ABCey’s Startup Monday: Upwork!

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Upwork!


About Upwork

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Who doesn’t dream of working from home in their pj’s or from a coffee shop in Europe? Upwork is an awesome company that endorses and manages contractors and freelancers, just like ABCey Events! They are a worldwide freelancing website that allows businesses to search for and hire independent contractors and professionals. Essentially, Upwork is a job board where client’s post projects. Freelancers submit proposals and make bids to win these projects. After each project is completed, both the client and the freelancer leave reviews of each other – helping the best move to the top.

Companies can form the best teams possible regardless of location. Upwork’s slogan is “where the world goes to work!”

Other Perks

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Another great feature of Upwork’s is that it enables companies to track their freelancer’s work hours to make sure the billing process is fair. We love that that this helps bring transparency and trust into remote working relationships!

ABCey also relies on freelancers and contractors for our events, and with this lean business model we are able to create dream team’s for each new event, and can also scale to any size- allowing us to compete with global firms with full time salaried staff”s!


Interested in Upwork? If you’re looking for a freelancer or are one, this is definitely where you should be! Let us know thoughts in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


ABCey’s Startup Monday: Zendesk

Startup Monday showcases companies and the Bay Area that we think are awesome! This week we highlight Zendesk, a company that helps other companies understand and aid their customers better!


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Zendesk was started in a Copenhagen loft by three friends who used an old kitchen door as a desk. They wanted to bring a “bit of zen” to the chaotic world of customer support. And, they wanted to do it with software that was nice to look at and easy to use.

Zendesk helps companies have better communication and relationships with their customers. They also help businesses understand those customers better. Most noteworthy is their support system! The system involves a team of experts that can be reached around the world via email, phone and chat! Another great tool offered is their customer analytics. This allows companies to predict what would help lead to higher customer satisfaction as well evaluate performance.

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We love that how they create solid relationships between businesses and their customers, because we love doing the same with our clients!


Are you thinking about using Zendesk? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and  Twitter!


ABCey’s Startup Monday: Opendoor

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Opendoor, a site that allows you to buy and sell houses online!


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We know buy and selling a home can be a very stressful event! Opendoor  makes the process a whole lot easier by handling most of the details online! We love how simple the site makes finding your dream home.

How it Works

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Selling a home has never been this simple! Once you create a free online account you can enter in information about your home and get started. Once an offer is received and accepted, sellers select a home inspection date. Closing dates are then selected on the website and Opendoor handles paperwork and escrow.

Buying your next home is also possible on Opendoor. Search for houses in your area and also get a sneak peak of houses that will be hitting the market soon. The company will also help you find a lender if needed. Once you’re ready, make an offer online. Opendoor also has an app so you can look at houses on the go!

We love that Opendoor provides 100% transparency during the whole process.


Interested in Opendoor? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


ABCey Events Startup Monday: Shyp

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Shyp, a shipping app that makes sending packages less of a hassle!


Shyp

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Don’t have enough time in the day to ship items? This app saves time and lets you focus on the more pressing things on your to do list! Using the app, customers set up a location (home or work) for Shyp to pick up the item. After pick up, Shyp will pack (if you haven’t already) and ship your item for you while also providing a tracking number!

Who Can Shyp?

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Shyp is available for individuals, businesses and enterprises and can do everything from printing labels to getting the box and tape necessary to ship! Another great feature is their pricing. Individuals and small to medium size businesses do not have to pay monthly fees!

The app is currently available to those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.

We love that this is on less thing to worry about and we can focus on other important tasks!


 Interested in Shyp? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


ABCey’s Startup Monday: Simple Habit

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Simple Habit, an iPhone/Android app that makes meditating easy.


About Simple Habit

Simple Habit App

Happily, the Simple Habit app is designed for those who don’t have 30 minutes to spend in a dark room but is geared towards those who are busy 24/7. Created by Yunha Kim, Simple Habit allows those with minimal free time to get their meditation on for only five minutes! Always on the go millennials now have the opportunity to de-stress and partake in some meaningful mediation! Pre-event nerves are a real thing and we think a little meditation can totally help calm the nerves.

Features

Simple Habit App

Users enter the app and see a wheel of  “On the go” activities to select from.  We love that if you are stressing about a big event or simply commuting into work there are options for you! There is also an explore portion of the app with many other meditation options to choose from. You can select from meditations, podcast as well as teachers. The app also tracks your progress – adding up the amount of minutes you have spent on the app and how many days you have kept up your habit!

