2016 Recap: Rabble

The year was a defining one for Rabble and MUSICat, the local music platform we’re building with public libraries. We launched several new sites: PlayBack with The Seattle Public Library in August, BoomBox with Nashville Public Library in October, and an upgraded Yahara Music Library with Madison Public Library in December.

Edmonton Public Library’s MUSICat site Capital City Records won the Canadian Library Association/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology. Madison Public Library nabbed an IMLS National Medal, the nation’s highest honor for library service to communities, based in part on its MUSICat site, Yahara.

Rabble was honored to be a finalist in multiple competitions in 2016 including the Knight News Challenge that asked “How might libraries serve 21st century information needs?” the Force for Positive Change competition headed by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and the Wisconsin Innovation Awards. We were also chosen to take part in the Forward Fest Startup Showcase.

In the new year, we’ll rewrite MUSICat to improve site performance and facilitate developer integration, improvements that will bring us closer to our long term goals to release a Software as a Service version of MUSICat and an open source DIY toolkit. Rabble is on track to bring 10 additional library partners on board in 2017.

2016 Recap: Field59

After two years of winding down a legacy CMS company and ramping up another, Field59 officially took off. We brought in new, multi-year video contracts for a 72% increase in revenue over 2015. We’re still bootstrapping our business, and even turned down an opportunity that wasn’t right for us. One thing that remains the same, however, is our mission is to empower our customer partners to reach their business goals through online video. Our first priority has always been to value their rights as video content owners and publishers.

Field59 offers a start-to-finish video solution for media companies. These companies are primarily television and radio broadcasters, newspapers, and educational organizations – anyone that produces premium video content online. From live stream production, to video library management, to online delivery, the Field59 Video Platform offers tools for video publishing and distribution to the web and over-the-top devices, such as ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. We’ve built an easy-to-use video system that’s always on, 24/7, for live stream and pre-recorded content, so audiences can tune in, anytime, anywhere.

This system, along with our automated syndication, smart playlist technology, customizable video players, and top-notch customer support, is what we offer, and we look forward to bringing new innovative solutions to our customer partners in 2017.

Reflecting on the past year, we’re grateful for the opportunities, partnerships, and customers that we’ve had the pleasure of working with in 2016. We welcomed five Calkins newspapers, eight Casa Grande Valley newspapers, 24 CNHI newspapers, the broadcasting ABC affiliate WTXL ABC 27, Bloomington Herald-Times’ Hoosier Sports Report (Indiana University sports) and Edutopia.

We also strengthened our business partnerships with Forscene in London, who offers live-feed capture and professional video editing software, and Calkins Digital, a mobile and over-the-top video app developer. Our partnerships with these two companies allow us to provide time-saving, efficient, and intuitive workflows for a complete video publishing and delivering solution, with the goal of keeping our customers relevant and competitive in the age of video streaming.

Our customers have always had an easy way to add their videos to any website. But now, we offer API integration into any CMS. TownNews.com’s BLOX CMS integrated Field59 directly into their CMS this year, and our joint customers have seen a definitive workflow improvement in publishing their news.

But what has been really exciting was watching the Bloomington Herald-Times produce the Hoosier Sports Report, bringing their local Indiana University sports coverage to the next level. With constantly updated videos of the latest sports news, discussion, and personalities, Field59 powers the delivery of their sports video to the web, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV devices.

We’re also extremely proud to have begun working with Edutopia, a non-profit resource for educators and parents created by the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Field59 delivers Edutopia’s premium video content to new audiences via over-the-top devices. These ROKU, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV apps provide a big-screen experience in homes and classrooms, allowing viewers to discover best practices in education from these original and curated content channels.

Earlier this year, Field59 was one of a dozen companies selected to exhibit in the “Innovation Lounge” at the Digital Entertainment World Expo in Los Angeles. The DEW Expo is an annual gathering of leading media and technology companies in the entertainment industry. Closer to home, Field59 has been heavily involved in the Madison community, producing weekly live and recorded video of presentations by Madison-area entrepreneurs for 1 Million Cups Madison; producing and managing 100Live, the 100State coworking community’s live video events; live streaming the Madison Area Music Association Awards show with our Madison production partner, Hinckley Productions; live streaming the spring and fall graduating classes of startup accelerator, gener8tor; producing four live streamed and recorded events at Forward Fest, Madison’s technology and entrepreneurship festival, including: the Social Good Summit, The System, The Failures, and The Consequences on The Country, a Startup Roundtable with U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin and Doyenne Group & 1 Million Cups Madison’s 5x5x5 Pitch Event; and producing various live streamed and recorded events for the Madison Women in Tech meetup.

