assess their scores, take a breath, and move on. The next group of 8 will then pitch, then a break, then the group of 7, a break, and the final group of 7.
  4. Following from the last point, you must be ready to pitch as soon as the person in front of you has left the stage. We will hopefully be able to project the names of the team currently pitching, and the team that will be "up next," on the screen in Friend 101. If you are not ready within 15 seconds of the last team's pitch, we will move on, and you will not have a chance to pitch (this is due to the obvious time constraints of having 30 teams pitch).


Welcome to the Princeton Entrepreneurship Club homepage.

Princeton Pitch 2008: Results

The Winner: Tony Xiao '12 - AirCrumble Technologies

Transcript of Tony Xiao '12's winning pitch:

Princeton Pitch 2008: Contestants

1. Nick Frey '09, Tom Yersak '09, Will Watts '09, Doug Wolf '09 - Sol Cycles
2. Justin Seidenfeld '09, Adam Tishman '09, Benton Erwin '09, Hesham El Halaby '09 - VitaSmile
3. Sankalp Gosain '11, Jesus Escoriaza '10, Jonathan Lea '10, Bruce Halperin '09 - Lean Sleeves
4. Philip Acciarito '12 - RustTrack
5. Wenxin Zhu '12, Mark Xia '12 - Band Together
6. Mehmet Vural *11 - Going Public
7. Cameron Creel '12 - Tekdog
8. Carter Cleveland '09 -

Princeton Pitch 2008: Judges

Mario Casabona - Chairman, JumpStart NJ Angel Network; President & CEO, Casabona Ventures; Serial Entrepreneur (Former Founder & CEO, Electro-Radiation Inc. (ERI) (Acquired by Honeywell International in 2004); Advisor to many companies))

Kenneth Kay - Serial Entrepreneur (Former Founder & CEO, Ebudgets; Advisor to many companies); Founding member & Former Chairman, JumpStart NJ Angel Network

Syndicate content