Author: Jeff Bennett

Sacramento Startup Profile: carbonBLU

Sedale Turbovsky’s startup, carbonBLU, helps fleets analyze and explore options for improvement and optimization, without the costs associated with hiring technical staff and additional personnel. Their software empowers fleet managers to purchase the right vehicle for the job, integrate alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technology into fleet operations and even improve energy use at their facilities. Their propriety analytics tools allow them to automate and expedite the process of understanding and analyzing fleet operations while identifying areas of potential improvement. I met with Sedale after his presentation at 1 Million Cups and chatted with him about CarbonBLU and his experience as a...

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Show Your Support for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Sacramento

Get your official StartupSac T-shirt to help fund the StartupSac’s work to grow the Sacramento startup community! The mission of StartupSac is to connect the various players in the Sacramento startup & innovation community, empower founders and entrepreneurs to be leaders in the community, and help build, galvanize and catalyze Sacramento as the next great startup & innovation ecosystem. The excitement and energy in the Sacramento startup & innovation community right now is fantastic. There’s a lot happening on a weekly basis and staying abreast with events and news, planning and creating events and workshops to serve the community takes significant...

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1 Million Cups Presented by Grant Farm

The next 1 Million Cups Sacramento will be a special Grant Farm edition and will feature two clean tech startups — Carbonblu and Athena Intelligence. About Athena Intelligence Through proprietary geospatial data processing, Athena produces exclusive business intelligence that quantifies and democratizes dynamic resource, production and performance risks to the world’s food, energy, financial sectors. About carbonBLU carbonBLU helps fleets analyze and explore options for improvement and optimization, without the costs associated with hiring technical staff and additional personnel. Our company officially launched in 2014, after being incubated as a concept by ECO, Inc. Our software empowers fleet managers to...

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Sacramento Startup Profile: Trifecta

Trifecta, Inc. is the nation’s largest “all-organic” meal delivery service cofounded by the brother/sister team of Greg Connolly and Elizabeth Connolly. Founded in the summer of 2015, Trifecta ships fully cooked and ready-to-eat meals to all 50 states in the US. Despite being such a young company, Trifecta has experienced phenomenal growth. I was fortunate enough to be at the Kings Capitalize presentations where Elizabeth impressed the panel of judges with their business model and impressive numbers and made the cut to the final four. I met with Elizabeth and Greg in their new podcast studio in their West Sacramento...

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Check out the Sacramento Game Developer Community at the 4th Annual Sac Indie Arcade

Sacramento, did you know we have an incredibly vibrant game development community here in Sacramento? Through the efforts of a very dedicated and tight-knit community here, Sacramento is on the cusp of becoming a major hub of indie game development and the Sacramento chapter of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) is  a major contributor to the success of this growing community. On Saturday, April 8th, 2017, West Sacramento Parks & Recreation in partnership with Nascent Games and IGDA Sacramento presents the 4th Annual Sacramento Indie Arcade! What is Sacramento Indie Arcade? Since 2007, the Sacramento active game developer community has...

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StartupSac Happy Hour Female Founder Edition

Sacramento founders! Got questions you wish you could ask an experienced startup veteran? Save the date, March 29 at 5:00 at the Golden Bear in Midtown, for the March edition of StartupSac Happy Hour. March will be a female-focused Happy Hour featuring successful women entrepreneur innovators: experienced financial services entrepreneur and technology banker Margaret Mackenzie, and senior executive and seasoned venture strategist Cheryl Beninga. While this is a female-focused event intended to help foster and support female entrepreneurship in the Sacramento region, all are welcome.   Why a Female Founder Edition? Despite findings that women-run private tech companies are more capital-efficient, earn a 35...

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Alphapura Robotics and EnerCharge Present at 1 Million Cups

Great turnout at 1 Million Cups on Wednesday morning. This edition was presented by Sacramento-based Clean Tech accelerator, CleanStart and featured Alphapura Robotics and EnerCharge. Alphapura Robotics is a green manufacturing systems innovation company, focused on developing recycler-manufacturing systems capable of turning the world’s meltable garbage into inexpensive global solutions and products. EnerCharge provides mobile device charging stations at local venues and private events. Customers are able to charge their mobile devices (cell phones, netbooks, tablets, Go Pros, E-Cigarettes, etc) for a small rate. Below are a few highlights from the morning. Alphapura Robotics First up today is Frederick Janson from @Alphapura...

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1 Million Cups Presented by CleanStart with Alphapura Robotics and EnerCharge

The next edition of 1 Million Cups Sacramento will once again be a special edition, this time presented by CleanStart. Wednesday morning event will feature will feature two clean tech startups — Alphapura Robotics and EnerCharge Inc. About the Presenters Alphapura Robotics is a green manufacturing systems innovation company, focused on developing recycler-manufacturing systems capable of turning the world’s meltable garbage into inexpensive global solutions and products. Our business will help reduce costs and pollution. Our target market is B2B and B2C. Our growth plan is to manufacture and distribute enough units to influence market leader licensing deals. EnerCharge provides mobile device...

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March Startup Grind Hosts Warren Smith, President of Sacramento Republic FC

Continuing its run of fantastic guests, Startup Grind Sacramento is showing that it is #BuiltforMLS by featuring Warren Smith, President of Sacramento Republic FC, at its event on March 16. Warren Smith, President of Sacramento Republic Football Club, founded the club in 2012 to bring the “world’s sport” of soccer to the Sacramento region. In 2014, Warren was awarded the USL Executive of the Year Award and was named the Sacramento Executive of the Year by the Sacramento Business Journal. Prior to launching Republic FC, Warren most recently served as the Senior Vice President of Clean World Partners. After founding...

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Series A Financing – Practical Tips and Strategies for Success

UC Davis Venture Catalyst Knowledge Exchange Presents – The Series A Preferred Stock Financing: Practical Tips and Strategies for Success Join UC Davis Venture Catalyst for a lunchtime workshop on practical tips and strategies for success for Series A preferred stock financing featuring Elton Satusky, Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. WHEN: March 23, 2017 (Thursday), 11:30AM – 1PM WHERE: 1850 Research Park Drive, Davis, CA 95616 (UC Davis Office of Research) EVENT COST: Free RSVP About the Speaker Elton is a partner in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, with a focus on advising life...

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