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Proof Media Inc
Location: Manalapan, NJ
Proof is an online platform whereby verified participants, “voters” can stake monetary votes on whether online content (articles, tweets, etc.) are “mostly true” or “mostly false.”
The non-simple majority winner receives a portion of the minorities wager. The article is then given a result, (95% Mostly False).
The management team comes with more than 50+ years of combined experience in capital markets, finance, technology, and media. The team has held c-level positions and have managed startups and early-stage businesses where they have been directly responsible for growth and leadership.
Additionally, the management team has published articles and speaks regularly on many subjects including but not limited to media, information services, economics, finance, and strategy.
Solving an important ethical and market problem
All stakeholders associated with Proof are helping to solve a major societal challenge of fake and misleading news. Proof assists in achieving the ultimate goal created with the invention of the Internet – to democratize content, yet in a way where information is trusted.
Opportunity for financial gain
Proof’s solution is predicated on the global adoption of a network of engaged news consumers.
Should Proof obtain this goal, its believes that Proof can obtain substantial revenue and achieve meaningful profits.
Proof’s solution is inherently scalable. Voters are incentivized via gamification to produce the validation scores.
The Proof solutions requires the very fast recruitment of online voters, readers and submitters. Upon adoption of a large network of participants, Proof will have a competitive advantage due to its network.
Proof will be competing in the publishing and digital media marketplace, with many major competitors such as Google, Facebook, Twitter and many of the online news sources, such as the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other major media outlets.
Considering that Proof does not publish any content of its own, it is perfectly situated to be an independent arbitrator of online content. Considering this, we do not anticipate any of the major competitors in the marketplace entering the market with a similar solution.
Proof’s solution relies on the input of humans via a social network, and does not rely on artificial intelligence to identify fake or misleading online content.
We believe that reading and absorbing content is a human endeavor and that people need an outlet to express themselves, and so we believe that engaging with Proof people will become actors in the creation and publishing of accurate and desirable content.
Luigi D’Onorio DeMeo, Co-Founder
For the past eight (8) years, Luigi has held various positions including the role as Trader at Citigroup, specializing in equity securities and credit derivatives. Luigi’s passion for financial markets led to a deep interest and appreciation into blockchain technology and he sees this technology as having the ability to fix what is broke with the internet and building Proof is part of that mission.
As a Co-founder of Proof, Luigi’s role is to help set the vision and path for the product and to work with the team to build the best community possible. Luigi’s promise is to never compromise on quality and to always remember the purpose behind Proof. Luigi attended Seton Hall University for his BMB degree in Finance, Economics and Italian Studies.
Christopher Young, Co-Founder
As one of the co-founders of Proof, Chris’ role is fluid. Chris’ main focus is to help build the Proof community, to understand what excites them about the platform, and what can be enhanced.
Some people may call this role, strategic marketing, others may call it strategy. At the core of Chris’ responsibility is a need to understand the Proof users and to work with the product management team to build the best community experience possible.
Prior to Proof, Chris wore many hats, and some he still does. Chris is a professor of business ethics at Rutgers Business School where he enjoys working with young minds as they think about their careers and the choices they make in business.
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Location: Vancouver, BC
Sector: Media and Technology
A safe and moderated social network for kids and teens – https://www.kidzworld.com/
At Kidzworld, all kids and teens have a space to express their free-spirited selves in our safe, content-rich, and highly-interactive online community.
We build community in our connection-focused web and mobile product for kids and teens aged 9-16.
Key features including a chat room, direct private messaging, forums, blogs, groups, user created articles, and relevant editorial content to engage and educate users within our inclusive environment.
To reassure parents and support kids and teens, user interactions are moderated with a combination of an automated chat filter system and a team of live moderators. The algorithms are able to spot inappropriate context in online conversations, analyze a variety of signals from the conversation (and the user’s reputation), and categorize the underlying behavior to take appropriate action – in real time without delay. We also rely on a team of adult and teen moderators to help create a safe space for all kids and teens to connect and build relationships.
1. Unique Market Position
- Kidzworld is the only independently owned social community for kids and teens. Kidzworld fosters an environment where kids and teens feel free to express themselves with a community that feels like family.
- We create safe space in our products and in conversations with users. Kidzworld is a safe harbour that users, parents, teachers and advertisers can trust.
- This foundation and position allows Kidzworld to be scaled to a much larger global level with the proper tools and resources available.
- A recently completed brand identity and marketing strategy puts Kidzworld in the position to rapidly scale the business with an accurate and concise message to our audiences.
2. Focus on Under 13
Kidzworld is the only fully COPPA compliant social network focusing on the U13 audience.
3. Safe Social and content integrations
- Kidzworld has a unique position as we provide a large database of original content within the social community that allows the members to engage with in a safe and moderated environment.
