ID.me The Company
DC loves a good tech story and there’s no better story than ID.me, formerly Troop ID, formerly known as TroopSwap. Look you’ve got Blake Hall, a decorated Airborne Ranger and Iraq war veteran, not to mention a Harvard MBA who’s company is purpose built to help Veterans.
Troop Swap first started around the vision of offering active duty and veteran service members Groupon and Living Social-like daily deals. When the Daily Deal market started melting down, Troop Swap’s anemic revenue traction allowed them to quickly pivot to a new model. Today, according to the web site:
Troop ID is a Single Sign On that enables brands to authenticate military affiliation in real time. Our authentication engine allows brands to reach the military community in order to provide a set of defined benefits without fear of fraud. We have designed our application with the goal of serving as a platform to allow third parties to market directly to the most powerful affinity group in the world.
The company receives tons of Kudos as does CEO Blake Hall. Blake’s a frequent speaker, mentor and founding board member of K Street Capital. ID.me is competing with 100 other finalists for a Wall Street Journal, startup of the year. I listed TroopSwap...
The quality of startups seeking funding in 2011 was very high. Strong companies, strong teams and lots of them. Of the companies that I saw, and liked and for one reason or another did not invest, here are 5 of my favorites for the year. (UPDATED Status as of Dec 2017)
Villagize - is a social network for local neighborhoods and communities. Villagize helps you discover and interact with the people who live on your street, in your neighborhood, and in your local community groups, such as your church or your school. It's a hyper-local Facebook that will blur the lines between the real and cyber worlds. Villagize has the potential to change the way we think of social networks and bring neighborhoods together.
Founded by former AOL, Silvan Learning, and Koofers Executive, Gio Hunt, Villagize is still in its early stages and I predict will make an impact in 2012. (Stick a fork in this dog...