- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch1 day ago
A new app promises to turn your smartphone into a digital watchdog for personal finances. While it hunts for credit-card fraud in real time, it also searches the web for ways to save you cash while you shop. It's called BillGuard, and the app's creator, Yaron Samid, says, "BillGuard's mission is to empower people to better control, protect and do more with their money."
Watch Samid pitch his start-up to Alicia Syrett, board member of the New York Angels, Stephanie Palmeri, principal at SoftTech VC, and David Wu, general partner at Maveron. Will the panel be in or out on his big idea? Watch the video to find out.
Samid said he came up with the idea four years ago when his wife became the victim of credit fraud. A Google search of the fraudulent charge revealed thousands of other victims complaining about the same thing. The incident drove Samid to bring together data scientists, mathematicians and security experts to start BillGuard.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch8 days ago
A group of neuroscientists has created the first energy-drink designed to give a boost to your brain. It's called truBrain, and according to the company's CEO Chris Thompson, it packs a punch that's much smarter than a jolt of caffeine.
"Our mission is to quantify attention and productivity in the brain, and optimize performance," said Thompson.
Watch Thompson pitch his start-up to Vast Ventures partner Nikhil Kalghatgi, Pantegrion Capital founder and CEO Alicia Syrett and Maveron principal Rebecca Kaden. Will the drink quench the CNBC "Power Pitch" panel's thirst or leave a bad taste in their mouths? Watch the video to find out.
Thompson is the entrepreneur behind the smart-drink start-up, but the brain power behind the recipe comes from two UCLA researchers, Aida Attar and Andrew Hill, who lead the research and development.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch22 days ago
Sending flowers is common practice for saying "thank you" or "just because." However, co-founder of flower delivery start-up UrbanStems, Ajay Kori, said, "Sending flowers online today relies on a really inefficient process that can be really frustrating." He said his on-demand delivery start-up aims to nip those inefficiencies in the bud.
Watch the above video to see Kori pitch his start-up to a panel with Kelly Hoey, an angel investor and advisor to early stage companies, Kanyi Maqubela, venture partner at Collaborative Fund, and Jenny Lefcourt, partner at venture capital firm Freestyle. Will this start-up blossom, or will the panel nip it in the bud? Watch the video to see what happens.
Quality flowers quickly
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch29 days ago
With ski season in full swing, one Colorado start-up is revamping the traditional ski boot. Unlike those old-school boots, Apex Ski Boots founder Denny Hanson says, you'll find his comfortable.
Watch Hanson pitch his start-up to a panel with Dennis Crowley, a former ski and snowboard instructor and Foursquare founder, Sam Moulton, executive editor of Outside Magazine , and Alicia Syrett, a lifelong skier and New York Angels board member.
Will this panel on CNBC's "Power Pitch" call the boots Black Diamond worthy? Click the video to find out.
A ski industry veteran and skier of 60 years, Hanson is no bunny to the slopes. He co-founded Hanson Ski Boots with his brother Chris. The two introduced a rear entry ski boot in the 1970s. The goal then was to make getting in and out of ski boots easier.
With Apex Ski Boots, a start-up founded in 2008, the Hansons are going for comfort.
"The biggest complaint from skiers of all ages and abilities is that their boots are uncomfortable," Denny Hanson told CNBC.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch1 mth ago
Step up your shoe game, says Evan Fript and Ben Earley, founders of Paul Evans, a luxury menswear brand.
Watch the cofounders give their 60-second pitch to a panel with Carter Weiss, founding partner at Silas Capital, Alicia Syrett, founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital, and Kent Bennett, venture partner at Bessemer Ventures. Will the "Power Pitch" panel make them a shoe in or will they get cold feet? Watch the video to see what happens.
Best foot forward
While working in finance, Fript and Earley searched for affordable and stylish, high-quality shoes. They said they faced limited options in retail stores, so they decided to complement their custom suits with their very own footwear brand. "We know what young, successful, professional men want. We feel strongly that today's man is much more fashion forward and excited about looking great then ever before. This of course includes having the best shoes on the market," said Fript.
"We believe that shoes make the man," added Fript.
More quality for less
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch1 mth ago
Join the lingerie revolution, says French entrepreneur Morgan Hermand-Waiche. While shopping for his girlfriend, Hermand-Waiche found only expensive lingerie in limited sizes, an experience that led him to unhook the lingerie industry as we know it. He says his e-commerce start-up takes the best of Zara, Victoria's Secret and Amazon to produce fashionable and affordable intimates.
