6 Apps to Help You Maintain Your Health & Fitness Goals

If you’re like the better half of America, last month you made the resolution to get fit and stay healthy. With January coming to an end and 2016 beginning to feel like old news, chances are you’ve conveniently forgotten or have given up completely on said resolutions. With the help of the following mobile apps fittingly compiled below, you don’t have to look any further than the palm of your hands to find the guidance you need to help stick to your health and fitness goals.

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  1. VitFitvitfit, $19.99/month (HQ in Philadelphia, PA) – VitFit aims to take the “work” out of your workout by helping you stay inspired and committed to your goals. If you don’t have the time, money, or confidence to head to the gym or use a personal trainer – but still want to get fit – VitFit may be the app you’re looking for. Based on your individual fitness goals, VitFit creates a personalized program and allows you to download an MP3 with your own trainer motivating you in real time. Cool fact: all workouts are created by certified personal trainers, so you’re sure to work up a sweat.
  2. Vea Fitness, Free (HQ in Philadelphia, PA) – Sometimes you need a little motivation to get off the couch and out for a run. Lucky for you, the folks behind VeaFitness agree! While it’s still in beta, when released you can complete runs to unlock rewards through the mobile app. Run 2 miles? Receive 20% off of your next purchase at Nike. Added bonus: Vea Fitness has its own built-in GPS tracking system and logs all of your runs, so no need for multiple tracking apps. Hit the pavement…then the mall.
  3. Fooducate, Free + in App Purchases (HQ in Bay Area, CA) – Fooducate takes theguesswork out of eating healthy. It doesn’t just track the quantity of calories you take in, but also the quality of your caloric intake. Navigate confusing product nutrition labels by scanning a barcode and receiving an easy to decipher A, B, C, or D letter grade. You’ll even get offered healthier alternatives.  If that’s not enough, Fooducate has its own community for feedback and support.foodcuate
  4. FitBliss Free (HQ in Bay Area, CA) – What better way to achieve your fitness goals
    than to promote some healthy competition? FitBliss brings fitness into the workplace with team competitions and challenges while promoting a happier, healthier work environment.
  5. yogaYogatailor, Free in app store and 15 day trial (HQ in Mountain View, CA) – Yogatailor is your custom yoga workout designed to tailor to your health needs. Do you want to sleep better? Do you want to get rid of that back pain? Just put your preferences in the app and let your custom yoga workout magically appear.
  6. DietSensor, $249 handheld molecule scanner + free app (HQ in Boston, MA) – DietSensor is a handheld scanner that can read the molecules in your donut and tell you how many calories are in that bad boy! The sensor sends information directly to an app on your phone. The mobile app not only tells you your pending calorie intake but also offers real-time coaching, a DietSensor community, and an optional scale. The only downside to this phenomenon? It only reads individual food items – so don’t try scanning your chimichanga.

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Want to see companies like this in person? Find a demo event at a city near you.

Your quest for a healthy life is a little more fun when you have a handy gadget or new technology to guide you. Whether it be a customizable fitness app or a calorie scanner, there is something technical out there to try this year. Maybe if you revisit your health and fitness goals with the aid of these helpful technologies, you’ll get the motivation you needed all along.

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4 Mobile Ways to Give to Charity This Holiday

4 mobile apps to give back with ‘Tis the season for generosity. Whether it’s that perfect gift for your special someone or the joke gift you buy for White Elephant, it’s the time of the year for giving.

With all the gifts, parties and shopping it’s easy to forget that there are people around the world who can’t celebrate in the same way. However, thanks these new groundbreaking companies you can help those less fortunate, from all over the world,  right on your cell phone.

One Today

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One Today is Google’s creation that connects with small charities that match your interests. These are groups you may never have found on your own, but through the app you can easily locate them and learn about their mission. All the charities are specifically catered to your interests and grow to become very specific. You could choose to donate specifically to restoring an endangered habitat, focus on health and wellness charities, or education in struggling communities. The best part is, 100% of your donation goes directly to the non-profit. One Today doesn’t take any overheads costs, so you know that when you support someone, they are directly receiving your gift. Available on ITunes and Google Play.

