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Flybridge Capital Partners teams with talented entrepreneurs who are developing innovative products and services in the consumer technology sector. From e-commerce to online video, Web 2.0 to payments, mobile applications to mobile infrastructure, our primary focus is on companies developing unique technology to address the infrastructure needs of consumers.

AccountNow, Inc. merged with Ready Financial in June 2011.  AccountNow has rapidly grown its reloadable consumer prepaid debit card business, to more than $2 billion dollars in annual transaction volume, by offering features and benefits traditionally reserved for customers with banking relationships. Reloadable prepaid debit cards were created for the estimated 40 million unbanked and underbanked U.S. consumers, but the marketplace is evolving rapidly.  AccountNow’s customer direct deposit usage is one of the highest in the industry. The senior managers of AccountNow have decades of experience in commercial banking, consumer lending, payment processing and marketing banking products primarily with Bank of America and Providian Financial Services.

Blackwave Inc. creates intelligent storage and distribution systems designed specifically for Internet video. For content delivery networks and media and entertainment enterprises, the Blackwave 8100 family of systems significantly reduces the infrastructure costs associated with rich media distribution.

Acquired by Tesco in June 2011, BzzAgent, Inc. is an international word-of-mouth media network that helps companies to organize and manage honest, real-world conversations among everyday consumers. BzzAgent’s innovative process, platform and programs enable the acceleration and measurement of word of mouth as a marketing medium. BzzAgent’s clients generate awareness and shape perception about their products and services via the company’s growing community of approximately 400,000 trained consumer volunteers. Since 2006, BzzAgent participants spread honest word of mouth to more than 60 million friends and family members

 Carnival Labs is the leading mobile brand accelerator.

With its mobile intelligence and marketing platform, Carnival Labs makes it effortless for Fortune 500 companies to manage and grow their audience relationships, through mobile content and communication tools. As brands seek innovative technology to deliver more successful results on mobile, Carnival Labs has worked with over 100 companies including OREO, Coca-Cola, Time Warner and DreamWorks Animation.

Founded in 2008 by Guy Horrocks and Cody Bunea, Carnival Labs is based in New York City and New Zealand. Learn more at carnivallabs.com and follow us on Twitter @CarnivalLabs


 

Cartera Commerce is the leading provider of multi-channel loyalty shopping solutions that increase revenue, strengthen customer loyalty, and improve member engagement for a range of industries including financial services, card issuers, airline and hospitality, and loyalty programs. Featuring an integrated network of more than 800 world-class online and bricks-and-mortar merchants, Cartera Commerce's multi-channel shopping solutions and flexible, on-demand platform power personalized online and in-store shopping programs for more than 150 million consumers. Industry leaders including JPMorgan Chase, Delta, Best Buy, USAA, Upromise, and Verizon rely on Cartera Commerce to build loyal, profitable customer relationships.

 

Crispy Gamer Media, Inc. brings together the best independent videogame content and community sites for the discerning gamer. Owned and operated flagship properties Crispy Gamer, GamerDNA, 360Voice and TweetMyGaming provide premium editorial content and active videogame communities to anchor the alliance of over 70 sites. Crispy Gamer is one of the largest independent game media sites. Crispy’s unparalleled reviews, features and original video programming have established it as the leading source for serious, entertaining and enduring commentary on video games.

DataXu offers the first real-time ad optimization platform for advertisers. Unlike any other online advertising service, the DataXu platform values, bid manages, and buys ads on an impression-by-impression basis, across the ad exchanges operated by Google, Yahoo, and others. DataXu increases advertising ROI through automated, campaign-specific algorithms that process hundreds of thousands of ad decisions a second, each returned in under 100 milliseconds. This game-changing technology empowers advertisers to succeed in the new era of real-time bidding and data-driven decisioning. DataXu's executive team unites leading executives in digital media with MIT technologies.

Based in Boston and China, Dragon Innovation guides hardwareentrepreneurs at every stage of the product development cycle. Throughits proven process, Dragon Innovation gives entrepreneurs a clear pathforward to launch and scale their companies, so they can get their  products into their customers' hands. For more information, visit www.DragonInnovation.com.

Acquired by TeleNav in September 2011, Goby is a search engine focused in exploring new things to do with your free time, from taking a unique to vacation to creating this weekend's adventure.  Rather than hopping from site to site, trying to make sense of it all, you simple tell Goby what, where and when, and it surfaces the best results the Web has to offer, organized in a way that's easy to understand and use.  Goby is headquartered in Boston, MA.

