This Confetti Life – Will and I rarely rent a car while on vacation–we are far more likely to fly into a destination and then rely on public transport–but on our recent visit to the South, we decided that a rental was the way to go. As soon as we had a car reserved, I decided that we were going to do roadtripping right.

Enter: Roadtrippers.

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General Assembly in Cincinnati!

General Assembly

We are pleased to announce that we have been selected as General Assembly’s exclusive Viewing Partner in Cincinnati. As part of the program, we will be offering the community a certain number of online videos every month! We will congregate in The Brandery to watch the screenings of the classes, discuss the materials, and brainstorm ways in which we can all use the information in our day-to-day lives.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with General Assembly, General Assembly is a network of campuses that empower individuals through education in technology, business, and design. We are very excited to offer you their educational content and hope that the videos introduce you to things you wish you knew and help you hone things you need to brush up on.

Some of the topics we plan to cover include:

1. How to Teach Yourself to Code


“If you have a great idea but lack the technical know-how to bring it to fruition, this is the class for you. Demand for freelance developers is skyrocketing and you can get in on the action by learning how to code prototypes in just a few weeks. In this class, Mattan will show you how he built his first fully-functional app with less than one month of coding experience. You’ll learn what key resources you need to know, the best methods for learning coding quickly, and emphasize how to make the entire process fun and enjoyable.”

2. Introduction to Web Design

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“In this class we’ll tackle some development principles to get you on the right path. Learn how to craft professional looking web layouts and designs with HTML + CSS. Get your first site up and running in no time and start your journey to becoming a web development pro. Download these code samples to follow along.”

3. Getting Started with Facebook Advertising


“Facebook has nearly one billion users. With an audience that large, there is an amazing opportunity to scale your business using the Facebook platform. This class is designed for everyone from startups to big brands that want to achieve better results from their Facebook marketing efforts.”

4.  Monetizing Your App


“So you’ve got an idea for an app? Awesome! But how are you going to turn this puppy into a real business? There are options galore: charging for it, selling virtual goods, or everyone’s guilty pleasure, running ads

What will be your strategy? Learn the tricks and trades of various mobile monetization strategies and put yourself in a position to grab your share of this rapidly growing $2B dollar market.”


The dates/times for our classes will be coming out in the next week or so. Check back on our blog and facebook page for more information.


Brandery Partners with UC Law School


The Brandery is excited to announce a new partnership with the University of Cincinnati Law School. The partnership, coined the “Brandery Fellowship Program,” will place four rising UC 3L’s at the Brandery where they will provide Brandery startups with key legal services. The students will be supervised by Professor Lewis Goldfard (Director of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at UC) and lawyers from the Taft Law firm.

The students will provide services that include entity selection and formation, preparation of operating agreements and IP assignments, and help address other legal issues as they arise. In addition, the students will be allowed to attend the Brandery classes that address the many facets of starting a company (ie. marketing, branding, raising capital, business models, etc.)

We are really excited about this new partnership and hope both the students and the startups will significantly benefit from the experience working with one another. Thank you to the key players who helped put this together: Director of the Entrepreneurship and Law CLinic, Professor Lewis Goldfarb; UC Law Dean, Lou Bilionis; and Taft Lawyer/Brandery Co-founder, Rob Mcdonald.

Findlay Market

Findlay Market is centered around supporting small business, creating authentic experiences, supporting diversity, and revitalizing a community that has so much potential.

Since it’s conception years ago, Findlay Market has been it a hit. Now, with it’s new leadership, the entrepreneurial energy in Cincinnati and a trajectory of change for the Over-The-Rhine area, the market is only going to get cooler. Joe Hansbauer, the newly appointed President and CEO of Findlay Market, mentioned in an interview with Soapbox media that they are developing programming around the market to 1) draw community members to the physical market space and 2) to bring the market to the people of Cincinnati.

Findlay is nested in a area ripe for development. Many of the surrounding buildings lie vacant or dilapidated. As more and more people venture into the city center to experience the cultural vibrancy of Findlay Market, the area will change. And we can’t wait!

Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions. The Market is located just blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, a dense historic neighborhood rich in 19th century architecture. Open Tuesday through Sunday, Findlay Market is home year-around to about two dozen indoor merchants selling meat, fish, poultry, produce, flowers, cheese, deli, and ethnic foods. On Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from April to November the Market also hosts a thriving farmers market, dozens of outdoor vendors, numerous street performers, and lots of special events.” – Findlay Market website

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more! 

Check out  more info on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or get hours/event details on their website.


Te'o needs REPP

Online identity fraud is a PROBLEM.

A problem made exquisitely clear with the Manti Te’O hoax that has been parading around the news for the past few days.

