Fall 2013 Portfolio
Austin Thermal: A medical device company building an intravenous fluid warming device for hypothermia recovery and prevention across the continuum of care; partnered with the Texas Medical Accelerator.
DAYOF: A last-minute event discovery app bringing customers and venues together; offers a daily list of curated, sought-after events.
upNext: Mobile app that reduces idle wait-time for business customers. Instead of standing in line, users can check current traffic flow and reserve their spot in a virtual line provided by upNext.
Pinecone: Project management software that automatically populates workflows from normal email conversations among employees, enabling all easily to see and track their progress toward specific objectives.
Basedrive: Access-anywhere on-site storage solution for a firm’s vital data.
Recommenu: Mobile app and data analytics platform that provides restaurants with accurate, real-time, dish-specific customer satisfaction data based on shared menu experiences.
Everywhere Energy: Off-the-grid energy generation via the Sole Charger, a shoe insert that harvests the kinetic energy of walking and converts it to usable electric energy.
Suit of Clubs: A comprehensive management platform for student organizations that also facilitates corporate recruiting events.
MicroMulsion: Microgels for cell cultures in bioengineering research.
BluSense: An app that gives convention attendees a real-time map of others at the event, based on user search settings and preferences. This pertinent information, combined with backend analytics for the event hosts, fosters meaningful networking.
Sinigma: Kiosk-style 3D printing service for the average consumer. Key differentiators are the user interface and optimized print speed.
SocialToast: An app to help find your Facebook friends at local bars. Search bars and friends, and even find bar tabs open for you and your group.
Aurality Studios: Interface software for multiple new platforms like the Oculus Rift (immersive 3D) for people who, due to injury or illness, have limited use of their limbs and/or difficulties with fine motor control of their fingers and want to interact with everyday technologies.
MSpaces: Hospitality startup arbitraging long-term apartment leases by hosting short stays at higher rates for corporate and vacation guests sourced from AirBnB and similar services.
Fall 2012 Portfolio
Test Beehive is a management system which allows university student organizations to better budget, communicate and archive. It will be launching this January and host all the organizations for the College of Liberal Arts.
Book512 is Austin’s premier site to book an DJ for your next party, wedding, or special event. We search through our network over one hundred local Austin DJs to find the best fit for your style, setup, and pricing needs. We provide previous feedback and reviews on our DJs, and allow you to sample videos and audio clips of our performers before you decide to book.
Caysun is an online market for listing of shoreline rental properties. We recognize two customers in this: providing vacationers a transparent way to find the perfect place at the price, date, and accommodations they want; at the same time, providing homeowners with the tools to manage inventory, client communication, and booking history.
CrowdRx helps doctors determine the correct intervention to produce the best outcomes. It achieves this by providing doctors with an application that leverages large data sets to provide them with highly related positive outcomes for their patient. Simply put we are crowdsourcing health knowledge to create game changing technology.
HTML5 is the future of gaming – it allows for games to be programmed in a single language and work across all modern platforms. Unfortunately for consumers, the market is very fragmented, making it difficult to find and play games that work on any device. Clay.io fixes this discovery problem as a central location for HTML5 games.
Hoot.me switches Facebook into study mode. Use Hoot.me to connect with classmates, teachers, and tutors to get questions answered.
3D models are highly desirable and are rapidly gaining popularity for use in various applications, such as digital media and architecture. However, generating 3D content is expensive and slow, requiring either hand-modeling or the use of expensive LIDAR scanners. By combining the use of low cost optics, embedded high performance processors, and environment aware software, we have developed a handheld 3D modeling device that produces accurate and complete 3D models of the environment in real time.
Predictable Data autocorrects and autocompletes poor formatted and missing information in databases. We help small to medium businesses nurture their marketing campaigns by correcting inaccurate information, finding missing or new data and providing market analysis. People aren’t predictable, but your data can be.
Servuss provides an online suite of tools designed to assist students in managing their academic lives. The three areas of a student’s life we will focus on are scheduling, note-taking, and grade management.
I seek to take the guesswork out of finding food at night. My team is creating a mobile app that, when launched, locates the user and presents them with a map, with all of the food that’s still open nearby.
Trading algorithms are difficult to write and test. It is not unusual for the interface between an algorithm and a broker’s API to take more than 10,000 lines of code. Then you have to create a way to test the algorithm. After all this is done for your present algorithm, you have to re-develop it for each generation of a new algorithm. This takes much time and effort. We take all that work out. Our approach is much simpler. We create a low-latency messaging environment that allows algorithms and filters to communicate with each other. It has a testing-suite and provides an easy way to monitor and compare algorithm performance and filter valuations.
Spring 2012 Portfolio
AgreeOn (Finance, Mobile)
Keeping track of IOUs is a huge pain and a hassle. If not done systematically it takes very long to figure out, especially if these IOUs are not paid off immediately. We came up with the concept of tracking these personal accounts and loans on a smartphone, backed up in the cloud to ensure that everyone’s information was in sync. AgreeOn is like your loans bank manager but for you and your friends.
BeDJ (Social Jukebox)
Making music more social by giving patrons the ability to influence the music playing wherever they’re currently working or socializing. Target venues include coffee shops, bars, and restaurants.
