Monthly Meeting Lineup for November 15th

Next week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 11/15, 8:00am, offices of TechSpring) will include four presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • Infinite Composites Technologies - RVI portfolio company, raising another round. The company designs, develops, and manufactures advanced gas storage systems for aerospace, industrial gas and transportation applications. Based in Tulsa, OK.
  • Valt - Valt Visual Password Manager is a new approach to password management. Based in North Adams, MA.
  • ConnectM - Diagnose/monitor health of homes/buildings to protect HVAC assets & improve health & wellness. A Boston-area company.
  • Medumo - Focused on first digitizing the hospital experience and predicting patient adherence. Also a Boston-area company.

Monthly Meeting Lineup for October 18th

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 10/18, 8:00am, offices of TechSpring) included three presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence, and one follow-on presentation:

  • MachineMetrics - This is an RVI portfolio company based in Northampton, MA.
  • Pixm - Makes technologies to stop phishing breaches. A MassChallenge company, based in Boston.
  • uknack - Hire talented college students to elp you grow your busines. A Boston-based company.
  • FairMarkIT - Provides price benchmarking and rapid procurement. A Boston-based company.

Monthly Meeting Lineup for September 20th

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 9/20, 8:00am, offices of TechSpring) included two presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence, and one follow-on presentation:

  • NextChar -  Formed to deliver high-performance biochar, which is currently in high demand, at a commercial scale to the North American markets. Based in Amherst, MA.
  • Northeast Energy Group - A fully automated, 24-hour wholesale diesel and home
    heating oil distribution facility in Springfield, Massachusetts. 
  • Dookans - Makes it easier for people to find, order from, and pay mobile food vendors by leveraging mobile technologies. The company is based in the Boston area.

Welcoming New RVI Member: Murdoc Khaleghi

We are pleased to welcome Murdoc Khaleghi as RVI's newest member.

Murdoc Khaleghi, new RVI Member

Murdoc Khaleghi, new RVI Member

Dr. Khaleghi MD MBA FACEP has co-founded several successful health technology companies, such as StemoniX and EverlyWell, and has served as the Founding Chief Medical Officer of several more.  In addition, he has published 8 books, including an Amazon best seller, and he and his work have been mentioned or featured on CNN, 20/20, The Doctors, The Tonight Show, PBS, NBC, and more.  Locally, Dr. Khaleghi is President of Westfield Emergency Physicians, and Chief Medical Information Officer at Baystate Noble Hospital. Dr. Khaleghi holds degrees in bioengineering, medicine, and business from UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, and Columbia University.

River Valley Investors completes an investment in SnoopWall

Western-Massachusetts based angel network River Valley Investors has recently completed an investment in SnoopWall, the world’s first breach prevention security company delivering a suite of network, mobile and app security products as well as cloud-based services protecting all computing devices from prying eyes and new threats through patented countersurveillance cloaking technology.

SnoopWall puts confidential information behind firewalls, using award-winning, patented NetSHIELD appliances. SnoopWall technology is able to detect block remote control, eavesdropping and spying.

“Cybercrime is expected to cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021, up from $600 billion today,” said SnoopWall CEO Gary Miliefsky. “Small and medium enterprises generate more than 80 percent of global GDP, and have become the No. 1 target of cybercriminals.”

SnoopWall has recently secured a partnership with Assurant Inc., a global provider of risk management solutions. Through this and other partnerships, SnoopWall’s services are being extended to small and medium size enterprises across the United States.

 

About SnoopWall:

SnoopWall’s mission is to be a trusted provider of cost effective, proactive security solutions to enhance organizations cyber-risk mitigation strategies. www.snoopwall.com.

About River Valley Investors:

River Valley Investors (RVI) is Western Massachusetts' angel investor network, including successful entrepreneurs and executives dedicated to helping each other find, evaluate and profitably invest in exciting companies with significant growth potential. www.rivervalleyinvestors.com.

RVI MONTHLY MEETING LINEUP FOR JULY 19th

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 7/19, 8:00am, offices of TechSpring) included three presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • M1 Tapes - "The only tape measure you will ever need." This is a Valley Venture Mentors alum company, based in Haydenville, MA.
  • 3DFortify - An advanced manufacturing startup that aims to disrupt additive manufacturing, ushering in a new generation of custom, high performance products. The company has developed patented process that combines 3D printing and magnetics to create carbon fiber composites with magnetically aligned reinforcement. They are headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
  • Monsarrat - A new type of mobile gaming. In one month, Pokémon Go earned $268 million. In two months, they lost 80% of players. Monsarrat adds longevity to augmented reality gaming. A Boston-area based company.

