About the Amplify Accelerator

Amplify LA is a hands-on startup accelerator and entrepreneurial campus in Venice, California. Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Amplify is perfectly positioned—physically and programmatically—to help our companies thrive. We have an unmatched team of investors, mentors and executives who are committed to helping our founders build their startups into strong, scalable, successful companies.

Amplify’s accelerator program is four months of intense collaboration: within companies, between companies and, of course, with the Amplify team. Our curriculum, designed from the ground up, is designed to help entrepreneurs amplify their business. We invest between $50,000 – $150,000 in seed funding. We also provide free workspace at our Venice campus and extensive hands-on mentorship. Our portfolio companies also benefit from a variety of free or highly discounted services including hosting, legal, banking, travel and more. We are very hands on. We get very involved. We want to see our companies succeed.

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Amplify Team

Amplify itself is a startup, run by an incredible team of entrepreneurs and visionaries. We expect to benefit from the community we’re building as much as our members will. For us, making a real impact in the Los Angeles startup ecosystem is at the heart of our strategy.

Paul Bricault

Managing Director

Paul is a Venture Partner at Greycroft, EVP and a member of the Board of Directors at William Morris Agency, and was Founder of the Mailroom Fund. Additionally, he has served as a graduate professor of media and technology at USC for 17 years and is an advisor and an angel investor in more than 20 companies, including many in LA.

Richard Wolpert

Managing Director

Richard is a Venture Advisor for Accel Partners, Managing Director of Chance Technologies, and was President of Disney Online and Chief Strategy Officer at Real Networks. Additionally, he is an angel investor in more than 25 companies, including many in LA.

Jeff Solomon

Venture Partner

Jeff is a serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of Velocify (formerly Leads360), a VC backed SaaS company. He is a highly creative, innovative and motivated executive with a passion for culture and is very active in the LA startup and entrepreneurship scenes.

Oded Noy

Chief Technologist

Oded is an experienced technology entrepreneur. He was co-founder and CTO of True Car and Social Approach, Founder and Chair of CTO Forum LA, and a Mentor at the Founders Institute in LA and San Diego. Additionally, he was an Israeli fighter pilot

Kris Bjornerud

Executive Director

Kris is the Executive Director at Amplify and Senior Associate at CrossCut Ventures. Previously he worked with AngelVision Investors while finishing his MBA at University of Southern California. Prior to business school he spent 4 years in the financial industry with LPL Financial.

Chris Olson

Director of Operations

Chris Olson is the Director of Operations at Amplify. Chris has an extensive background in Front End Design, Development, Product Development and Online Marketing which gives him a unique ability in helping early stage startups. Chris attended the University of Southern California where he studied Economics.

Eric Pakravan

Operations Analyst

Eric is the Operations Analyst at Amplify. Eric’s previous startup experience and strong technical background make him a key resource at Amplify. He is currently a senior at USC where he served as Student Body President of the Marshall School of Business, and founded LavaLab, USC's first hands-on engineering and product design organization.

Amplify Portfolio

Amplify is recruiting the most talented, hard working and visionary entrepreneurs to participate in our accelerator program. We aren't the same old accelerator, so don't be the same old startup.

Fund I
Fund II

Alpine Replay

Making action sports measurable, shareable, and comparable

AlpineReplay measures your speed, vertical, jumps, Calories, and more on any mountain or wave. AlpineReplay was built to be social; with its integrated hardware and software solution, you can track, compare, and share with anyone in the world.

Team: Anatole Lokshin, David Lokshin


EverSport Media

If it ain't on TV, it's on EverSport

EverSport Media is a premium sports network that broadcasts the widest collection of live and recorded sports content to displaced fans around the world. EverSport will not only connect dedicated fans with premium sports content, but also aims to connect fans with each other to create the worlds largest live sports broadcast network.

Team: Wayne Sieve, Carl Kirchhoff, Colin Carrier


Move files in the cloud

Mover is a full service system that seamlessly moves files and information in the cloud. Mover’s user friendly experience and military-grade protection makes it easy and secure to transfer large files or sensitive information between dozens of cloud storage providers like Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive.

Team: Eric Warnke, Mark Fossen, Ben Zittlau


The Bouqs

Dollar Shave Club for Flowers

The Bouqs Company is a cut-to-order online flower delivery company. TheBouqs.com offers a simple shopping experience, superior customer service, and high-quality, farm-direct stems with honest and direct pricing. The Bouqs are grown on eco-friendly and sustainable farms located 10,000 feet above sea level on an active volcano situated right on the equator in South America.

Team: John Tabis



Find or List an Awesome Pad

RadPad makes it incredibly easy for renters to browse nearby “pads”. Available as a website and an app, RadPad combines the volume of listings that you’ll find on Craigslist with the visual appeal of Instagram. RadPad’s beautiful and intuitive user experience gives listers and renters an easy, simple & fun utility for transacting the entire rental process — without a broker.