Jingle Networks was acquired by Marchex in April 2011.  Jingle is the operator of the nation’s leading ad-supported directory assistance service 1-800-FREE411, has significantly changed the directory assistance market by giving consumers an anytime, anywhere source of free information on the phone. 1-800-FREE411 is for anyone who owns a phone and needs information but is dissatisfied with the high cost of directory assistance. Jingle Networks has changed the industry by creating an exciting new media channel through 1-800-FREE411. With more than 225 million annual calls, 1-800-FREE411 offers advertisers highly targeted and timely promotional opportunities to reach a large but targeted customer base who are ready-to-buy, garnering a response rate twice that of other direct response media.

lighterliving is a lifestyle brand founded by Marjolein Brugman, a renowned health and fitness authority who has identified that total wellness is the connection between healthy thought, a strong body and an open spirit. lighterliving provides women with the tools, products and information to better manage the life and body changes that come with age.  The company offers intelligent education, sound information, and efficacious and safe products crossing all categories from food to personal care. 

Madeira Madeira is a home Improvement/DIY ecommerce retailer In Brazil

MOBIVOX was acquired by SabSe in September 2009. The company made it possible to call family and friends around the world for free from ANY phone.

Acquired by HubSpot in September 2011.

Open English, based in Miami, is an on-line school created to reinvent the English learning experience.  Through live language instruction with native English speaking teachers and multi-media learning content, all provided over the internet, Open English empowers students on their customized path to English fluency.

Pitzi is a direct-to-consumer smartphone warranty service for consumers in Brazil
 
 

Plastiq (“PLA-stick”) makes payments possible, but we are not about payments. We are about payers – the people behind the payment. Yep – that’s you! Why do we care about you? (wow, doesn’t that sound nice?) Because, well, we know others don’t or can’t or at least pretend to but don’t really mean it. So we said “here’s a new, exciting option to pay for anything and everything “big” in your life – convenient, a la carte, fun, rewarding, and secure. But most of all, we’ve got some long term tricks up our sleeves. To us, the payer – you - represents a set of beliefs and values that we strive to understand and match over time. Plastiq seeks to make possible those connections to what you care about most - from education to travel, charity to church, music to the fine arts, or simply kicking back and enjoying that “free time” which, in today’s world, doesn’t always seem without cost.

Restorando is a provider of a free, online restaurant reservation system in Latin American. Founded in 2011 and headquartered in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the company currently serves restaurants and diners in 9 major cities in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.  For more information, please visit www.restorando.com or on Twitter: @restorandoarg, @restorandobra, @ restorandochile, @ restorandoco

SavingStar is the first national, fully digital, grocery eCoupon service, available for free at www.savingstar.com and on iPhone and Android mobile apps. There's nothing to clip, nothing to print.

Providing exclusive eCoupons redeemable at over 24,000 grocery and drug stores throughout the country, SavingStar’s eCoupons are linked to customers’ loyalty cards and offer a more convenient and eco-friendly way to save on groceries than paper coupons. SavingStar automatically adds the value of each eCoupon redeemed into users' SavingStar accounts, enabling them to pick their payout from cash to gift cards to charity donations.

Prior to founding SavingStar, CEO David Rochon and President Michael Libenson built the grocery segment for Upromise.com enabling eCoupons for its 13 million members who save for college. SavingStar’s founding team spun off from Upromise in 2010, and the company now also powers Upromise’s Grocery eCoupons.

SavingStar is based in Waltham, MA.

Founded in 2005, SimpleTuition offers the leading online student loan comparison site for personalized student and consolidation loan research. The Company is dedicated to helping students and parents make sense of education financing options. SimpleTuition offers an independent and interactive solution for researching and comparing over 100 private, PLUS, Stafford, GradPLUS, and Federal Consolidation loans from more than 50 lenders. The site has recently been featured on Kiplinger’s Best List as the best financial services website for student loans and as one of Fast Company’s Top 12 Web 2.0 sites. The company also holds awards for exceptional website development from the Interactive Media Council, the Web Marketing Association and the International Academy of Visual Arts.

Launched in 2005, Tremor Video (TRMR) is a digital video technology company that serves the complementary needs of the media community. Our SE2 technology offers advertisers massive reach and proven engagement with their marketing messages in 100% brand-safe environments, while our Acudeo income engine provides publishers easy access to multiple sources of revenue and the ability to manage and monetize every video impression. We continue to push the boundaries of ad formats by introducing new engagement triggers and in-stream innovations to enhance the viewer experience and maximize ad performance.


Tremor Video acquired in-stream video ad powerhouse ScanScout in November 2010. Integrating ScanScout’s unrivaled brand protection and optimization technologies into the Tremor Video portfolio enables us to provide the meaningful scale and accountability advertisers and publishers have long sought in digital video.
In addition, the Transpera mobile advertising network and platform was acquired in February 2011, rounding out Tremor Video’s robust suite of advertiser and publisher engagement opportunities.


  Its headquarters are located in New York City’s Flat Iron district, with offices throughout North America and Europe.

With a team of some of the world’s best data scientists from Google and lending experts from Capital One, ZestFinance analyzes thousands of potential credit variables – everything from financial information to technology usage – to better assess factors like the potential for fraud, the risk of default, and the viability of a long-term customer relationship.

Acquired by Dell  in August 2007.