March 18-20, 2013 | Westin Copley Place | Boston, MA
Leading in Local - Boston - March 18-20, 2013

Future Stars Gallery

Future Stars

Introducing the “selected” LEADING IN LOCAL Future Stars - early stage start-ups that are busy developing what they hope will be the next big thing in interactive local media. Please meet them at the show and vote for your favorite “star.”


bizHive is an intelligent online marketplace for Small Business to learn about, shop & buy "best fit" resources to do the jobs of smart marketing.
Founders: Dave Walker, Derick Thompson

Connected Commerce

Connected Commerce is a marketing engine that enables merchants to attract, interact, and retain their customer base through the distribution of coupons/deals, social media management, and a customized loyalty rewards program.
Founders: Chad MacDonald, Brian Mehnert


CraveLabs has built the industry's first real-time, socially-powered advertising unit. Built on top of the Facebook Open Graph, our platform can instantaneously create display ads in multiple formats, linked to continuously updated responsive mobile/tablet landing pages.
Founders: Jeffrey Peden, Jeff Christoforetti


GoLocal24 is the leading local digital news and information model – now with platforms in two New England cities Providence, RI and Worcester, MA. Our infrastructure, applications, and innovation are powering local digital audiences and revenue growth. Our advertisers are some of the most respected brands. The GoLocal platform makes digital content personal, social, and credible. GoLocal has grown more than 400% year over year in pageviews and unique visitors. The journalism produced by GoLocal’s reports has been picked up by The New York Times, Politico, ESPN, NBC Sports, CBS News, and Associated Press, to name but a few.
Founders: Josh Fenton, Paul Krasinski


Goodzer is the leader in local, mobile content search and discovery for merchants, consumers, publishers and developers. With over 2 billion products from over 500,000 local and national merchants, Goodzer's patent-pending platform provides a rich, accurate local product search through its website and mobile app.
Founders: Dmitry Pakhomkin, Artem Zarutskiy


LocalBlox is the first highly-scaled neighborhood platform that combines high volume, high value content aggregation, curation, real-time augmentation, update, mapping and crowdsourcing with neighbors and business profile claiming to create a vibrant, interconnected social, local, mobile marketplace of content and ads. Self-serve profile claiming and campaign creation features for local businesses. The LocalBlox platform is currently live in 112,000 neighborhoods with millions of pieces of local content and 23 million comprehensive business profiles.
Founders: Sabira Arefin, Ashfaq Rahman

Maple Farm Media

Maple Farm Media is a Local Store Marketing platform that uses cross-channel digital media (display, social, email, mobile, search, site) to attribute actual sales and foot-traffic into local stores from digital media.
Founders: Brian Costello, Mark Bees


MeetSOCI delivers an All-In-One platform to easily build, promote and track lead-generating social media campaigns and promotions across popular social networks, including Facebook and Twitter. The days of logging in and out of numerous accounts and paying exorbitant fees to different sites is over. From one site, and for one low price, MeetSOCI enables you to easily CREATE dozens of engaging campaigns and promotional materials (from cover images and welcome pages to sweepstakes, refer-a-friend programs, viral coupons and more), PROMOTE your brand and campaigns with a message scheduler (that also recommends top performing messages and best times to post), and ANALYZE the success of your campaigns, including tracking your fans, conversations, leads, views, etc. And if you need help, MeetSOCI offers an Assist program to help businesses manage their social profiles.
Founder: Afif Khoury


Perka is the mobile loyalty app that’s as fast and familiar as an old-fashioned paper punch card, powering mobile marketing and customer loyalty programs for all types of businesses, with versatile offers and customer contact tools that work on any mobile phone. Perka operates an enterprise-class platform combining a cloud-hosted retail information system, program manager dashboards and several location based mobile apps. Purchase amounts are verified at point of sale and web tools illustrate merchants’ store activity, summarize customer behavior and report transaction details.
Founders: Alan Chung, Robert Bethge, Robert Coury

Pricing Engine

Pricing Engine helps SMBs benchmark, optimize and expand their search marketing and digital advertising, so they can get more sales and leads. Our proprietary Report Card grades users’ performance across key areas of search marketing against their peers, and our customized expert system recommendations tell them how to improve to an “A” grade – and what it’s worth to them in sales or lead value. Pricing Engine partners with local media (like newspapers) and leading digital media companies serving SMBs to provide its service as a profit center to partners on a white label basis.
Founders: Jeremy Kagan, Yagmur Coker


Earn rewards for shopping with Punchcard. Works at over 15m locations nationwide. Each transaction you make at any retail location is an opportunity for you to use Punchcard. Simply take a picture of your receipt, and get a chance to play our Punch, Spin and Win game, where you can win one of 500 PRIZES GIVEN AWAY DAILY. Prizes range from free music downloads to iPad Mini's to coffee makers, iPods, Cuisinart Juicers, and many more.
Founder: Andy Steuer


Qlika develops multi-channel automated marketing platforms for directory publishers / local agencies, enabling one marketing expert to setup, maintain and optimize campaigns for a few hundreds to thousands of SMBs. We automate advertising on Google and Social networks (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
Founders: Omri Morgenshtern, Ittai Chorev, Idan Zaltzberg


Stik is bringing authentic consumer reviews to the local professional services market. Stik helps local professionals build their business and reputation, and helps consumers find trusted local professionals recommended by their friends. Because all reviews are connected to Facebook, every piece of content is genuine - no anonymous reviews, no phony recommendations. With over 2.5MM recommendations and reviews, is the leader for online mortgage, insurance, real estate and home services reviews.
Founders: Jay Gierak, Nathan Labenz


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