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February 6, 2014
KAYWEB Angels reinvests in You Need My Guy and Do It In Person
NEW YORK: KAYWEB Angels has reinvested in two of its high-performing portfolio companies, You Need My Guy and Do It In Person.

The New York-based web and mobile investment company, which invests development as capital, has decided to fund significant upgrades to both web applications.



You Need My Guy (youneedmyguy.com), which is a portal that allows users to to share their trusted suppliers with their social network, has attracted over 4,000 users in its BETA phase, and the trajectory is more growth.

“You Need My Guy CEO Joe Cassara has recently closed a private round of $100,000, and our investment will ensure that money can be spent on marketing, resulting in more users,” said KAYWEB Angels CEO, Haig Kayserian.




Do It In Person (doitinperson.com), which is an all-in-one events organization, promotion and ticketing application, has hosted over 200 events in its BETA stage, and is generating revenue and growing every single day.

Kayserian added: “This investment will allow Aron Shoenfeld, the CEO of Do It In Person, to act on some key feedback of his BETA testers, and take the company to the next level.”

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About KAYWEB Angels:

KAYWEB Angels, LLC is an angel investment company based in New York City, providing development services and mentoring to web and mobile start-up businesses in exchange for co-founder equity.  The company was formed in 2011 in recognition of the need for engineers (technical partners/co-founders) that exists in New York’s entrepreneurial tech market. KAYWEB Angels has 9 portfolio companies.

Contact:
John Buckman, GM | KAYWEB Angels | (212) 653-0391 | john@kayweb.com | www.kaywebangels.com

 



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January 28, 2014
KAYWEB Angels names Aron Schoenfeld as Entrepreneur-In-Residence



NEW YORK: New York angel investment firm, KAYWEB Angels has named one of its portfolio company founders as its first Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR).

Aron Schoenfeld, who is CEO of fast-growing events web application, Do It In Person, accepted the offer of KAYWEB Angels CEO Haig Kayserian to join his company’s growing team, which includes General Manager John Buckman, an all-star Board, and a strong web/mobile design and development staff.

“Aron has been an exemplary CEO of one of our marquee portfolio companies, and we felt bringing him on in the role of Entrepreneur-In-Residence will allow our Board, the current portfolio companies, and future portfolio companies to benefit from his expertise and feed off his considerable energy,” said Kayserian.

The EIR role will involve Schoenfeld working closely with Kayserian and Buckman, regularly meeting with the KAYWEB Angels Board and portfolio founders, seeking deals to benefit the group, and representing KAYWEB Angels at events across the United States.

“Since before KAYWEB Angels invested in Do It In Person, I believed in the vision of an investment company offering much-needed development resources to startups, in exchange for equity. But what really makes this work is that KAYWEB is much more than an investor. They serve as advisors, mentors and experts that have really helped bring my vision for a company to life,” commented Schoenfeld.

“I have had a very productive working relationship with KAYWEB Angels, and was honored and delighted to accept a formal role within the organization alongside my full-time duties as CEO of Do It In Person.”

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About KAYWEB Angels:

KAYWEB Angels, LLC is an angel investment company based in New York City, providing development services and mentoring to web and mobile start-up businesses in exchange for co-founder equity.  The company was formed in 2011 in recognition of the need for engineers (technical partners/co-founders) that exists in New York’s entrepreneurial tech market. KAYWEB Angels has 9 portfolio companies.


Contact:

John Buckman, GM | KAYWEB Angels | (212) 653-0391 | john@kayweb.com | www.kaywebangels.com


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December 1, 2013
KAYWEB Angels represented at The Great Mobile Debate in New York


KAYWEB Angels CEO, Haig Kayserian was among the speakers at "THE GREAT MOBILE DEBATE" event in New York City on November 18th, 2013.


The event, which also featured Kalin Kassabov of ProTexting, was held at Cowork.rs and organised by the New York Startup Society and Do It In Person.

Kayserian and Kassabov, moderated by Aron Schoenfeld, discussed the various mobile options available to business and entrepreneurs, including apps, mobile websites, responsive websites and text messaging/mobile marking; and the advantages/disadvantages of each.

October 15, 2013
Sunday October 20 is the deadline for KAYWEB Angels investment


NEW YORK: Web and mobile startups seeking investment from New York's KAYWEB Angels have until midnight (New York time) on Sunday October 20, 2013 to submit their applications for Fall consideration.

The applicants deemed to have matched the majority of KAYWEB Angels' investment criteria will be invited to pitch in person in New York during November.

KAYWEB Angels, who provide development services and mentoring in exchange for equity, already have 9 portfolio companies on their books and are expecting to add to that number before the end of the year.

KAYWEB Angels CEO, Haig Kayserian said: "The Board has had fun reviewing the 100-plus applications we have so far received, and are looking forward to adding to our portfolio in 2013."

Visit www.kaywebangels.com and click APPLY to begin the application process with an online submission.
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July 14, 2013
Tony Fairweather - busEasy.com - KAYWEB Angels Portfolio People
KAYWEB Angels Portfolio People
Tony Fairweather, busEasy.com



KAYWEB Angels Portfolio People is a section in our Blog that features profile interviews with the people behind our companies! In this interview, we feature Tony Fairweather, CEO at busEasy.com.