We’ve just moved into a new office at 100State in the 316 Building, and we’re thrilled continue being a part of Madison’s entrepreneurial and coworking communities. We can’t think of a better place to be.

Online video is a billion dollar market, and we’re excited to be innovating in this space. In 2017, we’ll continue to help our customer partners deliver premium online video to where their audiences are watching, whether on handheld devices or on the TVs in their living rooms.

Best wishes for a prosperous 2017!

2016 Recap: Noble Applications

2016 was a great year for Noble Applications, and as we do every year, we want to express our gratitude to our team, customers, partners, and the local business community. We turned 4 years old in September, we moved our offices to 44 East Mifflin in October, and we recently launched our new website. We are pleased and proud to report that we continued on our growth path as our revenue increased by 26% over 2015. This provided us the opportunity to grow our team and show our appreciation for making us what we are today.

The growing core of our business continues to be providing our design and development talent to established enterprises with new mobile strategies. As we say, “You know your business. We build your apps.” We added 13 new customer partnerships to this core in 2016.

For the annual Capital Entrepreneurs recap, we like to take the opportunity to show our appreciation to local customer partners, so this year, we’re sending a special shout-out of appreciation to…

i3 Product Development: We have a special partnership with i3PD that allows us both to bring truly innovative products to the world, that are created right here in Madison. They are our engineering partner, and we are their mobile app partner, and we have collaborated on several products during the course of the year – fitness and medical wearables integrated to app platforms, integrating agricultural machinery to app platforms, and several more Internet of Things projects. We have many more on the docket for 2017.
Original Wisconsin Ducks: Going to the Dells to ride the Ducks and take the boat tours is a family tradition. We built them a platform with integrated e-commerce, box office apps, and dispatch apps, so everyone can put their focus on having fun and enjoying the scenery.
Strive Orthopedics: this is the first and only platform for remote orthopedic care, and you will definitely be hearing more about them in the year to come.

We will always be grateful to the Madison business community, and would like to thank the amazing teams at Urban Land Interests, Baker Tilly, Capital Entrepreneurs, and the local treasure that is Gail Selk.

We get to work with incredible people that have amazing ideas and we are all very grateful that our customers and team give us the opportunity to push boundaries and bring real innovation to the world.

Stay tuned to our website, where you can keep track of the new apps and platforms that are built for the world, right here in Madison.

2016 Recap: Updown Technologies

2016 was a year of growth for Updown as we continue to build our vision of delivering a personalized workout experience. We saw our user base for the Updown Fitness app grow from 3,000 to nearly 50,000 and the app consistently has maintained a very high rating. We released the paid subscription version of the application in June and have started generating revenues. Over the summer we hired several UW students as interns who contributed to development of the product and business development.

We’ve also started integrating our application with fitness professionals. In summer of 2016, we released a product for gyms to integrate Updown with their members. We implemented and tested at 10 different gyms in the Madison area and featured the product at the Club Industry conference in Chicago.

Early 2017 will see the release of our largest project to date – the first platform that connects high-quality workouts from fitness professionals with exercisers around the globe. Several of our Madison gym partners are participating as workout contributors, and we’ve signed several of the top fitness channels on YouTube as partners. With this new product, we will rely heavily on network effects and expanding distribution channels to facilitate increased growth in users and revenue in 2017.

We look forward to continued growth in 2017 and will be kicking off a $1 million round in Q1 to help us scale our product. Stay tuned for some major updates in the next couple of months!

2016 Recap: Arch Virtual

In 2016, we nearly doubled the size of our team and project revenue building custom virtual reality applications. We completed a large Oculus Rift virtual reality application for a $360 million student community at Texas A&M, along with a trade show application for Wessels, an industrial product manufacturer to showcase their products. We also completed several HTC Vive and Oculus Rift applications for real estate developers that enable buyers to configure luxury homes before they break ground.

We’re putting the finishing touches on a new project for American Family Insurance’s ‘DreamBank’ where we installed 3 Oculus Rifts in their front room facing the capital square on East Washington, along with a series of custom VR experiences. We also created an Oculus Rift experience for the ‘Spark’ building here in Madison, which enabled project stakeholders to visualize this exciting new project.

Find out more about Arch Virtual here and experience their technology here.

New Years Kick Off

2017

To bring us into 2017, we’ll first be looking back at 2016. A lot of great things happened within the Capital Entrepreneurs community and the Madison Startup Scene and we’d like to share them. As in prior years, we’ll be kicking off with a series of posts from Capital Entrepreneurs companies summarizing their year in review, and we’ll cap it off with a full 2016 Madison Startup Scene Recap post. Stay tuned!

Sector67 Launches Capital Campaign

Sector67 has raised $450,000 of their $600,000 capital campaign goal that will go towards building a new home in downtown Madison. But Sector67 still needs your help!

The non-profit organization, which recently celebrated their 6-year anniversary, is a community hackerspace where entrepreneurs are empowered to build, learn, and help each other innovate. Some of the many resources provided at Sector67 include a wood shop, 3D printers, laser cutters, metal fabrication tools, office space, and much more.

The funding campaign will ensure that Sector67 remains a staple in the Madison entrepreneurial community for years to come. Donors for the campaign include Madison Community Foundation, University Research Park, Madison Kipp, Stoughton Trailer, IEEE Entrepreneurs, Consultants Network, and many individual donors too.

Sector67 hopes to raise another $150,000 to complete the campaign and finish building their new 15,000 square foot space at 56 Corry Street. If you would like to contribute, you can do so here!

Build Madison Returns November 19-20, 2016

buildmadisonlogo_150Build Madison is back! Come join us for at the 7th annual hackathon event coordinated by Capital Entrepreneurs and Sector67. The event, which will be hosted at Sector67, gives entrepreneurs an awesome opportunity to get going on that project you have been putting off for too long.

The 24 hour community create-a-thon will start Saturday, November 19, at 11:00 am and will go through the night and into the early ours of Sunday morning. Come ready with a short pitch (<1 minute) if you have an idea you want to start working on. If you do not have a specific project in mind, then you can come collaborate with others and spend the next 24 hours helping to make an idea come to reality. At the end of the event, we will come together for short project presentations as well as feedback sessions. This event is FREE and is open to anyone who wants to tap into their entrepreneurial ambitions. We encourage participation from students, software developers, artists, hackers, business minded people, engineers, and anyone else who wants to get involved!

Please register at the Build Madison Website if you want to attend, and we hope to see you there!

Propeller Health Raises $21.5 Million in Funding

screen-shot-2016-10-25-at-6-27-14-pmPropeller Health, an Asthma tracking startup, raised $21.5 million in series C funding. They will use the new funds to expand their product portfolio, which already includes 45 programs. According to CEO David Van Sickle, Propeller would also like to expand globally. The company launch in 2010 and has been growing rapidly thanks to relationships with key healthcare partners including Dignity Health and government programs like Molina Healthcare. You can learn more about Propeller here.

EatStreet Raises $11M in Funding

eat-street-logoEatStreet is reported to have raised 11 million in another big round of funding.

The mobile food ordering platform is growing rapidly as they now serve 15,000 restaurants in over 250 cities across the US. EatStreet recently moved to new offices on the Capitol Square as they continue to expand. The Madison based company has now raised a total of 38.5 million dollars to date. You can read more about EatStreet here.

PerBlue’s DragonSoul Gaming Franchise Acquired

dragonsoul logoThe widely popular mobile role playing game, DragonSoul, was recently acquired from PerBlue by GREE International Entertainment.

The DragonSoul franchise has become a household name in mobile gaming with over 9 million players worldwide. GREE international plans to build upon the success of DragonSoul and further increase its reach across Europe and around the world. As for PerBlue, the acquisition will allow the Madison company to continue managing their current collection of games as well as develop new mobile role playing games. You can read more about the acquisition here and here.