- This is an opportunity for our longstanding advertising and content partners to advertise their products, games and movies to access a younger audience. This age group can be challenging to reach due to the restrictions of COPPA.
1. COPPA compliance
- Allows advertisers to reach a large user base that they wouldn’t normally have access to.
- Creates trust for parents and teachers looking for a safe space for their kids/teens/students.
- Reassures parents and teachers that there will be no inappropriate content or advertising on the site.
2. Moderator-user and peer to peer relationships
A key element to Kidzworld’s stickiness is the genuine relationships formed between users/moderators – the vast majority of interactions and engagement occurs in conversations between people (vs. sharing, posting, etc. on other platforms).
These relationships keep users returning day after day and keep them in app (average session duration = 3 minutes).
According to Statista, Instagram’s average session duration is 3.1 minutes.
3. Kidzworld tenure
Kidzworld has been building community since 2001; outlasting Disney’s Club Penguin and was founded three years before Facebook (2004). We provide a unique community where users create personal and long standing relationships that grow with their Kidzworld Profiles.
Being an independent website provides significant value for Kidzworld. Not being owned by a major brand like Viacom, Time Warner or Disney makes the site a more attractive to opportunity.
Allen Achilles, Founder/President
Allen is a serial entrepreneur and has been the driving force behind the Kidzworld vision. He brings a long-standing entrepreneurial background and leadership history to Kidzworld. His vision for Kidzworld evolved from working with his then 12 year-old daughter, Jordan, on a school science project. After several hours of fruitless search and countless invasions by unwanted porn, Kidzworld was born. Allen has always been an involved member of the community with his family being at the forefront.
Allen attended the University of Toronto, however, his entrepreneurial drive got the better of him and he left early in his fourth and graduating year to pursue his business interests. His early career encompasses the commercial building maintenance industry, property management and hospitality industries.
His early career was in the commercial building maintenance industry, founding and subsequently selling the largest non-union building maintenance contractor in Western Canada. He also spent several years in the restaurant and nightclub business. He has been directly involved in raising over $50 million in equity for private and public companies primarily in the resource sector, in which he has had founding senior management involvement. As founding President and Chairman of Canadian Spirit Resources Inc. he assisted in over $25 million in new equity for that company.
James Achilles, Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer
With more than a decade of career experience in the digital realm, James offers extensive, savvy experience in all aspects of website initiation, from planning and development through the marketing process. His specialties include SEO, online marketing, website optimization, and product management.
James joined Kidzworld in 2006 as a sales and marketing assistant, returning full time upon graduation from the University of Victoria. He is involved in all strategic decision making, online marketing and website development.
Jordan Achilles, Online Community & Web Content Manager
Jordan handles all of the day to day operations and management for the social network. Enhancing the safe user experience using a secure moderation platform along with a team of moderators. This has created a deep connection with the community and a high level of trust with the users. Jordan’s experience has created a specific skill set to properly spot negative users and reward the positive ones.
Jordan has been the advertising sales coordinator and liaison with all of our advertising partners. Along with the community there are joint PR and contest partnerships which help grow and create new business and advertising relationships.
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Civilized Worldwide Inc.
Location: Saint John, New Brunswick
Civilized Worldwide Inc. is a modern media company and lifestyle brand that elevates cannabis culture. Based in Los Angeles, California and New Brunswick, Canada, Civilized lives at the intersection of North America’s two fastest growing industries – digital media and cannabis.
Civilized Worldwide’s business is organized into the following three segments:
➢ Civilized.life, the flagship entity – a high-end lifestyle media site that provides a mix of content, on a variety of luxury and cannabis lifestyle topics.
➢ Civilized Studios – a multi-platform network that fills the void of premium video in the cannabis consumer space.
➢ Civilized Events – exclusive branded experiences that engage with influencers and celebrities within the cannabis and luxury lifestyle space.
- Civilized only handles media – they don’t touch the cannabis plant – and they are building an international cannabis brand in a time when most cannot
- Civilized appeals to the most valuable category of emerging cannabis consumer – one that other media companies are neglecting to speak to
- Civilized has a number of diversified revenue streams across a number of platforms
- The company is being led by experienced, proven entrepreneurs
- Civilized has attracted world-class investors and board members
Founded in 2015, Civilized is a premium digital media and lifestyle brand that elevates cannabis culture, reflecting the millions of motivated, productive adults who choose to enjoy cannabis as part of a balanced lifestyle. Civilized entertains, informs and engages a North American-wide audience with insightful editorial and commentary, in-depth interviews, pop culture updates, trending news and entertainment coverage. Civilized is growing quickly with the help of top talent, investors and board members formerly of Vanity Fair, Details Magazine, Playboy Enterprises and Live Nation. Civilized Studios and Civilized Events are launching in 2017. The company’s presence in both Los Angeles and Canada uniquely positions it to take advantage of changing attitudes and legislation with respect to cannabis, and the resulting flood of business opportunities as endemic brands rush to market and mainstream brands rush to connect with this premium audience.
