January 2018 StartOut Member Snippets

January 24, 2018 5:00 pm
Written by: StartOut

Welcome to StartOut Spotlight January Snippets. Snippets provides a quick and current rundown of some amazing happenings from amazing StartOut members.

If you’d like to share your short bit of startup or company news and you’re a registered StartOut member, please click HERE. We’d love to include you in February’s Snippets.


Petal raises $13M in Series A Funding

From David Ehrich

Petal, a New York-based financial technology company using cash flow to underwrite a new consumer credit card, raised $13M in Series A funding. Valar Ventures led the round.

Petal is a different kind of credit card company. Petal looks at the money you make and the bills you already pay to help you qualify instantly – no credit scores required. That means you can get a great credit card and start building your credit score, even if Petal is your first credit card. Petal was started to give credit to people who deserve it – and made it honest, simple, and accessible. Petal cuts through all the fine print, ditched the fees, and created a credit card that makes your life a little easier.

To take action ::

Spread the word!

Visit Petal website

Petal in The New York TimesForbesTechCrunch



Brad Fuhr Among Honorees at PS Human Rights Commission Community Awards

From Brad Fuhr

Brad Fuhr is to be honored for his contributions to the community by one of the desert’s leading advocacy groups. The Palm Springs Human Rights Commission will present its annual Community Service Awards to seven remarkable community leaders and organizations for “Promoting Universal Human Rights Close to Home” on Monday, Feb. 12.

The Commission’s announcement – “Founder and publisher of the Gay Desert Guide. Brad aligns business goals and initiatives with causes and social issues that benefit the wider community. From supporting and promoting youth housing, access to health services along with a variety of social services, Fuhr is always there to lend a hand.”

The Awards ceremony will be held on February 12 at 3:00PM in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 3200 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way in Palm Springs. The public is invited to attend.

To take action ::

Visit Gay Desert Guide website

Contact Brad with any website feedback



Introducing a New Management and Marketing Firm

From Jackie Rednour-Bruckman

New management and marketing firm started to help others by longtime business leader and LGBT activist, Jackie Rednour-Bruckman. Clients include startups, app creators, retail, e-commerce, and NGO policy advising. Bruckman Consulting Group, LLC. is proud to work with and support women, LGBT, and people of color owned businesses.

Bruckman Consulting Group, LLC. located in the SF Bay Area specializes in management, marketing, and revenue growth for new and established companies. We have built companies, brands, and scaled growth quickly. Trusted with integrity and results driven.

To take action ::

Bruckman is currently accepting new clients

Visit Bruckman Consulting website



Colin Releases New Beta Site and Eager For Your Feedback

From Artin Yip

Every wonder who fabricated the Wall Street Bull? (Hint: It was fabricated in Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

Colin is a new platform for entrepreneurs and designers to connect with local manufacturers—with everything from metalworking to packaging. Colin just released its beta and would love for you to test it out and share your thoughts, suggestions, and even complaints.

Colin is a New York-based company that was founded in Google’s 30 Weeks incubator. Colin gives manufacturers, makers, and fabricators a simple platform to showcase their work and collaborate with designers.

Colin is currently seeking beta feedback and in fundraising mode.

To take action ::

Sign up, test the beta, and spread the word!

Visit Colin website




Well-Rounded Marketing Firm Offers Free 30-Minute Consultation

From Starza Thompson

Pizzaphant is a Chicago-based marketing consulting firm looking to help startups and businesses increase sales and garner new leads through strategic marketing.

Pizzaphant is a marketing consulting firm focused on elevating businesses through marketing. Pizzaphant specializes in digital marketing, marketing strategy, branding, social media, and content services. The company’s goal is to help companies to increase sales, capture more leads, and increase their visibility online by creating impactful marketing strategies and tactics. Pizzaphant thrives in working with business owners who haven’t done much marketing or marketing heads who need an extra hand. Regardless of the company, Pizzaphant is confident it can make an immediate and lasting impact.

To take action ::

Visit Pizzaphant website

Contact Pizzaphant

Schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation to see how Pizzaphant can help you increase your visibility and garner new leads in 2018.




Chicagoland Chapter Experiences Stellar Inaugural Year

From Michael Hardy

The NCSA is a new association with the Chicagoland Chapter experienced an amazing inaugural year in 2017. NCSA is a leading membership organization and business forum for Customer Service professionals and experts. The Chicagoland chapter is taking a lead in diversity of programming and corporate and individual involvement.

We are progressing quickly into our 2nd year and are planning a 12-month Meeting Series starting with a SWOT of Customer Service in January. The rotate dates, locations and times to accommodate the rich variety of those involved in Customer Service of one kind or another.

If you and/or your organization believe in excellence in customer service, then explore NCSA, attend a meeting, and join.

To take action ::

Visit NCSA website

Check out NCSA Facebook



Balance To Release Socially Responsible Investing Mobile App

From Jade Waterman

Balance Investing is releasing a mobile application called Balance. The app is iOS based and will be available for download from the App Store.

Balance is a hands-off, socially responsible investing platform. Balance gives your spare change a purpose by rounding up the change from your daily transactions and invest into companies that reflect your personal values. Balance provides a space for both novice and experienced investors to grow with us through the lifecycle of their financial needs. The Balance investment platform allows users to save money, make money, and invest with impact.

To take action ::

Visit Balance website

Sign up for Balance newsletter

Visit Balance Facebook

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