Recap: April 2017 Investment Meeting

On April 18, 2017, GTAN held its monthly investment meeting, and Angels were pitched by a variety of exciting local startups. Each founder offered an engaging pitch and interacted with the audience, and all companies that pitched are moving forward into the due diligence stage. Our Angels are looking forward to learning more about each company during the due diligence process.

We always begin our investment meetings with opening remarks from our President, Rob Douglas. This month, he welcomed new members and reminded attending founders that our angels possess a wide variety of industry expertise, making them excellent mentors. One of our members added that he became an Angel “to stop founders from doing the dumb stuff that I did.”


Learn more about needls, Directive Communication Systems, and uCiC below!


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needls – Justin Hartzman, CEO
needls provides small and medium businesses that have little expertise with advertising a tool for creating and placing ads in social networks such as Facebook and Instagram. Its rates for converting views or clicks to sales are provably significantly higher than industry averages. It has received $1.1M USD in funding from a U.S. source. It is seeking $500K USD from GTAN as part of a $1.5M USD round.








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Directive Communication Systems – Lee Poskanzer, CEO

DSC provides a planning tool for estate planners so that they can direct the disposition of digital assets upon death. Digital assets can include online financial accounts, social media accounts, photo archives, etc. The practice of sharing passwords with surviving family members is illegal in many jurisdictions and will increasingly be thwarted by service providers.








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uCiC – CEO Harleen Kaur

uCiC provides a platform for news organizations and individuals to reach out to a world-wide network of uCiC users to ask for photos and videos from breaking events in real-time. The Weather Channel will soon be asking its many viewers in the U.S. frequently during its broadcasts to download uCiC and to submit photos or videos of weather phenomena. She is actively approaching GTAN for $500K towards a total round of $1.5M.






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