Goodshop

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Goodshop connects you to major brands that are teaming up with major charities. When you shop on the site, partnered retailers will automatically donate a percentage to charity. The site also shares coupon codes that you can redeem for free shipping and discounts. Every time you search, they donate to charity! Now you can splurge and still give back.

Freerice.com

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Freerice.com makes a game out of raising money for charity. Take quizzes in a variety of subject topics like Famous Quotations, different languages and more. There’s even a section of SAT prep to grow college-level skills. The site is completely free to the player, and all donation costs are covered by the ads hosted on the bottom of the page. All you have to do is flex your trivia skills, and you could feed a family in need. That’s what they call a win-win.

Charity Miles

Charity Miles doesn’t just help the world but is also great for your health! Register to be a walker, or cyclist, and every mile you travel you earn money for charity. Bikers earn 10 cents a mile and joggers/walkers earn 25 cents per mile. These fees are connected to corporate donors, so all you need to focus on is racking up those miles. Charity Miles works with dozens of organizations like Habitat for Humanity, the Wounded Warrior Project, Stand Up to Cancer and many more. What more motivation do you need to kick start that New Year’s resolution?

So get out there! Together with some of the most life changing organizations from all over the planet, there’s nothing stopping you from giving back this holiday season and all through 2016. If everyone just donates a bit of time, energy or money, the season of giving can inspire a season of change.

On behalf of our creators, Jobspring and Workbridge, as well of the entire Tech in Motion team, may you have a wonderful holiday season followed by a happy and healthy New Year filled with success.

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Toronto food and fitness apps

This fall, Tech in Motion: Toronto hosted Food + Fitness Demos & Drinks, packing coworking space Acme Works with more than 100 local enthusiasts for a night of networking, drinks and demos from 8 food and fitness app companies that are revolutionizing the wellness industry. Check out some of the latest products and ideas from these hot companies: Gymnut, MealSurfers, Baron Biosystems, Ritual, MenuSnap, Trainer+, MizPiz, and Carrot Pass.

Join a Tech in Motion chapter nearby to attend events like this in the future.

Tony Merlo, Sales Manager of the app Carrot Pass, impressed attendees with his demo display and shared his thoughts on launching a new app. Here is what he had to say…

Smartphones have taken over the world. Almost anywhere you go you’ll see people with their eyes locked deep into the warm glow of the screen on their hand. The modern day gold rushers have long envied the ability of this relatively new technology to capture people’s attention. The business potential is almost unlimited. Perhaps the best part is that it gives developers an almost unlimited playground to bring their idea to life. It seems like life will be a bed of roses until some of the realities of creating an app show up.

The first question to ask is: What is the specific goal that you are trying to accomplish?

Are you looking to boost sales for your company? Create a new way for people to connect? New games or other forms of entertainment? Once you have an answer to that, research what is currently available that is close to what you want to do and try them out. Ask your friends/colleagues to test them also. Pay close attention to the feedback, and especially whether or not it is something they would use frequently enough to want to keep. If you think you have a unique idea, start to proceed… cautiously. Besides the reality that it is costly to create an app, especially since it can cost extra to build for both Android and Apple, the real challenge begins once your app is approved and officially launched. The million dollar question then becomes: How are people going to find out about you?

One of the most important financial numbers for a company is the Cost Per Download.

This number determines how much advertising money is spent per person that downloads the app. The number in the beginning can be a lot higher than what many people anticipate. Before launching your app, you need to have a marketing strategy in place. Every few months there are stories about a creative app designer who strikes gold by having the latest viral hit and tech world watches as their download numbers skyrocket. This is a terrific example of hard work paying off, and it definitely can for you too, but it is important to prepare for the challenges that you will face in reaching that level of success.

The first challenge you need to understand is that it can be very difficult to get people to download your app. Why?

There are many roadblocks that can prevent this from happening. It can be surprising to those who work in the tech community, but many people have not ever downloaded an app because they do not know their iTunes password, nor how to reset it. Memory storage is also frequently an issue as many phones get loaded up with photos/videos, etc. to the point that they have zero space available. It is crazy to think, but some people still have the iPhone 3G or one of the original Droids, and have an old version of the iOS or Android firmware that does not support what you need to run your new app.

