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Startup Hunter

Startup Hunter

By Hunter Peress
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee for startups (also on youtube!) My name is Hunter Peress and I am in the trenches and on the hunt for new and exciting startups....or failed startups with new and exciting founders. Join me on my journey to walk and talk with the people who are not happy with the way things are and are highly motivated to do something about it
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Hacker Test For Hiring. Team 5. Tushar Sheth
April 1, 2020
Waste 2 Gold. Dechets A l'Or. Waste Management West Africa. Cuthbert A. Onikute
March 11, 2020
Everlasting Wardrobe: Growing Kids Clothing Rental Service. CEO: Joshua Luft
February 23, 2020
Roxi: On Demand Party Staff. CEO Pat Guariglia
February 11, 2020
Lifesaver: Better Banking App Startup. CEO Karen Rios
January 28, 2020
AI Matched Podcast Sponsors Startup: Zvook CEO Anna Ratala
January 17, 2020
Modos Modular Furniture Startup: CEO Matt Tyson
Modos Furniture is beautiful modular #furniture. What you can build is only limited by your #creativity Matt Tyson
December 13, 2019
Habit House: Exercise Consistently 1:1 text accountability. CEO Ilse Paanakker gets you Exercising Consistently with 1:1 text accountability So many people came to Ilse Paanakker for exercise motivation…so she created a company to scale this system for everyone.
December 4, 2019
Gabbi: Making women the experts on their body. CEO Kaitlin Christine
Kaitlin lost her mother to breast cancer that could have been prevented. She inherited the same BRCA1 genetics and decided to have a mastectomy preemptively where cancer was discovered after the procedure. She is starting Gabbi as a for profit venture to help women feel comfortable talking about women's health issues. Kaitlin is not only creating a company, but a movement to help women prevent serious female cancers and become empowered on their health.
November 23, 2019
POM Emergency Help Button Startup. CEO Andrew Leahy
Andrew's best friend passed away in 2012 and first responders did not get to the scene fast enough. He has dedicated the next 7 years of his life solving that issue and the result is startup POM which stands for Peace of Mind. It is a device with one button that makes emergency response more effective and more discreet.
November 13, 2019
IOT Supply Chain Startup TagBox CEO Adarsh Kumar
IOT Supply Chain Startup TagBox CEO Adarsh Kumar does realtime remote monitoring and analytics in supply chains on temperature, shock and other sensor types.
November 3, 2019
Startup NSITY helps charities while you answer brand research helps charities while you answer brand research. Felipe Cordero García has been hustling since the age of 6 when he sold his laminas at the street market in Chile. Today, he is building startup NSITY to help charities while providing brands research! Video:
October 24, 2019
Peter Crysdale: re:corp & Startup Grind
Peter began his career in the peace corps wide eyed about changing the world, but soon learned how difficult it may be. Eventually he worked up the courage to move to NYC and after a series of foundational experiences at startups decided to work for himself. Today he is a partner at which is brining startup thinking into big brands and had a hand in the formation of Voyager HQ. Peter is also the torchbearer of the NYC chapter of Startup Grind.  Video:
October 14, 2019
Personal, Human Career Growth Startup: The Lighthouse. CEO Courtney Brand started because Courtney Brand had a very difficult time finding the kind of career advice she needed. Today this startup  is solving this problem for many businesses and gets better every day!
