Congrats To All The Winners and Thanks To Our Speakers at #REACHNeXT!

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We did it folks!  The 1st annual REACH NeXT event was a great success!  Before we get to the winners I wanted to give a big thanks to Christen da Costa of GadgetReview and Co-founder of REACH.  Also, another huge thanks to Gray Bright of The Tomorrow Show,  Cauri Jaye, Chris Dover, Rebecca McLauchlan of rhubarb studios and Cameron Kashani!  All the amazing that went down yesterday could not have happened without you :)

In addition, our wonderful sponsors who made all the magic in our minds and souls come alive for REACH NeXT.  We thank you!


Verizon, Monster Products, MerchLabsHIREDInstart Logic, Zeel, Shootly, Move LootMicrosoft, American Laser CompanyZirx, DoorDash, Drizly.

Without further adieu, I present to you the winners of the 1st annual REACH NeXT conference:


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Storygami is a SaaS tool that allows content creators and brands add overlays such as relevant context, social streams and call to action buttons to videos.

Health & Wellness:


Mahmee provides personalized, on-demand support for new mothers by connecting them to a network of highly trained postpartum care providers. We help with breastfeeding, pumping (going back to work), infant care, diet/nutrition, and emotional and physical wellness. We offer secure video chats, phone calls, and online advice and informative quizzes for women with infants 0-12 months old.



Rufus Labs

Rufus Labs is a wearable technology startup in Los Angeles with a heavy focus on building devices for the industrial sector (EMS, police, campus/event security, warehouse, etc). While we had our start on crowdfunding through consumer/early adopters – we have made a strong pivot to industrial/enterprise as we have seen huge interest. Recent alliances in both the emergency responder and warehouse space will allow us to deliver a best-in-class solution to help manage teams, workflow, and efficiency through our wide-screen, large battery, full OS, wearable.



Envoy Now

EnvoyNow is innovating in the on-demand food delivery space, targeting the underserved college market. By leveraging a student workforce, we deliver a another layer of access beyond where a GrubHub or Postmates driver can go, like the 3rd floor of the library or inside a lecture hall classroom.




Sensay is the most helpful person you’ve never met. Text Sensay what you need, connect and chat instantly with a helpful human. Anyone can be a Sensay and help others to earn tips. Sensay is the marketplace valuing human knowledge and life experience. Technology: Sensay is a human routing engine that makes anonymous peer-to-peer chat and transactions possible between strangers. The platform works across messengers, starting with the ubiquitous messenger that exists in 3.2Bn devices: SMS. Categories: mobile consumer, on-demand, chat

Best of REACH NeXT:

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Parlor is the first app to allow freelance stylists, barbers and makeup artists to set their own prices, manage their schedules and build their clientele by bringing their services directly to your home or any location you choose.

Bringing The Awesome! Making The Talks Amazing

REACH NeXT Thanks you!


Rob is the Chief Creative Officer of Sphero, the tech behind the Star Wars BB-8 droid!

  • Prior to Sphero, Rob was SVP of Global Creative at Disney Interactive, the digital entertainment and games segment of The Walt Disney Company.
  • Started Disney Interactive Labs
  • Co-founded DigiSynd, which was acquired by Disney in 2008.
  • DigiSynd manages Disney’s brand presence in the social media space.
  • Their distribution footprint consists of:
    • Over 400 million Page Likes on Facebook
    • Millions of followers on Twitter
    • Billions of video views on YouTube.

Mark Douglas, CEO of SteelHouse

  • Started at Oracle as one of its first employees.
  • Founded a series of successful startups resulting in IPOs and acquisitions.
  • Was the VP of Technology at eHarmony where he built personality-matching technology.
  • Built new technology for Rubicon Project as the VP of Engineering.

Elizabeth Yin, Partner & Startup Investor at 500 Startups

  • In HS: Programmed at other people’s startups during the dot com boom in Silicon Valley.
  • Early 20s: Studied EE and went to business school at age 23. Worked and lived abroad so that she could travel a lot.
  • Late 20s: Got serious about her career and worked on developer products at Google and her own side projects.
  • Early 30s: Got really serious about her career and started her company LaunchBit, an adtech platform for SaaS marketers. Sold it in 2014. She is now a partner at 500 Startups and runs the Mountain View accelerator.

Greg Mertz, Lead Advisor for Technology Initiatives at Warner Bros. Records

  • Greg has led Series A investments in tech-based enterprises
  • Created and oversees the Stanford Warner Music Leadership Initiative
  • Plays an Advisory role to multiple startup companies in the media space
  • Consulted with WMG, Island Def Jam and other major labels on a range of promotional initiatives, including recording projects, marketing, promotion, digital media, live performance and brand sponsorships.
  • Worked with top talent including Jason Derulo, Linkin Park, Jason Mraz, Cher, Lily Allen, Trey Songz, and Kaskade.
  • Founding member of President Obama’s Entertainment Advisory Council

Brandon Kleinman, Founder and Former CMO of Laurel & Wolf

  • Brandon got his professional start in the epicenter of story, Disney.
  • Brandon was one of the first to recognize and utilize social media throughout Disney’s parks and resort business.
  • He created stories for some of the best brands in the world as the digital strategy head of TBWA\Chiat\Day
  • Earned Cannes Golden Lion.

Efren Toscano

Efren Toscano founded TechZulu in the heart of Southern California: Orange County. Focused on providing a platform to showcase all that is happening here in the tech and media space. TechZulu is rapidly growing to be the hub for Southern California technology companies news source. Efren has been chosen as one of LA Weekly's People of 2009 and selected as a Top 20 MostPublic Individuals in Los Angeles in Tech and Biz by NowPublic. He divides his time between San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles and tech events around the US.

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