Tell us your name and where are you from?

Tony Fairweather – Brisbane, Australia

What you had for breakfast this morning?

3 x Wheatbix (45 seconds in the microwave to warm the milk).  My wife (Sarah) calls me “soft” for needing warm milk.

What are your favorite television shows and movies? Favorite books?

Celebrity Apprentice and The Usual Suspects.  Book = Into Thin Air – John Krakuer.  A journalist who climbed Mt Everest.

iPhone or Android?  Facebook or Google+?

iPhone and neither

Who are the hottest startups outside the KAYWEB Angels group right now and why?

Our competition – Wanderu.com.  Seem to be moving a bit faster than busEasy, although have a different (less substantive) offering.  Either way, have been recognized by Mashable, so they must be doing something right.

What areas / opportunities are ripe for startups to tackle?

I enjoy following the development in personal and business assistant Apps.  For a growing population of people whom simply don’t have enough hours in the day, and can use some efficiency assistance.

Have you been a part of any previous startups? If so, any lessons learned?

Yes in the bus and coach industry.  Surround yourself with good people.

Outside of your startup what are you passionate about?

My wife, kids and I are passionate about living now, and not just the future.  We periodically treat ourselves to special experiences – primarily involving travel.

Who has been or currently is an inspiration to you?

My father-in-law, whom I learnt that success can be achieved with hard work, perseverance, morals and ethics.

YOUR STARTUP

You are currently in stealth so don't tell us what you are doing but give us a hint of the problem you are addressing?

Delivering a solution to the coach/bus industry which is available to all other forms of transport.

What led you to this right now instead of anything else?

Although I am still involved in various other businesses, busEasy has the potential to have a massive global impact and a proportional return, if we get the technology right.

What is your current biggest challenge?

Getting to market so we can start the journey.

Let's play a prediction game. Let's say we are 12 months from now, and you are about to present to your board. How would you describe your progress?

20 scheduled coach service operators integrated into busEasy, and (conservatively) 25,000 customers/users per month (or $70,000 per month).  I see 6 full time employees and a partnership forming with Flight Centre (Australian company which has a US strategy).  No exit planned as yet.  Enormous growth, will require 3-4 years of focus to achieve the businesses potential.

Now let’s play the reflection game.  Think about who you were five years ago.  What advice would you give former you?

To move out of a corporate environment earlier.
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June 4, 2013
Haig Kayserian presents at New York State of Startup Funding event


NEW YORK: KAYWEB Angels CEO Haig Kayserian led a roundtable discussion on The State of Startup Funding along with Scott Gerber - the Founder of Young Entrepreneurs Council, and Pete Kistler - Co-founder of Brand-Yourself.

The event, organized by the New York Startup Society and promoted by KAYWEB Angels portfolio company Do It In Person, brought together two of New York's most active investors in Kayserian and Gerber, and Kistler, who recently raised over $1 million for his startup.

Over 50 New York City entrepreneurs joined in the discussion at The Alley, which touched on topics including Venture Capital trends, the Series A crunch, Crowdfunding and Incubators.

Kayserian also recently presented at the Independent Retailer Conference at The Scholastic Auditorium in SoHo, NY.



KAYWEB Angels is currently accepting applications for investment at www.kaywebangels.com.
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May 7, 2013
Join us at The State of Startup Funding Round-Table event in NYC
NEW YORK: New York City's THE ALLEY is the place to be for an awesome Round-Table Discussion on 'The State of Startup Funding', led by CEO of KAYWEB Angels Haig Kayserian, Founder of the Young Entrepreneurs Council Scott Gerber, and CEO of Brand Yourself Patrick Ambron.

Haig Kayserian has invested in multiple startups, Scott Gerber is an entrepreneurship expert featured on TIME, CNN, Inc, etc, and Patrick Ambron recently raised over $1.2m for his NYC startup.

Join this trio and many fellow entrepreneurs in a discussion on the state of startup funding.

May 21, 6pm - REGISTER BY CLICKING http://www.doitinperson.com/The-State-of-Startup-Funding NOW!
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April 7, 2013
KAYWEB Angels announces investment in Zazzoo


NEW YORK: KAYWEB Angels has added New York startup Zazzoo to its portfolio of investments.

Zazzoo, a centralized shipping solution for ecommerce stores, was pitched to KAYWEB Angels by brothers Jon and Daniel Kaweblum last year, and has been chosen from nearly 200 applicants.

The investment will see KAYWEB Angels design and develop the Zazzoo solution in exchange for equity.

KAYWEB Angels CEO Haig Kayserian said: "Jon and Daniel are New York-based with a successful entrepreneurial past and they blew us away with Zazzoo. Their idea, approach and personalities convinced our Board to do the deal."

Daniel Kaweblum added: "We are ecstatic and honored to have the opportunity to team up with the KAYWEB Angels family. Their expertise struck us right away and after meeting Haig and [General Manager] John [Buckman], it quickly became evident that KAYWEB Angels was the perfect partner for us to continue on our journey.”

