UpRamp Celebrates First Startup Accelerator and Highlights Decades’ Worth of Success

Louisville, CO, February, 2017 – UpRamp, sponsored by CableLabsR, is a platform that connects emerging technology companies to the $500 billion worldwide cable and broadband industry.  They are celebrating the success of two of their startup programs under the UpRamp/CableLabs umbrella. This week at CableLabs Winter Conference, they hosted the 20th Innovation Showcase and unveiled the results of the first UpRamp Fiterator accelerator program.  

UpRamp launched their first FiteratorTM program last fall.  The Fiterator is a three month, non-resident startup accelerator that focuses on real customer deals and opens the door to 57 of the world’s leading cable operators. The four teams returned to the CableLabs Winter Conference last week to share their successes. The first cohort included: Edgewater Wireless; MediaHound; VelociData and Trinity Mobile Networks.

Edgewater Wireless is now engaged with five MSOs  and is entering their first trial of WiFi3 (a revolutionary approach to WiFi based in high-performance silicon) in a large venue this month. MediaHound is now launching a new movie discovery portal in partnership with a large European cable company, as well as another multi-operator deal with a scheduled March rollout.

VelociData, which improves user QoE in broadband, has one signed contract, a field pilot, two statements of work pilots with equipment installed, and several other projects.Trinity Mobile Networks started their first Proof of Concept with an operator last week, and are collaborating on a handful of other engagements. Three of the Fiterator teams had extensive testing conducted by, Kyrio, (a CableLabs subsidiary) to validate the technology, which is part of the acceleration of deals with the operators.

The teams attribute the success in the program to the high level mentors, the subject matter experts that shared incredible insights, the access they were given, the acceleration of Kyrio testing, and the openness of the industry as a whole to work with them.  

“UpRamp is uniquely focused on identifying and supporting startups that are trying improve the cable industry,” explains CableLabs CEO Phil McKinney. “This includes helping them tie down deals, secure leads and, more generally, innovate in a sector that we ourselves feel passionate about.”

Also celebrated at the CableLabs Winter Conference was the 20th Innovation Showcase, which is designed to give startups the opportunity to demo in front of over 500 technology influencers. Many of the companies that have held that stage have gone on to see significant success. Overall, they have raised $2 Billion in venture funding, 5% have reached IPO, and 3 out of 10 have been acquired, leading to thousands of jobs and countless innovations.

Notable success stories include Deepfield, a small IP network analytics company that is deployed in 85% of US cable operators,  just acquired by Nokia; Guavus, a Big Data startup that enables Fortune 500 enterprises to become efficient and competitive, raised $100 million; and Elemental Technologies which raised $45 million before being purchased by Amazon for $500 million cash.

“We are absolutely thrilled to see how successful our startups have been over the last 10 years, we cannot wait to see what will happen next,” says UpRamp Managing Director Scott Brown.

ABOUT

UpRamp is backed by CableLabs, a non-profit Innovation and R&D Lab founded in 1988 by members of the cable television industry. With a strong focus on innovation, CableLabs develops technologies and specifications for the secure delivery of high speed data, video, voice and next generation services. It also provides testing, certification facilities and technical leadership for the industry.

UpRamp was founded to skillfully connect startups to cable operators in order to foster innovation that improves people’s experience with cable and broadband. The UpRamp Fiterator is a new kind of accelerator for later stage technology companies, designed to amplify startups’ success by directly linking them to opportunities within the global cable industry.

For more in depth information about each of the programs visit UpRamp.com or email info@upramp.com. Applications for the second Fiterator program opened this week and the Innovation Showcase applications for Summer Conference will open this spring.

Contactually Launches Personal Handwritten Cards, The Memorable Way to Engage with Important Relationships

Washington DC, USA, February, 2017 – Cloud-based relationship marketing platform, Contactually, has announced the full-launch of its personalised handwritten cards tool. The new automated feature offers a personal way for users to further manage their relationships, allowing them to send heartfelt messages to important contacts with a minimal amount of time and effort.

Handwritten cards are few and far between, but they’ve certainly not been forgotten. In an age of text messages and emails, Contactually’s handwritten cards tool offers users a new and simple way to personally connect. From acknowledging birthdays, milestones, or business relationships, users can choose from a variety of suitable designs for any occasion. Just add recipient details and a special message, and leave it to Contactually to mail it out directly, all without leaving the app.

“When you’re competing with a barrage of digital communications from friends, family, and advertisers, it’s difficult to break through the noise,” says Co-Founder/CEO Zvi Band. “We’re proud to be offering a simple but impactful and unique way for users to stand apart and show their important relationships just how much they’re valued.”

Contactually specializes in helping its users strengthen their relationships through a simplified platform and a variety of intuitive, actionable features. These include lead categorisation, deal tracking, proactive reminders to connect, and article-sharing plugins – allowing sales teams to easily forward suitable content to relevant contacts. Its user-friendly service also connects with Google Apps and other email services to track relationship statuses and send busy salespeople automatic updates.  

Since launching in 2011, Contactually has helped many thousands of users grow their businesses by strengthening relationships. Now that the new tool is universally available to all individual users, Band hopes it will help Contactually better meet users’ needs to communicate across a wide spectrum of platforms – including pen and paper – and win a larger share of the increasing CRM global market, predicted to hit $36.5B by 2017.

“While we are considered a CRM, our core is about the emphasizing the value and importance of relationships,” Band adds. “Traditional CRM’s are over populated and can be quite complicated, but we strive to be different.  We focus on helping our users stay top-of-mind within their networks and strengthening relationships, resulting in more leads and referrals. We want to to be impactful yet simple to use, and our new handwritten cards tool is a natural continuation of this philosophy.”

ABOUT

Contactually is a leading provider of relationship marketing software for businesses, that helps users develop and strengthen authentic, long-lasting relationships. In simply minutes a day, the firm’s easy-to-use platform enables genuine, personalized engagement to generate more business. Proudly located in Washington, DC, Contactually employs approximately 70 people and has raised 12 million in capital to date from Grotech Ventures, Rally Ventures, Bull City Venture Partners, Middleland Capital, and others.