Around this time last year we were brainstorming our new idea of VocalBee with friends and other business people. That was the time a few seasoned entrepreneurs suggested us to apply to different accelerators. TiE Challenge, an accelerator started by TiE Boston was one of those suggested accelerators.
For people who don’t know what startup accelerator is; it is a kind of a program that is built to foster rapid growth of its portfolio companies. It’s a man-made perfect storm of mentorship, access to technology, office space and an innovative community, packed into a short time frame. Essentially, the function of an accelerator is to turn the art of starting a company into a program that can be repeated, churning out valuable companies as if on an assembly line.
TiE Challenge is also designed to boost startups; and the energy they have to offer is the energy developed by a lot of serial entrepreneurs that are willing to give back to the entrepreneurial community. Looking back I think it was a good decision to try TiE Challenge. Luckily, we were one of the winners of 2013 TiE Challenge. There are quite a lot of accelerators around but TiE Challenge is one of the few accelerators that are started by seasoned entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs.
We met quite a lot of smart people after we joined this accelerator. We also have a few mentors that we got through this program and they are still helping us.
We got graduated from this program and 2014 program is about to start. If you are a startup looking to accelerate your growth; mainly don’t want to make expensive mistakes and learn from others then you need to give this accelerator a shot. You can apply here.
Here is a quick list of what I thought about this accelerator:
- The accelerator is started by seasoned entrepreneurs, so the advice you get is very rich and appropriate.
- They do not take any equity from the company. Their mission is to foster entrepreneurship.
- Though this particular program is based in Boston, the TiE network is very big (63 chapters worldwide), so your reach is going to increase many fold.
- They also have a strong Angel group and it is easier for TiE Challenge companies to pitch to that group.
Entrepreneurship is a journey. I would rather have this journey with experienced people around me; who are ready to spend time with me and know what that journey means.
Meet Minnie Gupta, the mind and soul behind The Lady 8 home and VocalBee’s first guest blogger. Minnie is a full time mom, homemaker, blogger,writer and event manager. Her blog has more than 20K followers. Here is her review of Teddie Peanut butter, one of the clients of VocalBee. Hope you enjoy it!
The original blog can be seen at Teddie Peanut butter – a review .
Teddie Peanut butter – a review
Most of you who have been following my blog know that I don’t dig peanut butter. So when a friend approached me to review a jar of peanut butter, I was obviously a bit hesitant. Good thing is my older one can survive on this thing, so I knew it would not go unappreciated.
This friend of mine has launched a visual platform called ‘VocalBee‘. It’s an extremely interesting medium where anyone can click pictures and upload them through the VocalBee app. These pictures are then processed by the brands that they represent, and if the companies accept those pictures, the uploader gets rewarded with charity/cash prize/coupons/ deals etc. For example, if you upload a picture of a product you love on VocalBee app, the company can accept the picture in their portfolio and you might be rewarded. The association can also be done using Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. This is not a promotional post, I really am plugging it because it’s a great platform.
Vocal Bee is also has another great program that they are currently developing – it’s called Photo Memorability. It processes a photograph and records its memorability quotient – which is how memorable the picture is and what is its retention power in people’s memory. Can you think of a picture that you remember more than the others, though it might not have been the best clicked picture even?
Teddie Peanut butter company is one of their first clients that they are working with, and my friend wanted me to give their product a try. So coming back to the peanut butter, I called in my son to become the taster and give his opinion.
He promptly declared that it is one of the best he has had.
I gave it a thought, and I knew it would not be fair to write about a product without tasting it. Much as I dislike it, I picked up a spoon. I was also curious to know the difference between our regular jar of peanut butter and Teddie Peanut butter.
I dipped a spoon in and I really liked it. Going by my dislike of peanut butter, trust me, that’s huge. I REALLY liked it. Specially with some savory chips that I had on hand. It worked as a perfect dip!
My husband and I even had it on bread and could actually get it down the throat without gagging.
I am really glad to have at least one peanut butter that I can eat. I won’t say I am a convert, not exactly, but I do like the organic version of this peanut butter. I got one that has flax seeds. It’s more granular and I like that one too.
I wanted to make something out of it, something savory, considering how well it paired with the ‘chakri’ (a spicy Indian snack, store bought). However, the last few days have been utter madness. I started on a new job, and with the advent of spring, the evening schedules have gone haywire as the sports season start. So excuses aside, I decided to make some peanut butter banana shake.
My sons love milkshakes. That is their normal breakfast, along with an egg. I try to bring in a variety, but had never tried it with peanut butter.
The shake turned out so good that even my younger one who abhors peanut butter had it (though he is not a convert either, not yet). My older one asked for more, and had some after coming back from school.
- 1 full glass chilled milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 2 tbsp All Natural peanut butter (I used Organic Teddie Peanut Butter)
- Put all three in a blender and blend till smooth.
- Serve cold.