With the fall equinox only 27 days away (but who’s counting?), making the most of the handful of weekends we have left in summer 2014 should be a priority. And, if you’re like me, a great summer weekend involves good company, a little adventure, and something to tickle your taste buds.   Enter CorkSharing. The world’s first marketplace to book and schedule private wine tasting sessions from personal collectors and wineries offers you exactly that: A place for wine lovers to come together, socialize, and admire some of the finest reds and whites on the market. Read More
  This past weekend delivered a milestone for GetMyBoat. The San Francisco company, whose peer-to-peer watercraft rental platform has been generating much buzz in the boating community, caught the eye of the New York Times. In addition to a mention in a New York Times blog post on Saturday, GetMyBoat was featured in the Travel section of the Sunday edition of the New York Times. Read More
  The only way to achieve unbridled startup success is by signing over part of your business to a venture capital company in exchange for cold hard cash – right? Wrong. Startups from all corners of the country have found massive success without having to shell out a portion of the profits to a VC partner. By using personal savings or taking out business loans, you can get your dream project off the ground without surrendering equity.   Here are 5 startups that made it big without the help of a VC. Read More
  By empowering foodservice businesses to make better financial decisions, Kitchen Friend is the hospitality industry’s newest BFF.    In the highly competitive foodservice industry, a lack of control over kitchen finances can bring any business closer to ruin. An inability to identify profitable dishes, difficulties pinpointing reducible food costs, and failure to provide value-add menu items result in unhappy customers and a paltry bottom line.   But what if a small restaurant had access to kitchen finance management tools typically reserved for large hospitality businesses with deep pockets? What if a small restaurant or café were able to increase menu profitability, reduce food costs, fix menu weaknesses, and maintain food quality using a menu management tool designed specifically for the hospitality industry? The result would be a much more even playing field.   Kitchen Friend is a menu costing and profit analyser that was built with one goal in mind: to empower kitchens of all sizes to take control of their finances.   The idea for Kitchen Friend first came to Daniel Vid in 2009. While working as an operations manager for a hospitality company, he could not find a suitable recipe calculator application. The thought of launching a menu costing and profit analyser crept into Daniel’s mind and soon, the idea was being formally explored and developed.   Originally, Kitchen Friend’s genesis platform was scheduled to be an iOS application. However, given the nature of the foodservice industry, Daniel decided that Kitchen Friend had to be a desktop application first. At this point, it was apparent that a team of skilled developers needed to be put together in order to bring Kitchen Friend to life.   After hiring – and firing – some unqualified and unreliable developers, Daniel realized he needed a professional agency.   “I came across some stinkers as well as some great coders,” Daniel explained. “However, even the great ones were a pain to deal with as they would go AWOL for days or weeks and I would be sitting around waiting for updates.   “Then I began working with NapkinBetaBeyond. Their team manages all the developers and, should there be any issue, they take care of assigning a new developer and briefing them on my project. Removing that stress from my plate is invaluable.”   By leveraging the NapkinBetaBeyond team, Daniel gained access to a skilled group of professionals who provided intangibles that were lacking among previous developers that Daniel had contracted: agility and transparency. NapkinBetaBeyond’s CIS+ WorkflowSM, 1:1SupportSM, and Big TeamSM approach to collaborating with Daniel culminated in the official launch of Kitchen Friend, a beautifully designed kitchen finance management application. With signups increasing each week, the future looks bright for Daniel and Kitchen Friend.   Kitchen Friend empowers kitchens. NapkinBetaBeyond empowers entrepreneurs.       NapkinBetaBeyond is your Best Strategic Relationship.  Taking Startups from Napkin ➤ βeta ➤ Beyond. We build AMAZING. Everyday.       Read More
  Are you ready to take charge of the content on your website without being held back by lackluster platforms or perplexing systems? NapkinBetaBeyond empowers businesses and organizations by providing them with the tools to execute their content delivery and management strategy easily and effectively. Our developers are adept at building intuitive sites that use WordPress or ExpressionEngine as their content management system (CMS), allowing for effortless control and centralized administration.   Leverage our experience and expertise today for a manageable tomorrow. Read More