Last week, two-year-old, NFX Guild, a Silicon Valley-based, invite-only accelerator program, hosted its newest demo day before 200 venture investors from Sand Hill Roadand San Francisco.
The outfit which is backed financially by the venture firms CRV, Shasta Ventures, Greylock Partners, and Mayfieldand works only with startups that have been referred to it through a network of scouts might have astonished attendees. NFXs last two batcheshave featured 16 and 13 companies, respectively. Its newest class wound up featuring2 1 companies a meaningful jump in size. The good news: with startupsfocused on health care, augmented reality, shoppingand more, there was seemingly something for everyone.
For those of you who didnt make it to NFXs demo day, here are thosecompanies it introduced( andthat we assume are actively fundraising as we type ).
Tagline : Your advantage for life. Description : Alto is an advantage club for people with disabilities and their families. Location : Palo Alto and Tel Aviv Competitors : The three-month-old company insists there isno advantage club today like it in the U.S .( It says to think of it like thefinancial services company USAA, except that rather than catering to military families, it caters to people with disabilities and their families .) Employees : 7 Capital created :$ 1 million in pre-seed fundingto date. Metrics : The company says it has developed the most comprehensivedatabase to date for paralysis products, and that it has compiled moresources for disability advantages than anyone has bothered to in the past, with thousands of discounts and benefits. Partners include the Christopher Reeve foundation and Variety The Childrens Charity, along withother organizations that collectively representmore than onemillion users. Team : Deep roots in the disability ecosystem. Cofounder and CEO Moshe Gaon previously co-founded a now two-year-old company focused on this same marketplace, called YooCan, with Alto cofounders Dror Kaliskyand Yoav Gaon.
Tagline : Augmented Reality operating system for outdoors. Description : AROS overlays an augmented layer onto the real world, enhancing users experiences through a variety of different activities. The company currently focuses on the industrial marketplace; it says it will take on the consumer market afterward. Location : San Francisco Competitors : None, it says, claiming it has a secret saucethatsprotected by patents. Employees : 9 Capital created : The company says it has raised $1.4 million from unnamed investors to date. Metrics : None yet Team : CEO Alon Getzis a former Israeli Air Force pilot; he says he and his cofounders have been developing augmented reality since the9 0s.
Tagline : Actionable big the necessary data for corporate travel. Description : FairFly is a four-year-old, real-time traveling data platform thats aiming to bringing a newlevel of efficiency to the $1.2 trillion corporate traveling market. Location : Palo Alto and Tel Aviv Competitors : Other fare-tracking technologies and startups. Employees : 18 Capital created : Before joining NFX Guilds newest batch, FairFly had raised a total of $4.7 million from investors. Metrics : FairFly says its been procuring potential savingopportunities on up to 26 percentage of tracked flights, with an average potential savings of $254 per opportunity. Team : FairFly has four founders, including CEO, Aviel Siman-Tov, who worked previously in the office of the premier of Israel. The company chairmanis Waze cofounder Uri Levine.
Tagline : A 3D publish network that produces usable products at scale. Description : Fleximatter is a 2.5 -year-old, B2B marketplace for designed products that aims to alloweverybody to design and sell large scale products that people actually use. The company says its machines can publish 20 days faster and 20 days cheaper than competitors products. Location : San Franciscoand Tel Aviv Competitors : Voodoo, Shapeways, or 3DHubs, butit says it we can manufacture at scale and sell products through a marketplace, unlike these companies. Employees : 3 Capital created : Fleximatter has hitherto created $700,000 fromprivate investors before joining NFX Guild. Metrics : It says it has more than 20 decorators working on its platform, and that more than 250 decorators are employing its marketplace to make their goods. Team : Cofounder and CEO Rami Chanan was previously a longtime VP at the industrial automation company Elmo Motion Control. He has two cofounders: Yshai Meshorer and Alex Vasilevski.
Tagline : Instant video messaging. Description : Frisbee is a group video messaging app being built by a squad that includes the Facebookemployees involved in theconception and development of Facebook Live. Currently in private beta, the app enables people to organize squads that act as threads for sending video messages instantly with a group of friends. Location : San Mateo, CA Competitors : Marco Polo, Tribe, Glide Employees : 4 Capital created : The squad has so far created $1.2 million from Greylock, SV Angel, Draper and NFX Guild. Metrics : It says the average useris looking at 12 videos per day and spending 9 minutes per day in the app. Team : CEO Vadim Lavrusik is a former Facebook product manager who led the team that developed Facebook Live and was involved inFacebook Mentions, a standalone app for public figures.
Tagline : Intelligence on demand. Description : Heat offer cognitive services in real time by a hybrid cloud in human beings and AI. Use examples range from data gathering, to text classification, to image editing and more. Heat says it stimulates AI accessible and usable by any business in the world. Location : San Francisco andTel Aviv Competitors : CrowdFlower, IBM Watson, Microsoft Cognitive Services Employees : Unknown Capital created : $220,000 from NFX Guild Metrics : The company says that 90 percentage of undertakings are picked up and addressed with under 15 seconds. Team : CEO Yigael Berger is a serial entrepreneur whose last company, Appixia, was acquired by Wix in 2014. His cofounder and CTO, Sagiv Malihi, was previously an infrastructure squad result at Cisco.