Stick.it / Breadcrumbs (Business Networking)
Have you ever missed swapping contacts with someone interesting, whether it be anxiety or a time constraint or maybe the sheer frustration of swapping multiple contacts simultaneously? With Breadcrumbs, you will never miss another connection. Breadcrumbs catalogs people you have met and organizes them in a timeline-our trail of Crumbs. You can easily browse your Crumbs, share or request contact information that Breadcrumbs stores on social cards. No more wallets full of business cards. No more awkward phone number requests. No more hassle. Breadcrumbs simplifies the way you share contacts.
NowOnCampus (Higher Education, Location)
NowOnCampus is a student-driven event sharing website. Students can find, post, discuss, and share events happening around their College campuses. Anything from pickup soccer games, to fundraisers, to frat parties, are welcome on the site. NowOnCampus is for college kids, run by college kids, and completely open to any university.
Photowhoa (Daily Deals, Photography)
In this down economy, photographers tend to have little money to purchase the equipment and software they must have for their businesses to run smoothly. PhotoWhoa aims to solve that problem by providing daily deals for photographers. Through the power of volume sales and group buys, PhotoWhoa is able to sell photography products at 50-90% off retail prices.
PowerSmart Labs (Server Management, Energy Management)
Currently in data centers, space is not the limiting factor. Availability of power and cooling capacity is the biggest issue. Also their electricity bills are huge. Our solution is 2 fold, provide software that works on preexisting server hardware to optimize energy usage and provide an optimized hardware and software solution that does the same job as current servers while consuming significantly less power.
Predictable Data (Database Management, Marketing)
Predictable Data is like autocorrect and autocomplete for your entire database. We help database users fix incorrect data and find missing information, only charging them for what we fix or find.
ReQwip (Sports, Marketplace)
reQwip is a peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace for buying, selling, renting and donating used, high-quality sports gear. Our mission is to reduce waste and encourage participation in sports and recreation regardless of household income.
Solspot Systems (Alternative Energy, Automotive)
Solspot’s Systems is a cost-effective technology to liberate electric vehicles from the grid through solar-powered charging stations. Designed for easy installation and transportation, the patent-pending station is a covered canopy model with ample solar panels.
Stache Studios (Gaming)
Our goal is to build a game that reflects the effort we’ve put into it, that focuses purely on the feeling of playing a game. We believe enjoying the aspects of playing the game is what our target audience is seeking. Leaving out the excess fat associated with aggressive DRM, intrusive social notifications, and watered-down gameplay potential is our plan to reach out to that audience, plus it’s a lot of overhead we won’t have to worry about implementing. Overall, we feel that producing a game we’re proud of, and that our friends enjoy playing means we’re on the right track.
Fall 2011 Portfolio
Beagle Capital Technologies (Smart Trading Tools)
Beagle Capital Technologies combines machine learning and quantitative finance to give you an edge in the market. Check out a small sample of our daily S&P500 picks by following @beaglecapital on twitter.
DaBL (One size fits all)
DaBL is an exciting new technology startup dedicated to eliminating the redundancy of today’s computing devices. In a world where computing capabilities vary minimally between peripherals but plurality is the name of the game, the DaBL team is pioneering innovative solutions for consolidation. Our technology fuses futuristic adaptability and unparalleled practicality, turning a device once thought impossible by current industry giants into an attainable reality for the majority of modern world. DaBL firmly believes that conventional thinking cannot drive the tech sector forever, and as a result, our cutting-edge product is designed to be an intuitive, accessible transition to the space-aged future of everyday computing.
DebateTab (Advancing academic competition)
DebateTab builds software to improve the speech and debate community. Coaches, competitors, and parents all benefit from efficient tournaments enabled by the latest web technology. Our product-oriented team works collaboratively with speech and debate leaders to develop user-friendly software on multiple platforms. We make academic competition better for everyone.
Magnetic separation of GD-157 Isotopes
Mowgoo Inc. (Let’s Make it Happen)
Mowgoo is a geosocial platform focused on event discovery and event scheduling, seeking to revolutionize how people come together. Available as an iOS app, it is the ultimate social calendarbook – where productivity, social, and mobile all intertwine. The goal is to assist users in more efficient event planning, as well as bring a more productive focus to the social realm. Mowgoo – the easy way to make plans and discover events.
One Plus One (Social gaming for mobile applications)
Our goal is to use mobile platforms, such as the iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone, and create social games for their stores. The games we want to make will be easy to understand, but fun enough to keep people coming back to play them. The demand for social gaming is a growing market that has yet to be fully taken advantage of. We would like to take advantage of this demand, but also go a step further by adding a larger element to our games that give them a higher competing factor. We want to integrate newer technologies that have provided to mobile devices in order to enhance our mobile gaming in social applications.
Planda (Pandora for events)
Having to switch between Blackboard, email, Facebok, GroupMe and a dozen applications just to know what’s happening on campus is exhausting. The solution to this problem is Planda. Planda is a smartphone and web-based application that assists users in finding events applicable to their academic interests.
Predictable Data (Users aren’t predictable, but your data can be.)
