Monthly Archives: September 2012

True sports fans know what they like, and we listened

Tout.it was asked: “How instrumental has user experience; user interface been in your product development?” We are fortunate in that we have a core group of über sports fans who have been testing our product and providing invaluable feedback. Tout.it…

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Reshaping kitchen sink approach to pitch pays off

Our pitch has changed tremendously since we joined the program. Although our team has had a lot of academic training for presentation skills prior to the JOLT program, we have learned many valuable lessons since. Perhaps the best lessons we…

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SlingRide focuses on the trust factor

With a wealth of social media communities before them, SlingRide founders Mike Holmes and Bryan Hurren decided the time was right to build a ride-sharing network. “We started working on the idea of allowing people with cars to ‘rent out’…

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The key to a good pitch: be human

I’ll admit it, when SlingRide started at JOLT we had a rambling, frenetic, and rapid fire pitch that resembled those old micromachine toy commercials from the 80s. Unless you were laser focused on us, you would never walk away understanding…

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Why having a lot of users doesn’t matter for startups

A year ago, I started a website called Vizualize.me. The premise was simple — in one click, it would transform your online resume from LinkedIn into a beautiful infographic. The site became phenomenally popular. All the popular tech blogs covered us. People…

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ShelfLife turns focus on gaining customers

For a social commerce engine such as ShelfLife, our customer acquisition strategy needs to include a mix of gamification, social and online advertising. We gamify by providing collectors with a Collector Dashboard that tracks their entire collection, provides useful stats…

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Sports fan site looks to score with ad revenue

It was an interrupted conversation in a bar about a sports event that inspired Keith Loo to do something for sports fanatics worldwide. As Mr. Loo, chief executive and co-founder of tout.it, and his business partners Addo Smajic and Miroslav…

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Paul Singh visits JOLT

This week, we welcomed Paul Singh, a well-known venture capitalist and a partner of 500 Startups, a Mountain View, California–based seed fund and mentorship-driven accelerator program. Paul Singh mentoring the JOLT startups.   On Tuesday morning, Paul met with the six JOLT startups to…

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Know when not to take advice

tout.it was asked, “What has been the best piece of advice given thus far from the seasoned advisors you’re working with?” Since Day 1, we have been offered a plethora of business-altering advice from the many awesome advisors, mentors, and…

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