Capital Entrepreneurs member PerBlue was mentioned in the New York Times today. Â Parallel Kingdom, PerBlue’s location based game for mobile devices like the iPhone and Android phones, is launching its new age Friday after an innovative prelaunch. Â Here’s an excerpt from the New York Times Article:
Players immersed in Parallel Kingdoms need to be wary in case digital dragons or other mythical creatures are lurking nearby.
â€œThe whole world is covered in creaturesâ€ said Justin Beck, the chief executive of PerBlue, the creator of the game. â€œWherever you go, you can stumble upon these creatures. You can combat them. You defeat some of them and partner with others. Some dragons are very vicious and you want to defeat them, but some trolls are very kind and they can help.â€
Capital Entrepreneurs member Hardin Design and Development was featured in Curb Magazine last week. Â Here’s a short excerpt:
Since the companyâ€™s birth almost two years ago, Hardin Design & Development has made iPhone applications for Madonna and Mercedes-Benz, Flash Widgets for MSN and Facebook pages for Disney. With names like Coleman,Â The New Yorker and Mazda requesting their services, company President Jon Hardin and Vice President Scott Resnick credit their success to their unique strategy.
â€œWe figured out a core client base that we appeal to, we figured out a business model that works, and then we molded our company to be what the needs are of that client,â€ Hardin says.
Youâ€™d never guess by their client list that Hardin Design & Development began in the basement of Hardinâ€™s parentsâ€™ home. In less than six months, the company moved above ground and into a fourth-floor office space on the Capitol Square.
We’d like to welcome our newest members, Posipair, StudentSpill and Flatt Cola, brining our member companies to 40. Â Here’s a short description of our newest members:
Student Spill – Heidi Allstop â€“Â SPILL, or Supporting Peers in Laid-back Listening, is aÂ peer-based online support networkby and for UW studentsÂ that provides a confidential, student-based â€œventing outletâ€Â where they can write in about issues they want to get off of their chests. Â We connect them with other students who have dealt with that specific issue,Â providing the â€œspillerâ€ withsupport, feedback, and resourcesÂ for dealing with that specific issue.
Posipair – Sarah Manski – At PosiPair we’re building the internet architecture of the new green economy: An online retail and networking platform serving green businesses, consumers, and nonprofits in the rapidly expanding green products and services market.
Flatt Cola – Dave Kruse & Paul Pucci â€“Â Flatt Cola is an Energy Cola company based in Madison, WI made with all natural sugar, vitamin C, and extra caffeine.Â A beverage with a sarcastic brand image, Flatt Colaâ€™s tagline is Everyday World Domination.Â Flatt can be foundÂ at Metcalfeâ€™s Sentry in Hilldale, Woodmanâ€™s East and West, Steveâ€™s Liquor on University, and the Old Fashioned, with new locations being added daily.Â Try it out, its pretty tasty.
Wisconsin apparel company and Capital Entrepreneurs Member Sconnie.com is releasing new Brett Favre shirts leading up to the Packers vs. Vikings game on Nov. 1. Â From their release:
Following the popularity of the â€œWeâ€™ll Never Forget You Brentâ€ original SconnieÂ® design, Sconnie Nation has released a slew of new designs for Packer fans. The â€œBrentâ€ shirts continue to fly off the shelves, with a flurry of increased demand as the Monday Night Football game approaches. In anticipation of the game, Sconnie Nation has released a limited edition green on gold version of the original â€œBrentâ€ design, printed on ultra-comfortable American Apparel t-shirts.
Sconnie ran a contest for fans to submit their own ideas for a shirt. From the slew of hilarious and original ideas proposed by fans came three new designs â€“ â€œBreak Himâ€, â€œBrettâ€™s Waffle Houseâ€ and â€œMinnesota Dumpster Diversâ€ which have also become wildly popular through online sales at www.sconnie.com. Also added to the lineup of shirt designs are Worst State Ever shirts, with the MN edition taking center stage this week.
Capital Entrepreneur member Proactive Sleep was featured as #3 on Gizmodo’s list of top 10 apps of the week. Â Here’s what they said:
Proactive Sleep: Is there a such thing as a sleep coach? Let’s assume there is! In a nutshell, that’s what this app, designed with SCIENCE, aims to be. It’s an alarm clock at its core, which wakes you up with music of your choice then challenges you to a game, or offers you a dream diary. It’ll also track your sleep patterns and warn you when you’ve dipped below average. A little steep at five dollars, but it’s fairly polished and written by a bon-a-fide sleep researcher.
