I hate the term "serial entrepreneur," but starting companies is in my blood. Upstart Labs was formed from this passion for new ventures. I've been a part of six startups over the past 15 years. I've seen tough times, but I've also been fortunate to have some wins along the way. At Upstart Labs, I'm combining this experience with a team of incredibly talented, enthusiastic co-founders to help other entrepreneurs turn their ideas into real companies.
We envision Upstart Labs as a new breed of startup accelerator. We're more than investment capital, and more than office space (though we have those things, too). We invest ourselves into the Upstarts with which we partner. Our team has significant experience in the design, development and marketing of web and mobile products, and we are well-versed in building lean, profitable technology businesses. We're looking for passionate entrepreneurs with great ideas – entrepreneurs who are ready to get in the trenches with us and build great products.
I'm proud to announce our first two Upstarts – Sell Simply and Menuish.
First up, Sell Simply (sellsimp.ly) which enables businesses and consumers to buy, sell and transact directly on Twitter. The application enables Twitter commerce, direct payments and fundraising through the first frictionless Twitter transaction service. It's very cool stuff, and we have a lot more in store.
And our second portfolio company, Menuish (menuish.com), helps restaurants quickly build and publish mobile- & social-friendly menus. Designed to work on all mobile devices and for seamless integration with the Yelp, Google Places, and OpenTable mobile applications, the Menuish platform enables every restaurant to have a professional mobile and social web presence.
If you’ve got a great idea or an early stage mobile or web product and you're interested in becoming an Upstart, stay tuned – we’ll be announcing a formal startup application process soon. In the meantime, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @upstartlabs.Tweet