The reason these factors are important to consider is because many times it makes more sense to build your idea into a website that has an excellent interface from a mobile device. It can be much easier to engage with new users by having a link to your site that you can email, text, tweet, post or link to on a blog, etc. that people can easily access than it is to convince them it is worth the effort to find and download an app. It is also much easier and quicker to update and add new features on a website than an app. There is always the opportunity to build an app after you already have an established customer base. However, sometimes you do need to build an app to fully control the user experience and provide unique levels of service that are not available elsewhere.

Once you have decided on the best path to proceed, it can be of vital importance to connect with the local tech community in your area and promote your new product.

Many times great new ideas or partnering opportunities can come from attendees of networking events like those created by Tech In Motion that can take your business to the next level. Carrot Pass is a new app that uses beacon technology and encourages people to be more active by providing financial incentives for them to do so. We were fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to present at one of their recent events and the exposure and contacts we made will be incredibly valuable once we are able to expand into the Greater Toronto Area. Whatever your vision is, you can be successful doing it as long as you prepare and plan for the challenges. The potential market is HUGE. People love using their smartphones and are always excited to find a new reason to turn it on.

Become a demo company or speaker at a Tech in Motion event in 2016 to get exposure like Carrot Pass! Contact a city organizer near you. 

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Instant Gratification with On-Demand Apps in San Francisco

This summer, Tech in Motion San Francisco gathered at Geekdom to celebrate the companies that make up a huge part of SF’s tech culture–on demand apps. In SF almost anything can be delivered–from groceries to cookies to in-home massages. Tech in Motion dove head first into the newest and hottest apps that give us instant gratification on a daily basis.

Check out a Tech in Motion demo event in a city near you.

Members flooded the space around 6 p.m. and began circling the room to explore the companies demoing. They were pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of apps ready to show off their products.

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The Tech in Motion team made the rounds at the event to explore what each app had to offer. The companies were as follows:

Doorman – Doorman promises to make sure you never miss a package delivery again. They’re working to change the frustrating reality of mail delivery and ensure that you get your packages when you’re home and available. They gave out promo codes for delivery at the event and wowed members with their practicality.

Doughbies – On demand cookie delivery. Doughbies promises homemade cookies within 20 minutes. They deliver to the SF area and are looking to expand as they grow. The company brought homemade cookies to the event and they were quite a hit!

Interested in being a demo company? Contact a Tech in Motion organizer near you.

Heal – Heal is bringing back the house call. They deliver doctors to your home for $100 a visit. The best part? They can schedule appointments up until 8PM so you no longer have to miss work for a doctor’s appointment! They handed out coupons for first appointments at the event.

LiquidSpace – LiquidSpace is the Airbnb for office spaces. They provide on-demand rental for workspaces and have a wide range in size, price and location. They’re located all over the world and headquartered in the Bay Area. In a community of startups and small companies they impressed the Tech in Motion members by giving them an alternative to coworking spaces.

Scoot – Scooter rentals for the Bay Area. Scoot offers instant access to scooters that allow anyone to zip around San Francisco. Each scooter comes with a helmet and classes are offered to teach first timers how to drive their scooter. The highlight of their booth was the full size scooter displayed for members to admire.

Shuddle – Shuddle offers an Uber-like service for kids. The company provides background searched drivers to parents to drive their kids to and from activities. Rides are scheduled ahead of time, can be tracked in real time and each driver has prior experience working with kids.

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Shyp – Shyp is working to make the shipping process easier overall. They will ship anything to any destination. They pick up items and pack and ship them to give a seamless shipping experience. The highlight of their booth was a promo code and exclusive Shyp SF bags.

Social Print Studio – Social Print Studio specializes in transforming Instagrams into printed materials. They give instant access to photo books, magnets and more. They make great gifts for the Instagram lover! Their booth had promo codes and colorful photos of cats in space.

VetPronto – The on-demand service made for pet owners. VetPronto offers house veterinary appointments for animals of all shapes and sizes. Rather than dragging sick animals into the car, the service is delivered to your house when it is convenient for you. The highlight of their booth was branded doggy bags.

Zeel – On-demand massages. Zeel brings hour massages to the home or the office. They do specials at work and home including group sessions and couple massages. They’ve become very popular with the startup scene in SF and even brought a massage table to the event!

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SF Tech in Motion members were impressed with the ten demo companies present at the event. Each app proved to have a different purpose and idea behind them. When a handful of attendees were asked which table was their favorite, the answers were all over the board–every startup was mentioned at least once among the favorites.