HealthMyne Raises $6.9 Million in Funding

healthmyne logoHealthMyne, a Madison-based health IT startup received $6.9 million in a recent funding round. This includes an investment from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. HealthMyne’s technology analyzes tumor images to help radiologists identify and track cancerous tumors. The product has been approved by the FDA and there are already pilot products in three hospitals. You can read more about HealthMyne here.

HealthX Raises $20 Million for Digital Health Solutions Fund

HealthX LogoHealthX Ventures has raised a total of $20 million for an investment fund that focuses on early stage health startups. Founded in 2015 by Mark Bakken, HealthX is already invested in 5 companies (Redox, EnsoData, MovingAnalytics, HealthiPASS, and Epharmix), and they plan to invest in another 5 to 7 companies in the coming few years. The portfolio consists of companies that will be an integral part in lowering healthcare costs and improving the lives of many patients in the process. You can read more about HealthX here.

Moxe Health Raises $5.5 Million

Moxe Health LogoMoxe Health has recently announced a $5.5 million round of funding. The Madison-based company has developed tools that improve the flow of data in the healthcare industry. Among its many uses, Moxe’s software aids in the transfer of information between healthcare systems that use different software for handling patient records. The additional funds will allow Moxe to hire more employees and boost sales as they aim to double in size in the next year. You can read more about Moxe Health here.

Catalyze Raises $6.5 Million in Funding

catalyze logpMadison health IT startup Catalyze recently raised $6.5 million in funding. The growing Madison company does cloud computing for hospitals, facilitating communication between their electronic systems and other digital health companies. Catalyze will use the new funds to expand their team and develop new products that will help the broader healthcare industry use data to analyze the quality of health care their customers receive. You can read more about Catalyze here.

ABODO Raises $4.8M in Funding

Abodo-logoABODO recently announced a $4.8 million round of funding.

The Madison-based startup is the creator of a popular software used by renters to locate apartments. Their service is already offered in 30 cities across the US, and they plan to use the funding to double that number by the end of 2017. In addition, the funding round led by 4490 Ventures will allow ABODO to move to bigger offices to accommodate their growing company.

With over 500,000 users per month, ABODO has positioned itself as a leader in the apartment search industry. They have now raised over $8 million to date. You can read more about ABODO here.

2016 Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social

ce-open-social-promoThe 2016 Forward Festival kicks off today and runs August 18-25! There are 40+ events on the schedule, and be sure to join us for our annual Capital Entrepreneurs Rooftop Open Social on August 25! This event doubles as the Wrap Party for the 2016 Forward Festival.

  • What: CE Rooftop Open Social
  • When: Thursday, August 25 from 5:30-7:30pm
  • Where: Boardman & Clark (US Bank Building, 4th Floor)

Wrap up the 2016 Forward Festival with a rooftop celebration on the Capitol Square. We’ll have plenty of beverages (including the 2016 Forward Festive-Ale, Restoration Cider, and other local brewers) as well as snacks from Lucille. The event is free to attend.

Please RSVP here if you’re planning to attend.

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2016 Forward Festival Startup Showcase

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The fourth annual Forward Festival Startup Showcase is almost here! The Startup Showcase features an evening of startup pitches from 5 of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies, as well as update pitches from 20 companies that presented in prior years. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next (and what is going on now) in Madison’s startup ecosystem.

The Startup Showcase will kick off at 4 pm on Tuesday, August 23rd at the Monona Terrace, and is part of Pitch Night. Pitch Night includes the Startup Showcase (4pm), neXXpo (5pm), and Pressure Chamber (7pm) plus complimentary appetizers and beverages!

Pitch Night is included with Forward Technology Conference registrations and the Forward Pass. You can also purchase Pitch Night only tickets for $30 here.