Derek Riedle, CEO/Publisher & Founder | Terri Riedle, President/Co-Founder
Together, Derek and Terri have successfully started, grown and profited from a number of businesses such as an award-winning advertising, branding and digital agency, Revolution Strategy, a television production company, Talons of Venice, and a commercial/residential real estate company, Riedle Urban Spaces. They have what it takes to create value for shareholders through to a successful exit.
Civilized has a forward-thinking leadership team, with digital media experts, clear, strategic vision and strong marketing guidance – backed by real-world media and event know-how. The leadership team includes Cory Jones (the former Chief Content Officer of Playboy Enterprises), Brandon Killion (co-executive producer of over 20 shows including Duck Dynasty), Katie Labrie (cross-border distribution specialist) and Matt Heien (event manager with top-tier experience, including the Sundance Film Festival and Superbowl). Board members include renowned media executive Mitchell B. Fox and legendary concert promoter and former Live Nation chair, Michael Cohl.
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Location: Toronto, ON
Sector: Media, Technology
Veryparanormal is a multi-platform, web-based specialty content aggregation and delivery service. Our niche is all things paranormal and unexplained. Our mission is to define and exploit that niche in the new world of highly-individualistic, freedom-of-choice content viewing. We will define it by providing a service within which believers and the merely curious are welcomed, respected, entertained and embraced. We will exploit it via targeted marketing to receptive audiences identified by data compilation and analysis the likes of which has not been possible until now.
- First-mover advantage – Broadband delivery is where the industry is headed. Even Twitter will now disseminate NFL Thursday night games, a sea-change that symbolizes new delivery methods to committed publics. We are riding that wave of change with what works: specialty, theme-driven content
- Deep knowledge of “how to do this” – Seasoned content creation and delivery executives with a long and successful history
- Beta-tested concept – Simple website design has generated tens of thousands of “sampling” visitors; we know there is a market out there and the reason for the fundraise is to reach that market on multiple platforms
- Hundreds of content pieces under contract; more sourced – Firm base library locked-in for re-launch and various marketing initiatives
A multi-platform, web-based specialty content aggregation and delivery service. Our niche is all things paranormal and unexplained. Our mission is to define and exploit that niche in the new world of highly-individualistic, freedom-of-choice content viewing. We will define it by providing a service within which believers and the merely curious are welcomed, respected, entertained and embraced. We will exploit it via targeted marketing to receptive audiences identified by data compilation and analysis the likes of which has not been possible until now.
John S. Panikkar , Co-Founder
A corner-suite leader and entrepreneur with a highly-successful history of boardroom and hands-on experience. In 2005 he and his business partner formed High Fidelity HDTV Inc., through which they conceived and launched a wholly-owned, premium suite of four all-HD television channels on the themes of Nature, Adventure, Culture and the Arts. Prominent among them is the all-Nature channel OasisHD, recently rebranded as Love Nature.
Gregory Sheppard, Co-Founder
Executive Producer and co-owner of Lamport-Sheppard Entertainment, the producer of the flagship series Rescue Mediums, which generated approximately three million dollars worldwide over seven seasons, 89 episodes and sales to more than two dozen countries. The production company has nearly 100 hours of produced television and film. Gregory is also a multi award winning commercial TV director, with 400 national and international productions to his credit.
Michael Lamport, Co-Founder
Executive Producer and co-owner of Lamport-Sheppard Entertainment. In addition to Rescue Mediums, company credits also include In Your Wildest Dreams, a dream analysis series in Canada and the USA; and Curious and Unusual Deaths for Discovery Canada and the History Channel in the UK. In addition to producing, Michael is an actor on stage and screen, and is the voice of the kids and tweens shows Life’s A Zoo, The Wombles, Ace Lightening, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast and many more. His documentary experience has garnered many awards (Canadian Gemini, Gold Hugo) for Offstage, The Disciples and The Right To Play. He is also the co-host and producer of the travel series Suite and Simple for Fine Living in the USA and CTV in Canada.
Roland Nimmo, CFO
An enthusiastic business leader who has been a trusted advisor to decision-makers in some of Canada’s largest and most successful global organizations. He brings practical, structured, and creative solutions to organizations across all disciplines, from operations, finance and marketing to strategic planning, restructuring, capital advisory, transaction support, succession planning and corporate governance. His 30 years of business experience includes positions as Financial Advisory Partner at Deloitte, Vice President Internal Audit at Magna International, and Head of the Real Estate Advisory Services practice at Arthur Andersen. Roland currently operates his own management consulting firm, Nimmo Financial Corporation.