NY Startup Interview: Gili Golander, Founder/Fashion Director, Bazaart

Today, we’re excited to be interviewing Gili Golander, Founder/Fashion Director, Bazaart.  Bazaart reinvents fashion catalogs on tablets. With Bazaart, fashion brands and their fans can create shoppable interactive catalogs, on top of Pinterest. Bazaart is the first-ever Pinterest-driven, user-generated, 24/7 fashion catalog.

Q: What is your company/service?

“Bazaart is a personal fashion catalog for tablets. It combines the beauty of the print catalogs, the sleek interaction of tablets, and the curation of Pinterest into a unique, engaging, shopping experience. With Bazaart, fashion brands and their fans can create shoppable collage based catalogs using Pinterest pins.

The alpha version of Bazaart that’s on the App Store is an iPad app that lets you restyle Pinterest pins to make a collage. With one tap of your finger, Bazaart lets you grab your favorite fashions, trends and styles from Pinterest boards. And then, in seconds, you can mix, match and create a collage to re-pin it to Pinterest. On the social side, you can re-pin and explore items while sharing your inspired new fashion ideas with friends and fans. Read the rest of this entry »

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NY Startup Interviews: Anoop Kansupada, Founder/CEO, Dapprly, Inc.

We’re excited to feature an interview with Anoop Kansupada, Founder/CEO, Dapprly, Inc.  Dapprly is a social men’s fashion app that allows users to get private or public style advice. All you have to do is take photos of two different outfits, note where you’re going and when you’re going there. After that, it’s up to your friends or the public to vote for what looks best!

Q: What were you doing before starting this company?

After completing my degree in International Business and Hospitality Management at GW and a series of poor internship experiences in various fields of finance, I realized that the best way to figure out what I wanted to do was to get detached from all of it and start with a fresh mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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Yet another incubator in New York… New York Digital Health Accelarator launches

Not that we don’t like incubators, or investors, or any type of money going towards startups.  But there’s probably a limit to how many incubators the city needs.  New York Digital Health Accelerator is joining a growing group of healthcare focused incubators (Rock Health, Blueprint Health, Healthbox, and many more) as well as the growing group of New York City accelerators (TechStars, ERA, DreamIt, SeedStart, and many more).  Whatever happened to just building a startup out of your parents’ garage?

Read more on TechCrunch.

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CourseHorse raises $500K seed round

NYC startup, CourseHorse, raised a seed round of investment of $500,000 for their company, which is a platform that curate classes from local instructors.  They currently have a live product that offers 20,000 classes from 500 class providers, and are looking to use the funding to expand across the U.S.  From TechCrunch:

“CourseHorse, a New York City-based startup that runs a platform that curates the best classes from local education providers along with a centralized booking engine for prospective students, has raised $500,000 in a seed funding round led by a group of investors including New York Angels, NYC Seed, Pinterest’s first investor Brian Cohen, and others.”

Read more at TechCrunch.

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StartupDigest gets acquired by Startup Weekend

Hot off of TechCrunch, StartupDigest has been acquired by Startup Weekend.  StartupDigest.com is a local events resource and email newsletter that had over 230,000 subscribers.  Seems like a great fit with Startup Weekend, which is the organizer of hackathons across the world.  While the companies aren’t based in NY (Seattle for Startup Weekend and Palo Alto for StartupDigest), Startup Weekend recently had a weekend hackathon at AlleyNYC, which was packed wall-to-wall.  They’ve both been hugely popular with the NY tech community.

The new version of StartupDigest is going to be called GroupTie, while some of the StartupDigest’s team members are joining Startup Weekend.  Read more on TechCrunch.

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Interview with Frank & Oak founder, Ethan Song

Today we’re chatting with Ethan Song, co-founder of Frank & Oak, a vertically integrated online menswear startup.  Ethan is in town from Montreal, and although Frank & Oak isn’t based in New York, a large portion of their customers are.  Frank & Oak offers premium threads with a simple, integrated, and personalized shopping experience.  From their website:

Every month, curators at Frank & Oak tap in the zeitgeist.  Our simple mission: to bring you the clothes you crave, efficiently, affordably and intelligently.  We studied different guys… their builds, how 
they move, how their clothes fit. Then we
created clothes that work: slim-fitting, 
yet extremely comfortable.

The company launched in February of this year.  Below is an adapted transcript of the interview:

Q: So how did you come up with the idea?

Before Frank & Oak, Hicham [Frank & Oak co-founder] and I co-founded another brand called Modasuite, which offered made-to-measure fine men’s clothing.  Modasuite had a great following, but because everything was bespoke, we couldn’t reach as many men as we wanted to.  We decided to try something else.  We decided to remove the barriers to looking good and dressing well, by offering a simple and personalized shopping experience at a lower price point.

