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Mobile technology for nightlife industry: For users- easier, less costly, more fun. For vendors- more traffic & revenue, measurable data.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Mobile
  • Location Minnetonka, MN, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded July 2012
  • Employees 6
  • Website

Company Summary

Avabar is a mobile technology that provides bar-going users with an experience that is easier (less time wasted), less costly (user-targeted specials), and more engaging (fun, interactive). Vendors/Venues benefit by more traffic and revenue, and measurable data. Avabar in 4 words:MONETIZED- Multiple revenue streams. DISRUPTIVE- Paradigm shift based on user/tech evolution. MOBILEFIRST- Phone as primary platform. STICKY- Promotes on-going usage.


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    Christin Virden

    Seasoned venue/vendor professional:
    - 8 yrs Liquor Marketing Experience
    - 6 yrs Marketing/Promotions Leadership
    - 9 yrs Bar/Restaurant Experience
    She is responsible for development of marketing/promotional strategy, hiring/training of brand ambassadors and identify/streamling business processes.

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    Kosh Samuel

    Business executive with strong leadership, sales, and technical experience:
    - 18 yrs Tech Sales
    - 8 yrs Executive Leadership
    - 7 yrs Experience in Start-ups

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    Perry Schmidt
    General Manager

    Strong experience and success in start-ups, technology and sales:
    - 25 yrs Tech Sales Experience
    - 12 yrs Executive Leadership
    - 15 yrs Experience in Start-ups
    Started, developed, and sold technology business to Fortune 25 company. Also, involved in multiple early-stage start-ups.

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    Ivy Taheri

    Seasoned promotions/marketing professional:
    - 11 yrs Promotions/Marketing Experience
    - 8 yrs Bar/Restaurant Experience
    - 5 yrs Bar Ownership/Management
    Ivy is responsible for execution of in-venue promotions/marketing activities.

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    Jennifer Gilhoi

    Experienced PR, Communications, and Marketing expert:
    - 14 yrs Public Relations
    - 16 Communications Experience
    - 8 yrs Social Media/Digital Experience
    Jen is responsible for all aspects of Brand Strategy including PR, Communications, Social Media and event planning.

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    Joel McLay
    Business Development

    Experienced nightlife industry, bar, distributor, and supplier expertise:
    - 20 yrs sales experience
    - 16 yrs liquor distributor sales
    - 8 yrs supplier ownership
    - 12 yrs bar/restaurant ownership
    Joel is responsible for all aspects of liquor supplier/distributor and venue business development.


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    Winthrop & Weinstine
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    Boyum & Barenscheer

Previous Investors

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    Perry Schmidt
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    Timothy Steigauf
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    Kevin McGauley