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Techstars Demo Day Chicago 2014


NOTE: If you want to see the pitches from Demo Day live, you have one more chance.  Tuesday September 9th at 6:00pm we will be holding Community Demo Day at the Northwestern Law School Auditorium.  There are still tickets available, but you should register quickly!!  -> Community Demo Day Registration

Here is my post about this year’s Demo Day:

Each year I look forward to Demo Day more than any other day of the year.

Each year I am more and more amazed by the entrepreneurs and what they accomplish.

Each year the bar is raised higher and higher. It cannot continue forever, but it certainly did this time, WOW!

With the pressure on and the House of Blues packed, our ten companies gave the best presentations of their lives. They rose to the occasion, putting an exclamation point on months of intense hours and late nights.

It has been my pleasure to watch our entrepreneurs grow and their products develop over the summer. It’s a testament to the Techstars approach that we were able to pack years worth of acceleration into just a couple of months. We definitely did more, faster.

Join me in wishing them great luck in the future, not that they need it. These ten teams have the never-stop work ethic that creates luck in the first place.

They are going to succeed, and with your help, they can succeed even faster. Whether it’s as an investor, as a customer or just as a cheerleader, find a way to support our ten newest Techstars alumni. They’ve earned it.

Clutch Prep helps college students get better grades with textbook-specific videos.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “Voodoo Math”

Data Everywhere is the cloud database that unlocks your spreadsheet data and makes it available in Excel, Google Sheets, iOS, APIs and more.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “(before DataEverywhere) You are in ‘Excel Hell!’”

Gamewisp gives gaming celebrities the tools to interact with their devoted fans and monetize their content.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “Be the mushroom to our Mario.”

InRentive automates marketing and analysis of residential rental listings across multiple listing services and social media platforms.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “Four times as many at 7% higher rates…”

MartMobi helps online retailers dramatically increase mobile conversions by offering beautiful sites and apps using our turnkey mobile e-commerce platform.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “BOOM!”

NexLP’s next-generation analytics and visualization technology dramatically reduces enterprise costs related to eDiscovery, fraud investigations and compliance.
My favorite moment of their pitch: The announcement of $2M in funding.

Package Zen makes managing deliveries and packages simple, beginning with solutions for front desk staff, doormen and mailrooms.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “We just processed 500 more packages, here at the House of Blues…”

Tangiblee enables online retailers to provide a realistic shopping experience for any product, leading to higher conversion, fewer returns and happier customers.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “We help you with your marriage”

Telnyx is enabling universal voice communication via the web, regardless of application or device type.
My favorite moment of their pitch: “True VoiP is a fraud”

WeDeliver provides a digital platform for flexible, on-demand delivery of unique and curated products in order to increase local merchant sales.
My favorite moment of their pitch: The launch of their new product, Locally.

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