Team: Jonathan Eppers, Tim Watson, Tyler Galpin



Organize, Play, and Watch eSports

Battlefy is the online destination for gamers to organize, play, and watch e-sports. Battlefy is giving aspiring gamers a channel to challenge their skills, build their resumes, and capture recognition from fans and major leagues.

Team: Jason Xu


Club W

Netflix of Wine

Club W is modern take on the traditional wine club. Club W partners with great wine makers around the world, sometimes even financing them, to deliver less expensive, great-tasting wines to your door. When you join, Club W uses a unique algorithm to determine your wine tastes and then offers wines that match your palate. You can accept the recommendations, change them, or skip a month. It’s a better way to buy wine.

Team: Mark Lynn, Xander Oxman, Geoff McFarlane



Prepaid Debit Cards for Everyone

CARD™ is an online bank — where a debit card and your mobile phone are all you need to maintain an account. All prepaid debit cards offer online bill pay, direct deposit, and free in-network ATM cash withdrawals, and can be customized with your favorite brands, cartoons and celebrities.

Team: Ben Katz, Ron Lin



Discover Your Unique Personality

Tidepool is a mobile app that learns when you’re at your cognitive peak and makes recommendations for how to structure your daily workflow. Co-Founded by Dr. Galen Buckwalter, the scientific founder of eHarmony, Tidepool relies on a patent-pending assessment system that utilizes visual stimuli in a gamified environment to assess seven key psychological characteristics. Add that to incredible mobile tracking technology, Tidepool helps you quantify your day and improve your productivity.

Team: Dr. Galen Buckwalter, Kabir Sagoo



Everything's Debatable

Squabbler is a video comparison and debate platform that allows publishers to embed customized modules into their web properties, social media and mobile applications to increase the level of engagement of their users and redefine the way people interact with their content.

Team: Team: Mike Bender, Matt Bijur



Estimating Simplified

Estify automates manual data entry by collision repair shop employees. Shops save 30 minutes to 2 hours on each estimate that they would have needed to enter manually with Estify’s innovative software. Estify is causing a lot of excitement in the collision repair industry.

Team: Jordan Furniss, Taylor Moss, Derek Carr


Video Shopping Network

Kingmaker is an instructional video shopping network that provides consumers with the information they need to learn practical skills and make educated purchases. — Kingmaker was acquired by Joyus in 2013.

Team: Guy Gal, Andrew Kim


We build technology to create dynamic, data-driven maps.

Our work ranges from low-level graphics to machine learning in order to make maps that are both beautiful and personalized. We leverage real-time map rendering and data scraped from the internet to dynamically draw, adjust, and display data as user needs and information change.

Team: Erez Cohen, Mikey Watts


Open Me

Social Greeting Cards

OpenMe offers hassle-free greeting cards for both email and traditional mail delivery, and a creative selection that spans from heartfelt to humorous. Open Me has partnered with design crowdsourcing platform Threadless® to hand-curate an online card boutique for people who want to send personalized, unique cards to their loved ones. Members can send cards for free delivery by email, or opt for mailbox delivery for just $4.

Team: Ilya Pozin, Matt Winnick, Omri Agam



Salesforce for Accountants

FloQast offers simple cloud-based software that helps accounting departments collaborate, organize and ultimately lead to more transparency and efficiency during the close and reporting process. FloQast helps with SOX compliance, managing workflows, streamlining reviews and audits, and maintaining supporting documents.

Team: Michael Whitmire, Cullen Zandstra


20 Jeans

In Denim We Trust

Twenty Jeans is an LA-based denim company with an industry-defying model: design and produce upmarket, designer-caliber jeans for a fraction of the going rate. 20 Jeans collaborates with socially responsible suppliers and manufacturers to streamline the entire production process – engineering and utilizing intelligent, high-quality fabrics as cost-effectively as possible. This painstakingly considered construction, coupled with a direct line to customers through a user-friendly web format, ensures not only a premium product but an exceptional value.

Team: Team: Corey Epstein, Ryan Jaleh, Marcus Martinez, Michael Browne


The Kive Company

Making Parents' Lives Easier

The Kive Company is a Los Angeles based company focused on bringing great products and services to the parenting and mom market. The company created the hit Artkive app that helps parents digitally archive and manage all of the art kids create. The Kive’s second business line, Tastemaker Mom, is an invite-only community of moms whose voices are shaping the way that companies, brands, and causes see the world.

