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Investor: Shaun Maguire

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Shaun Maguire has left GV,  a subsidiary/investment arm of the tech giant ‘Alphabet’ to join the legendary Sequoia Capital and head up their seed and early-stage investments.  In his duties with GV he was known for his focus in science based technology and startups. He is also the founder of a cyber-security company called Expanse. In his career he has helped pioneer everything from Quantum computing, autonomous cars and the list goes on. Read more about the talent grab here  

Accelerator: V1 accelerator

V1accelerator is a brand new accelerator out of Los Angeles, CA who focuses on non-technical founders and getting an MVP (minimal viable product) whipped up quick and into beta as fast as possible. The rumor is they can get founders the first version of an app in roughly 30 – 60 days and for a fraction of the cost. This program is also mentoring their cohorts, doing demo days and introducing founders within the program to potential investors. We will be following this one and see what kind of startups graduate from the program. I believe the inaugural group is made up of 20 – 25 companies. 

Startups: IDnow + Octopus Ridesharing Ads

Both of these companies recently closed some pretty significant funding rounds and are a fresh breath of air within both of their industries. IDnow is a digital ID verification plafform and Octopus is putting tablets on the back of Uber and Lyft car seats ushering in a whole new wave of entertainment and ad friendsy. We’ll be keeping an eye on both of these startups especially IDnow as it is in a similar space as Zypp. Read stories about each of their funding rounds below. 

IDnow closes $40 million in funding

Octopus closes $10 million in funding


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Zypp is A Dashboard for your Digital Life. The App has a plugin store where users can add features to enhance their page. The first plugins we’re introducing are for contact information like (phone numbers, emails, chat apps, social handles and websites) but will soon have plugins available for things like a (blog, portfolio, event, eCommerce and more.) Imagine Zypp at the cross sector of a stripped down website and a beefed up social media platform and without all the weird stuff  << (very subjective but social media does have some features I wish I could delete or remove.) 

 Zypp App Profile Excerpt


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Calling all brands and influecers! Zypp is partnering with 100 brands for our ‘Private Beta’ launching Jan 1, 2020. We will be accepting inquiries for this through the first quarter of next year. CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT!

What is Zypp:

Zypp is a MobilePage to organize your digital life. Think of Zypp as a cross between a website that doesn’t need a domain and social media that you can customize and add features to. Building your page is simply done by adding plugins for things like contact info, blog, mobile store, events, calendar, and much more. BUT in order to figure out which plugins to build first WE NEED YOUR HELP. 


What does the Private Beta entail?: 

Zypp is partnering with 100 brands to figure out the best ways to use this amazing platform and in return they will receive a FREE credit of $10.00 for each user within the company for life. We could just build a bunch of integrations that we THINK people want to use OR we can work with your brand to figure out the best plugins that add value to your business, staff and work flow to ultimately make your company more efficient and profitable. 

We are currently signing partnerships with companies in the hospitality space including (nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and event companies), Startups, VC’s, Accelerators, Coworking spaces and influencers who have a notable following.