E242: Santiago, Chile Meetup on This Week in Startups



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Coming direct from Chile to LA, the TWiST Santiago meetup saw five promising companies take a turn at the mic to pitch Jason and Tyler on their business. From artificial intelligence app makers to creators of interactive scavenger hunts, we covered a lot of startup ground, so watch it all go down!

0:00-2:15 Welcome everyone, to the second TWiST Santiago, Chile meetup!
2:15-4:30 Thank you to Scott Edward Walker of Walker Corporate Law for sponsoring the program! Everyone tweet their thanks to @ScottEdWalker!
5:30-6:15 James, how is everything down in Chile?
6:15-7:00 How is everything with the startup community down there, James?
7:00-9:00 Welcome to our special guest, Vivek Wadhwa!
9:00-9:30 So the companies will pitch, Tyler, Vivek and I will score them and then we’ll move on.
9:30-10:30 First up is Denis Todirica from GlazeOn pitching his social sharing button that allows donations to good causes. (See an example at http://static.glazeon.com/demo.html)
10:30-14:45 So, walk me through an example of how this works.
14:45-15:30 Tyler, what do you think?
15:30-16:00 Denis, is the idea that the publisher will pay the charity? What exactly is the transaction model?
16:00-16:30 Wasn’t there a cause-based ad network here in Los Angeles?
16:30-18:15 Vivek, what do you think?
18:15-20:15 Next up is Ian Ozsvald from Strong Steam (strongsteam.com), pitching an app store of data-mining and artificial intelligence APIs.
20:15-22:30 So far, I’m very impressed with what we see here.
22:30-25:00 Jason walks through a use case for this product.
25:00-27:15 Tyler: Could you make a better mouse trap of all the barcodes scanners?
27:15-28:30 Vivek: This is where technology is headed; this is the right way to go.
28:30-31:00 Thank you to GoToMeeting for sponsoring the show. Everyone thank @GoToMeeting!
31:00-32:15 Next up is Andrew Cross from Goosechase (goosechase.com), a mobile app for organizing and hosting interactive scavenger hunts.
32:15-34:30 Very nice website and video, this looks professionally designed.
34:30-38:15 The pricing seems a bit steep.
38:15-40:00 This is well done in terms of design and organization and UI, but it’s a much smaller market than something like Mint or Yammer.
40:00-41:30 Vivek: I agree with all of your advice, Jason.
41:30-43:00 Next is Jeremy Melul pitching Jogabo (jogabo.com), an online soccer community for creating and organizing games.
43:00-44:00 Jason gives Jogabo an 8 for the website design.
44:00-47:00 Vivek: In South America, they’re fanatical about soccer games.
47:00-49:15 If you had a mobile version, 80% of your traffic would be to the mobile site.
49:15-50:00 Vivek: There are more designers in Chile than almost anywhere else I’ve ever been.
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53:45-55:30 In a runner’s up pitch, Jia-Bang Lin Wang pitches EStation, which makes wireless charging stations powered by solar panels.
55:30-58:00 Inductive charging is out and lots of people are using these wireless charging mats.
58:00-1:00:00 Any cafe or bar would love to be able to offer this service for free to their customers.
1:00:00-1:02:00 Vivek: I think the technologies they’re talking about here are not practical, but he could pivot and work on this.
1:02:00-1:02:30 Let’s hear it for EStation, well done.
1:02:30-1:08:30 Jason, Tyler and Vivek all debate to pick a winner, who is…. StrongSteam!
1:08:30-1:10:00 Jason advices two companies to get together and do something bigger.
1:10:00-1:10:30 Thank you to GoToMeeting, Walker Corporate Law and Vivek.
1:10:30-1:12:30 Thank you to Urban Station for lending the space down in Santiago and also to the Founder Institute and PieHole.
1:12:30-1:13:00 Tyler: This is the best crowd yet! We’ll see you next time!

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