Founders Network: News For The Week Of February 18

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Kevin Holmes

Check out Founders Network members making headlines in this week’s member news roundup. Founders Network offers peer mentorship for over 300 tech startup founders. To learn more about FN, please visit

Ioannis Verdelis, SyntelliaBig news from founder Ioannis Verdelis.  If you’re a fan of the Flesky predictive touch keyboard by Syntellia, you’ll love this news for those who are crazy about iOS.  This week, it was announced that the app is now absolutely free. Not only that, but it will be free forever!  They like to say that this app gives you the best keyboard you’ve ever used.  We’d have to agree.

Richard White, Co-founder and the CEO of UserVoiceRichard White, CEO of UserVoice announced some new changes in their services which will result in a more user-friendly experience this week. These changes involve some adjustments in their pricing structure as well as the availability of UserVoice Feedback and Uservoice Helpdesk.  These features will give back about $250,000 annually to their customers.  A few of the clients who rely on UserVoice services include Microsoft and Zynga. In short, the Help Desk experience just got better.

James Tamplin, Founder FirebaseFor those looking for a better and faster way to build apps, they’ll want to check out Firebase.  Founder James Tamplin has announced that their Beta is now open to all developers.  That means everyone who wants to check it out is invited to view their five-minute tutorial and take a crack at app-building, the easy way.  In just a few minutes, you’ll have an app that you’ll love.

Mat Ellis, Founder and CEO of CloudabilityEarlier this month, Mat Ellis, founder of Cloudability got some excellent exposure when he was able to share his expertise in the Wall Street Journal.  His article, “How Could The Valley Be Any Better?” discusses how the Cloud has revitalized marketing, offering new opportunities for start-ups in Silicon Valley, as well as the world.

Marcus Nelson of Addvocate This week Marcus Nelson of Addvocate announced that he’s looking to add to their team, and they’re now hiring.  Addvocate helps businesses give the social voices of their employees a platform, while it also helps them track those voices and further build a sense of community for their companies.

Michael Meinhardt, Founder CloudwordsWe were excited to celebrate the second birthday of Cloudwords right along with founder, Michael Meinhardt, and the rest of the Cloudwords staff.  Since its beginning in 2010, Cloudwords has strived to deliver the best in translation management to businesses.

David Cheng, Founder and CEO of VendorStackDavid Cheng, the founder of Vendorstack, has announced the launching and funding of the app’s open beta this week.  Vendorstack is a valuable resource for vendors in helping them reach their customers, while continuing to help enterprise consumers find new vendors.

Vincent Turner, Founder, PlanwisePlanwise founder, Vincent Turner announced this week that Planwise, a company that launched their financial planning app in 2011, was accepted into the next Yodlee incubator program.  Vincent is hoping to be able to give added support to users outside of the United States, which fits right in with his ambitious goals.

AbelCuskellyGreat news for all of you sports fans out there, Abel Cuskelly and Evan Owens of Pogoseat announced this week that they’ve added two new clients to their roster: the Golden State Warriors and the Detroit Pistons. Pogoseat offers fans the ability to upgrade their seats at sporting events while offering teams the benefit of added fan engagement.

The original version of this post was created by the writers at fnMember Scott Yates’ startup, BlogMutt.

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