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Spiegel Sohmer

 Spiegel Sohmer is a firm of attorneys offering state-of-the-art expertise to a diversified business clientele seeking solutions that are innovative, concrete, and pragmatic. Our firm groups some forty five attorneys who concentrate principally within three broad specialties: business law (including Intellectual Property), tax law and litigation.  Spiegel Sohmer has extensive experience representing companies at all stages of their life cycle, from start up through to exit, and also represents a wide array of investors: www.spiegelsohmer.com 

Richter

Richter is, above all, a financial consulting services firm offering strategic support and has been a recognized member of the business community since 1926. Richter entire team consists of more than 450 partners, experts, high-level professionals and administrative employees. Because of this collective expertise, our firm has an unrivalled reputation and has earned the respect of the business community.

Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada is the only national, non-profit organization to provide financing, mentoring, and support tools for every business stage to aspiring business owners and startup founders: www.futurpreneur.ca

Kruger

Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States. (www.kruger.com

 


 

Community Partners

NACO Canada

The National Angel Capital Organization (NACO) accelerates a thriving, early-stage investing ecosystem in Canada by connecting individuals, groups, and other partners that support Angel-stage investing. NACO provides intelligence, tools and resources for its members; facilitates key connections across networks, borders and industries; and helps to inform policy affecting the Angel asset-class.

Anges Quebec

Anges Québec’s mission is to help its angel investors make profitable investments in innovative companies in a wide range of industries and in all regions of Quebec. To this end, Anges Québec identifies the best entrepreneurs and business projects and supports the Anges Québec members who finance them.

RJCCQ

Le RJCCQ soutient un réseau de jeunes chambres de commerce et d’ailes jeunesse à travers le Québec, représentant plus de 8 000 jeunes professionnels, cadres, travailleurs autonomes et entrepreneurs âgés de 18 à 40 ans.

JCCM

La Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montréal (JCCM) est un regroupement de près de 1 600 jeunes cadres, professionnels, entrepreneurs et travailleurs autonomes âgés de 18 à 40 ans, ce qui en fait un des plus grands réseaux de jeunes gens d’affaires au monde.

Hacking Health

Hacking Health is designed to improve healthcare by inviting technology creators and healthcare professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to front-line problems.

NM

Noticias Montreal is a Spanish-language media based in Montreal and founded by a group of immigrant journalists. Its main goal is to provide the latest news, information and features about Montreal, Quebec, Canada. NM wants to offer a helping hand in the immigration and integration process of the numerous newcomers as well as promoting the Spanish language.

La Gare

La Gare is a collaborative workspace. A place to work, connect and learn in the heart of the Mile End.

 

Grad Profile: Kaliki brings news stories into drivers' personal vehicles

Posted by Emma Tzeng on 2013-09-16

Grad Profiles highlight the personal and professional stories of Founder Institute Graduates from across the globe.

This profile on Kaliki, a graduate of the San Diego Founder Institute, was written by Emma Tzeng. Founded in 2009 by Bruce Hopkins and Tirrell Payton, Kaliki makes commutes more productive by providing audio news content that can be accessed directly from customers' personal vehicles.

 

 

Working America spends a significant chunk of time with its personal vehicles: a study by WNYC found that the average American commutes over 25 minutes to the office everyday. Chances are, a significant percentage of these commuters bide the time by catching up on the news. 

San Diego-based startup Kaliki wants to make commutes more productive by providing audio news content that can be accessed directly from customers’ personal vehicles. This way, users can hear from their favorite news sources from the convenience of their own cars. 

Founded by Bruce Hopkins and Tirrell Payton in 2009, who both come from technology backgrounds, Kaliki is already making large strides in the industry: earlier this year, the startup sealed a deal with Nissan that makes it possible for Ford Sync AppLink service subscribers to use Kaliki’s app. 

To activate the Kaliki app, drivers simply need to ensure that their smartphone is Bluetooth-paired with Ford’s SYNC technology, then press the voice button on the vehicle’s steering wheel to voice-request the app. After Kaliki launches, drivers can select their publication of choice by saying the name of the publication out loud, and the app will play the list of available stories from that source. 

Available on Android and iPhone, Kaliki has distribution partnerships with major North American publications such as TV Guide, CBS News, Los Angeles Times, American Public Media, and more. For a more dynamic, engaging listening experience, Kaliki’s stories are narrated by professionals, who essentially “act out” stories instead of simply reading them. 

As mobile becomes more intertwined with our everyday habits and lifestyles, Kaliki is positioned to lead the charge, making it easier for customers to integrate their mobile devices into their daily routines in a functional, valuable way. 

 

Learn more about Kaliki:


Kaliki is a graduate of the San Diego Founder Institute, which is currently accepting applications for the Autumn Semester. To learn more, join us for Startup Pitch Bootcamp, on Thursday, 9/19 at the Von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at UCSD Jacobs School of Engineering. Click here to RSVP.

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