Disruption of a $10B industry

“If you travelled by air for the wonderful holiday weekend, you might have been faced with the hell that is the typical airport car rental experience. There are the lines, the hassles, the constant upsells, confusion around cost of gas and insurance, and about 15 pages of paper that you have to sign before being able to pick out your car and leave the lot… Airport car rentals are a big business — more than $10 billion a year, by some estimates — but the experience is pretty bad all around. Which means it’s time for disruption!”. Read more on TechCrunch.

Plan Your Trip Online & Sync To Your iPhone with Roadtrippers App

If you planned on taking a road trip to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, and you’re not reading this on your smartphone or tablet on the road, sucks to be you – AAA is forecasting that approximately 43.6 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving holiday weekend. So you can imagine the ridiculously congested highways you’re about to face.

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Brandery Hosts Student Workshop On Startup Life

This past Saturday, 25 students from Miami University’s Entrepreneurship and Interactive Media Studies programs spent the day at The Brandery learning what it means to be successful in startup life.

Highlights of the day included:

  • Introduction by Altman Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship Mark Lacker

    • How interns can add value in the startup world
  • Skype conference with Miami Alum and Entrepreneur Sam McBride of SafeMart Home Security Systems in Chicago

    • “Figure-it-out” mentality
    • Google keyword search tool challenge
  • Lunch with Venture-for-America Fellows

    • Challenges and Experiences of working in the startup world
  • “Nerd Whisperers” with Julian Miller and Matt Duch of Ontract

    • How to communicate within a team of techies and non-techies
  • Words of Wisdom from Hunter Hammonds of Impulcity

    • Do more faster
    • Get used to the feeling of failure

      • …and try again
  • From the VC’s point of View with Rahul Bawa of CincyTech

    • Stages of startup
    • What investors look for

      • Meeting milestones
  • Wrap-up: How to balance startup life

    • Importance of prioritization
    • Dept. of Justice Inbox Overflow challenge on dealing with overwhelming amounts of work/change/uncertainty under a deadline

Mary Dieglio, a junior at Miami and current intern at The Brandery said:

“It was especially cool to hear from Julian, Matt, and Hunter.  A lot of what has made these guys successful wasn’t sitting in a classroom but figuring things out themselves by doing, failing, and trying again.”

Jessica Reading, Assistant Director at Miami’s Page Center for Entrepreneurship, said:

“Holding the workshop at the Brandery connected students to the feeling of beingin an entrepreneurial environment, the best classroom setting we could have asked for. Our hope is to continue preparing students for real-world experience by working with those successful in the field already.“

It is amazing to see a group of young, talented, bright people willing to spend their Saturday investing in their futures.  The Brandery is committed to working with local universities to foster the growth and innovation in Cincinnati.

Customize your car trips with Roadtrippers app

No offense to Frommer’s, Fodor’s and AAA but when it comes to planning a road trip, nobody knows what you’re interested in as well as you do. That’s the premise behind Roadtrippers, a new iPhone app designed to provide a more personalized approach to travel planning.

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Roadtrippers: Plan Your Next Cross-Country Trek

Back before smartphones came along and made our lives easier, when we hit the open road we had to—hahahahaha—print out directions. Sometimes, if you can believe it, we used physical maps made of paper. Now that epic road trip you take is even easier to plan and execute with Roadtripper’s iPhone app.

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IEEE hosts Hackathon

What is IEEE? The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers is the world’s leading resource for technical innovation and professional networking in the fields of electrical engineering, electronics, and computing. University of Cincinnati has a student run, IEEE branch on it’s campus.

What is a hackathon?An event in which computer programmers and others in the field of software development, like graphic designers, interface designers, project managers and computational philologists collaborate on software projects. Rob Rieman, UC IEEE President, hosted a Hackathon at The Brandery on Friday, November 2nd with a great turnout of college students. We are excited to host these events and provide a new venue for these students to collaborate between themselves and immerse in the broader startup community. Hackathons are a great way to grow the tech base in Cincinnati and to expose the tech talent already existing in our city. Here’s what some of the students had to say:

What better way to blow off steam from a hard week of graduate work and club activities than to go to an off campus networking event with tech savy individuals. Got me off campus, got to enjoy some good food, drink, friends, and network with some amazing individuals. Also a more relaxed environment to pitch yourself for possible future employment. No way you can build these kinds of relationships at a career fair or general networking event.” –Jon Lockhart, PhD Candidate – EE Systems.

I was able to get a little bit of my homework done with the help of the developers. A lot of things you learn in school are applied in the real world.” – Adam Wilford, Computer Engineering Student.