Changing the Game: Fangage Digitizes Sports Photo Signings

Changing the Game: Fangage Digitizes Sports Photo Signings

By CultureBanx Team

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As a former college athlete Josh Bryant along with co-founder Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos, had a clear understanding of the way fans best connected with athletes through digital engagement, so they launched Fangage. It’s a platform that allows fans to upload personal photos to their favorite celebrities and receive a signed digital copy back. “People are taking more pictures at sporting events and are more interested in getting their personal pics signed rather than a stock photo,” said Bryant. The intrinsic value lies with celebrities signing the photos live on Fangage’s social media platforms. “People purchase our product because of the sentimental value it provides not the resale value.” They have 35,000 registered users for their B2C model where consumers are charged per picture upload.

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Changing the Game: Barley Sober Serves Up the Starbucks of Nightlife

By CultureBanx Team

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When founder Rohan Brown realized the hassle bar patrons went through trying to get the bartender's attention, he created Barley Sober. It’s a mobile app that allows you to pre-order drinks at the bar and has changed the future of going out. He quickly saw how nightlife had become very inconvenient and non-active. It’s not just customers that benefit from the app, “bar owners were losing out on money because they’re unable to streamline their operations,” Brown said. Thanks to his platform bar owners aren’t missing out on sales and customers have a central location to easily pick up drinks. According to Brown, there are more than 400,000 bars, taverns and nightclubs in the U.S., that could create better customer experiences.  Among the busy bars currently using Barley Sober they have seen an increased process workflow from 12-15 minutes down to 4-5 minutes. Next up they plan to expand internationally.

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Changing the Game: AreaProbe Reshapes Communities With On-Demand Real Estate Analytics

By CultureBanx Team

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When founder Curvin Letham wanted to better understand how communities were reshaped through revitalization he launched AreaProbe. It’s an on-demand real estate analytics company that provides decision research to financial institutions, private equity groups and real estate developers. It wasn’t just Letham who was seeking this information “companies wanted to understand the supply of real estate, along with demographics, income and rent prices,” he said. The platform helps clients understand what people can afford in certain areas along with the landscape of a community. Specifically AreaProbe helps with housing, retail, office space and healthcare facilities. “Based off what you want to build in a given area the AreaProbe decision model will give you an answer on whether or not it’s feasible,” Letham said. The company is getting ready to expand to South America and Europe, while also launching a new financial platform called “AreaProbe Capital” to match borrowers with lenders for commercial real estate deals.

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Changing the Game: Jetpack is the Uber for College Kids Essential Items

By CultureBanx Team

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On campuses nationwide students are in need of on-demand products like lint rollers, Tide pods or even a phone charger, which is where Jetpack comes into play. It’s the brainchild of Fatima Dicko, who is a self proclaimed “forgetful” person and “realized that everyone may forget something and need items last minute, she said.” Currently Jetpack operates on various campuses across the country including Stanford, USC, UCLA and Ohio State. They are all about bringing people the things they need in less than 10 minutes. Even though the company started by giving people backpacks with the most important things, now they’ve opened up to items students have in their own bags. “Sharing works with houses, cars and it can we believe also work for shampoo and batteries,” Dicko said. Jetpack has optimized its platform for the college experience by minimizing effort and increasing the fun level for everyone involved. They plan to branch out to airports, apartment buildings and music festivals next.

Changing the Game: Cooperative Capital Helps Neighbors Invest in Their Communities

By CultureBanx Team

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Being able to buy properties in your neighborhood is an idea many people have, but may not have a lot of extra cash to make the dream a reality. This is where Kwaku Osei’s Cooperative Capital comes into play, by allowing residents to pool their money together, as little as $1,000 into a real estate fund. They are starting with the Detroit real estate market with plans to launch community based funds that criss cross the country. “This is the right time because there is a lot of growth and more people can benefit from it. All boats can rise if there’s even distribution of ownership and we’re trying to create a bridge for that,” Osei said. It’s a simple process that starts with an investment committee who reviews and rates all opportunities and then the larger group of investors will vote on the top five. Cooperative Capital will determine if the investment can produce at least a six percent annual rate of return. “We want to become skilled at helping communities aggregate capital. Giving residents an equity stake in their own community.” The fund also views this as a way to increase financial literacy and plans to offer an online class called Get Financially Lit that teaches the basics of finance and investing. Right now Cooperative Capital is two and half months away from closing its first fund and raising one million dollars. There are already 20 other cities outside of Detroit ready for this model including Cleveland, Oakland and Baltimore.

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