Tagline: Entertaining shopping on FB Live.
Description: HipDot is a next-generation QVC on Facebook Live. It employs a distributed network of influencers and HipDot hosts. It doesnt carry inventory or handle fulfillment.
Location : Los Angeles, SF Bay Area Competitors : QVC, HSN Employees : 4 Capital created : $220,000 from NFX Guild Metrics : The startup says that video engagement and store traffic is growing at over 2x every two weeks. It also say that more than 4 percentof views result immediately to store trafficand that the average basket totals more than $38. Team : FoundersJeff Sellinger and Mo Winter have worked together for 10 years, including ar Shopkick, which Sellinger cofounded and thatwas acquired in 2014 for $200 million by SK Planet.( Winter was Shopkicks creative director .)
Tagline : Hired.comfor healthcare.( Hired is a jobs placement marketplacewhere applicants vie for tech jobs .) Description : Incredible Health says its setting out to addresswhat it characterizes as thelargest labor shortage in the country: nurses.How: itsweb application and automated procedures is also intended to speed up hiring, efficiency, and quality for both undertaking candidates and hospital employers. Location : San Francisco Competitors : Job boardslike LinkedIn, Monsterand Indeed, as well as traditional recruiting agencies Employees : 2, including founders Capital created : $340,000, including NFX Guild Metrics : This company launched just three weeks ago as part of the NFX programand says 28 hospitals have already signed upand posted openings for2 000 nursingjobs. Team : Iman Abuzeid, the CEO and cofounder, is a medical doctor, as well as an alum of McKinsey& Co. Rome Portlock, CTO and cofounder, is a software engineer with 15 years of experience at Amazon, Eventbrite and other startups.
Tagline : Buy the building materials you find online. Description : Materialist wants to bethe central hub for manufacturers to sell interior design and construction products online. Toward that aim, it providesan access phase for decorators and contractors to purchase via exclusive trade pricing in one location. Location : San Francisco Competitors : BuildDirect, Architizer Employees : 4 Capital created : $750,000 prior to NFX Guild Metrics : The year-old companyalready features more than 6,000 products from more than 50 suppliers. Team : Matt Grigsby( CEO ), George Sibble( CTO ), Grant Szempruch( COO)
Tagline : Crowdfunding done right. Description : MindBlower wants to gives inventors and decorators a chance to turn their ideas into realityby conducting viability research, choosing the ideas that are most likely to succeed, and providing support along the way to help ensure the ideas are developed into marketable products. Location : London Competitors : Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Telebrands Employees : 10 Capital created : Pre-seed funding NFX and private investors Metrics : None disclosed.
Team: CEO Carmit Turgeman is an industrial engineer and the entrepreneur behind the Travalo perfume atomizer, which she says has sold $350 million of product.
Tagline : Hauling together. Description : Mudflapaims to build thelargest virtual fleet in the U.S. Location : Palo Alto
Competitors : Landstar, Truckstop.com, DAT Employees : 5 Capital created : $220,000 from NFX Guild and iAngels Metrics : The company says it has already identified more than 405,000 truck-friendly parking places andrestaurants. Team : The squad claims deep expertise in trucking/ transportation( Trucker Path, Waze, Metromile) and marketplaces( Klout and Care.com ).
Tagline: A global network of local radio stations.
Description: Nine-year-old Nobex Technologies offer a hosted platform for more than4, 000 radio stations. This platform includes white-label mobile applications, a back-end portal for business intelligence and playlist insights, and multiple listener engagement tools.
Location : Tel Aviv Competitors : Jelli, WideOrbit Employees : Undisclosed Capital created : Undisclosed Metrics : 4,300 stations are on the platformand it claims more than 25 million users globally. Team : CEO Gadi Mazorhas founded three companies previouslyand was until recently a general partner with OurCrowd, the crowdfunding platform.
Tagline : Automatingvisual content creation at scale Description : Octopus enables companies to order and manage the creation of proprietary, high-quality visual content, including photography, videography, 360 -degree and aerial imagery. With the Octopus API and software embedding in their business workflows, business are capable of creatingon-demand, professional visual content quickly and cost efficiently at any scale, says the company. Location : San Francisco andBerlin Competitors : Smartshoot, 500 px Employees : 21 Capital created :$ 1million prior to NFX Guild Metrics : In 2016, 500,000 unique images were taken in 21 countries for clients that includeOpenTable, Pricelineand Delivery Hero. Team : Founded by serial entrepreneur Andre Lutter and imagery expert Mo Hamid, the Octopus team consists of 21 international members who blend visual content, product, and engineering experience from companies like Airbnb, Wix.com, and Microsoft.