 

Price

Simple Habit App

Subscriptions for Simple Habit cost $11.99/month, $99/year + A free 30 day trial and a $299 lifetime option.

We love that this app allows even the busiest of people the opportunity to meditate. We can’t wait to try this before our next big event!


 Interested in Simple Habit? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


ABCey’s Startup Monday: Gogoro

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Gogoro, a smart electric scooter that is changing the face of urban transport.


What is Gogoro?

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Gogoro has created smart scooters made for urban landscapes! The scooters are powered by an electric motor that has also been developed by Gogoro. It is also plugless as it runs on lithium batteries that users swap out instead of having to charge the scooter. Although Gogoro’s scooters are not available in the US due to working through regulations, Gogoro has scooters in the test cities of Taipei and Berlin.

Gogoro’s Scooters

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The stylish scooter goes from zero to 30 in 4.2 seconds and tops out around 60 mph.  Users range from elderly users to trendy millennials. The company has the capability to track the scooters, and also knows if they crash or are running low on power. Another cool feature is that the scooters relies on smartphones as keys. Smartphones are also used to locate the scooters as well.

Rechargeable Battery Packs

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The scooters rely on two rechargeable 20-pound batteries, which the company has also developed. The batteries can power the scooter for up to 60 miles. The company aims to set up charging stations and has set up 140 in Taipei. Users can visit the charging stations around cities and swap out the batteries for new ones. They have also developed a smaller charging stations for just two batteries that can be set up in a home.

Gogoro has set up an open initiative to discover towns that have a surplus electric scooter fans.

Click here to sign up!

We can’t wait to scoot around San Francisco and our events with one of these environmentally friendly scooters!


 Interested in Gogoro? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

 


ABCey’s Startup Monday – Le Tote

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Le Tote, a customized fashion subscription that sends a box of clothing and accessories to your doorstep!


Le Tote

Le Tote is a fashion rental service that creates and ships customized outfits for you to wear! They offer clothing from over 150 brands that are for classic or maternity looks. Some memberships also include jewelry to pair with the outfits selected. It is a great way to get awesome and affordable stylized looks that are personalized to your preferences!

How it Works

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You sign up online and take a style quiz so Le Tote can get to know what pants, shirts and dresses you typically wear. They also ask what type of outfits you’re looking for and how often you want to receive a box with weekend, business and date night outfits as well as asking for your location to check the weather in your area! They take into account a lot of different factors to really customize a box to fit you and your style! Le Tote will then compile a box they think you will like but they also give you the option to swap out items incase you don’t.

Once you receive your box you can wear anything as much as you want. When you’re done with the box you can send it back (no shipping fees) and Le Tote will send you a new box! If you do end up growing attached to an item you also have the option to buy it for a lower cost.

Membership Options

Le Tote Membership Options

You can pick from three different monthly packages:
– $39 per month: two apparel, one piece of jewelry
– $59 per month: four apparel, no accessories
– $59 per month: three apparel, two accessories

 

Le Tote does the shopping for you and allows you to rock super cute outfits.


 

Will you be using Le Tote? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!

 

 


Startup Monday: Winnie Helps Parents and Kids Explore

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! Today’s Startup Monday highlights Winnie, a great app for parents to use to find places to go for them and their kids!


Nominated for “Hot New Startup” at this years upcoming TechCrunch Crunchies Awards, Winnie is helping parents across the US, as being a parent can be a lot of work. Finding places for you and your kids to go can be an added difficulty. With the help of Winnie, parents can make weekend plans a lot easier!

Features of Winnie

Find Child Oriented Activities

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Winnie allows parents to find the nearest changing table or best place for nursing. It also addresses those looking to go out to eat with kids. Users can select filters such as: places with highchairs, kids eat free, and kids menus to make choosing a restaurant easy.

Stories are Reviews for Parents by Parents

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No need to scroll through reviews for relevant information. The stories portion of the app gives parents the opportunity to review places they have been while addressing the needs of parents. You can also post pictures of kids having a great time while putting cute stickers over their faces for privacy!

Planning a Weekend Getaway with the Kids Made Easier

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Traveling with kids can be a huge source of stress. The app lets users jump to other locations, making finding things to do on your vacation a lot easier. Parents can avoid worrying and focus on enjoying exploring a new place with their kids!


