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!
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 always companies to figure out and predict what would help lead to higher customer satisfaction as well evaluate performance.
We love that how they create solid relationships between businesses and their customers because we love doing the same with our clients!
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!
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
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.
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!
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?
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!
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
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.
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!
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!
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?
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.
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
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!
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 Stripe, a better way to accept payments online and in mobile apps!
Trying to sell products or services online through your website? That’s a bit tricky since you’ll need a payment system and a secure transaction. With Stripe, you can get all those benefits by incorporating their API, which is pretty much just pre-written code! Businesses can now easily integrate a payment system into their website or app. Plus, there’s head-ache free security that will leave your mind at ease. Many companies such as Lyft, Postmates, Instacart and thousands of other mobile apps are already using Stripe.
Designing payment forms can be a hassle. So make good use of Stripe’s checkout! The checkout system includes several languages including English, French, Spanish, Chinese and much more! It’s great that it has several languages to help people, but is it limited to certain types of cards? Well…it depends on the person’s preference. Customers are able to use either their debit or credit cards to make their purchases! To make it even easier, one tap payments for faster and more efficient checkouts.
Connect with people around the world. You’ll be able to send payments across the country. This, especially, makes it easier to conduct business overseas. So just sign away that contract and let the code do the rest. There’s even an automatic conversion rate for currency!
Put your trust in the security and don’t worry! Stripe has a two step verification process to protect accounts as well as certified PCI level 1, meaning that there are over 6 million Visa and/or Master card transactions per year. With that many transactions, you aren’t bound to go wrong!
We love that Stripe lets you start accepting payments shortly after setup and doesn’t require a merchant account. As event planners, Stripe seems like a time-saving asnd convenient option for us and other businesses that want to get started right away. Will you be trying Stripe? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook and on Twitter!