The truth is: Online identity fraud is commonplace. It is 1) a problem for people online dating; 2) a problem for people engaging in peer-to-peer, ecommerce platforms; 3) a problem for anyone traveling via sites like Airbnb or Couchsurfing. With increasing numbers people developing relationships over the internet, there needs to be a way to increase security and transparency.

REPP is a solution.

The platform allows users to create a profile that includes a background check, photo verification, and social media listing, so that people can have confidence their interactions are truthful and they are not putting themselves into a dangerous situation by meeting someone in person.

Sign up for their Beta now.

OffTrack Planet Magazine

Did you know that OffTrack planet releases an online magazine every Tuesday?

Why you should check out OTP

If it sparks your interest, check out their online publication and see how their suggestions can fit into your future travel plans.


About OffTrack planet 

Off Track Planet is a digital-based travel brand for independent travelers. Originating as a blog in 2009, OTP has since reached over 2 million readers worldwide with four print magazine editions distributed at over 300 Barnes & Nobles across the U.S.. In 2013, Off Track Planet will launch a new travel discovery platform and release their first international book publication. Any questions or comments, send an email to contact@offtrackplanet.com

Photo Credit: Belle and Blanc Photography (Cincy Chic)

FlightCar, SocStock, and Impulcity Updates

More updates from our 2012 graduates! Below are some post-demo-day-developments from FlightCar, SocStock and Impulcity.

FlightCar (Co-founders Kevin Petrovic, Rujul Zaparde and Shri Ganeshram) relocated to San Francisco after Demo Day. Their site will be live on February 1st and their first site will be located at San Francisco International Airport (SFO). Later this week, they team will begin allowing people to list/rent cars on their platform. If you’re traveling to/from San Francisco soon, check out this awesome opportunity to save yourself some money.

SocStock (Founder Jay Finch) launched their online platform to a solid crowd at the Know Theater in Cincinnati. They generated a significant amount of excitement on both the small business and consumer ends. Over $50,000 in Socstock has been offered to the community to date.

Impulcity (co-founders Hunter Hammonds and Austin Cameron) are gearing up for their public launch. After raising a seed round shortly after demo day and completing a successful beta run, the team rebuilt their app to be faster and simpler. Impulcity will launch their own local event series, starting in Cincinnati, to promote their app and create awesome events. Check in for updates on their event series developments!

Founder: Charlie Key

Modulus provides companies a place to host, scale, and gain insight into their web-based applications. Their mission is to help developers spend less time on tasks they don’t want to do and more time on building powerful products.


Charlie Key, CEO and Co-Founder, Modulus


Charlie Key grew up in Harrison, a city on the west side of Cincinnati. A computer engineering major at Role-Hulman University, Charlie went directly into consulting at Sogeti LLC upon graduation. After a few years of consulting, he took a permanent position working for a Cincinnati-based digital agency called Hyperquake. It was at Hyperquake that he met his Moudulus co-founder, Brandon Cannaday.

In the team’s first project together, they created a company called Paranoid Ferret Productions, where they built web and mobile applications. Their most successful project was “Switch On The Code,” a programming and development tutorial blog that sold in December 2012.

Then came the inspiration.

“One of our projects through Paranoid Ferret Productions was to build a platform for hosting and scaling web games. When we entered the Brandery program with this iteration of Modulus in mind, we continued to build out technology and realized the platform could help more applications than just games. So, we shifted our focus to all Node.js applications and kept the same name.”

The Modulus team has built their core technology and their numbers are increasing daily on their public Beta site. Right now, Modulus is free, but they plan to launch paid plans at the end of February.

For Charlie, the high point of building Modulus has been “the ability to see real applications run on the platform and get great, positive feedback from users.”


Want to learn more?

Visit the Modulus website OR attend Charlie’s class on “”http://branderytechtools.eventbrite.com/“>Choosing the Right Technology for Your Company,” at The Brandery on Monday, Jauary 7th.

January Classes/Events

All classes are hosted at The Brandery, 1411 Vine Street from 5:30pm-7:00 pm

January 7: Technology for your company: Choosing the right tool for the job

Charlie Key, Modulus                                                              Register for Technology


January 14th: Top 10 legal mistakes that kill companies                               

Rob Mcdonald, Taft Law                                                                Register for Law


January 22nd: Nerd Whisperer: How to speak intelligently about your vision to developers

Matt Duch, Learnmetrics                                                          Register for Nerd Speak


January 23rd: How to get Startup Famous, a Cautionary Tale

Julian Miller, Learnmetrics                                                   Register for Startup Famous


Startup Grind is hosted at The Brandery, 1411 Vine Street, from 6pm-9pm

January 10th Event will feature: Tarek Kamil, WhatIfSports.com

Meetup Page        Reserve your ticket now

Startup Grind Agenda

6-7pm: Pizza/Beer/Networking

7-8pm: Q&A with guest

8-9pm: Questions and Networking