Posts by Erin Barry
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch14 days ago
Traffic jams, parking nightmares—traveling in a city can be a pain. Florida resident Matt Belcher has the answer to make trips around town easier and more fun with his "smart" skateboard.
"The Marbel electric skateboard is a lightweight, fast and easy-to-use form of transportation. It is the lightest electric vehicle in the world weighing at only 9 pounds," he says.
CNBC gave the founder 60 seconds to pitch to a panel of experts—and viewers—that his company will ride to success.
The panel included Andrew Mitchell, the founder and managing partner of Brand Foundry; Greg Selkoe, the CEO of Karmaloop; and Don Brown, a world champion skateboarder and chief brand strategist at Sole Technology. CNBC anchor Mandy Drury hosted the segment.
Will they get on board? Watch the video to find out!
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch1 mth ago
What do Bradly Cooper, Ellen DeGeneres, Meryl Streep, and Brad Pitt have in common? Besides being part of Hollywood's elite, they also shared a moment in Twitter history. The "selfie" snapped by Cooper, and posted by DeGeneres, became one of the most retweeted posts ever.
Well now there's a start-up that is trying to make every selfie look as perfect as possible (minus the celebs).
"Our mission is to light front facing camera users while they take selfies, skype, or facetime so they can look amazing, even in the dark," explained Allan Shoemake, president of Glow Enterprises, which makes the LuMee Case.
Shoemake had 60 seconds to make his pitch to Wired Magazine writer Issie Lapowsky, NEA Partner Patrick Chung, Maveron Principal Rebecca Kaden and CNBC host Mandy Drury. But will the Power Pitch panel think his idea is the next big thing, or just a shot in the dark? Watch the video above to find out!
Lightbulb goes off
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch1 mth ago
Sometimes we need the perfect way to say "I love you" or "I'm thinking of you," or even "I screwed up!" But what happens when the flowers you send don't resemble what you paid for? Start-up BloomNation hopes to nip that in the bud.
"At the end of the day we ended up getting something that was delivered in a box or looked nothing like we saw on the Internet. We got so tired we had to do something about it," pitched co-founder David Daneshgar.
Daneshgar along with co-founder Farbod Shoraka had 60 seconds to pitch their big idea to our panel of experts including: Jenny Lefcourt, Freestyle Capital Investor and founder of the WeddingChannel.com, Kent Bennett, Bessemer Ventures Partner, and Eurie Kim, Forerunner Ventures Principal. Watch the video to find out if they were in or out!
Poker to petals
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch2 mths ago
Kristen McClellan hated taking time out of her vacation to apply sunscreen. The process was time consuming, and if she missed those pesky, hard to reach spots she’d burn. McClellan thought there just had to be a better way and started developing a solution while still a student at Cornell University.
“I really think SnappyScreen is going to be the next big thing for sunscreen application. We’re not only going to make this easier for people but really provide something that is going to help the epidemic of skin cancer,” McClellan said.
McClellan “Power Pitched” her start-up to panelists Women Innovate Mobile co-founder Kelly Hoey, Prevention magazine’s beauty and lifestyle director Olessa Pindak, and Lucaspoint Ventures founder and CEO Adam Quinton. Will the panelists think this business has a bright future? Click the video above to find out!
Sun Protection 2.0
Finding time to get everything done during a 40-hour work week can be a struggle. For women, those time constraints can make beauty appointments hard to keep. That’s why Katina Mountanos and Liz Whitman started Manicube.
“[Our mission] is to make the lives of working women easier,” Mountanos said.
See Katina Mountanos and Liz Whitman pitch their start-up Manicube to “Power Pitch” panelists Menlo Ventures managing director Sonja Hoel Perkins, Minx Nails CEO Janice Jordan, and Galvanize Ventures Kate Shillo. CNBC viewers also got a chance to vote during the segment. Manicube's Pitch received 21,000 votes. Click the video above to see the results!
After graduating from Harvard Business School, Mountanos and Whitman entered the financial services industry. They noticed that services for their male colleagues, such as shoe shining and hair barbers, were readily available at the office, however, there were no services for women.
Getting around town without a car can be a hassle. And while owning a car brings convenience – it also brings a lot of extra costs, like insurance and parking. One start-up trying to solve both problems is Getaround.
