Posts by Erin Barry
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch14 days 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.”
- Erin Barry at Power Pitch1 mth ago
A small start-up from Buffalo, N.Y., is taking a swing at bringing big changes to golf.
“We’re … optimizing the only piece of equipment you use in every single shot—the golf ball,” said OnCore Golf’s co-founder Steve Coulton.
Coulton and co-founder Bret Blakely claim their golf balls’ hollow metal core helps players of all levels shoot straighter.
“Golf’s a challenging game and we’ve got a product that we think will make it a little bit easier for the golfers out there and hacks like ourselves on the golf course,” said Coulton.
See OnCore’s co-founders deliver their 60 second Power Pitch. Watch now to see if they have what it takes to score three “ins” from judges Charlie Rymer of Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive,” David Wu of venture capital firm Maveron and Dominic Chu of CNBC. Putting the ball to the test
- Power Pitch1 mth ago
There’s a start-up that's raised millions with a product that looks a lot like supercharged Legos. Instead of piles of plastic building blocks, imagine high-tech widgets that kids and adults can use to build inventive new electronic devices—from dog collars that light up when Fido barks to tricked out skateboards.
“We're breaking down barriers for people who are scared of electronics, for people who don't think they're interested in electronics, for people who feel uninspired by electronics,” said Ayah Bdeir, the founder and CEO of littleBits.
CNBC gave Bdeir 60 seconds to convince the Power Pitch panel and you that littleBits are the next big thing. Can she pull it off? Click the video and judge for yourself.
Electronics can be fun
Bdeir, an M.I.T. Media Lab alum, wanted to find a way to make electronics fun and accessible to those who haven’t spent years studying it.
- Power Pitch2 mths ago
Kinsa is a startup that's set out to revolutionize one of the world’s most common medical devices— and it's doing it by connecting the thermometer to your smart phone. Not only can the device take your temperature, but the company's CEO Inder Singh says it will ultimately track colds, flu and disease, empowering users with real-time information to stay healthy.
“Today a fever is a helpful indicator of illness but it doesn't guide you, it doesn't give you any context as to what to do, our thermometer does,” said Singh.
Watch the founder pitch his plan in just 60 seconds. Will he sway the panelists to give him a positive diagnosis? Click the video above and judge for yourself!
Before starting Kinsa, Singh, who was trained at Harvard Medical School, worked for the Clinton Foundation’s Health Access Initiative. He negotiated deals with pharmaceutical companies, and in turn gave millions of people suffering from HIV and malaria access to life-saving medicine.
- Power Pitch2 mths ago
Thomas Murray has come up with an unusual way to make money: His business model is to buy up some of the most valuable real estate in the world, then give it away.
Murray even told CNBC his company would love to give land to everyone who reads this article (more on that later).
It may not sound like a way to turn a profit, but Murray's convinced that his big idea, called Cuipo, will make money and help save the planet to boot.
Click on the video to see him deliver his 60-second Power Pitch on CNBC and judge for yourself.
The big giveaway
Since 1960, more than half of the earth’s rain forest has been deforested. Every second, an area the size of a football field is destroyed.
Murray told CNBC that he and his business partner, Gus Hurst, witnessed the ruin while on a business trip in Panama. That inspired them to start Cuipo (the name comes from an endangered tree species found in the Central American rain forest).
- Power Pitch3 mths ago
Most people find haggling with a used car salesman about as fun as root canal, but there’s a startup called Carvana looking to change the game.
“We want to make buying cars fun again,” said founder Ernie Garcia.
CNBC gave him 60 seconds to prove he has the drive to move his start-up into the fast lane to success.
Click the video above to see if he can persuade our panelists and audience that he can change how people feel about used-car shopping.
“Car salesmen are generally the least-trusted people consumers deal with,” Garcia told CNBC.
“We think that for a lot of people that current process is broken, so we want to try to fix it,” Garcia said.
He believes he’s fixed the process by taking the entire car-buying experience online. With Carvana, users can point, click and finance a used car in “as little as 30 minutes,” the site says.
- Power Pitch3 mths ago
This year, Power Pitch featured 53 founders from 46 start-ups—all with the courage to step up and deliver a 60-second pitch to experts and potential investors. They faced tough questions (and judgments) from some of the biggest names in venture capital, social media, fashion and food.
We’ve had a blast producing this series and look forward to featuring more in 2014.
Thanks to all the founders and panelists for participating, and to all our viewers!
And a huge thanks to all of our startups for sharing their big ideas:
We’ve all been there, running late, completely stressed out and searching for the keys that always seem to vanish at the most inconvenient moment. Nick Evans says he has a tiny invention that will make all our lives easier by helping make sure we never lose our keys again.
Evans’ invention is about 1/4 the size of a post-it note but he believes it’s packed with innovative technology that will make his company millions. We wanted to learn more about it (and find our keys) so CNBC gave Evans 60 seconds to convince you and the Power Pitch panelists his small idea has what it takes to find enormous success. Click the video and see for yourself.
Tile to the rescue?
"Tile is the world's largest lost and found ... basically thousands of people are helping you find your keys instead of just you," Evans said.
What came first the chicken or the egg? It’s an age-old debate, but for Hampton Creek founder and CEO Josh Tetrick, the real question isn’t what came first, it’s what comes next. And his answer may surprise you.
Tetrick’s big new idea is the chicken-less egg, and we asked him to take a crack at explaining it all in just 60 seconds to our Power Pitch panel, including a New York Magazine food editor and a chef with two Michelin stars.
Can Tetrick convince our Power Pitch panelists and you that his new egg is all it’s cracked up to be? Click the video above to find out.
What egged on Tetrick to go eggless?
The American Egg Board estimates that more than 250 million cases of eggs will be produced this year in the United States, and according to Tetrick, 1.8 trillion eggs are laid every year worldwide.
“This system of egg production is defined by radical inefficiency, by rising prices, by animal abuse, by environmental degradation,” said Tetrick.
Which is why Tetrick and his brainy staff, which includes biochemists, molecular biologists and Top Chef contestant Chris Jones, came up with a plant-based egg substitute that he said is cheaper and healthier than the real thing.
San Francisco resident Michael Keating says he has the answer to getting around slow buses, expensive cab rides and parking nightmares. Keating has crossed the smartphone with the electric scooter to create what he says is a greener, faster, and much cooler way to get around town. His start-up is called Scoot Networks.
“Scoot’s the only form of transportation in cities that is both fast like a taxi and affordable like mass transit,” said Keating. “It’s also really fun.”
Keating thinks his idea could change how YOU get around town, so CNBC gave him 60 seconds to prove it. Can he persuade you and a panel of experts to go along for the ride? Click the video to see his pitch and the electric scooters at the heart of his big idea.
Are electric scooters the future?