Q: How has it been going so far?  Any stats that you can share with our readers?

Things are going really well. We launched in February of this year, and now we have more than 150,000 members Read the rest of this entry »

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Gilt Shuts Down Park & Bond – IPO 2013?

Gilt is shutting down Park & Bond, the company’s full-priced men’s apparel site.  It is also cutting back on Gilt Taste, the company’s food and wine site.  The announcement comes off of a series of layoffs and changes that have been announced over the past several months as Gilt is supposedly preparing itself for an IPO in 2013.  Some interesting stats on their progress to date:

1. Gilt City, their daily deals business, became profitable in January after refocusing/reducing their attention on a smaller number of cities.

2. Gilt Groupe overall is expected to be profitable in Q4’12 and in Q2’13

Read more at AllThingsD

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Cut On Your Bias Wants Your Opinion On Runway Pieces

Think you’re a fashionista? Now website  Cut On Your Bias gets you involved in the designing process.

In the last Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, fashion designer and entrepreneur Loius Monoyudis launched the website to involve the customers in the process.

In the site, fashion designers post pieces that they’re working on and people can vote on colors, fabrics and styles that they like best. The winning combinations will be the ones available for sale on the site.

The startup started as an idea as the “social design collection.” Now, it   bridges the gap between designer and customer, closing the gap on what designers produce and what actually leaves the racks.

It’s Fashion Week season again and Monoyudis lets people choose which pieces will make it down the runway. The designers include Carlos Campos and Timo Weiland for Sunday, and designer Suzanne Rae’s Tuesday evening show.

The startup works with established designers but also brings one or two new ones per week. Most designers have a wide catalogue, more than enough for a show, so they won’t work last-minute to create winning pieces.

Cut On Your Bias recently closed a friends-and-family round of financing. It currently relies ion sales for revenue. But the company has a steady future as a marketing platform for brands.

“What we found is there’s a huge amount of brand engagement, when people come on and they vote and share interactions on that platform,” Monoyudis says. “We’re seeing a ton of excitement from the brand about leveraging social in a new way.”

Source: Xconomy

 

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Handybook Hooks You With A Cleaning Service In 90 Seconds

It was laziness that pushed Oisin Hanrahan and Umang Dua to develop their startup Handybook.

The co-founders/roommates hated doing chores like cleaning their apartment and putting together Ikea furniture. They hated the current means of finding people for these tasks even more. They started Handybook as an easier option to quickly hire people for these tasks.

“The idea is to make it possible to book really simple services in the easiest way possible,” says Hanrahan.

All the customer has to do is put in their zip code, the type of service they’re looking for and when they need it. Handybook then quotes a price and allows you to book the service. All in a span of 90 seconds.

That fast eh? The company conducts interviews, background checks and reference checks. They agree on a price, and texts its enlisted people to find someone available at the requested time.

The startup developed algorithms to determine how many service providers to contact to get a response. The average time for the first response is 36 seconds.

Handybook is not just focused on giving quality service, it also brings the handymen better work flow and schedule flexibility. Hanrahan says workers can adjust their schedules so they have work at a time that suits them.

Handybook is focused not just on getting tasks done more simply for consumers, but also on bringing the handymen and such a better flow of work and greater flexibility over their schedules, Hanrahan says.  he says.

Now, the startup offers cleaning services handymen. It eventually sees itself expanding to other household service providers like plumbers and electricians.

 

Source: Xconomy

 

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Squarefoot and Loopnet Helps You Find That Perfcet Office Space

New York is overflowing with startups. So for those still looking for that perfect office space, here are two websites to help.

Squarefoot

Squarefoot is like an online tenant broker, aiding prospective tenants to find the perfect commercial real estate space that fits their needs. All of this for free.

Users can search by either by space requirement of neighborhood. There are different spaces available:  traditional, coworking, executive suites, and subleases.

You begin your search by picking a type of real estate and the square feet that you need. If you’re not familiar with the measurements, the site gives you the number of people that can house the space.

After choosing the space, you can choose the monthly price you can pay, up tp $40,000 a month. There is also a live chat feature if you have questions.

Loopnet

Loopnet is an easy-to-use search engine for real estate listings in NYC (and across the country). The site has over 5 millions registered memebrs and a database of 25 million property records. You have to be member to enjoy its full perks but there’s free membership available.

To search, you enter a location of your choice, square footage and price ranges that fits your business. Close-up and Aerial photos are available if you can’t check the place out yourself.  You can also evaluate brokers by viewing their personal profiles. With a Premium Searcher Subscription ($55 per month) you can search without limits and have access to all listing.

Source: NY Report

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