Tagline : 1-800-FUNERAL
Description: Partings software aims to transform the highly fragmented, $20 billion funeral industry by empowering funeral home with the ability to digitize their workflow and provide better consumer experiences.
Location : San Francisco, CA Competitors : Passare, Willing, MeetGrace Employees : 4 Capitalraised : $470,000, including from NFX Guild Metrics : It says it has 150 paying funeral homes and is watching $50,000 in monthly gross merchandise value. Team : Co-founder and CEO Tyler Yamasaki has built and sold multiple affiliate marketing companies. Co-founder Will Chang ran product for a venture-backed company that was acquired by Teespring. Co-founder Stephen Chen was a result software engineer at Teespring. Co-founder Albert Chang ran his own vertical at QuinStreet.
Tagline : Business messaging for customers andsuppliers. Description : Riptide lets business open up SMS and Messenger for all employees to communicate with clients. This entails sending invoices, processing payments, and working with suppliers. Location : San Francisco Competitors : HeyWire( Salesforce ), SideLine Employees : 6 Capital created : $300,000 in pre-seed fund, including from NFX Guild Metrics : In verticals like auto mend, appliances, real estate, and fitness, business adopting Riptide have improved their turnover as much as 30 percentage, says the company. Team : Riptide is led by CEO Doug Marinaro, who previously cofounded the real estate marketplace LiquidSpace.
Tagline : Music with friends.
Description: Voices is an app to detect and share music with friends. The company wants to match users with theirmusical soulmates to construct their musical graph,( a term ithas apparently trademarked ).
Location : San Francisco Competitors : Spotify, Snapchat Employees : 10 Capital created : $1.7 million in pre-seed fund prior to joining NFX Guilds new batch of companies Metrics : The five-year-old company says it already has 1million monthly active users a number thats organically growing 25 percentage, month over month. Team : Founder and CEO Rhai Goburdhun previously founded a digital marketing agency.
Tagline : Building resilience in the workplace. Description : Summer helps employers avoid and manage stress and nervousnes in their workplaces by offering them self-guided and coach-assisted programs. Location : San Francisco Competitors : MyEquilibrium, MyBrainSolutions.com, Whil.com, Lantern Employees : 3 Capital created : $600,000 from NFX Guild, iAngels and angels Metrics : The company saysit has letters of intentwith health platforms that reachone million employees through their clients. Team : CEO Dhaval Chadha has now been cofounded two companies and was a venture partner at Vox Capital.
Tagline : Augmented Reality entertainment Description : Limitless Reality createsAR entertainment. Its first product, KAZOOLOO, is a game board that connects to a mobile app and has generated more than $5.4 million to date. Itslatest venture, RealityRoom, is an augmented reality entertainment networkthat gives users access to an array of AR entertainment, like popular gamesand live streaming. Location : San Francisco Competitors : Everyone else doing AR entertainment Employees : 12 Capital created :$ 2million prior to the companys involvement in NFX Guild. Metrics : The company says it has sold more than 250,000 units and that it has watched $5.4 million in gross merchandise value. Team : Cofounder and CEO Andy Schwartz graduated from Tel Aviv University in 2012 before making KAZOOLOO.
Tagline : E-commerce for the rest of the world. Description : Utopia helps consumers in emerging marketplaces discover and buy products from the U.S.andChina, powered by a network of social dealer influencers. Location : San Francisco Competitors : Wish, Little Red Book, AliExpress Employees : 30 Capital created : $500,000 Metrics : The company says it has shipped 150,000 so far and that it find$ 6 million in gross merchandise revenue last year. Team : Both cofounders both run at Facebook, and CEO Mostafa ElBatsh ran at Google in itsemerging marketplaces team.
Tagline : Communications and payments for home builders and their teams. Description : Villa is amarket network for home builders and remodelers. Villas project feed streamlines payments and messaging between general contractors, proprietors, subcontractors and designers, and its software replaces the paper forms, text messages and multiple email threads currently used in new construction and remodeling projects. Location : Berkeley, CA Competitors : Buildertrend, Co-construct, Procore
Employees : 5
Capital created : $300,000 from NFX Guild and angel investors. Metrics : Villa launched this month in limited beta and already, it says, more than 100 contractors are on itswaitlist. It also claims its beta users report saving 8p ercent to 10percent of the timethey typically spend on projects by employing Villa.
Team: CEO Jonathan Heyne recently nabbed his MBA from UC Berkeley. As a student at Tel Aviv University, he cofounded a company called Student that aimed to disrupt the Israeli SAT preparation market. It was acquired for undisclosed terms by an Israeli education group.
Tagline : Conversational games. Description : Volley constructs casual games that are optimized for messaging apps and voice interfaces. Location : San Francisco Competitors : Zynga, Supercell, Machine Zone Employees : 2 Capital created : $400,000 from NFX andundisclosed angel investors. Metrics : The company claims it has 25,000 users Team : CEO Max Child was previously an associate at Boston Consulting Group; he and fellow Harvard classmate( and Volley CTO) James Wilsterman say theyvebeen building games for Facebook Messenger since the launch of the platform.