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).
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:
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: