Slidecast: Startup Develops Crowd-sourced “Call to Action” Engagements

In this slidecast, Seth Elliott from Engagement Media Technologies presents: Crowd-sourced “Call to Action” Engagements.

Engage.Me technology enables clients to create engaging and actionable experiences for consumers to participate in that help build brand ambassadors. Brands can activate a vast user base to perform tasks that result in gained insight for the brand plus increased brand awareness. The tasks can be “gamified” to create a more enticing experience for the consumer. Additionally, Engage.Me Live! technology enables organizations to create rich community experiences around live events involving celebrities, musicians, sports, and more. By using the StringFly™ mobile application, tech-savvy entertainment enthusiasts can engage with their friends, by streaming and uploading text, photos, and videos to branded entertainment channels in real-time.”

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Uptime Energy Drinks – Can They Replace Your Daily Coffee?

Uptime Energy Drinks

Uptime Energy Drinks

Entrepreneurs work all kinds of crazy hours, and keeping productive can be a struggle. And while we normally drink a lot of coffee to keep up here at inside-Startups, we recently got the opportunity to try new energy drink products from Uptime.

The timing for our delivery of Uptime could not have been better. I have been suffering from red dry patches on my skin for while, and I discovered that it was too much acid my diet. Coffee is very acidic, and I needed to find a coffee replacement.

Replacing Coffee with Uptime

We started one morning with the Sugar Free version. It tastes a lot like Monster energy drink, only a little dryer I would say. In terms of flavor, I would say that its the best energy drink I’ve tried.

As far an energy boost, Uptime did not make me feel jittery like I have felt after consuming similar products. After drinking 12 ounces, I was able to get through my morning of blogging without distraction.


The lack of jitters makes sense. According to Caffieneinformer, Uptime has 11.82 milligrams of caffeine per fluid ounce. That’s more than a Coca-Cola, but about 1/5 as much as a cup of espresso.

The next day, we moved on to try the sugar-sweetened of Uptime. The flavor was much along the lines of Red Bull, though I do think the Uptime is less sweet and is the better beverage in my book. I found the energy boost to be about the same as the sugar-free version.

uptime-energy-tabletsUptime Tablets

On day three of our coffee replacement program, we turned to the Uptime tablets. I started with their original energy blend, taking one tablet with a glass of water and banana in the morning. And while I didn’t really notice any effect, I didn’t feel drowsy in the morning either. So I would say that the tablets have more of a subtle, time-released effect.


Fueled by the Red Bull marketing machine, the energy drink market appears to be growing by leaps and bounds. With their unique blend of ingredients, Uptime is worth a try for grownups who have no plans for extreme sports.



MyPod Studios – Powering the Gated Community of Online Video Content

In this video, Jay Miletsky of MyPod Studios presents an overview of the company’s online video content network.

MyPod Studios, launched in October, 2010, was built to provide an alternative to the standard issue video networks that litter the Web, and take a slightly more unique approach to presenting online video.”

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Interview: Schedulicity Eases Online Appointment Scheduling

In this video, Jerry Nettuno, Founder and CEO of Schedulicity describes how the company helps service businesses schedule appointments.

Long gone are the days of juggling phone calls and appointment books or compromising the daily work flow to schedule future appointments. It only takes 15 minutes for a small business to get started on Schedulicity and costs less than $1 a day. Clients are able to search and book for free within seconds from anywhere, any time. With over 50 percent of appointments being booked after business hours, you could be filling your open appointments while sleeping!”