Core

COMPANIES

KUESKI

LIFTOFF

STEALTH MODE

OTHER MACHINE CO.

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FOUNDER / Ian Crosby, Pavel Rodionov, Adam Saint and Jordan Menashy

BENCH

FOUNDED 2012

Bench produces monthly P&L and balance sheet reports for small businesses through a standardized, scalable process. Using technology to automate some tasks and process engineering to optimize the rest, Bench has built a streamlined factory for financial statements that produces great quality at low cost. Combined with a beautiful user interface and complemented by an in-house full-service accounting team, Bench is a new kind of bookkeeper that raises the bar for the accounting industry.

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FOUNDER / Doug Richey

DEMAND STREET

FOUNDED 2010

Corporations spend billions of dollars annually on national marketing campaigns but struggle to communicate their message to the right audience at the right time. Thousands of local SMBs fail to use social media effectively because their time and administrative resources are limited and they lack the ability to discover or create compelling content. DemandStreet's platform matches corporate messaging with the content needs of local SMBs who want to engage and monetize their customers via social media.

Specifically, DemandStreet’s software platform algorithmically curates Netflix-style queues of engaging Facebook posts for SMBs based on customized content and scheduling preferences set by each business owner or practice manager. The platform also enables corporations to distribute branded content through the Facebook pages of thousands of their SMB channel partners to reach targeted consumers with native advertisements at the local level.

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FOUNDERS / Eric Lambrecht and Jeff Yasuda

FEED.FM

FOUNDED 2012

Feed.fm provides a turn-key, legal way to add popular music to websites, apps, and games in order to drive engagement, retention, and revenues. THINK: Music as a Service.

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FOUNDERS / Adalberto Flores Ochoa and Leonardo de la Cerda Guzman

KUESKI

FOUNDED 2013

Kueski is the fastest online payday lender in Latin America. Users can apply for a small loan completely on-line, specifying how much money they need and when they would like to pay it back. Kueski's risk engine approves or rejects a loan application within seconds. Upon approval, a wire transfer is made instantaneously.

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FOUNDERS / Mike Estee, Danielle Applestone, PhD & Saul Griffith, PhD

OTHER MACHINE CO.

FOUNDED 2013

Other Machine Company (OMC) is at the forefront of the digital desktop manufacturing movement, because the future is small-batch, ultra-customized, and on-demand. Like in the early days at HP and Apple, OMC transforms industrial tools into consumer products and aims to put them in every home and business. OMC is full-stack, with an ecosystem of computer-controlled hardware, software, marketplace, and community that enables everyday people to directly harness the power of modern manufacturing.

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FOUNDERS / Julien Bellanger and Kunal Anand

PREVOTY

FOUNDED 2013

Prevoty, a next generation web application security provider, is pioneering a new approach to securing web applications.

Prevoty provides web application security-as-a-service, eliminating the top OWASP threats by validating your inputs, queries and tokens. Prevoty’s proprietary technology reduces the time and cost to develop secure applications via embedding security libraries and plugins.

Top technology, media, retail and financial organizations use Prevoty for its powerful security, ease of use and flexibility. Prevoty protects over half a billion unique users every sub-millisecond.

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FOUNDERS / Na'ama Moran, Peretz Partensky and Ben Woosley

SOURCERY

FOUNDED 2012

Sourcery is connecting wholesale food buyers and suppliers online. Currently most of the transactions in the $220B byzantine foodservice industry are handled by phone calls, fax machines and paper invoices. Sourcery's vision is to be the web standard for data and transactions in the food industry. By bringing transparency and efficiency to this market we are democratizing access to high-quality foods and organizing a gold-mine of data in the process.

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FOUNDER / Chris Hart

TRUEANTHEM

FOUNDED 2008

trueAnthem empowers marketers, publishers and advertisers to leverage the power of social influence. trueAnthem's patented technology tracks the viral spread of shared content across the internet in real-time and pinpoints social influencers - those who not only share content, but inspire their friends and followers to take action.

trueAnthem's platform provides publishers the ability to drive new social advertising opportunities by clustering social influencers based on their sharing activities, interests, and spheres of influence.

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FOUNDERS / Abhik Majumdar, Alex Holub and Phil West

VIDORA

FOUNDED 2012

Vidora is developing the ultimate mobile TV video solution to help telcos, new media companies, CE companies, and pay TV operators launch next generation end-to-end internet video distribution services.

Core to Vidora’s vision of the Future of TV is that video will be distributed over the open web and that mobile devices will be used as dual screens to both watch content but also to control the TV viewing experience. Vidora’s technology addresses the crucial challenges for the next generation of TV services by leveraging video analysis and big data technology to enable dual screen experiences, targeted advertising, rich analytics, and content personalization.

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FOUNDERS / Doug Olkein, Ryo Koyama and Mike Johnson

WEAVED

FOUNDED 2008

Weaved connects you to the world of devices. Soon there will be billions of devices connected to the Internet controlled by billions of smartphones and managed by hundreds of thousands of mobile apps. Weaved cloud services make is possible for device makers to make their devices Internet ready almost instantly and equally easy for app developers to build apps that work on top of devices made from various manufacturers.

At the heart of Weaved is it's core technology which allows any internet service or a device to become privately and securely accessible from the internet. The Company has already been awarded a patent for its technology with more coming down the way. Devices from major manufacturers, build around Weaved, can be found in most major retail outlets, just look for the “Powered by Weaved” logo.

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FOUNDER / Bismarck Lepe

WIZELINE

FOUNDED 2013

Wizeline is a B2B analytics and insights company. Wizeline offers a SaaS platform that leverages product engagement data to identify the product and engineering allocation that will maximize ROI for its customers.

The company is initially focused on B2B companies that offer cloud-based services to other businesses, but the goal is for all companies to one day use Wizeline to decide which products to build and market.

ABOUT

Core Venture Group is a seed stage venture capital firm. We focus on working with extremely strong founders to build companies of real value. We typically invest in companies that are developing advanced technologies and have a business to business model.

WHO WE ARE

Core Ventures Group was started by Shinya Akamine who has spent his career in Silicon Valley working and personally investing in several startups.

ABOUTWHO WE ARE

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

To return the core and roots of high tech entrepreneurism and venture investing by working closely with founders to build valuable businesses that address real problems typically with advanced technology solutions.

OUR STYLE

We invest in relatively few companies and work as closely as possible with the founders to support the company in any area it needs. We are rigorous in creating actionable strategies, measuring and continual improvement. We try to have cast iron stomachs because even the best startups face serious challenges and surprises. We’ve found that when those things happen, freaking out usually doesn’t help.

OUR FOCUS

We strive to find and support founders of the highest character and integrity. In our experience, that is the foundation upon which great companies are built. We primarily invest in seed stage B2B companies with advanced technological capabilities where Core Ventures Group is part of the first set of investors in the company.

CONTACT

info@coreventuresgroup.com