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Our friends at Earbits made a huge splash recently! Earbits is an ad-free indie music streaming service. They’ve been around for a couple of years now and continue to launch features that keep pushing them above other music streaming services.
Earbits just released “the first social currency for steaming music” called Groovies. Groovies are a way for Earbits to pay artists in data and promotion from fans performing certain actions. Fan use Groovies to stream songs on-demand and can earn them many different ways: opening an Earbits account, sharing music from Earbits via Facebook or Twitter, and “Liking” the band’s official Facebook page or email list. The fans get instant access to great music and the artist establish a data connection to these fans to promote live shows, downloads, t-shirts, and many other things.
If you think about it, fans are already talking about the music they like whether it’s because they “liked” that band on Facebook or are tweeting about it. So the guys at Earbits thought why not encourage fans to do more of this and get something in return.
Check out the other press Earbits has received on this new release:
- Groovy, baby: Earbits’ social currency lets indie music fans unlock on-demand streaming features
- Earbits Launches Social Music Currency ‘Groovies’
- At Earbits radio you promote the music, earn “Groovies.” and listen on demand
- Earbits Launches ‘First Social Currency for Steaming Music’
We’re excited to have Earbits in the portfolio. Keep an eye out for more exciting announcements coming soon from this incredible team.
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Posted by Kacey on March 1, 2013 No Comments
After spending many hours submitting nominations for the coveted TechPoint Mira Awards for our Sprouts, I received many emails of congratulations. Our Sprouts’ hard work had paid off and I felt it was necessary to call and wake Brad up at 1 in the morning to tell him the good news (he may not have thought that was necessary)!
Maybe you haven’t heard of the Mira Awards, so let me take a second to tell you about them and why this is a big deal for many of our Sprouts and for Bloomington’s tech scene. TechPoint helps promote Indiana’s tech sector by supporting the success of tech companies and professionals in the state. They also support the formation, expansion and attraction of tech companies within Indiana. Each year, TechPoint hosts the Mira Awards which recognizes excellence and innovation in technology in the state of Indiana. These awards focus on the important role technology plays in Indiana’s economy. There are 12 different categories. This year there were well over 100 nominations. SproutBox, along with 3 other Sprouts, were all named finalists in different categories! So it’s pretty awesome to be nominated, even more awesome to be selected as a finalist!
This Thursday TechPoint judges will hear from all finalists in a 20 minute interview. Check out the awards we’ve been named finalists for:
It is an honor to be named a finalist and congratulations to our Sprouts! Good luck and let’s bring home those awards!
We want to wish fellow Bloomington tech company, Bloomingsoft, good luck! They have been named a finalist in the category of Health Information Technology Excellence & Innovation Award.
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Posted by Kacey on February 20, 2013 No Comments
Our Sprout Showcase Series is focusing on one of our “Home Sprouts” this week. CheddarGetter is the brain child of SproutBox Co-founder, Marc Guyer. They are the answer to your recurring billing needs! Check out the update on CheddarGetter.
What they are about: Recurring billing system that grows with your company and makes managing your customers easy and painless. This system is a subscription-based management system which makes it easy to accept and track one-time charges and recurring payments.
Interview with Adam Quirk, CMO:
Why did you start this company?
“CheddarGetter was built by SproutBox to handle recurring billing needs of its future Sprouts. After releasing it into the wild in 2010, we realized it was a viable product in its own right and spun it off into its own company.”
What is your company’s biggest accomplishment?
“We have built a profitable company organically by focusing on product first.”
Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?
” Build something that serves a very focused niche. Move away from home, at least for a few years. Try something new. Carry a notebook.”
Where are you now (location, position of the company)?
“Bloomington. We’re profitable and growing organically. “
Where do you hope to be in the near future?
“We’d like to become the de facto primary billing option for startup software companies.”
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Posted by Sarah on January 23, 2013 No Comments