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Top Hat Monocle (THM) is a web- and mobile-based classroom response system that engages students and provides professors with the real-time feedback on student understanding. THM lets instructors conduct polls, quizzes and interactive demonstrations in class. Students can participate in class using any device they own, such as their cell phone, smartphone, ipad or laptop.
With this technology, students can ask questions during lecture without interrupting the teacher and receive instant feedback. Additionally, because answers are saved, students may monitor their own progress, study their past work, and observe their grades, updated in real-time. Currently used by over 60,000 students at over 150 universities, Top Hat Monocle makes the in-class experience more connected and interactive.
THM recently closed an $8M Series A led by Emergence Capital Partners and iNovia Capital, along with SoftTech VC, Version One Ventures and Golden Venture Partners.
Dinner date: October 9th 2012
Based in Toronto, Canada, Wave provides integrated online applications that help small business owners around the world run their businesses. Wave has raised more than $19 million in funding in a year and half, during which time it has signed up hundreds of thousands of small business customers around the world. Wave currently tracks more than $40 billion in small business income and spending; customers can sign up for free at WaveAccounting.com.
Dinner date: September 20th 2012
Shopify is an ecommerce platform that allows individuals and businesses to create awesome online stores. Shopify currently hosts over 30,000 active online retailers, including: Gatorade, Amnesty International, General Electric, Tata Group, Tesla Motors, LMFAO, Foo Fighters, Encyclopedia Britannica, Evisu Jeans, and CrossFit. Shopify was founded in 2006 by two snowboarding enthusiasts who wanted to create a better way to sell their snowboards online. Shopify has received $22 million in Series A and B funding from Bessemer Venture Partners, FirstMark Capital, Felicis Ventures, and Georgian Partners.
Dinner date: June 27th 2012
Wattpad is the world’s largest community of readers and writers. It’s a free and fun way to read online and across every mobile device. Everyday, millions of people find great fiction and share their own creative writing on Wattpad. Wattpad writers build fan bases made up of thousands of followers and many see over ten million reads of their stories; some have been discovered and signed by publishers while others have had work optioned for TV and film. Find over five million stories on Wattpad–spanning all genres of creative writing, including mystery, romance, sci-fi, poetry and fan fiction. www.wattpad.com
Dinner date: June 14th 2012
Zynga is the world’s leading provider of social game services with more than 290 million monthly active users playing its games, which include CityVille, Zynga Poker, Draw Something, Hidden Chronicles, FarmVille, CastleVille, Words With Friends, Empires & Allies, Scramble With Friends, Café World, The Pioneer Trail, Indiana Jones™ Adventure World and Mafia Wars. Zynga’s games are available on a number of global platforms, including Facebook, Zynga.com, Google+, Tencent, Apple iOS and Google Android. Zynga Toronto focuses on solving big data challenges across multiple platforms, and is looking for bright talent to join their team.
Dinner date: May 16th 2012
500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs. The first version of 500px came to light in the early days of digital photography. At that time, everything was slightly different — the Internet was slower, 3.2 megapixel cameras were the latest buzz, digital photographers were just getting acquainted with their tools, and 500 pixels was a good size for photos displayed on CRT monitors. Over the years, the 500px platform went through a number of revisions and changes, growing together with technology and photographers, and keeping focus on the highest quality photos.
Dinner date: May 3rd 2012
Uken is one of the only truly cross platform gaming companies around. We build top ranking games for iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and Facebook. Our titles include Forces Of War, Crime Inc., and Dark Galaxy. We’ve consistently grown our game communities to millions of users who love and enjoy our games everyday. Most recently, we’ve has set out to reinvent the monster collection genre that Pokemon made famous with our latest title Mighty Monsters for iPhone.
…and we’re just getting started.
www.uken.com | Get Mighty Monsters: http://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/mighty-monsters/id478349955?mt=8