CNBC gave Hermand- Waiche just 60 seconds to reveal his new lingerie line to a panel of experts with Kelly Hoey, Cuurio Chief Marketing Officer, Nikhil Kalghatgi, Vast Ventures Partner, and Alicia Syrett, CEO of Pantegrion Capital. Will they find his start-up hot, or not? Watch the video to find out!
Boosting bottom lines
The Adore Me website
"We work with the largest manufacturers who supply large brands such as Calvin Klein, Victoria's Secret and DKNY," the founder told CNBC.
Inventory ranges from matching sets of bras and panties, to a plus-size collection, corsets and sleepwear, even swimwear. The founder said his start-up launches 30 to 40 new lingerie sets monthly.
- Heather Schnepf at Power Pitch1 mth ago
One entrepreneur says he's created the perfect device for every sports enthusiast: a high-tech glove to access their phones using their fingertips.
"GoGlove is a wearable, wireless remote to allow you to interact with your smartphone," said inventor Ben Harris.
Watch Harris give his 60-second pitch to a panel with Nihal Mehta, founding partner at Eniac Ventures; Michael Roberts, executive editor of Outside Magazine; and Matt Compton, an REI board member. Will the "Power Pitch" panel get their fingers on this new technology or will they be hands off?
All hands on deck
Avid skiers, Ben Harris and his cousin Eric Ely would listen to music carving down mountains. However, something as minor as changing a song or adjusting the volume meant having to remove bulky gloves. "When I was wearing a glove, I found it impossible to control my music with my phone in my pocket," Harris said.
This set them on a mission to "develop technology designed to simplify our lives and keep us enjoying the moment." The result: GoGlove.
At your fingertips
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch2 mths ago
One food industry veteran has some beef with the traditional store-bought burgers. He says he can do healthy burgers better.
"It's 52 percent less fat, has 34 percent fewer calories and it's also certified gluten free," pitched Steve Gold, founder of burger start-up Cluck 'n Moo.
Click the video above to watch Gold cook up his 60-second pitch to a panel with Chef Huda of "Cutthroat Kitchen," Nick Marsh, CEO of Chop't Creative Salad Co., and Nikhil Kalghatgi, partner at Vast Ventures. Will the "Power Pitch" panel eat up his chicken and beef hybrid or call it unappetizing?
As a former vice president of sales and marketing for major poultry supplier Murray's Chicken, Gold has more than 30 years in the food industry under his belt.
"With my guidance, Murray's was the first to introduce antibiotic-free chicken and turkey burgers," he told CNBC. Gold then hatched Cluck Inc. back in 2003.
- Power Pitch2 mths ago
One entrepreneur says you can earn thousands of dollars by playing your favorite mobile games.
Andrew Paradise, founder and CEO of the competition gaming platform Skillz, says killing time playing games on your phone can now make you thousands of dollars. Don't believe him, well he says his company paid $46,000 to one person for doing just that. The catch? You have to be really good at it.
CNBC gave Paradise 60 seconds to pitch his big idea to a panel with Alicia Syrett, founder and CEO of Pantegrion Capital; Kanyi Maqubela, venture partner at Collaborative Fund; and David Wu, partner at venture capital firm Maveron. Will the "Power Pitch" panel say game on—or game over? Game on
Paradise said he became frustrated with mobile in-game ads disrupting his gaming experience. He decided to create an ad-free gaming experience and find a way for game developers to monetize their content. The founder claims that with more than 1.5 billion mobile gamers worldwide, he hasn't just created a new company, he's "created an entire new industry."
Gamers pay a fee for each tournament they enter, and each tournament has different entry fees.
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch3 mths ago
Time for the marijuana industry to get a makeover, says Josh Gordon, founder and CEO of e-commerce start-up The Bureau.
He's weeding out tie-dye and leaf graphics for chic new designs. The 27-year-old said he has high hopes to "raise the standards for the [marijuana] industry," and nix the black-market feel.
"Whether we're talking about a grandmother dealing with [the] side effects of chemotherapy, or a modern professional that consumes recreationally, they deserve to be treated like the high-value consumer they are," said Gordon.
Watch this entrepreneur pitch his pot packaging to a panel with Troy Dayton, CEO of ArcView Group, a firm that connects investors to pot start-ups, David Dinenberg, founder and CEO of KindBanking, and Wendy Robbins, producer and director of "The Marijuana Show." Will the panel be in or nip his start-up in the bud?
Growing up, Gordon spent winters at his family home in Colorado, where the cannabis industry has gone more mainstream.