As the night came to a close, members gathered up the last of the snacks, drinks and freebies. They traded contact info with the other members and left with new apps on their phone – and a renewed appreciation for the on demand culture. Don’t miss San Fran’s next event August 20th: One Giant Tech Mixer.

Finding Success on Product Hunt: From Bond’s Founder

Written by guest author Manan Rokani, founder of Bond 

To give you a little background about me, I grew up in India, moved to the US about 9 years back. I went to grad school in Chicago, lived there for about 5 years and then moved to California around 4 years back for work. I have lived in different places but everywhere I have gone, I have met amazing people and made really good friends. Also professionally, I’ve met some really smart people at every company I have worked at. But what I realized was that, as soon as I moved or switched jobs, I was not able to keep in touch with the people there. You know how it is sometimes, out of sight is out of mind.

It was my 30th birthday last year. I got lots of calls, texts and Facebook messages from friends and family. I felt guilty that I was no longer in touch with a lot of them; just because we don’t go to the same school or college any more, live in the same city or work at the same company any more. These were all the people that I was really close to at one point but then life happened, we went in different directions and got so consumed in our new lives that we just completely lost touch. I wanted to change that. I started looking for apps that would help me get better at keeping in touch with people but I could not find anything good. I put together a small team and we decided to build one ourselves. The result was Bond.

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We wanted to build something simple with a great user experience. I had the design and the flow in my head so I quickly built the mock-ups and our developers got to work. We got to mvp in 6 weeks, spent another 6 weeks polishing it up and pushed the product to the app store. I only invited a few friends, family and colleagues to help us test the app in beta. Because we were in the app store, we also started getting some organic traffic. I was also going to a lot of meetups here in LA trying to get the word out about the app. I was getting pretty good feedback from everyone who saw the app.

See the lineup of Tech in Motion meetups across the country and RSVP to attend here.

From the initial feedback we were getting, we knew that we had a decent product in hand. But we had to get it validated from a larger audience. We submitted the app to Product Hunt…(Note: Product Hunt is a curation of buzzworthy new products, every day. It started as an email list and evolved into a competitor of TechCrunch and other tech blogs with it’s ability to surface the latest mobile apps, websites, and tech products that everyone’s talking about.)

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We honestly weren’t expecting much. But to our surprise, we were trending as the #1 app on their website the following day. I didn’t realize what that would mean until we looked at our numbers. In the first two days alone we got more than:

  • 13,000 hits on our website
  • 2,000 app downloads
  • Tons of emails with a lot of good feedback, suggestions for features and requests for the Android app.

More importantly, these were founders and CEOs of some famous startups, product managers at some top product companies like Apple and Nike, designers, developers and some other tech influencers. These people build amazing products that we use every day- their feedback really mattered.

Soon, other tech websites and bloggers from different parts of the world started writing about us. ABC7 News did a piece on us too. Now the word is spreading.

Product Hunt gave us an amazing platform to put our product in front of the right audience and it really helped us validate our idea. But there’s a lot of people out there who obviously still don’t know about the app and we want to be able to reach them. So growth is our primary focus right now and at the same time we’re building more ways for people to bond with people in their networks. We’re really excited for everything that’s coming up.

To become a Tech in Motion demo company like Bond, contact the organizer in your city.

Keep in touch with people that matter to you by downloading the app. If you have any feedback or suggestions please feel free to email us at [email protected]

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About the author:

Manan Rokani, Founder of Bond at www.getBond.co, is passionate about building Internet and mobile technology. With more than 7 years of experience working as a tech consultant for Fortune 500 companies as well as an entrepreneur in the start-up environment, he has now founded multiple companies including Bond. Bond is a simple app that reminds you keep in touch with people. There are different ways to keep in touch with different people. The first version of the app had options to keep in touch with people through Call, Text and Facebook, and the new integrates with WhatsApp, LinkedIn and Emails. For each service, simply select the people you wish to keep in touch with and then how often you’d like to contact each one of them. Once set up, the app schedules regular reminders for you. When you get a reminder, just swipe the notification open and you get an option to contact that person right away, leaving no room for procrastination.