 

RVI Monthly Meeting Lineup for June 21st

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 6/21, 5:00pm, offices of TechSpring) included three presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • uConnect - a career services marketing platform that helps colleges and universities make career education a bigger part of the campus culture and, more importantly, helps schools make career ready students. UMass Amherst was uConnect's first pilot campus in 2013, and they now have 30+ colleges and universities on the platform as paying customers. This is a Boston-area startup.
  • Wyebot - cloud-enabled SaaS utilizes behavioral profiling and machine learning to optimize the performance and security of wireless networks. This company presented at the last ACA Regional event, and is in syndication led by TiE Angels Boston. 
  • Streamliners - sells aerodynamic devices to the trucking industry, saving $4,000/truck per year in fuel costs, paying for itself in 3 months. This company is based in Hampden, and was a Valley Venture Mentors 2017 Accelerator finalist.

RVI MONTHLY MEETING LINEUP FOR MAY 17TH

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 5/17, 8:00am, offices of TechSpring) included two presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • NextShift Robotics - Meets the demands of the exploding e-commerce order fulfillment market. Their mobile robotic order fulfillment system provides up to eight times faster picking than traditional methods in warehouses and distribution centers. The company is based in Andover, MA.
  • New England Breath Technologies - A disruptive patented nanotechnology resulting in a non-invasive method of glucose monitoring for improved outcomes in diabetes management. This is a Valley Venture Mentors company which is locally based.

Returning RVI Sponsor: Mark LoBello from BNY Mellon

We are pleased to welcome Mark LoBello and BNY Mellon back as a River Valley Investors sponsor.

RVI Sponsor Mark LoBello of BNY Mellon

RVI Sponsor Mark LoBello of BNY Mellon

About Mark LoBello: Mark is a Senior Director for BNY Mellon Wealth Management and has been with the firm for over 12 years. He specializes in working with high net worth individuals and families, as well as endowments and foundations. In addition to helping oversee business development for the New England region, Mark coordinates the delivery of investment management, estate and tax planning services, and private banking services on behalf of clients. Prior to joining BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Mark was a Financial Advisor with Baystate Financial. Mark holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University.


About BNY Mellon: BNY Mellon Wealth Management is a leading wealth manager, and was named in 2015 by Family Wealth Report as the top National Private Asset Manager and top Private Bank serving Family Offices. Barron's ranked it the 7th largest U.S. wealth manager in 2015. The firm has more than two centuries of experience in providing services to clients who today include financially successful individuals and their families, their family offices and business enterprises, planned giving programs, and endowments and foundations. It has $191.8 billion in private client assets as of December 31, 2015, and an extensive network of offices in the U.S. and internationally. BNY Mellon Wealth Management, which provides investment management, custody, wealth and estate planning and private banking services, conducts business through various operating subsidiaries of the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

 

RVI Monthly Meeting Lineup for March 15th

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 3/15, 8:00am, offices of TechSpring) included two presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • SingleWorks - A hybrid online and live community composed of adult single men and women interested in making valuable connections that lead to relationships and friendships through personal interaction and mutual experiences both online and at live events. The company is based in Colorado.
  • Dookans - Makes it easier for people to find, order from, and pay mobile food vendors by leveraging mobile technologies. This is a Boston-area company.

Kalion and KnipBio Join the River Valley Investors Portfolio

Springfield MA: Western Massachusetts angel investor network River Valley Investors (RVI) has completed two new investments in Massachusetts-based startups KnipBio and Kalion during the first quarter of 2017. 

KnipBio has developed a series of naturally occurring microbes that convert low-cost feedstock into premium, nutritious, single-cell proteins laden with pigment-enhancing carotenoids to produce healthier, more vibrant fish. The company was recently selected as one of ten finalists in the Netherlands-based Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge, which aims to kick-start breakthrough innovations “that CANNOT wait” to be brought to market. River Valley Investors is a syndicate in KnipBio’s Series B funding round of up to $2 million. 

"This funding will enable us to demonstrate viability of our microbial derived protein at commercial scale manufacturing. We will be working with selected manufacturing partners to leverage existing fermentation assets to execute our capital-light strategy,” said Larry Feinberg, co-founder and CEO of KnipBio.

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RVI Monthly Meeting Lineup for February 15th

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 2/15, 8:00am, offices of MassLive) included two presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • Relativity6 - Reactivates unresponsive customers with machine learning. A Boston-area based company.
  • Evelo - Making cycling more accessible to more people, while also reinventing the inefficient and antiquated traditional bike distribution channels. Also a Boston-area based company.

Welcoming New RVI Member: Jim Geisman

We are pleased to welcome Jim Geisman as RVI's newest member.

Jim Geisman, new RVI member

Jim Geisman, new RVI member

Jim Geisman is Founder/President of Software Pricing Partners, a pricing consultancy. The firm helps its technology clients realize greater value from the products they sell and the people that sell them by doing value-driven pricing, communicating ROI value through value-based selling, and managing discounts. Software Pricing Partners has worked with clients from N. America, Europe and Japan since its start in 1982. The firm's website is www.softwarepricing.com.

Jim has been a co-founder, director, advisor or mentor to early stage companies and has helped raise more than $25M in equity in various ventures. He spent 24 years as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Professional Pricing Society.

