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August 31, 2006 at 10:46 AM

5-minute speed investing

No wonder the list of participants is so long for the inaugural ZINO Zillionaire Investment Forum — the company that gives the most compelling 5-minute presentation will walk out with $100,000.

Sounds like a good return for such a small amount of time invested.

Here’s how it works:

20 investors from the ZINO Society, a Seattle angel investment group, have pooled together $100,000. They’ve invited 28 local early-stage companies to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel on Sept. 18.

After the companies make their 5-minute presentations, Zino will choose four finalists. Those companies will then have an additional 10 minutes of presentation time. The best will be awarded the $100,000.

Here’s the list of companies participating:

Blue Lake Publishing


Judy MacDonald Johnston, CEO

Blue Lake Children’s Publishing is a publisher of innovative, character-based magazines for children ages 2-12 years old.



Sam Reich-Dagnen

Braincandy creates award-winning developmental DVDs, CDs, books & toys designed to help very young children think critically, creatively & independently.

Carousel Information Management Solutions


Janis Machala, CEO

Provides easy-to-use, safe and secure computing/Internet capabilities for active seniors and their families.

Cascadia Labs


John Clyman, Robert P. Lipschutz, John David Patton (the 3 founders)

Proactively identify web sites contaminated with malware and malicious behavior

CG Therapeutics


Jonathan A. Green, CEO

A new immunotherapy to treat cancer effectively with very few side effects

Charter Bus America


Dylan Peterson, CEO

Charter bus booking system that provides online quotes in seconds for charter bus customers such as churches, high school and college organizations, businesses, wedding planners, and individuals.

Chelsey Henry


Chelsey Owen, CEO

Chelsey Henry designs, manufactures, and markets multi-functional, stylish totes and handbags with brand appeal that retail under $250. Designed by on-the-go women, the CH collection is stylish and functional, well thought out with pockets and practical features to simplify a busy woman’s life.



Todd Humphrey, CEO

CleverSet provides personalized product recommendations that are based on each customer’s current and predicted online shopping behavior.

Document Command


Ron Wiener, CEO

We automate the processing of postal mail, converting it into electronic documents for customers, which span business, government, military, residential and national post offices.



Joe Verschueren, CEO

Enables information workers to create, deploy and manage data applications to their wireless devices.

Global Wonder


Cindy Ball

A premier digital entertainment company, specializing in the development of experiences that combine stories, games, rich media, user-created content, commerce and social communities.



Matthew Moore, CEO

Hestia provides mobile solutions, sold as a service, for small and medium-sized service businesses that automates the entire business process connecting the mobile field worker to the central office.



John Larsen, CEO is an established web-based video storage, editing, and sharing service, with over 2 million clips archived for over 100,000 users.

Incident Tactics


John Mitchell

Creates online simulations for police, fire, education & corporate business continuity departments depicting large-scale natural or terrorists disasters.

iSold It on eBay


Kenneth E. Byrne, President/CEO

Sell business and consumer products through multiple online auction and fixed-price marketplaces using retail storefronts and warehouses as market-entry and production facilities.

Motion Research


Dominic Dobson, CEO

Commercial and industrial wireless human I/O display



Glenn Bertini, CEO

Repair & rejuvenation of cable.

Overcast Media


Richard Stoakley

Overcast media is the first company to allow anyone to create DVD-style commentary for television shows and distribute them over the web.


Gig Harbor

Todd Ostrander, CEO

The company delivers a hosted, centrally managed platform that dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of provisioning, tracking, supporting, and maintaining the growing number of mobile devices and data assets throughout the entire mobile device value chain.



Alex Castro, CEO

Pluggd aims to help consumers discover Internet Radio and TV programming (e.g. videocasts, podcasts, etc.) that will inform them, delight them, and enrich their lives.



Martin Hedley, CEO

We license unique and patented non-destructive testing applications that determine material integrity before a crack occurs.

Pure Home


Teresa Tullio, CEO

PURE HOME is a color design and architectural paint store utilizing a new designer created color system.

Red Llama


Peter Gruenbaum, CEO

Red Llama is a training software company dedicated to providing the premier method for disseminating expertise on medical procedures and other complex processes.



Bill Messing, CEO

RIPL distributes user-generated content (e.g., photos, music, video) dynamically based on the user’s relationships and interests.

Sensa Networks


Doug Melby, CEO

We’re a technology company that provides food industry leaders including Tyson, Sara Lee and FSA with a more collaborative and systematic way to sell their products.


Mercer Island

Jeff Coon, CEO

Suhari is a mobile marketing technology company which enables advertisers to reach their target customers via mobile websites and applications.

Theo Chocolate


Joseph Whinney – CEO

Theo Chocolate makes high-end, specialty, organic and fair trade chocolate from bean to bar.



Clay Loges, CEO

Yodio is developing proprietary sound processing technologies that make it easy for most anyone from anywhere to record, package, and publish personalized audio content such as narrated slide shows.

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