The FireStarter Fund (www.FireStarterFund.com) is a venture fund focused on early-stage digital technology investments. The fund is financially backed and managed by founders and CEO's of some of Chicago's most successful digital businesses. Click here to see a list of the members. This combination of capital and mentorship from proven digital executives, is a powerful combination for young entrepreneurs to successfully grow their businesses. Red Rocket can be a conduit to entrepreneurs seeking capital from FireStarter Fund, which makes first investments in the $50K to $250K range. Portfolio companies include Retrofit, UpCity, Kapow Events, Hireology, GiveForward, Cartavi, ShiftGig and Pangea.
StyleSeek (www.StyleSeek.com) is a men's fashion discovery and e-commerce platform. After a 30 second gamelike survey on your favorite movies, book, magazines, cars, hotels, travel destinations and clothing brands, the company's algorithms generate fashion recommendations it thinks you will like. Then, as you "like" various products and brands, it continues to fine tune your "Style DNA". The site aggregates a mix of fashion articles from 100's of bloggers, specific fashion brand/product recommendations and related e-commerce opportunities for purchasing such items.
MediaRecall (www.MediaRecall.com) is a digital video services and technology business anchored by a 2,000 person distributed media workforce and related technologies. Red Rocket identified that MediaRecall was a “right time, right place” story as major film studios, television networks and cable companies were racing to get their historical content digitized for new found revenues online. Red Rocket took a minority stake in MediaRecall in January 2009, negotiated a strategic relationship between MediaRecall and Getty Images in May 2009 and negotiated the sale of MediaRecall to Deluxe ($1BN revenue business) in February 2010.