October 5, 2019
Tafifi: The Living Roadmap with The Product Guy: Jeremy Horn
Jeremy Horn is The Product Guy, which is one of the best meetups in NYC. And now This Product Guy has his own Product Startup for Product Managers!!!  Video:
September 24, 2019
Generation Transfer: Startup Platform Helping Parents Share Wisdom With Their Kids. Danny Feltsman
Generation Transfer: Startup Platform Helping Parents Share Wisdom With Their Kids. Danny Feltsman Video:
September 16, 2019
Disciplining Data in Craft Beer and Cannabis Startup Brewasis. CEO Sharon Joseph Video:
September 7, 2019
Vicenzi Sustainable Fashion Startup with Allison Vicenzi
Vicenzi Sustainable Fashion Startup with Allison Vicenzi Video Podcast:
August 25, 2019
Live Streaming Fitness Startup: Fortë with CEO Lauren Foundos
Lauren began in finance as a bond trader and found herself taking clients with her to the gym. Soon she was heads first in the live streaming fitness startup that has become Video:
August 4, 2019
GigKloud - A digital platform connecting employers to on-demand labor
GigKloud is a startup bringing labor to Enteprise, Small and Medium Sized Businesses with D. William Zero and Joseph Marchione Video:
July 28, 2019
PSP Brooklyn Hot Sauce Startup. Jamahl Richardson
The moment I tried PSP Brooklyn Hot Sauce, I knew founder Jamahl Richardson had a winner. This is his story Video:
July 20, 2019
Simplifying Business Insurance Startup BrokerBuddha. CEO Jason Keck
Most of the insurance industry runs on pen and paper or pdf. BrokerBuddha is a startup modernizing things with smart forms and a streamlined process overall producing massive savings for brokers. Video:
July 13, 2019
Patten Studio. Interactive Art & Design Startup. James Patten
Patten Studio is the coolest interactive art startup ever! They make things you only have dreamed of a physical reality. Beautiful design and mind bending coolness. Just watch. Video:
July 6, 2019
Free Appetizers Startup App-App. Todd Folk & Nick Ludwig
AppApp is a Startup grinding and hustling 24/7 in NYC to make a free appetizer app each day a reality. Currently only available in NYC and expanding the list of restaurants all the time. Video:
June 29, 2019
Moad Artificial Intelligence Data Science Platform Startup Rahul Remanan
Moad is a startup creating a platform to help data scientists working on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning solve day to day tasks so they can focus more efficiently on their work. Video:
June 22, 2019
Wade & Wendy: Artificial Intelligence Recruiting Startup CEO Drew Austin
Wade & Wendy is an Artificial Intelligence Chatbot Startup changing the way job seeking candidates and enterprise companies approach the recruiting process Drew Austin is a natural born serial entrepreneur who has been founding successful startups since highschool and he has only gotten better with age.
June 15, 2019
Teen Entrepreneur Startup: The Spike Lab. Co Founder Lloyd Nimetz
Lloyd is not your typical startup founder. His entrepreneurship journey spans over 4 continents. Today, he runs The Spike Lab: a startup helping teens find their purpose and passion working on real projects. These teens learn lifetime lessons, crucial 21st century interdisciplinary skills and get an edge in the college and university admission process. Video:
June 8, 2019
Frictionless Checkout Startup FutureProof Retail CEO Will Hogben
FutureProof Retail is a startup enabling frictionless self checkout in retail stores around the world. They have eliminated waiting in the checkout process and this startup has a great user experience in their app that is improving the way we shop in stores and reducing wait times. Video:
June 1, 2019
Ahimi! Vegan Tuna. OceanHugger Foods: Plant Based Seafood Startup CEO: David Benzaquen
Ahimi is vegan Tuna, developed by the startup OceanHugger Foods to address price volatility in the seafood supply chain, David Benzaquen teamed up with chef James Corwell to make a plant based, sustainable and price competitive alternative to tuna! Video:
May 27, 2019
Hindsight: Artificial Intelligence Startup to Drive Publisher Retention. Lou Carpino
Lou Carpino created a rideshare app called Cab Corner before Uber and almost beat Uber at its own game! Today he is the COO of Hindsight an Artificial Intelligence Startup to Drive Publisher Retention. Video:
May 18, 2019
GrowSquares. Paint by Numbers for plants Startup. Zachary Witman
