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My story: Ram Parimi ’05, Social Tables

By Mary Galvez on October 23, 2014

At TIA, we know our strongest asset is our extensive and committed bank of entrepreneur mentors. Made up of alumni, parents, and community members, our mentors bring a wealth of experience, from successes and failures, in the startup world. It’s their experience that allows them to guide our student entrepreneurs to develop the insight, attention to detail, and dedication that they’ll need, not by lecturing them or giving out the answers, but by spurring them to action and fueling their passion. We asked a few of our mentors to provide updates on their companies and we would like to share those with you. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

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Social Tables – Ram Parimi ’05

RamIn 2012 I started at Social Tables on our founding team of 5 to build and lead our sales efforts. Today my team is 15 and our company has 60 employees. Our award-winning event management software is used by Social Tablescatering sales teams at Hyatt International and Caesars Entertainment; national nonprofits such as Boys and Girls Club of America and The Recording Academy; corporate event planning teams such as Genentech and Forbes; advancement teams at world-renowned academic institutions such as Harvard Business School and Stanford University; and venues such as Navy Pier and MetLife Stadium.

In July, Social Tables secured $8 million in series A funding led by Tier 1 venture capital firm Bessemer Venture Partners (BVP). The funding allows us to take more risks and bring our vision of helping people achieve great things to life! With more than 200,000 events planned in the software in the last 2 years, we are pioneering the movement to bring collaborative software to the hospitality & event planning industry.

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My story: Charlie Lambropoulos ’07, LYFE Mobile

By Mary Galvez on October 23, 2014

At TIA, we know our strongest asset is our extensive and committed bank of entrepreneur mentors. Made up of alumni, parents, and community members, our mentors bring a wealth of experience, from successes and failures, in the startup world. It’s their experience that allows them to guide our student entrepreneurs to develop the insight, attention to detail, and dedication that they’ll need, not by lecturing them or giving out the answers, but by spurring them to action and fueling their passion. We asked a few of our mentors to provide updates on their companies and we would like to share those with you. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

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LYFE Mobile – Charlie Lambropoulos ’07

charlieIn May, the ad tech start-up I co-founded, LYFE, was sold to Blinkx, a video search technology company. It took 2.5 years to build LYFE, which is a mobile real time bidding and data management advertising platformLYFE and had 12 employees in Santa Monica, CA. We all now work for Blinkx, where I am Sr. Director of Business Operations and our team is working to help the company strengthen their programmatic ad products. Working for a larger company has definitely been a major transition, but it is exciting to have the chance to further scale the technology we created over the last few years.

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My story: Janice Ryan ’94, Jump Ramp Games

By Mary Galvez on October 23, 2014

At TIA, we know our strongest asset is our extensive and committed bank of entrepreneur mentors. Made up of alumni, parents, and community members, our mentors bring a wealth of experience, from successes and failures, in the startup world. It’s their experience that allows them to guide our student entrepreneurs to develop the insight, attention to detail, and dedication that they’ll need, not by lecturing them or giving out the answers, but by spurring them to action and fueling their passion. We asked a few of our mentors to provide updates on their companies and we would like to share those with you. We hope you find them as inspiring as we do.

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Jump Ramp Games – Janice Ryan ’94

janiceTrying to grow a start-up from the initial vision to a profitable business is never an easy job. It’s a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. As the VP of Product and Platform at Jump Ramp Games, I can say jump ramp gamesproudly that our new native Android app, Lucktastic has reached almost 1 million downloads in less than 6 months from when it was first launched! We started out promoting smaller advertisers in our app and now are landing direct deals with national brands. We have become profitable, and our team has grown from just 4 employees 18 months ago to 15 full-time employees today. Now we’re in the process of fundraising for our next growth round, so that we can continue to grow exponentially.


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Chicory, founded by Joey Petracca ’13 and Yuni Sameshima ’13 featured in Wired

By Mary Galvez on October 6, 2014
The Chicory team, from left: Joey Petracca, COO; Yuni Sameshima, CEO; Adam Donahue, CTO Chicory

The Chicory team, from left: Joey Petracca, COO; Yuni Sameshima, CEO; Adam Donahue, CTO Chicory

Joey Petracca ’13 and Yuni Sameshima ’13 continue to make strides with the venture they began in the Thought Into Action Student Incubator. Their startup, Chicory, is a site that connects recipe-hunting consumers to on-line grocers. They recently graduated from NYC’s premiere business accelerator program Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, where they worked with a number of experienced mentors whose advice led them to pivot and make some changes to their original vision for the company.  On Tuesday September 30th, Yuni presented Chicory in front of over 850 investors from NYC and all over the world. At the pitch Chicory announced major partnerships with Time Inc and the Daily Meal to get over chicory65 million impressions a month on their technology. Both myrecipes.com and thedailymeal.com are installing Chicory’s “get ingredients” button and testing out Chicory’s technology that links recipe content to online grocers. Read the full article in Wired.


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