Predictable Data corrects, standardizes, and appends missing database
information for marketers, charging them only for the information they fix
PurpleSight (Your Political Spectrum)
PurpleSight is a startup focused on building technology that will make consuming, aggregating, and analyzing political news more efficient. Our vision is to modernize the way political campaigns operate by creating innovative, turn-key solutions.
Relont (Relont helps you improve your style by allowing you to mix and match pieces of clothing, share it with your friends, and get real time feedback.)
Relont is creating a virtual closet that allows you to mix and match different outfits from different stores to get the looks that you prefer. Then you can share them with others as part of your profile and get realtime feedback from the community on how great it looks! The best part about this whole experience is that you can actually click on the links of these products and buy those shoes everyone has been voting as a new trend. You can follow profiles and their fashion styles or even create a fashion movement of your own. You can choose to see only the companies you want to shop at and streamline your experience. We understand that image is part of the first impression that you give to another person, so why not allow us to help you look your finest all the time.
RepTracker (A fitness tracking revolution)
Have you ever felt intimated by going the gym? Not finding enough motivation to come back week after week? Most trips to the gym usually result in haphazard, unplanned workout regimens that don’t benefit your body to its fullest potential. Hiring a trainer to help you plan your workout is costly, and it becomes difficult to track your progress over time. But what if there was something that could track your entire workout regiment, display your completed reps and weights, provide recommended workouts to compliment already exerted muscles and provide a social, competitive landscape among your friends? Introducing the RepTracker, a revolutionary gym fitness tracking device.
RPM (Creating a better way to access locations)
Currently, we have to carry multiple membership cards and key fobs to access different locations. Our team is creating mobile apps that stores the membership number in QR Code form and includes more information about the business. Our plan is to pilot this idea at a local gym, where the customers can scan in the QR Code ID in the mobile app. The customers would also have more information about hours of operation, schedule of training classes, and the promotions offered by the gym. In the future, we can implement this idea with other businesses, schools, and even rewards programs.
Second Snake (Health IT)
The problems facing the United States’ healthcare system are urgent; healthcare spending now accounts for 17% of the US’s GDP. Many possible solutions to this problem have been proposed. The most popular reforms involve centralizing a patient’s care in one location. One such reform is the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), in which a group of doctors across many specialties join together to take responsibility for a patient’s care. We are developing tools to ensure that patients in PCMHs receive coordinated care. Our tools can help PCMHs coordinate all aspects of care, such as scheduling follow-up visits with patients, ensuring the completion of lab tests, and delivering patients any needed specialist care. Seamless coordination will allow doctors to focus on providing great care without worrying that their patients will become lost in the healthcare system.
Solspot Systems (Solar off-grid charging for your electric vehicle anywhere, anytime.)
Solspot Systems Inc. is a startup company founded at the University of Texas at Austin dedicated to producing electric vehicle charging stations powered by renewable energy sources. The management team is comprised of accomplished engineers with extensive experience in solar and automotive technology. We are currently housed and consulted by Austin Technology Incubators and our technical team is mentored by industry leaders in the fields of solarphotovoltaics, battery technology, and power systems. Designed for easy installation and transportation, the patent-pending charging station is a covered canopy model with ample solar panels and optional small wind turbines. Internal battery storage is provided to store the solar energy, making it possible to charge the vehicle anytime of day. The station can also act as a backup generator capable of transferring power to structures and appliances in an emergency. During peak power demand, Solspot has the ability to draw power directly from the gird when necessary.
Stache Studios (Make Games, Like Gentlemen)
Our company rests on the basis that our products will meet our high standards of quality before we release them. To realize this goal, our owners are committed to reaching the extra mile, and working until the job is done rather than when it’s time to quit. In order to maximize profit, we seek spend as little as possible during production. We use free software, and as a small team work on our own time to produce a game we’re proud to have made.
TMFS (Low power ARM-based servers)
UThinkTank (Connect. Create. Organize. Execute.)
Just in America, there are 14 million university students. If even 1% of the 14 million went on to develop their own businesses with a revenue of 1 million per year, then the overall GDP growth would be a 140 billion dollars over the course of building those businesses. Unfortunately, starting a business is hard. uThinkTank is making it easier for student entrepreneurs to start a company by connecting them to cofounders, free professional guidance, and all the resources possibly needed to go from idea to company. Simply connect, create, organize, and execute. Currently, we are building the online hub for the IC2 Institute at the University of Texas. Look forward a new, easier platform to go from idea to company.
Visual Kite (We bring the power of social media to the brick and mortar.)
Brick and mortars aren’t taking advantage of social media. So we bring the power of social media to them, physically. We build dashboards—a TV and a computer—that display things like tweets, check-ins, and promotions. It increases user engagement, is pretty to look at, and allows the business to drive sales through real-time promotions.”
Zilker Motors, Inc. (Changing the way the world moves.)
Automotive manufacturer of high efficiency high performance sports cars. In addition to achieving 80 – 100 mpg, the cars feature passionate styling, motorsports spec handling and safety, and sporty acceleration. Our cars are hot enough for your date, safe enough for your baby, and love the planet.