Capital Entrepreneur member Per Blue is about to launch its new Age of Emergence version of Parallel Kingdom. Â Below is info from their press release regarding the launch:
Beginning Halloween, October 31st, Parallel Kingdom will be having an in-game event called the Scroll Hunt that will involve players gathering randomly placed scrolls and then uniting within the game. When four players that have each found a scroll all meet at one location, they will be able to combine their individual scrolls, creating a blueprint for a one-of-a-kind building called the Great Library.
The first four players that unite and successfully build the Great Library will be documented as the founders of the new version of the game, titled “Parallel Kingdom – The Age of Emergence.” The entire scroll hunt is expected to take about two weeks, but it has the possibility to last indefinitely. The new version of Parallel Kingdom will not become available until four players get together and build the Great Library. After the Great Library begins construction, the game servers will go down to update the game. When they come back up, the new version of the game will be available in Google Market and the iTunes App Store. In the new version, the construction of the Great Library will be complete and it will exist forever in the same location where the four players decided to build it.
Justin Beck of PerBlue, Inc., the company that developed Parallel Kingdom, says “We’re really excited about the Scroll Hunt because to the best of our knowledge, no other video game has ever done anything like this.” This contest will let the players compete with each other to find the scrolls first, and then they will have to cooperate to get four people with scrolls together in the game to build the Great Library. Beck says, “Its like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with 4 golden tickets except instead of a tour, you get to usher in a whole new game title”. The four winners’ names will be permanently inscribed on the Great Library. “For the developers and players the whole event should be tons of fun.”
View their trailer for the new age here.
Capital Entrepreneurs memberÂ Per Blue’s Proactive Sleep iPhone app was featured on CBS News:
This is the next generation of alarm clocks. Unlike an alarm clock that just wakes you up, this alarm clock enables you to get personalized feedback about the consistency of your sleep schedule. It records and tracks when you go to bed, based on when you set the alarm and when you get up, based on when the alarm goes off. It records and tracks how many times you awaken at night, based on when you press a button. You then play a stimulating game in the morning that suggests your level of fatigue.
Behavioral treatments for insomnia have been shown to just as effective as medications. This device gives you a tool that helps you set a schedule, then monitors it and records the outcome or level of fatigue. This application provides you with an alternative that would otherwise require professional support that could be expensive. The cost means iPhone and iPod users can try it without much downside. If, after a month, you’re still struggling, you can reach out to a sleep specialist and have information to show them.
Member company Networked Insights was mentioned in Fast Company earlier this month in an article about how to accurately measure tv viewership.
From Entrepreneur Magazine:
â€œIt certainly hasnâ€™t been by accident,â€ says Matthew Mikolajewski, manager of the cityâ€™s office of business resources. â€œIt has taken lots of concerted effort to grow that entrepreneurial spirit.â€ That includes a renewed focus on entrepreneurship by the Universityâ€™s business school, the establishment of a fast-growing University research park, half a dozen business and arts incubators, and plans for a new food science lab and incubator developed with the Environmental Protection Agency. The fact that Madison has the second most educated work force in the country and one of the best quality of life ratings makes it attractive to business owners of all stripes. â€œIf you walk through one of our incubators, youâ€™ll find everything,â€ Mikolajewski says. â€œYouâ€™ll find a software engineer right next to someone making crackers.â€
We will use the front page to post updates on our members and their progress as they operate their business and highlight entrepreneurial events in the Madison community.
One of the coolest entrepreneur resources in Madison is the Burrill Business Plan Competition, a competition put on by the Wisconsin School of Business. The Burrill invites teams from all across the UW campus to write a business plan and make a presentation to a top notch judges panel. Its a great experience for entrepreneurs who are just getting their start.
This year’s competition was one of the best and two of our own took home top prizes. Thomas Carmona of CityDictionary.com took the $10,000 first prize, while Corey Capasso of Add The Flavor took the $7,000 second prize.Â Congrats to both Thomas and Corey!