This Thursday Verge Bloomington is having a jam-packed night of tech bliss and awesomeness. We have a connection to all three entrepreneurs involved and this will be the first time for some of you to hear from them! You won’t want to miss out.
We have Joey Flores from Earbits joining us from the West Coast this week and will be pitching at Verge Bloomington. We recently just launched the Earbits Android App, which has had over 4,500 downloads. With the Earbits team not living in Bloomington or even Indiana, this is really a special opportunity for everyone to learn more about what Earbits is doing and has to offer. If you’re an Android user, be sure to download the app and start discovering new music.
The RunUp Labs class is rapidly approaching graduation of the program with pitching at Demo Day. In fact, Demo Day is this Friday. The Verge community will be one of the first to hear about one of the seven companies, Evacua. Evacua has come a long way in the past 10 weeks and has a great product that will disrupt the tech travel scene.
The last connection we have with Thursday’s Verge is with Mike Preuss, the entreprenreur for the fireside chat. Mike Preuss graduated from IU and then moved to the West Coast. Luckily, Indiana held a special place in his heart and after hearing about one of our Sprouts, Visible.vc, he agreed to join the team and become the general manager. Not only will he tell you about Visble, but he’ll also shed some light on the advantages and difficulties of working across the country from the headquarters.
You can bet the SproutBox team will be at Verge and supporting all of these great startups. This is going to be a great chance for you all to learn a little more about the Sprouts you don’t get to hear much about and network with some new faces.
We’ll see you at 5:30pm on Thursday at Brother’s. Make sure to join the Meetup!
| | |
Posted by Kacey on May 7, 2013 No Comments
One of the RunUp Labs startups is launching today in Indianapolis!
Hailing a taxi shouldn’t be such a headache. PocketCab is a mobile application that makes getting a taxi quick and easy. The app allows users to connect with and hail cabs directly from their smartphones. Anyone who has ever stood in the rain trying to grab a taxi can understand PocketCab’s value. The app also benifits cab drivers allowing them to attract new customers, track current earnings, and optimize fares.
The first part of their launch, was a private event last night called “Finding Your Voice,” that was sponsored by Indy companies: KA+A and Verge. The event featured free $10 cab rides for everyone in attendance so they could try out the app.
PocketCab has partnered with over 30 bars and hotels in the Indianapolis area. Residents of Indy have the chance to download and try the app for free before anyone else.
In addition to being a RunUp Labs company, PocketCab was already a member of the SproutBox portfolio. We’ve enjoyed working with the team from the beginning and are excited to see the app in users hands!
Check out Avram’s, founder of PocketCab, interview with Indianapolis Fox 59 News!
Follow @PocketCab on twitter for the latest updates on the Indy launch, the company, and #PocketSwag!
| | |
Posted by Tricia on April 26, 2013 No Comments
We’re very excited to announce the launch of our newest Sprout, the mobile app for Earbits! Earbits is a leading online radio and music marketing service and today they are launching a beautifully designed Android mobile app!
The app has many unique features like the ability to blend the listener’s music from their phone with Earbits’ 350 commercial-free music channels. Once the user has installed the app, they receive music recommendations based on the songs stored on their phone. Users can then play Earbits’ music or their own music- or a blend of the two. Users control exactly how much new discovered music is in their listening experience.
A lot of features carried over from the Earbits Web experience like the ability to earn Groovies for every artist-friendly action. Groovies can be redeemed for access to on-demand tracks and other rewards. Through the Groovies Button on the mobile app, Earbits’ makes it simple for users to support and promote their favorite artists. Users can earn Groovies by taking actions like recommending an artist to friends via facebook or signing up to join the artist’s email list.
Some other awesome things about Earbits:
- Unlike Pandora and other streaming music apps – Earbits is available worldwide.
- Groovies is the first social currency for streaming music that listeners earn for supporting their favorite artists.
- It’s 100% free and 100% commercial free!
We are thrilled to finally share this amazing app with the public. Android users can now discover and listen to world’s best independent music!
Get the free Android App here: Earbits Radio
iOS users make sure to check Earbits out on the web!
Check out the articles about the release on:
- TechCrunch: Earbits Brings Its Indie Music Discovery Service to Android
- HypeBot: Earbits Online Radio Launches Android App, Reveals Success of Social Currency
- TechZulu: Earbits: Growing and Going Mobile
| | |
Posted by Kacey on April 25, 2013 No Comments