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June 10, 2019

Vote Now For the June 2019 Winner of the VentureFizz Spark Award!

Last month, we held the May installment of our Spark Award initiative which recognizes the most innovative companies in New York tech. We opened it to nominations, you all voted, and one company—Loadsmart—ended up on top.

We have curated a selection of five companies that we believe are innovative and the ones to watch in the NY Tech scene. It's up to you, our audience, to determine the winner from one of these nominees: Pillar, Dashlane, Talkspace, Jackpocket, and TodayTix.

The winner will be profiled in a video interview which will be featured on VentureFizz at the end of the month. They will also get a free 6-month BIZZpage subscription to help out with their hiring plans!

Voting has closed! We'll announce the winner soon!


Pillar

Pillar - Pay off Student Loan Debt and Save Money

Pillar is a mobile app that gives you confidence that you’re paying back your student loans the right way, and saves money while you do it. Pillar makes it effortless to manage your student loans by providing personalized recommendations and an easy to use dashboard that allows you to see all your options in one place. 


Dashlane

Dashlane makes identity and payments simple and secure everywhere, with its world-leading password manager and secure digital wallet. It is the solution for the common problem encountered by hundreds of millions of web users worldwide - that of registering, logging in and checking out on every website and every device.

Millions of people worldwide use Dashlane to manage their passwords, automatically log in, generate strong passwords, pay on any website without ever typing card info, and more. Dashlane users have collectively spent over $15 Billion online with our digital wallet. Our solution has won critical acclaim by top publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Google Play Store and USA Today.

We have a stellar team of developers, designers, marketers and math nerds in New York City and Paris, France, and are Series C funded by TransUnion, Rho Ventures, FirstMark Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners.


Talkspace

Therapy for the Way We Live Today.

A New York-based online therapy start-up, our mission at Talkspace is to make therapy affordable and accessible to everyone. We have a network of professional, licensed therapists available for consultations and long-term treatment plans, all via your smartphone or the web.

Just like an office visit, your conversations are 100% confidential in your secure chat room. Your therapist is waiting to help you make a real, lasting difference in your life. You can message your therapist anytime and anywhere, from your smartphone or the web, 100% safe and secure. Welcome to the wonderful world of therapy, re-invented for how we live today.


Jackpocket

Jackpocket is the first mobile lottery app in the U.S. that offers players a secure way to order official state lottery tickets, such as Powerball, Mega Millions, and more, via their smartphones. We're creating a more convenient, fun, and responsible way to play the lottery by modernizing the $300B global lottery market with a mobile platform that everyone, including grandma, can feel good about.

Through the app, players can place orders for their favorite games, check lottery results, join lottery pools with other Jackpocket players, and turn on Autoplay so they never miss a drawing. And by being the first company to automatically lock a player’s identity to their ticket serial number, Jackpocket makes the lottery even more secure.


TodayTix

TodayTix is the premier digital gateway to shows, arts and cultural experiences. Through its mobile-first, design-focused ticketing platform, TodayTix is the place for audiences to discover, explore and engage with the best entertainment their city has to offer.

TodayTix works with more than 1,300 partners to provide the best-priced tickets available in 15 markets around the world, including  New York City, London’s West End, Toronto, the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington DC, Chicago, and Australia. Through innovative digital Lottery and mobile Rush ticketing programs, TodayTix has generated more than 11.6M digital lottery entries and 2.3M social shares through 900 activations to date, engaging the spontaneous nature of a younger audience and introducing a new generation of audiences to the venues.

Since launching TodayTix in New York City in December 2013 by life-long friends and Broadway producers Merritt Baer and Brian Fenty, the company has engaged more than 5 million users to connect beyond ticketing into new cultural experiences that bring human interaction back to our digital world.


Alexander Culafi is Editor and Producer at VentureFizz. He also edits and produces The VentureFizz Podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @culafia.

Company descriptions from LinkedIn.