New York’s Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator held its seventh demo day today. Here are five of our favorites from the Summer 2014 batch:
Most of us are interested in hearing about new job opportunities even if we aren’t actively looking. Poacht lets you discreetly put yourself out there without having to worry about your employer finding out.
Job seekers input into the app the conditions – better salary, less travel, equity, etc. – they need to consider leaving their current position. Employers don’t have access to your name and will have to send an interview request to connect with you.
Poacht launched in beta in June and has since jumped up to 10,000 candidates and 200 companies, including LinkedIn and IBM, on the platform after hitting the top of ProductHunt.
Booking a hotel and getting to it have improved with the help of the internet, but in-house hotel services are still abysmally antiquated. MobileSuites aims to improve that with its database of amenities for hotels around the US. Using the app, you can order room service, spa treatments and more.
Mobile Suites is currently live at 500 hotels, boasting the “largest database of hotel services and amenities anywhere in the world.” The startup plans to be in 1,000 hotels by the end of this year and cover “nearly all” full-service properties in the US next year.
Communicating through text messages has made it more difficult to understand how relationships are progressing. The Pull Android app mines your conversations in order to provide analytics insights into your texts.
For instance, Pull tracks who initiates the first message in a conversation and how long it takes each party to respond. This sounds like exactly the kind of data that users with new crushes will obsess over.
“We have data that can predict relationship outcomes,” the startup boasts.
Other features include an undo option that lets you pull to cancel a message right after you send it. You can also choose specific messages from one conversation to share with a different friend in order to get their thoughts. That particular feature raises a few questions of privacy in my mind, but it’s already a behavior that users are doing through cut-and-paste and screenshots. You can also schedule text messages in case you want to intentionally delay your response.
Chicory acts as a go-between for recipe websites and online grocery services. At the bottom of recipes from partner publishers, you’ll find an “Order ingredients” button that will process which items you need and then automatically add them to your cart.
Food brands can pay Chicory to earn the space to be the default product for particular ingredients. For instance, Kraft could take out an ad to be the de-facto cheddar cheese on the platform. That’s a smart way to monetize, though imagine it’ll annoy the hordes of foodies that try to avoid food conglomerates.
Bubbl is a publisher-side embeddable video platform that lets viewers share “snackable” clips. It’s built around the user action of saying “You’re going to love this part” when sharing a video on mobile.
Companies like ESPN, Netflix and Hulu can integrate the technology on top of their video players in order to make their content more shareable. Bubbl today announced partnerships with The Hobbit and Warner Bros. Studios.
ERA is currently accepting applications for its Winter batch of startups. If you’re interested, apply by November 13.
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