As you likely know, Jason Calacanis is a prominent blogger and investor – follow him if you aren’t (@jason). Each year, Jason throws a big startup event in San Francisco – the LAUNCH Festival – with more than 15,000 attendees. We admire how Jason is pro-entrepreneur – this event is close to free for entrepreneurs to attend, and the entire premise is to give a stage to new startups that are ready to launch.
This is why our team was pretty excited when we received an email from the LAUNCH coordinators letting us know that VENTUREAPP was selected as one of the top 10 emerging startups in the enterprise software category. This year the coordinators are giving the top 10 startups across 22 categories free passes and a spot in the Demo Pit to showcase our solution to investors, press, other startups, well-funded companies, etc.
We are learning a lot as we help more and more businesses save time & money by using our marketplace to request proposals from top tier service providers. In the past 8 months, we’ve seen great traction in Boston and beyond, so the timing couldn’t be more perfect for us to formally demonstrate our value to startups on the West Coast.
In fact, Jason validated the need for our solution just last month. Their team surveyed 6,491 founders to find out what they intend to purchase in the next year. Here’s what they said:
- 49% need cloud computing & hosting services
- 40% need app or web development
- 39% need help with advertising campaigns
- 38% need data analytics solutions
- 34% need legal services
- 28% need email marketing software
- and more… view the full results here.
That’s where VENTUREAPP comes in. Most of these founders didn’t start their business with excitement and anticipation to find the right email marketing software. Nope, they wanted to start their business because they are passionate about their product and they want to build an awesome team. We take the time-consuming and often costly process of finding the right solution provider off their plate. They ask us for help in a specific business area, we research, source and qualify proposals from the solution providers that meet their goals, timeline and budget.
So, we’ll be showcasing our B2B marketplace to folks at our Demo Pit table and attending some quality sessions from Marco Zappacosta of Thumbtack, Adi Tartarko of Houzz, Hunter Walk of Homebrew, Keith Rabois of Khosla Ventures, and more. Are you attending LAUNCH & want to meet up? Reach out to our team – firstname.lastname@example.org – we’d love to meet up for coffee, beer, or both.