Furniture remains a product that people still tend to prefer to buy in person. But some e-commerce furniture businesses manage to succeed. SSTL, Inc., founded in 2009, is an e-commerce company that comprises four distinct furniture websites, BedroomFurnitureDiscounts.com, DiningRoomsOutlet.com, DiscountLivingRooms.com, and TVStandsOutlet.com, all under the Furniture Lenny umbrella. SSTL incorporated in January 2010 to establish a consumer-friendly e-commerce platform that uses the latest technology and management science to sell furniture products. >>>
Individual consumers and independent contractors, probably more than any others, need affordable computer repairs and services. Fortunately, companies like Redding, California–based Nerds On Call, many can satisfy that need. Founded in March 2004, Nerds On Call offers on-site computer and laptop repair services to consumers and businesses. Nerds On Call provides troubleshooting for PCs and Macs, home and office networks, printers, iPods and other MP3 players, handheld devices, and cell phones, home theaters and game systems, and virtually every other form of digital equipment. >>>
Many people want to have pets, but they want pets that require less maintenance and attention than cats, dogs or birds. That’s part of what makes pet fish popular. Aquariums only have to be cleaned occasionally, and fish demand little attention. Most of us are used to seeing tanks with goldfish, angel fish and guppies. But the latest trend in the low-maintenance pet world is pet jellyfish.
Capitalizing on this trend, San Francisco, California–based Jellyfish Art sells specialized aquariums and products that allow jellyfish to thrive in the comfort of their owners’ homes. Jellyfish have become popular to exhibit because of their unique nature and mesmerizing and soothing movement. Personalized jellyfish aquariums from Jellyfish Art have been met with strong demand and are highly sought after as a new form of interior decoration. The aquariums are also used as sources of light and focal points in offices and other spaces. >>>
Anyone who wants to have a successful marketing campaign for his business will have social media marketing among the many tools in his marketing tool kit. While it’s possible for a company to achieve success without social media and other forms of online marketing, why would anyone want to ignore such powerful resources?
Elasticity is a digital word-of-mouth firm that provides strategic counsel about using a combination of social media, online portals, and traditional media for customer engagement to companies across the U.S. Founded in 2009 by three former executives from PR agency Fleishman-Hillard, Elasticity’s campaigns have resulted in increased engagement among target audiences that have exceeded what traditional marketing and PR approaches have achieved. >>>
XBOSoft (XBO) is an international firm based in South San Francisco that specializes in software quality assurance. It has branch offices in the Netherlands and Norway. XBO uses practical quality assurance processes combined with deep technical expertise to serve clients and deliver a full range of QA consulting and testing services, including quality process assessment, test process improvement, functional and regression testing, and performance testing, among others. Proprietary programs and tools such as XBO ONE Automation Methodology identify defects early and reduce development life cycles. The company believes the CommONE online client collaboration tool for secure 24/7 online access to project information sets it apart from competitors, as does its focus on software quality assurance. >>>
Most people don’t care much about where the dash lighting, door lighting and seat belt sensors in their cars are manufactured. They only care that these things work properly. When people cross the street every day, they don’t worry about how the crosswalk signals were made. Again, they only care that these things work properly. Well, the people who make the primary components that control seat belt sensors and cross walk signals among other things want these things to work properly, too.
Headquartered in Reno, Nevada, EE Technologies is an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider that produces electronic circuit boards and electromechanical assemblies that go into final products like cars, ultrasound machines, slot machines, large construction equipment, food processing equipment, safety traffic equipment, and physics experiment classroom equipment. The company develops, manufactures, and ships its products globally through its facilities in Nevada and Mexico. >>>
Like it or not, printing (and maintaining a printer) is a fact of life in business, and it’s always nice to find a single place to both recycle old cartridges and buy new ones. Castle Ink retails recycled printer ink cartridges and laser toner for printers from at least seven different companies, including Lexmark, HP, and Epson. This 100% bootstrapped, husband-and-wife-run company takes used ink cartridges and refills them with new ink. Each cartridge is thoroughly tested before it is resold. Castle Ink also sells refill kits for customers who prefer to pour fresh ink into their used cartridges themselves – a messy job that’s not recommended for everyone. >>>
EADOC, LLC is a profitable, $1 million-plus cloud computing company that provides a Web-based construction management application for the $1 trillion construction industry. EADOC is used to manage complex commercial and industrial projects with a large number of stakeholders, including facility owners, project managers, contractors, architects, engineers, subcontractors, and consultants. Currently, more than $4 billion in construction projects are being managed with the use of EADOC’s application. >>>
If you’re lucky, you have an employer who offers a great health plan that doesn’t cost too much. These days, millions of people aren’t so fortunate. Either they are unemployed, self-employed, or their employers don’t have health plans that meet their needs. The founders of the Las Vegas, Nevada–based InsureMonkey understood that searching for insurance can be a study in frustration and set out to alleviate some of that frustration by simplifying the search process. >>>
Artisan Infrastructure (AI) is a wholesale infrastructure as a service (IaaS) provider that delivers infrastructure on demand through a global network of more than 250 service providers. Partners include national and international managed service providers, systems integrators, software developers, communications providers and value added resellers. Artisan Infrastructure helps its partners eliminate the capital expense of building and maintaining high-quality, scalable infrastructure and minimize operational and engineering overhead. >>>
Companies have different marketing and technology needs based on their sizes and the needs of their myriad customers and partners. That’s what makes companies like Timeus Interactive, based in Delhi, India, so valuable. Each client gets a solution as individual as a custom-made suit.
Founded in 2003, Timeus Interactive is a 100% self-funded boutique creative agency in the Internet professional services industry. The company started as a Web development agency, primarily developing and maintaining websites. It has since evolved into a full-service agency that offers multi-platform user interface design and marketing services. >>>
Anything we do to reduce the amount of garbage that gets dumped into landfills is as beneficial to us as it is to the environment. Recycling is important, particularly the recycling of nonbiodegradable materials like plastic. Companies like MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc. in Arlington, Washington, are doing their part to make recycling easier and more affordable for companies such as restaurants, grocery stores and other places where plastic containers and signs are used regularly. >>>
There will be a need for companies that provide facility management services as long as people need to go to work. Companies like the Houston, Texas–based iOffice Corp are valuable not only because organizations have to provide comfortable, functional workplaces for their employees, but because iOffice in particular makes it easy and affordable for them to do so. >>>
AppRiver — featured in this blog in 2009 — like Agiliance, finds itself once again on Inc. Magazine’s 2011 500|5000 list. Over the past two years, the company, which was founded in 2002 by CEO Michael Murdoch and CIO Joel Smith, has more than doubled its 2007 revenue of $11.4 million to $27.9 million, giving AppRiver a three-year growth of 145%. The company has also increased its employee roster by 72. As we revisit this profitable bootstrapped company that competes for customers in the email security space with the likes of Google’s Postini, Symantec’s Message Lab and McAfee’s MX Logic, and with Intermedia and McAfee for the Hosted Exchange market, we’ll take a closer look at what sets AppRiver apart, both internally and externally. >>>
According to CIO.com, enterprise resource planning software (ERP) is designed to integrate the functions of a company’s various departments into a single unified software program running off of one database to facilitate the sharing of information. Such integration cuts down on errors and saves time, particularly in regards to patients’ medical histories. Since the advent of the cloud, SaaS ERP companies like Acumatica have found a market discontinuity against which to sell their products. >>>