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Cruiseable updates Blog post April 19, 2016
Option A: This restaurant in the Dogpatch district of SF would be reserved for the private angels lunch.

Option A: This restaurant in the Dogpatch district of SF would be reserved for the private angels lunch.

4 promising startups, 1 great lunch

You're invited: First-of-its-kind mini-pitch event set for early May in SF


If you received our invitation by email, you've been invited to a first-of-its-kind event: A lunch in San Francisco where you'll get to hear 5-minute pitches from the founders of four great startups.


This event is for angels and early-stage VCs interested in the consumer Internet, mobile tech or travel sectors. You may bring a plus-one and invite colleagues and other investors, though we need attendees to RSVP. Venue holds about 25. See below for startup details. 


We think this is a much better way to get a thoughtful conversation going between investors and founders without the speed-dating theatrics of pitch sessions seen at other events. No commitment by attending! We've gotten good early response from angels & seed-stage VCs.


Free. The event is being organized by Cruiseable and hosted by Feastly, a Bay Area social dining startup. The tab is being split by the four participating startups, which have no connection with each other.


During the meal, each startup will have 5 minutes for the founder to describe their startup and its value proposition, followed by 5 minutes of Q&A by angels. No slides or PowerPoints. Following the short pitches, angels are free to have further discussions with founders. Contact info will be provided. Total length: 60-75 minutes.

The startups: Cruiseable, Stiya, Goconnekt and Outdover.


We have these four dates available and need to lock in one date soon:

May 4, 5, 10 or 12

Please let us know if all or some of those dates work for your schedule.


Option A: A small restaurant in the Dogpatch section of San Francisco. We would have the space to ourselves. See photo above.

Option B: Feastly's loft space in the Mission. See photo below.

Do you prefer one over the other? Addresses to follow.


We have a choice of Burmese food, Mediterranean cuisine or Ecuadorian/French Fusion.


Sounds interesting, right? Because space is limited, please RSVP to reserve your spot.




The startups


Cruiseable helps people discover, plan and book the perfect cruise vacation. We've been called for cruises. Through our website or mobile app, consumers can use our proprietary filtering technology to zero in on the cruise that's perfect for their traveling style and budget. Our competitors haven't innovated in 20 years, so we're going after the $40 billion cruise market, the last big travel vertical poised for digital disruption.”

Founders: JD Lasica, CEO (that would be me); Giacomo Balli, CTO


Stiya is the next generation of content creation and publishing through automation. Stiya is a silent app that uses sophisticated artificial intelligence, geolocation and automation to capture daily experiences. Stiya creates automatic journals including location, photos, map and notes and allows publishing a complete story on any social media. With Stiya, every consumers becomes a brand ambassador. Businesses enjoy the word of mouth they need and consumer gets a referral fee. Stiya was featured as app of the month and continues to grow daily.”

Founder: Ilana Golan, CEO


Goconnekt™ is a network-as-a-service for the travel and hospitality industry. Our first product provides a convenient access to 4G Internet to international travelers coming to the US. We allow them to connect their mobile devices from anywhere without roaming charges, thus saving them hundreds of dollars on their phone bill. Click here to learn more and connekt with us.”

Founder: Merwan Benhabib, CEO


Outdover is a new mobile app that helps outdoor enthusiasts plan nearby outdoor activities in seconds. The app helps users save time, discover awesome places, share adventures, keep track of their outings and connect with like-minded people. Think of Outdover as a one-stop app for nature lovers that combine Yelp, Meetup and WhatsApp. For more details please see our Investor Deck on Slideshare.”

Founders: Roberto Bustillos, CEO; Fredy Asencios, CTO

Questions? Suggestions?

Do you have any questions or suggestions? Please email us or call 1-925-600-7641. Thanks, come join us, and meet some other angels, too!


Option B: The Feastly loft venue in the Mission seats 40 but is less intimate.
Option B: The Feastly loft venue in the Mission is closer to BART but is less intimate.

JD Lasica
I'm Editor-in-Chief and co-founder of Cruiseable. Follow your cruise bliss to any land where it may lead. Let's connect! I'm @jdlasica on Twitter.