Download the iPhone app for free : https://appsto.re/us/ggTu1.i

Sign up here for Android : http://www.getBond.co/android/

Security & Technology – How Secure is Your Data? Silicon Valley

With the recent news that big name corporations such as Target, Home Depot, and even the cloud have been hacked, it makes you wonder, “How secure is my information”? Tech in Motion Silicon Valley recently hosted Security & Technology: Tech Talk at the Microsoft Campus. Guest speakers included Alok Shukla, Consumer Mobile Security, Product Manager at Intel Security (a part of McAfee), Jason Kehl, VP of Engineering at Vectra Networks, and Steve Van Lare, VP of Engineering at 41st Parameter. Topics presented ranged from user security, fraud and identity solutions to real time threat detection.

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Intel Security led quite the informative discussion on mobile security, kicking off with free vs. paid apps in the app store. The majority of app developers can earn revenue through sponsorships and advertisements – among other alternative routes – and with this runs the risk of compromising user security. This risk comes from unsafe development practices, embedding risky URL’s, weak implementation, and encroaching user security along with other risks. The future of mobile security lies within implementing safer apps. This is done by informing, consenting and controlling user information submitted through the app, as well as checking for URL reputation and following privacy development practices.

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The next company to speak up, Vectra Networks, is known as the security that thinks smarter. There are three key areas within the cyber-attack life cycle they specialize in; Targeted Opportunistic with Cyber Threats, Intuitive UX Simplicity of Use through IT Consumerization, and Data Analytics Machine Learning through Technology Inflections. The presentation covered how attackers invade perimeter security systems from your laptop, tablet, phone, and even BYOD devices, and what they do once inside. The way that Vectra Networks, they give businesses the opportunity to process the attack and quickly make decisions on where to focus their attention on.

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41st Parameter informed the audience that the future of security is at an ultimate breaking point right now. With technology advancing, security has to constantly fight to be one step ahead of the curve. The most important thing someone can do is to inform themselves about where their information is going, and learn the most they can about what they are using such as apps, websites etc.

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We would like to thank our gracious sponsors Workbridge Associates, Jobspring Partners, our Social sponsor, Vectra Networks, and our Headline sponsor, Appvance for helping fund our September event.

Tech in Motion Silicon Valley is thrilled to have had our hottest event of the year last November – Rise of the Robots: Interactive Tech Talk. Want to catch up on the hottest Robots in the industry? Not miss out on the next great event? Join Tech in Motion here.   

San Francisco’s Health and Fitness Demo Event

Earlier this fall, over 250 San Francisco techies gathered at WeWork SOMA to discover the hottest wellness technologies at Tech in Motion’s Health and Fitness Demo event. They weren’t disappointed as the night kicked off with a bang; Demo company, fitmob, started up the event with a Tech in Motion group workout. It got all the attendees moving as top 40 hits bounced off the WeWork walls. The workout got the energy in the room up – everyone was laughing and high-fiving strangers by the time the music stopped.

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After completing the workout, guests were free to peruse the demo booths. There was no escaping exercise that night, because no matter what table members went to, all 12 companies were all about keeping it fit.

Two fitness companies, Vint and Tribesports took over one area with a jointly-led planking contest. The two had worked together before and definitely brought the energy, which is no surprise since they both specialize in community fitness. In addition to the plank contest, Vint and Tribesports handed out freebies to the Tech in Motion members together, all night long.

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The next table included SweatGuru and fitmob. Both companies connect people with workouts and trainers. fitmob showed members how they can make group workouts more fun than the gym while SweatGuru introduced their app and how it can connect members with trainers. The two companies wowed members with their exciting apps and brightly decorated booths.

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Next up was Lumosity and Spire. These two companies appeal to different interests, but together they pulled in a great crowd. Lumosity showed members how to use tech to improve their mind through brain testing activities. On the other end of the table, Spire, showed off a new type of fitness wearable that connects your body and your mind.

As members rounded the corner they were able to check out Fitbit and Fitt. Much like Vint and Tribesports, these two companies have collaborated in the past. Fitbit, a fitness wearable, showed how its different products gather health information like steps, weight and sleep quality. Fitt worked off Fitbit with an app that showed members how to set up challenges against their friends using wearables. The two companies drew a large crowd with their free swag – raffles and t-shirts.

