FuseMe is Replacing Resumes and Business Cards

FuseMe is Replacing Resumes and Business Cards

FuseMe is a digital business card that helps you maintain a professional effective network. The relationship between the people around you are building on a face to face event because the only way to use the app is to have your phones next to each other while transferring your resume. Created by the FuseMe team, the goal of this state-of-the-art app is to build open relationships for career improvement and social alliances through, which is also a convenient platform which you can use to integrate your professional and social life.

When you download the app, you upload personal information about you and your social media accounts to your FuseMe profile. This includes Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter, LinkedIn, Venmo, email and phone number, along with your education and work experience.

“It’s a core belief. We really believe that meeting that person face to face generates some sort of a different relationship long-term. We want to be the people with that data.

— Brodie Meyer

It takes your offline relationships and brings them online to integrate with your Applicant Tracking System, Customer Relation Management or other files such as organizational spreadsheets. Employers use this app to develop younger potential talents, do away with resume scanning and at the same time maintain updated their databases with no effort. Every corrections or updates made on your resume or such as address or contact information, it also updates directly in your FuseMe Bucket.

The FuseMe Bucket is the solution to the tedious process of filling online applications after job fairs, sending emails of applications, reminders with no guarantees of return on their recruiting efforts. Instantly, after fusing with a potential recruit, you go from conversation to application by having a direct access to the application link because FuseMe immediately updates or syncs the information in your FuseMe Bucket.

Also included in this topic

  • Saving time and money by using FuseMe app

  • Speed up your recruitment process through FuseMe Bucket

  • Maintain and update your database with no effort

  • Auto-building the FuseMe Bucket

  • Career advancement

  • Building genuine relationships that speed recruitment

Heliponix: Keurig for Food

Heliponix: Keurig for Food

In this episode, I talk with the co-founders of Heliponix, Scott Massey, CEO, and Ivan Ball, CTO. Heliponix could be described as “Keurig for food”, as it provides consumers with a grow pod, an automated hydroponic appliance that allows you to grow fresh food in your home. Some of the things grown in their pods include culinary herbs, such as basil, cilantro, and mint, leafy green vegetables, including romaine lettuce, spinach, and kale, and even jalapeno peppers and cherry tomatoes. 

Scott and Ivan shared the story of how they met while completing their undergraduate degrees at Purdue University while working on a NASA hydroponic research study. This lead them to be interested in hydroponics and bringing it to the consumer. They describe future plans for their product, as well as the future of hydroponic technology.

Topics in this episode

  • How hydroponic vegetables address food safety concerns and perishability of produce

  • Description of the grow pod

  • Implementation of technology and social media with their product

  • Installation process 

  • Use of the subscription model

  • Environmental benefits of hydroponics

  • Future of agriculture industry for culinary herbs and leafy greens

Launch Indy: Providing Coworking Space and Support to Small Businesses in Indianapolis

Launch Indy: Providing Coworking Space and Support to Small Businesses in Indianapolis

In this week’s episode, I talk with Katie Birge, executive director at Launch Indy, which is located in Union 525. Launch Indy is a coworking space and entrepreneurship center for nonprofits, remote workers, and any small business. As a coworking space, they are there for anyone looking for a downtown, part-term, daytime office solution. In addition to providing office space, they offer recurring meetups as well. 

“I think that starting a business is, in some ways, easier than ever because we have good tools. But it’s also harder than ever because you have to have access to those tools.

— Katie Birge

I am excited to talk with Katie about the 12-week social impact accelerator hosted by Launch Indy. This program is for early-stage enterprises that are either a nonprofit or a for-profit entity with a social impact angle. She discusses details of the accelerator, including a mentorship program, in order to pair local business owners and entrepreneurs with appropriate members of the accelerator. Launch Indy is seeking mentors as well as volunteers for the next cohort. To learn more, please go to LaunchIndy.com

Topics in this episode

  • Goal of the current accelerator

  • The social business model canvass

  • Preparing your pitch deck

  • Details on pitch day at the end of the 12-week program

  • Future accelerators of Launch Indy

  • The digital divide

  • Program to provide laptops to local entrepreneurs

Currency Exchange Made Simple, One Airport at a Time with Cash Swap

Currency Exchange Made Simple, One Airport at a Time with Cash Swap

In this episode, I talk with 2 of the 3 co-founders of Cash Swap, CEO Ben Diallo and COO Nigel Riggins. The third co-founder is Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo, who provides legal and general council. Cash Swap was inspired by a personal experience Ben Diallo had in Tokyo. He was exchanging US dollars for yen, and was handed currency that had been directly exchanged by the person in front of him in line. That is where the idea for Cash Swap came from.

“What we’re doing is we’re giving them information, because If you knew what that market rate was, you could exchange currency for the market rate yourself.

— Nigel Riggins

It is a peer to peer currency exchange that links fellow travelers at the airport so that they can swap currency with each other. Cash Swap is a networking app, which connects you with other travelers, and as such, the company does not have the same hurdles that currency exchange companies do. Ben and Nigel share product roadmap, details on service fees, and metrics with which to measure future successes. 

Topics in the episode

  • Educating travelers on market exchange rates

  • User experience within the app

  • Using JFK airport as a pilot launch

  • Current airport-based marketing strategy

  • Street team utilization

  • Future international expansion

  • Changes in the global travel market

  • Airport partnerships

Elevate Ventures with Jacob Schpok

Elevate Ventures with Jacob Schpok

In this episode, I talk with Jacob Schpok, executive director of university initiatives for Elevate Ventures. University initiatives is branded under the name Elevate Nexus, rolling out new programs and investment vehicles to grow entrepreneurship and start-up activity across the state, through engaging higher education institutions. Elevate Nexus is broken into a couple of different components: identifying best practices across the state with higher education institutions, figuring out where these institutions currently are with supporting entrepreneurs, and then cross-pollinating these ideas.

Topics in the episode

  • How elevate engages with universities

  • How much of Elevate’s investment dollars are directed to the university initiatives

  • Details of the seven pitch competitions Elevate is launching across the state

  • Qualifications of pre-seed and seed level investment opportunities

  • Expectations of a pitch at the competition

  • Problems of pitch competitions, and how Elevate Nexus is addressing those

  • Importance of having data that your roadmap is based on primary or secondary research