Team: Jedd Gold, Jeff Lipp


Ship Mate

Let's Get Ship-Faced

Ship Mate allows users to prepare for their cruise vacation and to make the most of their time while at sea and at port. Features include Cruise Chat, Deck Maps, Ship & Port Info, Excursion Booking, Ship Tracking, Postcards, Web Cams, Packing Checklist, Budget, and much more. Available for the iPhone and Android, Ship Mate has the largest and most active user base of any existing mobile, cruise-community. — Ship Mate was acquired by Cruiseline.com in 2013.

Team: Michael Jirout, Jan Jirout



Crowdfunding Platform

Invested.in’s platform makes it easy for anyone to raise money for anything, online. On Invested.in, you can quickly and easily create a completely customizable and interactive fundraising campaign. Invested.in offers licensing and partnership deals to entrepreneurs, media companies and businesses that would like their own customized “crowdfunding” platform.

Team: Alon Goren, Yadid Ramot



Flash Sales Platform for Digital Tools/Services

StackSocial is a white-label eCommerce platform enabling technology-focused publishers to generate additional revenues by offering exclusive flash sales on software, apps, video tutorials, and other digital tools.

Team: Josh Payne, Stefan Wrobel



Live Support Plugin for Mobile Apps

Look.IO overlays live chat support with visual feedback into mobile apps (with an easy to install plugin). The cool part is the screen sharing, this allows the app’s customer service agent to view & click into the user’s screen to provide ‘visual feedback’ & actually show the user what to do. It could be described as “LivePerson for mobile apps.” — Look.IO was acquired by LivePerson in 2012.

Team: Marc Campbell, Grant Miller



SaaS Made Easy

Bitium is an enterprise software company that provides app management, single sign-on and analytics for more than 1,500 cloud-based apps allowing companies to securely manage their software catalog. As a result of the converging trends of bring-your-own apps (BYOA), bring-your-own device (BYOD), the consumerization of the enterprise and the inevitable move to the cloud, companies are left with little visibility of the apps their employees use and few tools to manage those apps. Bitium solves this with a solution that allows for flexible employee adoption while securely managing cloud-based software.

Team: Scott Kriz, Erik Gustavson

Amplify Mentors

David Dowling David Carrico Eliot Durbin Mickie Rosen Dave Muscatel Aric Haut Jeffery Pollack Tracy Randall Sodan Selvaretnam Ted Hong Craig Muhlrad Matt Kozlov Adam Chapnick Sarah Bernard Lauren Cole Carl Kirchhoff Alicia Rockmore Jim Ramo Adam Ettinger Jamie Berger Shalini Govil-Pai Eric Danker Mike Pugh Wayne Sieve Mike McGlade Scott Dudelson Paul Rappoport Jason McDowall Scott MacDonell Arlene Zeichner David Baron David Anson Rojeh Avanesian Adam Rockmore Sam Wick Erik Kellener Eli Portnoy Brandon Lucas Craig Howe Bob Sirmans Mark Shedletsky Tom McInerney Matthew Papish Dana Settle Dan Gould Courtney Holt Darren Rush Yarone Goren Yair Landau Dennis Miller Diego Berdakin Dustin Rosen Emrah Kovacoglu Evan Rifkin Fiona Posell William Belk Tyler Goldman Hamet Watt Ian Swanson Tom Andrus Sean Spector Scott Bushman Jason Nazar Jason Rapp Jay Boberg Jeff Lapin Ryan Scott Robert Jadon Jeff Lipp Nate Redmond Jennifer Reuting Jim Davis Joey Tamer John Volturo Jordan Posell Matt Gray Joseph Varet Mark Surfas Marc Ruxin Liz Heller Lisa Kraynak Josh Resnick Kevin Donahue Kelly Perdew Keithe Boesky David Waxman Vince Thompson

Amplify Investors

Fund I
Fund II
Allison Pescosolido
Accel Partners
Alan Mnuchin
Andrew Wright
Vivi Nivo
BOLDstart Ventures
Barry Porter
Brian Napack
BV Capital
David Carter
Danny Zhang
Peter Szulczewski
David Siminoff
Diego Berdakin
Dennis Miller
Donald Rosen
Ed Wilson
Emilo Diez Barroso
Gordon Crawford
Hank Vigil
Howard Rowen
Jan Buettner
Jarl Mohn
Jeff Kearl
Jeff Lipp
Jim Wiatt
Josh James
Mark Burnett
Mark Surfas
Marty Pompadour   
Michael Lambert
Michael Lewis
Oded Noy
Paige Craig
Paul Bricault
Richard Wolpert
Rick Barry
Rick Merrill
Rob Glaser
Robert Jadon
Rustic Canyon
Scott Siegler
Susan M. Gretchko
Tim Draper
Todd Morely
Tom McInerney
Tommorrow Ventures
Trevor Neilson

Amplify Partnerships

Amplify provides our companies the tools they need to succeed, and for those we can’t provide ourselves, we form partnerships with people who can. We try to take the hassle out running a business so founders can focus on what they do best—creating awesome products.

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