Journalists, social value, Startups, Technology, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

The Great Equalizer- Equity

In my recent conversation with co-founder Bill Lott of Hours For Equity, I realized that the break away from a bad economy is an idea that becomes an open door to business development. In this economy it becomes a “Great Equalizer” to develop and build a product and company. How do companies start with an idea, gain real talent to create a product and afford the best to make the best? Entrepreneurs that create products to help entrepreneurs is a very good answer. Hours For Equity does this and continues to grow in clients and partnerships. In my opinion, it is a force to be reckoned with, or more appropriately, “The Great Equalizer”.

Here is more about how they’re reshaping the way we do business.

http://www.startupleak.com/hours-for-equity/

You can find them here at: http://hoursforequity.com/

Startups

Startup BlockAvenue is Live and in Your Neighborhood

Over the past few weeks I have enjoyed talking with the team at BlockAvenue. They are launching their product today, and I believe that their success is inevitable. It’s powerful information for any neighborhood, with real information on everything you would want to know in any area. 50 million data points and growing, this has the potential to have a massive user base very quickly. They are part of the Cambridge MIT incubator in DogPatchLabs, and have the backing for growth. They are a team that you should watch! Here’s some more:

Launching today, BlockAvenue from Cambridge, MA. plans to take on the literal world of location based everything. They have utilized a massive amount of data points to give the user an actual interpretation of a real neighborhood. It has a powerful potential when it can be used by the public to determine the value or lack thereof regarding their neighborhood or potential neighborhood. Tony Longo, Founder of BlockAvenue, has the ambition to take this company to the public with a necessary product that provides real value in daily use. It’s engaging, interactive and informative, and that is a rare thing of value.

“Using BlockAvenue is very easy. The process starts by searching for any location: a city, town, neighborhood, intersection, street or even an alleyway. From there, consumers are able to zoom in and focus down into specific areas to see the makeup and score of the location. Consumers are also able to vote and comment on individual data points such as transit stops, coffee shops and grocery stores. Or, they could take a more thorough approach and write a full BlockReview on why an area is great…or not so great.”

After a beta review of the product, I see that this potential and the ease of use are extremely valuable. I can travel and have a full view of the place I am staying and the types of businesses I would like to visit, such as restaurants, hotels, where to get gas, and what areas I should avoid due to crime statistics. I enjoyed really zooming into the circles that provided more information, or would clearly provide it at some point. Interactive public engagement will make this product a travel or moving necessity.

Read the rest here—> http://www.startupleak.com/just-leaked-blockavenue-is-live-and-in-your-neighborhood/

Social media, social value, Startups, Twitter, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

Boston Startup Vsnap Making Personal Connections in Business

While doing copy edit recently,   I had the pleasure of chatting with a Boston startup company called Vsnap. They offer a business solution to the dry, boring email message with an engaging and personal vSnap one minute video message. Their platform is API integrated  for Vsnaps to be sent via Twitter, LinkedIn and email, which in turn makes for a way to engage customers and clients with a personal connection. They are seeming growth in many areas of customer use, and have a rockin’ team to make it all happen.

From what I am seeing with this company and product idea, they have real potential in a niche space where video and social contact imbed into each other in a personal way, rather than the world of social noise in mere text that we currently experience. Vsnap is one to watch as their consumer base grows in variable directions, which is imperative for a startup to substantiate valuation. They are seeing growth in areas such as HR recruitment, ecommerce, healthcare and many other business arenas.

More about Vsnap can be found here: http://www.startupleak.com/vsnap/ and here:https://www.vsnap.com/

Give them a try and let me know how it works for you, and how you are utilizing it.

Facebook, Google, Journalists, Social media, social value, Startups, Tech Journalist Guest Posts, Twitter, Uncategorized, VC/ Angel Investors & Investments

The Startups and Entrepreneurs are Launching into Fall…and I’m back to it!

It’s that extra special time of year, when lots of cool products come out of the innovation gates. Startup companies launch all year long, but there is something special about Fall, when we start to settle in, work more often and watch innovation come to life around us, while nature begins to rest.

I am back to where this site began, writing and sharing about companies, startup businesses and entrepreneurs making a difference. I am, on occasion, working in conjunction with an awesome new ‘startup for startups’ based in Boston. http://StartupLeak.com

We will feature some great startup stories, product launches, true founder stories, and innovator connections for everyone to explore and enjoy in the months to come.

Here you go startup fans! Fall into the secret sauce!

What’s Your BlockAvenue All About?

by Patricia Dixon

The secret sauce to creating a company of real value to the individual user is just that, a secret. As founder of BlockAvenue, Tony Longo and his support team know that this is the way to bring quality to the public. Founded in 2012, BlockAvenue aims to bring disruption right into the block where you thrive.

It takes amazing minds and talent to grow up an idea and make it come to fruition…read more–> http://www.startupleak.com/whats-your-blockavenue-all-about/

Antiquities, Authors/Books, Ephemera, Hollywood, Journalists, Uncategorized

My Book Library: Politics, Presidents and Novelists

Creating a library of books is a lifetime endeavor. It feels the same when cataloging books, authors, publishers and dates. I decided to put the list up pre-auction as so many of you have asked to view it for fun. I am happy to add more photos if you would like to see something, just ask! These are 95% or more, first editions and all are hardcover. The list is so large that I gave it it’s own page tab at the top of this site, Enjoy! https://patddixon.com/book-list/

Winston Churchill Books
Antiquities, Authors/Books, Ephemera, Hollywood, Photographers/Photography, Silent Film

Silent Film and Johnny Carson, Ben Hur, Sherlock Holmes and The Great Chicago Fire

I have been roaming once again through my treasure trove of these thousands of movie stills and ephemera. It’s almost like stepping back in time, looking into someone else’s life and being part of the making of Hollywood, which is astounding. Will I ever be able to go through it all? A Christmas card to Arthur Beck and Leah Baird, from “Boots, Kit and Johnny Carson”;

a folder full of the original silent film stills of Ben Hur, yes, the first Ben Hur movie ever made.

The Great Chicago Fire in 1925, dozens of actors and actresses grace the silent film stills of times past. The Return of Sherlock Holmes, more Vitagraph players, handsigned notes, love letters, business letters and postcards, lobby cards and movie posters. Endless. And here is more for your enjoyment.

Antiquities, Ephemera, Photographers/Photography, Silent Film

Check out the Silent Film Page Tab at the top on PatDDixon.com

The very early stage actors/actresses and much more will be posted on the Silent Film page on this site. Photographs and ephemera will be found here:

https://patddixon.com/silent-film

I have approx. 750 stills, plus hundreds of other photographs that I will share over time. They are for sale as a collection of the producer’s life with his actress wife, or they can be purchased individually for autographed photos, or groups of photos about each movie. Check my “about” page for how to contact me.

Here are some more silent film stills.

Hutch Hutchinson autographed to Leah Baird