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Another duo of the night was Keas and Runtastic. Keas was the social sponsor for the evening and showed members how fitness can improve the work environment significantly. They gave away free vegetable shaped stress balls while Runtastic demoed their newest wearables.

The last table was Misfit Wearables and FYTNS. Misfit showed off their very popular wearable and got members excited about a raffle of five Misfit Shines at the end of the night. FYTNS introduced members to group workouts and handed out fruit and coconut water at their end of the table.

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As members finished their rounds in the demo room they stopped for food and drinks. They enjoyed a variety of wines, beers and cheeses as they networked with other members. Lighthearted debates over favorite demos filled the air.

The raffle kicked off around 8:15PM and huge prizes were given away. A large handful of lucky Tech in Motion members walked away with Fitbit scales, Fitbit wearables, fashionable Misfit Shines, numerous free workout plans with personal trainers and 3-year-long subscriptions to Lumosity!

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Everyone was a winner that night! Whether it was sniping the raffle or just having a great time, members walked away with smiles on their faces and new apps loaded on their phones. Be one of them by signing up for Tech in Motion SF today!

Demos & Drinks Take Over Downtown LA

Tech in Motion LA recently hosted another edition of its popular event, Demos & Drinks. While many of the LA chapter’s events are held near Silicon Beach, this month added an enticing twist by taking place in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA). DTLA has an exciting, up-and-coming tech scene that Tech in Motion was happy to be a part of. Hot companies like Postmates, Saucey and Causecast each had their own booth set up, where they demonstrated their products, mingled with guests and even gave attendees discount codes for their services.

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Postmates is an app that’s transforming the way local goods move around a city by enabling anyone to get any product delivered in under one hour. Their urban logistics and on-demand delivery platform connects their customers with local couriers, who purchase and deliver goods from any restaurant or store in a city.

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Saucey is an on-demand alcohol delivery service, which makes it easier, faster and safer for customers to purchase drinks and have them delivered in 20-40 minutes. Saucey has been referred to as the “Uber of Alcohol!” They were a definite hit at the event, and even delivered the beer and wine for Tech in Motion that night.

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Causecast is a “Corporate Social Responsibility” SAAS (Software-As-A-Service) organization. They develop the leading CSR platform, which drives employee engagement, reduces paper-pushing and helps their clients impact the communities where they live and work.

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During the event, Tech in Motion organizers had the opportunity to pick the mind of a few guests in reference to the participating companies, and it turns out that attendees were pretty pro-Saucey that night.

TIM: Of the companies you’ve seen tonight, which would you use in your personal life and why?

Wilfred: “I think Saucey because they helped me visualize the product. They had a tablet where you could actually see the app and pricing, which was more informative for me.”

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TIM: “Of the companies that you saw tonight, which do you think is the most innovative and why?”

Dean: “I think Saucey, because they seem to have everything together – their target audience, their packaging, their app looks great…”

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Lastly, we want to give a big thank you to our sponsors Jobspring Partners,Workbridge Associates and One Medical. Without their support, our events would not be possible!

Check out the events that Tech in Motion LA has lined up for fall here.

Tech Talk with Lose It!

This past spring, the Boston chapter of Tech in Motion hosted an exciting evening of demos and drinks based around green and health tech startups, including Lose It!, a weight loss application. Tech in Motion Boston took the time to sit down with Community Manager Whitney Klinkner of Lose It! to get the inside scoop on her company and the startup scene in Boston.

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Q: First off, can you give us a quick introduction to “Lose It!”?

Lose It! is a program that helps folks lose weight by managing their calories in and calories out- a pretty basic concept. We’ve taken it to the next level by making the calorie counting process as painless as possible. The app was started out as a way to make calorie counting easier (as opposed to the old fashioned way of pen and paper!). Then it got picked up for an Apple commercial back in 2008 which helped skyrocket the app and the company. We started off in Copley Square, but made the move to the seaport in 2012. When we moved there, we had about 5 people, and now we are at 12. We have more than doubled our size which is pretty exciting.

We just hit 32 million pounds lost with the app and right now we have about 19 million users; there are about a million people on average who are using the app regularly, which is great. We are consistently in the top 5 for the health and fitness store on iTunes.

Q: With over 19 million users and a team of only 12 people, did you guys find yourselves struggling to keep up with the demand of the app?