GrowSquares is a plant startup, Paint by numbers for growing plants at home. Order pre packaged seeds and nutrients for optimal results. Zachary Witman has been taking entrepreneurial trusts since he was in second grade through selling potato chips, to selling merch at football games to running a fantasy sports league. After a stint in strategy in DC, he moved into finance for a career. Quitting after a few years, he became obsessed with gardening in Brooklyn and he sough to create a product to make gardening easier for people with zero knowledge or wisdom of how to grow plants and vegetables.  Growsquares is both a tech company innovating new solutions for how to grow, and a consumer packaged goods product in producing ready to go squares of nutrients, soil and seeds to yield the best results for your local environment. Video:
May 10, 2019
Helixworks DNA Storage for Blockchain. Nimesh Pinnamaneni
Helixworks is a biotechnology startup that uses secure DNA storage to verify food and  pharmaceuticals for the blockchain. Other applications include storing digital information on DNA Nimesh Pinnamaneni started as a researcher, but lab life was not for him as the entrepreneurial bug bit. Helixworks is bringing to market DNA biotech that works in the supply chain to verify items to prevent fraud and improve quality.  Audio:
May 3, 2019 Intelligent Business Assistant. Dan Reich
Dan Reich sold baseball cards, started a college events company, founded a beauty brand, invested in startups as a venture capitalist and now runs an intelligent virtual business assistant.  Troops is an artificial intelligence powered assistant that works on slack and salesforce to enable enterprise teams work better and make more money through the sales and marketing cycles. As of this episode, troops recently closed a series B round. Video:
April 28, 2019
SummitSync: Enterprise Meeting Automation. Al Torres
Sales and Marketing at big business can be inefficient. If you send a team of 40 to a conference at a cost of $100k what is your ROI? SummitSync automates meeting scheduling with deep integration with Salesforce, Microsoft, Google. We're talking big savings, big efficiencies.  After working in the corporate world straight out of college, Al Torres knew that big company life was not for him. So he quit and started an executive coaching lifestyle business. He got sucked into the corporate world again, but this time at much smaller companies in the advertising technology space. Him and his business partner had a bunch of ideas, but the huge inefficiencies in the conference space kept coming back to them. So they created a prototype, started giving away the product for free at first, and landed their first large client. Since then, SummitSync has served fortune 100 companies with its product, and is doubling its team.  Video:
April 20, 2019
Ultimate Rideshare Driver Startup: Hailify. Nick Bhashyam
Hailify is startup saving Uber & Lyft drivers time and money. This is one app to rule them all. Possibly expanding to Uber Eats & Grubhub. Nick Bhashyam raised millions of dollars as a college student for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation. Then he went to medical school, but driving for Uber and Lyft to make side money, he got annoyed there was no easy way to take full advantage of all the services at the same time. Thus Hailify, which makes it as easy as possible for drivers to look for rides on all the services.  Video:
April 13, 2019
My Bag Check: On Demand Bag & Coat Check. Micah Lewis
Press a button, and your bag can follow you to the airport while you get important things done hassle free. My Bag Check is an on demand bag and coat check, last mile delivery service.   Micah Lewis began as a lawn mower boss with a crew of of guys when he was 10 years old. Then he started a profitable advertising network in Tampa with screens he bought on ebay. Finally, after 15 years in b2b sales, he had an ah hah moment when he was wasting hours bringing his bags home only to miss important occasions. Starting lean he taught himself how to code and just put the app on the store....18 months later My Bag Check has delivered over 1000 bags safely in the NYC area and has just expanded to its second city in San Francisco and rolled out an Android app in addition to the original iOS.   Video:
April 8, 2019
Herd: Blockchain Education Startup, CEO Jason Tissera
Jason Tissera began mowing lawns, shoveling snow and DJ'ing, but quickly started a career in Business Development with SAP. After a few years he joined a few startups and gained confidence in coding by teaching himself ios and fullstack. His thesis is that businesses want to educate customers or employees on blockchain, and thus, the crafty startup was born Video:
March 31, 2019
Gesture: "Happiness Delivered" On-Demand Gifting.
