Unanchor Cat Crews at HelpFest

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Travel planning, psychotherapy and furniture buying are all made simpler and potentially cheaper thanks to a trio of local startups that pitched in recent weeks at American Underground's HelpFest (and appear in the videos below). 

Unanchor is a publisher of online travel guides and itineraries created by locals in cities around the world, and they're as specific as targeting vegetarians traveling to Los Angeles or James Bond fans hitting up London for the first time. Co-founder Cat Crews shared the company's story, and gave a demo of a typical guide on the site. 

New to the Triangle, former hospital administrator Michael Levy talked about his two jobs: running a newly-launched website called ShrinkYourself that digitizes counseling or therapy sessions (using machine learning and other technologies) and his research and work as UNC Healthcare's entrepreneur-in-residence for digital health. He's working on another new company that could better commercialize the work happening in academia and connect innovators with digital health entrepreneurs.

Here's a short YouTube video about ShrinkYourself:
Credit: Michael Levy/ShrinkYourself
 
Finally, learn about the growth of Move Loot from its national director of operations Mike Althoff. He launched the used furniture marketplace's East Coast operations in the Triangle last year, and has since helped the venture-backed San Francisco company expand to six U.S. markets and divert 1400 tons of furniture from landfills or roadsides. 

All three videos are 15 minutes, including short presentations and Q&A from the audience gathered at American Underground. Check them out

Unanchor


Cat Crews is co-founder of Unanchor, a website that publishes online travel guides written by locals in destinations around the world. She demoed her site at a November 2015 American Underground HelpFest. Credit: Patrick Durham/ExitEvent

ShrinkYourself


Michael Levy, co-founder of ShrinkYourself and a new entrepreneur-in-residence for digital health at UNC Chapel Hill, shared with American Underground teams about his online psychotherapy platform called ShrinkYourself. Credit: Patrick Durham/ExitEvent

Move Loot

Mike Althoff, national director of operations of Move Loot and the local general manager, shared with American Underground teams an update on the used furniture marketplace that launched its East Coast operations in Durham last year. Credit: Patrick Durham/ExitEvent