McKeever Conwell of Given.to
When McKeever Conwell first presented at Baltimore TechBreakfast, the company he and co-founders Sam Henry and Michael Washington had formed was still called NoBadGift, a crowdfunding site where friends and family could contribute any dollar amount toward items on gift “wish lists” that users of the site had put together.
But the company Conwell presented at November’s TechBreakfast on Wednesday was Given.to, the rebranded version of NoBadGift fresh off a three-month stint at San Francisco-based NewME Accelerator. Given is still a crowdfunded gift-giving site, with extra perks and additional features, including the ability to contribute money toward nonprofits and raise funding for things like hot-air ballon rides.
Here are the other five companies that presented at November’s Baltimore TechBreakfast
- CrowdStitch: The brainchild of native Aussie Mark Howells, the CrowdStitch app is a pop-up social network that event organizers can employ that allows event attendees to have something of a mobile chat room to talk to one another, share photos and contribute reviews of the event. One new feature added to the app is a scrapbook that catalogs the photos all the attendees take, which any event-goer can download. While CrowdStitch is available for both iOS and Android, Howells said the date the app will go public is March 1, 2013.
- HDScores: Health department inspection scores from 3,200 jurisdictions across North America. HDScores is aggregating these scores and placing them into a format that’s easy to read and search, said CEO Matthew Eierman. Right now, the company is raising a capital round of $1.5 million, but a demo version of the HDScores web app is available.
- BEARTek Bluetooth gloves: Imagine you’re skiing down a mountain. Now imagine you’re listening to “Gangster’s Paradise” while skiing down that mountain. (EVERYONE listens to Coolio when skiing. DUH.) But when that song ends, and Justin Bieber’s “Baby” queues up, it’s time to switch songs fast. Using a BEARTek glove, that’s as easy as touching your thumb to your index finger. (Check out BEARTek’s Kickstarter campaign.)
- MyBodyCount: Thanks to this web app, people can track eight biomarkers that are affected by their lifestyle choices (like their eating habits, their propensity for exercise, whether they smoke and the like), and then receive a health score that summarizes their overall health. It’s sort of like a credit report for your healthiness.
- Decisionaire: It’s a tech platform that people can use to turn their decision-making expertise into software companies. Say you’re the expert on building giant hamster wheels, and you want to sell that expertise (sort of like a consultant would) to other people. Create a decisionaire explaining to other people how they, too, can be builders of giant hamster wheels. The product is in beta now, and it’s a bit tricky to wrap one’s head around, but the video below helps: