The Pitch

The Pitch

The Pitch Finale: Olapic, Dibsie and Markover Compete For The Big Prize


After seeing pitches from eight New York startups, Lerer Ventures narrowed it down to three finalists: Olapic, Dibsie and Markover.

In this episode Ben Lerer and Steve Schlafman, a principle at Lerer Ventures, sit down with the finalists to get a sense of how they have progressed over the month since the first pitch. “That’s like a year in early stage time,” notes Ben. Read More

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The Pitch, Episode Nine: Salido – Investing in People, Girlfriends as ‘Props’

There is nothing Shom Chowdhury likes less than getting stuck with more than his fair share of the tab. Salido, the next generation point of sale service he created with his brother Shu, is meant to address that through tablets and smartphones. If you show up late to a meal and missed a couple hundred bucks in bottle service, no problem. Using Salido you can check in to see exactly what your share is and pay right from your phone. Read More

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The Pitch, Episode Eight: Dibsie – Browsing for a Big Idea

Dibsie is a dynamic shopping catalog that learns users’s tastes and then surfaces products based on that data. It was founded by Garren Givens, Dylan Fareed and Scott Poniewaz, who previously worked together on CampusDibs, a daily deal site aimed at the college market.

Learning a user’s preferences in order to recommend him or her better products is a space that has seen a lot of activity in New York recently. Hunch was acquired by eBay to power just that sort of highly-personalized experience. Meanwhile, The Fancy just nabbed a $10 million investment from the biggest fashion brands on the planet to connect users’s taste in web surfing with luxury e-commerce.

Dibsie wants to play with both those models. Like eBay, it will be in part a self-serve platform, where small businesses can go to upload their products alongside more established brands. The company launched at the New York Tech Meetup in August and since then have added hundreds of small businesses that use Dibsie as a platform for their offers. Read More

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The Pitch, Episode Four: Markover – Growing Up Startup

It’s time for the fourth installment of our first original webseries, The Pitch. This episode features Markover, a startup founded by Kelsey Falter, who is making her way in the New York tech scene and finishing her undergrad at Notre Dame to boot, completing a degree in graphic and product design.

Ms. Falter grew up in a entrepreneurial household watching her mother run a small business. Now she is working on Markover, a service that allows users to comment anywhere on a page, creating a layer of live conversation around online media. Read More

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Meet The Startups From Our New Web Series The Pitch

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Shom and Shu Chowdhury - Salido

A college senior. A corporate banker. A toy maker and a fashion marketer. Betabeat got a broad swath of applications for our first web series from young companies around the tri-state area and beyond. Some of them are following a passion they can’t ignore, keeping their day jobs just to feed their families. Others have decided the opportunity in front of them is too big, and decided to jump into entrepreneurship now, safety net be dammed. Read More