Jon Kaweblum is Founder and President of Klipped, which is a Kippah with a patented built-in clip, licensed by and manufactured for major organizations including the NBA.

KAYWEB Angels General Manager John Buckman said: "These guys have a proven track record, and we are very excited to be working with them on their biggest and greatest idea so far."
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February 15, 2013
KAYWEB Angels portfolio company, You Need My Guy officially launches and brings word-of- mouth to the web




KAYWEB Angels portfolio company, You Need My Guy will bring word-of-mouth networking to the web with www.youneedmyguy.com.


Here is their launch press release:

NEW YORK: From time to time, people need to hire a service provider. A plumber, real estate attorney, florist, insurance agent—a stylist to cut their hair. Most have been there. Folks need to bring someone onto their property, or to perform a professional service like an accountant or golf coach, but just don’t know who to call.

It would be nice for people to have access to all of their friends’ little black books, full of the providers that they trust the most to get a job done well. But, it takes time to ask close connections, and most don’t spend the time to do it.

That’s why You Need My Guy was created—a brand new way to find (and promote) the right person for the task at hand.

“The thing is, not much has been done to bring that backyard, over the fence, word of mouth to the web, until You Need My Guy" said Joe Cassara, Founder & CEO of the company.

Consider this: a few weeks ago, Mike Gastin, who owns a creative agency in Rochester, NY, listed his handyman Norm on YouNeedMyGuy.com, and wrote a short review.

Another user, who was searching YouNeedMyGuy.com for a handyman, saw that they knew someone that uses Norm, saw that it was Mike, read Mike’s review and contacted Norm. Just a few days later, Mike sent out this tweet:

@MikeGastin: Just learned that my handy man got a job because I listed him on @YouNeedMyGuy! How cool is that?

With You Need My Guy, Norm, who isn’t a marketing guru by any stretch, generated word-of-mouth buzz thanks to Mike.

Here’s how it works:

  • Users create an account that links to at least one of their social networks (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn), and identify “their guys” i.e., the people that they love doing business with
  • Other users searching the site can see which people within their networks rely on these providers as “their guy”, allowing decisions to be made based on word of mouth, not on a service provider's ad budget
  • "Guys" can upgrade to a premium account for added features


National Growth:

With brand evangelists in major markets across the U.S., You Need My Guy is focusing on growing in regional markets through initial startup communities, media buzz and extensive network outreach.

Get started for free at http://www.youneedmyguy.com.


About You Need My Guy: 
You Need My Guy is run by Joe Cassara, who founded the company alongside KAYWEB Angels, who invested as a development partner. For media inquiries, please contact Joe at 585.329.4419 or joe(at)youneedmyguy(dot)com.





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January 15, 2013
DoItInPerson.com launches to help you manage your events and communities




KAYWEB Angels is happy to announce the official launch of portfolio company, Do It In Person.


As an event management site, Do It In Person allows organizers to create their event, find and book speakers, and manage sponsorships. Users are able to generate a detailed event schedule through the website, which can be updated as needed. In addition, Do It In Person’s site allows managers to create and sell tickets and provide an option for sending invitations through a mailing list.

Here is their launch press release:

NEW YORK: Event management site Do It In Person, available at http://www.DoItInPerson.com, is now spotlighting the variety of community services it offers. Trips, social functions, conferences, lectures, and more are event types that are included under the company’s umbrella of services, and the website is intended to provide resources for event planners and attendees alike.

“We’re excited to announce that Do It In Person is fully launched. As a one stop shop for community and event management, the site allows users to create and organize communities and events, sell tickets, find and book speakers, and communicate with attendees so that they can manage everything they need in one place. We are focused on consolidating all these diverse pieces into one event management site and we look forward to seeing it revolutionize the industry,” said Aron Schoenfeld, founder of Do It In Person.

As an event management site, Do It In Person allows organizers to create their event, find and book speakers, and manage sponsorships. Users are able to generate a detailed event schedule through the website, which can be updated as needed. In addition, Do It In Person’s site allows managers to create and sell tickets and provide an option for sending invitations through a mailing list.

Do It In Person also functions as an online community management tool, where organizers can create and manage individuals within their network. With the website’s tools, organizers can blog, send out a newsletter, or create a forum for members to interact with each other. In addition, partnerships can be arranged and managed using Do It In Person’s services.

For users, Do It In Person acts as an event discovery tool. Individuals can specify interests, locations, and other search parameters so that they are notified whenever a relevant event is created. For users who are looking to find communities or events that relate to their industries, Do It In Person will be an invaluable resource that provides important information about networking opportunities. As a result, the event management site is two-fold, providing users with news about events in their vicinities and event organizers with access to those potentially interested in attending.

With its range of services, Do It In Person is an excellent tool for companies big and small. In addition, the online community management services can be adjusted and customized as needed, which makes the website a great resource for religious or volunteer organizations, schools, or community centers.

To beginusing Do It In Person to manage your events and communities, please visit it online at http://www.DoItInPerson.com. Do It In Person can be liked on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DoItInPerson or followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/DoItInPerson.


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