Click here to download the Winnie app.

Will you be using Winnie? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


Startup Monday: Share in a Better Way with Buffer

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! In today’s Startup Monday, we highlight Buffer, a smarter way to share on social media!


Being an event professional can be overwhelming at times. To top it all off, you have to worry about social media marketing? The struggle is real! The downside of posting on social media is that you can’t be on all the time, so being able to schedule your posts can be a huge help. Well, what better way than to do all that than with Buffer? Buffer helps to manage your social media all on one platform by scheduling posts and is great for teams!

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Features of Buffer

Schedule Your Posts For Later

This is the most important feature out of everything that Buffer has to offer. Ease your mind by scheduling your social media posts on Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pinterest, Instagram, and Google Plus! You can also make sure your team shares posts during specific times to drive the most traffic to your website. Stay on schedule and keep those posts coming! Buffer schedule

Collaborate With Your Team

Avoid posting at the same time on social media with other team members! You definitely don’t want to flood your followers with a bunch of spam. Instead, collaborate smoothly and effortlessly!  You’ll be able to see what your team members have lined up and can easily manage collaborations.

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Identify Insights

Get the stats you need to track how you’re doing! Buffer helps you to easily visualize your social media growth. Through this, you’ll be able to track reader engagement and trends. This will not only let you know what your readers like, but also helps you to get to know your readers better.

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There are over 2,500+ businesses using this web and mobile app already! Will you be using Buffer next? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!


Startup Monday: DoubleDutch-Live Engagement Marketing Platform

Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that features some of the best and brightest companies in the Bay Area. They are often companies that we have our eye on, or have worked with in the past & would like to share with friends and followers of ABCey Events! In today’s Startup Monday, we highlight a live engagement platform and mobile appDoubleDutch!


As event professionals, we always try to create better experiences for our event attendees. It’s also important we have right tools for the event to run smoothly. Afterward, we really want to learn from the event, so that our next one is even better! So, how do we manage all this information? With DoubleDutch, you’re able to do all those things and more!

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DoubleDutch Live Engagement Platform:

This company’s main product is their live engagement platform, which helps everyone from sponsors, attendees, planners, exhibitors, and marketers! Under this platform, there are 5 different sections: Studio, Event App, Lead Manager, Performance Manager, and Exhibitor Portal. All of these applications help to improve the event process and the overall success of the event!


Studio

First, customize your app and plan your event with DoubleDutch’s Studio! After you create the perfect app that matches your brand, use Studio to send out event invites to promote your app and event. In addition, manage your event content including: agendas, interactive maps, event information, user profiles, and more. And thats not all! You can help your sponsors  advertise their posts, achievements, and activity to your guests!
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Event App

Having an app for your event will be sure to impress attendees, but it’s also great for event professionals and will make your guests’ event experience so much easier! For event producers, the DoubleDutch Event app lets you give out attendee lists, surveys, polls, Q&A’s, direct messages as well as set up gaming aspects and forums. Also, attendees can create their agendas, and see profiles of sponsors, exhibitors, and speakers!

 

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Performance Manager

Learn what worked and what didn’t with their Performance Manager! During the event, you can easily see how the event is going, what your guests like the most, poll/survey results, and more. Now you have tons of info that tells you how your event went and valuable insight for the next ones!

 

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 Exhibitor Portal

Your event exhibitors and sponsors will love Double Dutch too! Because the Exhibitor Portal lets exhibitors contact and understand their attendees, they are set to have a better booth and business! From customizing exhibitor’s app profiles and scheduling meetings to managing staff and giving offers to guests, there is nothing this app doesn’t do!

DoubleDutch Exhibitor Portal

Lead Management

Finally, their platform has a Lead Management application to help you market your event! It looks at attendees’ actions, interests, and engagement, so that you can make informed decisions. Also, your attendees will love when DoubleDutch gives them recommendations on connections/sessions based on their activity at an event!  Try their demo and see how DoubleDutch can improve your events!


Integration and Security

Are you currently using a different registration system? DoubleDutch has the answer! In addition to their platform, this company has added integration features that allow you to combine schedules, profiles, etc. from more than 100 other registration systems!  They make it that easy!

 

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You can also integrate with Salesforce and Marketo to have the best marketing campaigns and CRM services! Now you can use their platform with the info and work you already have. There are also security measures that make sure your data and event is safe!


Are you planning to use DoubleDutch? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!