It’s actually not as hard as it might seem with our smaller team. When we first started out, the main idea was to get as many things done as soon as you could. Now with a bigger team, we are able to prioritize what needs to get done and have better control so things don’t fall through the cracks. With more people too we are able to give our users more of what they want; one big thing our users have loved is integrating our app with other devices like Fitbit and Nike Fuelband. Our CEO has always believed that a small group of hard working people can do extraordinary things – so that’s been our philosophy from day one. We are hiring a few more people and are excited to grow and accomplish even more!

Q: Just as a startup in general, were there things you found difficult?

One of the great things about Lose It! is that so many have heard about it through word of mouth. Our user growth has been huge, but managing the of the demands of all these people has been a bit of a challenge. We get hundreds of emails from users each week with items they’d like to see added to Lose It!; managing those expectations has been a bit difficult from where I sit. We’d love to implement everything under the sun to help folks to achieve their goals, but it’s just not feasible. We continue to grow and sustain the program in the way that we think makes sense while incorporating feedback from users to shape new features.

Q: Boston is becoming a great place for startups lately, so how do you like the idea of being a Boston startup?

I think being a startup in Boston is awesome. There are so many smart people here and lots of new graduates with all of these great ideas. Unfortunately a lot of these guys and girls go to the west coast after they graduate. I think we need to make the up and coming graduates more aware of all the cool things happening in the Boston start up scene so we can keep more or this new talent local. I know #DownloadBoston has been doing a great job of trying to let people know about local apps and having the city of Boston celebrate them, which I’d really like to see more of. We should feel proud the start up culture here in Boston.

Q: So you guys did a demo with Tech in Motion, do you see an importance to a meet up group like Tech in Motion for startups?

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One of our goals for this year was to go out for more community events like Tech in Motion. It’s a great way to get our name out there, and to meet new people in the Boston startup community. A lot of people didn’t realize we were here in Boston and so the exposure is great for us as a company. It’s also great to learn about other startups in the area and see what they are doing. We are all in the same boat trying to grow our companies. It’s great to make connections and help each other out when it makes sense.

Q: Final Question: can you leave some words of wisdom for those wanting to get into a startup?

I think that if you want to join a startup, you have to be prepared to work very hard and never have the attitude of “that’s not my job.” In my experience, you have to wear a lot of different hats, especially in the very early stages. No day is ever the same and you get a lot of exposure to parts of a business you’d never imagine. Once the company grows you can figure out which areas you really enjoy and sort of steer yourself in that direction, which I think is something you might not get if you started in a big company. I would recommend a start up to anyone who likes a challenge and and does not mind working hard.

Recap: Toronto’s February Tech Mixer & Startup Demos

In The Burroughes’ swanky 6th floor event space, five startups local to the Toronto area came out to showcase their work, booth-style. The event kicked off with a quick introduction from Rebecca, the Toronto branch organizer, thanking Jobspring Partners for their continued financial backing, as well as giving a brief overview of the group to-date, which six events in now has over 900 members in Toronto, and garners over 200 RSVPs per event.

The introduction was followed by quick pitches from each of the presenting companies, who gave the crowd an idea of what their product does, and how the company was formed.

Top Hat, an education engagement platform, was the first to speak. Their mobile system is now deployed in over 330 universities worldwide.

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Flixel was next up, a novel new app that allows users to take a “living photo”, where only parts of the photo move. The app was recently featured on America’s Next Top Model, where photos of models were created with moving clothing and hair. You can check out the project here.

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AskForTask, a relatively new startup created by two university students, came out to showcase their website that allows people to post tasks that they need completed, and find people who may be skilled in that area, to complete them. The website currently has over 45,000 users and is expanding quickly.

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Checkout 51 then spoke on their service, which is akin to reverse-couponing. The company sends a weekly email of local offers, and all the user needs to do is upload a receipt if they take part. When the account reaches $20 in rebates, a check is mailed to the user.

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Last but definitely not least, Bitstrips came out to talk with the crowd about the mass success of their user-created cartoon app. Bitstrips is currently the most download app in the iPhone app store, and has only been released in the past year.

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After the pitches, the companies set up demo tables where attendees were able to test out the programs, and talk with the founders and employees about what made their companies tick, how they got off the ground, and what they were looking forward to.

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