In the past, Jim was the first Director of Marketing at Apollo Computer, the first successful workstation company. He also worked at the company that developed the ARPANET (the precursor to the Internet) and did the original network testing when there were four nodes. He has also been Editor of Software Success, a newsletter for software company CEOs and a Member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Start-Up Clinic at the MIT Enterprise Forum. Jim is based in Greenfield. He has degrees in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

RVI Monthly Meeting Lineup for January 18th

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 1/18, 8:00am, offices of MassLive) included three presentations to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • Mobility Designed - Redefining mobility through its worldwide patent pending device, the M+D Crutch, as well as a complete line of Personal Assistive Mobility Devices. The company is based in Kansas City.
  • SnoopWall - Stops breaches for those who need it most – Small to Medium Size Enterprises (SME’s) who make up over 80% of global GDP, yet cannot afford high end information security solutions.
  • Mirivan/Moozi - An RVI portfolio company that sells a product which makes fresh baby formula bottles in one minute.

RVI Monthly Meeting Lineup for December 21st

This week's RVI meeting (Wednesday 12/21, 8:00am, offices of MassLive) included one presentation to see if we are interested in starting due diligence:

  • Kalion - an early stage industrial biotech company producing high purity glucaric acid for pharma.

A followup presentation was made by KnipBio, a company that enables sustainable aquaculture through biotechnology. KnipBio is in syndication, and presented at the most recent regional ACA meeting in Boston.

Local Investors help start-up succeed, receive significant return

Local investors are celebrating as one of the startups they backed in 2014, Boston Logic, has succeeded and more than tripled every dollar invested.

“We are at an exciting time in our history and well positioned to expand in ways that further propel our customers as technology leaders,” said Boston Logic founder & CEO David Friedman.

Boston Logic provides real estate brokerages with software, marketing and design solutions that make them technological leaders in their marketplace. 

Western Mass. natives met Boston Logic because of their membership in River Valley Investors, the region’s largest network of angel investors. River Valley Investors is comprised of local entrepreneurs and business executives with the shared goal of funding start-ups.   

“Start-ups need people willing to take a chance and invest in them when no bank or traditional funder can.  That is where angel investor networks like the River Valley Investors come in,” said Paul Silva, Manager of the River Valley Investors.  “Working together helps angel investors find, vet, and profitably invest in the rare startups like Boston Logic that can succeed and generate a substantial financial return.”

About Boston Logic: 

Boston Logic is an on-demand, software-as-a-service company designed exclusively to empower real estate brokerages to become technology leaders. 
www.bostonlogic.com.

About River Valley Investors:

River Valley Investors (RVI) is Western Massachusetts' angel investor network, including successful entrepreneurs and executives dedicated to helping each other find, evaluate and profitably invest in exciting companies with significant growth potential.  
www.rivervalleyinvestors.com.

Libboo Joins the River Valley Investors Portfolio

Springfield MA: Western Massachusetts angel investor network River Valley Investors (RVI) has completed a new investment in Boston-area startup Libboo during the third quarter of 2016. Libboo offers a hosted giveaway platform called instaFreebie, and has established themselves as publishing’s leader in direct-to-consumer marketing.

Libboo’s mission with the instaFreebie platform is to "accelerate great stories and big ideas. As the book world’s leading platform for exclusive access to sneak peeks, advance previews, and special giveaways, we live our mission every day and give readers a chance to See It First."

Thus far, the effort has been a success. Jennifer Loiske, author of Club Number Five, commented last week:

“I’ve used instaFreebie quite a while now and have nothing but good things to say. It’s an excellent tool to get new subscribers but also a great way to reward the loyal readers. [...] you can give ARCs, new releases or whatever you like to the ones already in your mailing list. Happy readers, loyal customers. :)”

Indies Unlimited, “instaFreebie Offers Authors a Chance to Build Mailing Lists, Find Fans

RVI is the region’s premier angel investor group, investing in potentially high-growth start-up companies in and beyond the region.

 

About Libboo:

Libboo is publishing’s leader in direct-to-consumer marketing through their hosted giveaway platform, instaFreebie. http://instafreebie.com/.

About River Valley Investors:

River Valley Investors (RVI) is Western Massachusetts's angel investor network, including successful entrepreneurs and executives dedicated to helping each other find, evaluate, and profitably invest in exciting companies with significant growth potential.  www.rivervalleyinvestors.com.

New RVI Member: Stephanie Connors

We are pleased to welcome Stephanie Connors as River Valley Investors' newest member.

Stephanie Connors, new RVI Member

Stephanie Connors, new RVI Member

Stephanie Connors brings over 30 years of real estate experience to RVI. As a partner with KW Commercial Real Estate, Stephanie works with small and large business owners to find an ideal location for their business and negotiate favorable terms. 

Stephanie is knowledgeable about commercial sales/leasing, residential seller and buyer representation, and marketing. Prior to joining KW, she spent 20 years in real estate marketing with Murphy's Real Estate.

Stephanie studied at Ricker College in Maine, and volunteers for Operation Christmas Child, sending gifts in shoeboxes to children around the world.