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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.