I met the founders of SOKO, a mobile/ecommerce driven, socially beneficial marketplace last month at the NY Tech Day at Pier 92. They have created a seamless mobile and ecommerce based solution for female artisans in Africa to access buyers from all over the world. Available are necklaces, bracelets, earnings, and rings priced between $10-$75.
SOKO is disruptive on many levels and empowers women to improve their standard of living by selling direct to the consumer and keeping more of their profits. Africa lacks accessible physical banking but SOKO leverages the current mobile money infrastructure to pay shop owners via their mobile phones. The only downside is the ship window which can take up to 25 days. However, it’s not such a bad trade off considering you are getting an affordable, original piece of jewelry and helping someone better themselves along the way.
Find out more about SOKO here.
NY Tech Day is is another great startup event held in April and it’s happening on Thursday, April 25th at Pier 92. They bill themselves as a startup science fair but it’s a great way to meet young, growing companies. Press, investors and job seekers will be in attendance checking out over 450 companies who will be exhibiting. See you there.
On Friday, April 19th the NYC Startup Job Fair will be hosted at the IAC building in Chelsea. Register and meet close to 100 startups looking to hire talented recent graduates.
This is a great opportunity to make an impression on someone in person rather than throwing your resume on a pile. If you’ve had your head down doing research online this event is a great way to get out and see for yourself what’s really happening in the startup community.
Event details below:
Date: Friday, April 19th, 2013
IAC HQ (555 W 18th St)
12:00 – 2:00pm Developers/Engineers Only
2:00 – 5:00pm All Candidates
AlphaSights is a consulting firm that connects PE shops, hedge funds, and corporations with industry experts to help them make strategic decisions. Executives at corporations and investment funds have to make hundreds of decisions each day on topics where they are not necessarily experts. This is where AlphaSights comes in. They have wide range of industry professionals to tap into to gather information or put their clients in touch with the right people. One AlphaSights client writes,
“AlphaSights takes the quality control burden off us by presenting only individuals who can actually answer our questions. This is how effective primary research should work. “
They have a great illustration on their “What We Do” page that tells it all. It features a client and then flashes the type of people AlphaSights connected their client with and the number of hours it took to make a decision.
AlphaSights looks like a great jumping off point for bright, hard-working graduates or consultants with some experience looking for a more hands on experience of a growing business.
Read more about them in our FinTech section where you can link to their jobs page. And of course, they are growing fast and hiring.
Paddle8 is the eBay of the art world with a social good twist. They bring buyers and sellers of art closer together online and donate a portion of the proceeds to non-profits. Paddle8 holds benefit auctions in partnership with non-profits and themed auctions every other week. In addition, they have created an inventory management system for galleries/foundations/dealers to archive their art called, Archive8. Paddle8 is currently hiring developers so if you can code and have an eye for art, shoot these guys an email. Click here for more info on Paddle8.
Poppin makes and sells office supplies and helps companies create inspirational work spaces by using bright colors in their products. They have big customers like Pandora, Fab and LinkedIn that are very pleased with Poppin’s products and customer service. One person from Pandora wrote, “We love Poppin’s products and how they add to the energy and vibe of our office environment. We want our team to be inspired and Poppin has definitely helped create a more inspiring workspace. Our team has definitely noticed the difference.”
It seems like a no brainer but adding a little color to your office could make a big difference. Poppin is an ecom retailer and they are hiring for a number of positions. Check them out here.
This company is the first in a new category on the NYC Startup List: Social Good. Nyaya is creating a technology enabled healthcare network in rural Nepal by raising money through donations and grants and working with the Napoli government. These guys are truly about transparency and share all of their company information on their Wiki. Nyaya’s goal is create systems and services that last and create accountability among the government and community.
Link to their jobs page here and read more about them here.
We just got wind of a new startup called Kinnek. They put SMBs in the drivers seat when it comes to procurement. If you’re a buyer, rather than calling dozens of suppliers in search of the best quote, you can post a RFQ (request for quote) on Kinnek and have suppliers compete for your business.
The founders of Kinnek just graduated from Fall 2012 class of AngelPad and they are hiring for tech and non-tech positions. You can check them out in the B2B/C section of the NYC Startuplist.
We just added a really exciting startup to our list called Storefront. Storefront helps connect merchants who want to open pop-up shops with real estate owners and brokers.
There’s been a ton of innovative things happening in retail with the advent of ecommerce show rooms from Bonobos and Warby Parker. In addition you have retailers truly taking their product direct to the consumer with mobile boutiques.
Finding and leasing a short-term space can be a hassle and Storefront hopes to make things easier for this growing market.