“We enable car owners to share their car when they’re not using it, which is about 23 hours a day, making over $10,000 a year,” pitched Jessica Scorpio. “We’re connecting car owners with people who need a car.”
CNBC gave the car-sharing start-up founder just 60 seconds to “Power Pitch” her business to Corum Group President Nat Burgess, Vast Ventures Partner Nikhil Kalghatgi, Revolution Director Evan Morgan, and CNBC host Mandy Drury.
Click the video above to see whether our panelists get in or get out on Getaround.
Getting Getaround started
The fight against cancer can be stressful, scary and uncomfortable. The founders of the start-up Chemo Cozy know this first hand, and have developed a product to make the experience of chemotherapy more pleasant.
"We're not curing cancer. … We just want to make [patients] more comfortable while they are going through these treatments, because it's not easy," said co-founder Greg Hamilton.
CNBC gave Hamilton and his wife and partner, Ellen, 60 seconds to present their idea to “Power Pitch” panelists Dr. Nimesh Nagarsheth, Norwest Venture Partners' Casper de Clercq and CNBC host Mandy Drury. Click the video to see whether they thought the company had what it takes to become a successful business.
Greg Hamilton has been a cancer survivor since 2010. His treatments have included chemotherapy and surgeries. During chemo, nurses needed to repeatedly access different areas, like his forearm and chest where he had infusion sites. This would sometimes require him to disrobe when he was already feeling cold and uncomfortable from the treatment.
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch4 mths ago
"Everyone wants a great shave - they just don't want to pay millions for it," said Phil Masiello the co-founder of 800Razors.com.
CNBC gave Masiello 60 seconds to “Power Pitch” his online razor company to investment advisor Nikisha Alcindor, Lightbank partner Paul Lee and CNBC host Mandy Drury. See whether the panelists thought the pitch was a clean shave or left some razor burn.
Masiello and his co-founder Steven Krane came up with the direct-to-consumer razor idea while on a work trip in 2011. The airline lost their luggage, and they spent more than $30 for just eight cartridges on the road.
"My business partner and I were outraged at the prices we were paying for razors," Masiello said.
After researching the industry, they realized that they could easily lower prices by cutting out retailers. But in order to compete with the established razor companies, they would also have to find a manufacturer to create a product of equal quality.
"[We have] an exclusive agreement with one of the world's largest razor manufacturers who is right here in the United States," Masiello said.
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch4 mths ago
Two best friends are on a mission to reinvent a kitchen staple—that hasn’t changed in more than 50 years.
“We’re making ketchup interesting again,” said co-founder Scott Norton.
CNBC gave Norton and co-founder Mark Ramadan 60 seconds to Power Pitch their condiment company Sir Kensington’s to executive chef and restaurateur Michael Psilakis, Chop’t Creative Salad Company CEO Nick Marsh and CNBC host and foodie Dominic Chu. See whether they gave them a thumbs up or just a bunch of rotten tomatoes in the above video!
Back to basics
The co-founders met while studying at Brown University and discovered they both shared a love for food. During their senior year, in 2004, they came across an article in the New Yorker about consumers’ perception of Heinz as the superior ketchup. To them, the idea that ketchup could only have one universally loved formula was fundamentally flawed—and they saw an opportunity.
“Ketchup is in 97 percent of American homes,” said Ramadan. “It’s a multibillion dollar market and it hasn’t evolved in 50 years.”
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch5 mths ago
As shoppers head down the grocery aisle – they may notice a new brand of meat on the shelves. But unlike Boar’s Head or Perdue, this meat doesn’t come from animals—it comes from processed plants.
CEO Ethan Brown says he believes Beyond Meat’s products taste and feel so much like the real thing they will end up on the dinner table of vegans and meat lovers alike.
“We think meat is great—we just think that meat made from plants is the right way to go.”
CNBC gave the entrepreneur 60 seconds to Power Pitch his meatless meat to Bravo TV’s “Top Chef Masters” host Curtis Stone, CNBC reporter Sheila Dharmarajan and CNBC host Mandy Drury. Will they bite or is it more than they can chew? Click the video above to find out! The meat of the matter
Brown is vegan, and doesn’t consume any animal products in his diet. However, according to the company’s research, there is a growing trend of people who eat meat but want to find alternatives at least once or twice a week.
“Seventy-million Americas today are actively reducing their meat consumptions,” Brown said. “It’s [those] folks that we’re after.”