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Our line up of new presenters for the 2016 Startup Showcase:

  • The Rabble – The Rabble started with a simple idea: libraries deserve software that reflects their values. MUSICat is a fully open sourced platform designed by The Rabble with libraries to empower them to share local music and support creative communities.
  • Export Abroad – Export Abroad is a global intelligence software and emerging markets advisory company. The core mission is to break down the barriers of international expansion and provide companies with the tools to be successful in any market.
  • EnsoData – EnsoData is creating machine intelligent software to unlock the vast wealth of clinical expertise lying dormant in archived data. Their first product automates sleep data analysis for sleep clinics.
  • Understory – Understory detects rain, hail, wind and other weather events directly at the earth’s surface, where the risk to life and property is greatest. The ground-truth-based detection is a marked enhancement in both resolution and fidelity, providing real time datasets and graphical views of the movement and intensity of weather events, which leads to better insight and early detection of risks.
  • The BikeMobile – The BikeMobile is a fully stocked mobile bicycle repair van that provides on-site service to individuals at home, or in a group setting, in Madison, WI.

The Forward Festival Startup Showcase is presented by Capital Entrepreneurs and Accelerate Madison.

2016 Forward Festival Returns August 18-25!

2016-forward-fest-headerThe seventh annual Forward Festival returns August 18-25, 2016. The Forward Festival is Madison’s flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival. Since starting in 2010, it now attracts over 3,000 attendees and includes 8 full days packed with 40+ events organized by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs. Check out the full Festival event lineup of conferences, summits, happy hours, and more here.

The Festival has continued to grow – in particular, we would like to invite you to attend the headline tech conference and Capital Entrepreneurs hosted events:

ftc-logoForward Technology Conference (August 23) – The headline tech conference of the Festival. Whether you’re thinking about launching a startup business or you’re an experienced entrepreneur, you’ll find this conference relevant and insightful (childcare available).

ff-pc-logosPitch Night Featuring the Startup Showcase and Pressure Chamber (August 23) – An energetic evening featuring a reception, the Pressure Chamber pitch competition, and the Startup Showcase with pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies showcasing what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem.

Capital_Entrepreneurs_Logo_VertCapital Entrepreneurs Open Social (August 25) – Wrap up the 2016 Forward Festival with a rooftop celebration on the Capitol Square. Come mingle with Madison’s up-and-coming innovators working on a wide variety of interesting startups at the annual Capital Entrepreneurs Open Social.

There are a bunch of other great events encompassing tech, food, music, art (new!), and more packed into the Festival, check them out! Whether you’re already plugged into the Midwest tech scene, or you’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to sample what the area has to offer, the Forward Festival is about bringing the technology and startup communities together to learn, share, and have some fun.

Be sure to register now for the events. If you’re planning to attend multiple events, get a Forward Pass!

2016 Startup Showcase and Pressure Chamber Seeking Nominations

The 4th annual Forward Festival Startup Showcase returns this year and will again be bigger and better than ever! Startup Showcase joins the Pressure Chamber for a Pitch Night evening that will take place following the Forward Technology Conference on August 23, 2016. It is expected to bring hundreds of entrepreneurs, business, civic and education leaders together in celebration of all of the innovation happening in greater Madison.

Apply to pitch in the 2016 Startup Showcase or Pressure Chamber by July 8 here.

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startup-showcase-logoAbout Startup Showcase: The Forward Festival Startup Showcase features an evening of startup pitches from some of Madison’s most compelling emerging companies. Approximately five startups will be selected to give a 5- minute “demo day” style pitch. In addition, several Startup Showcase alumni from past years will take part in a lightning round of 1-minute update pitches. The Startup Showcase is a high energy stage that celebrates and showcases what’s next in Madison’s startup ecosystem and is open to early and later stage companies, venture and non-venture backed companies, as well as for-profit and non-profit companies. Checkout highlights from last year’s event here.

pressure-chamber-logoAbout Pressure Chamber: Whether your company is currently raising or planning to raise investment capital in the future, Pressure Chamber is a valuable platform to tell your story and make new connections across the country. A select number of companies will be chosen to pitch in front of a panel of investors, business executives and a live audience at the Pressure Chamber event. In addition to receiving the coveted golden suitcase and other prizes, the winning company receives an all-expenses paid spot on the Chamber’s exclusive Madison-area startup delegation to Palo Alto in October for meetings with top Silicon Valley investment firms.

The Startup Showcase is presented by Capital Entrepreneurs and Accelerate Madison, and the Pressure Chamber is presented by the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce and Michael Best & Friedrich. Pitch Night is part of the 2016 Forward Festival, which runs August 18-25, 2016.