Gesture is a thoughtful gift delivery service only in NYC for now. You can order Flowers, Wine and most importantly attach a thoughtful, handwritten message to it. Deliveries under 30 minutes typically. Ben Labra hustled his way to NYC after owning two KFC's and then launching a linked-in for highschool students. Now he has a large team of developers and couriers and is building an on-demand service from the ground up in NYC.  Audio:
March 24, 2019
Highwire to Harvard: Agnes Intelligence: Legal/Media Artificial Intelligence. John H. Snyder
John H. Snyder began farming sheep and performing the highwire act in a circus before working his way into Harvard law school and running his own practice. Now he is starting an Artificial Intelligence company named Agnes Intelligence. The focus is on legal document discovery: making sense of 20,000 emails for relevant topics. And Agnes is also targeting the media space providing more relevant searches for podcasts and video transcription. Video:
March 16, 2019
Wethos: Meaningful Work. Rachel Renock
Wethos started as an upwork for non-profits: a two sided marketplace connecting people with skills like graphic design, coding or marketing to non-profits. Rachel Renock started selling hot dogs on her front yard, and then landed a career in NYC advertising on the Covergirl campaign. She is a problem solver, and in freelancing for non-profits on the side, she saw an overwhelming demand for skills that she did not have like coding. So she and her cofounders saved up 6 months of rent.....and hustled their way to the launch of Wethos. They have raised over 1 million dollars in seed capital and today are assembling teams of skilled freelancers. Wethos is planning on providing a safety net for its freelancers in areas like health insurance. 
March 9, 2019
The Story of Foursquare: Dennis Crowley
Over the last 20 years, Dennis has focused on basically one thing: improve the ways people move through and interact with cities. Moving to New York in 1998, he was laid off in the dotcom bubble, he learned how to code himself, and over the next few years he kept adapting his ideas to the bleeding edge of tech. Before iPhones existed, he put his friend-populated cityguide "Dodgeball" on the wireless web eventually selling the company to Google and leaving after it was shut down. Unable to give up, he approached a similar thesis in 2009 on the iPhone and called this idea Foursquare. Not an overnight success, but through lots of iteration and grit, Foursquare finally took off to over 50 million users. Today, Foursquare is alive as a data company where he stepped down as the CEO, but Dennis' true passion lies bringing new and fun ideas to everyday consumers.
March 1, 2019
Christian Balevski: Knowledgine
Christian is at the start of his entrepreneurial journey with lots of great practice behind him. He taught himself how to code, and now is executing the early stages of an educational platform named Knowledgine designed to level the playing field and provide access to audio lectures. Video at
February 22, 2019
Luci Light & MPOWERD Founder & CEO John Salzinger & Seungah Jeong
From NYC event promoter to fashion photographer to network television executive producer, John Salzinger visited Haiti after the earthquake and was compelled to find the single most effective tool to build capacity cheaply....thus the Lucee Light was born which gave way to the MPOWERED a brand of lights that focuses on solar in the consumer space. Seungah Jeong, an established entrepreneur in her own right felt unfulfilled in the beauty industry and finally found the company of her dreams in MPOWERED. Together, they lead the brand into future innovating exciting new products.
February 16, 2019
7 Figure Non Profit Growth with Rhea Wong
From Eldest Sister to Editor in Chief to her first Executive Director Role at 26, Rhea grew a non-profit serving low-income children from 200k a year over 10x to a multimillion dollar a year organization.
February 8, 2019
From Olympic Tryouts to Virtual Fitness CEO: Brandon Wynn
Brandon started his career training twice a day as a gymnast by the age of 13. He medaled in the rings for the US at the world championships, he almost made the Olympics. Now Brandon has put in the hard work and the right work to grow a strong social media brand where he has built a virtual training business on top of that. We take a look at the insights he has gained in this process and where he plans to go next with his business. Video available at
February 1, 2019
Mornee Sherry, Serial Entrepreneur, Former CEO LumeCube
I take a walk with Mornee Sherry the former CEO of Lume Cube as he shares his story moving from Africa, The Marines, a strong history of Sales and finally building the successful light and Brand of Lume Cube Video Available at
January 25, 2019
Sires Crown Eyewear
I sit down with CJ Thomason of Sires Crown Eyewear which started in his garage 12 years ago and is now blazing the way with innovative and super creative designs all over the world. 
January 5, 2019