Spingo, Salt Lake City, UT: Startup of the Year
Company: Spingo, Salt Lake City, UT
Company Description: SpinGo - Event Engine combines research by event specialists with user-submitted content to produce a robust and comprehensive event search engine. SpinGo serves millions each month with event information from 100,000+ sources across all 50 states. SpinGo powers hundreds of media sites and apps via the SpinGo Calendar Platform and API.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Tech Startup of the Year
Nomination Title: SpinGo
1. Tell the story about what this nominated organization achieved since January 1 2013 (up to 525 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms. Be sure to mention obstacles overcome, innovations or discoveries made, and outcomes:
Since January 2013, SpinGo
(a) has grown, and grown fast. In the past ten months, our revenue has increased 911.0%, and our numbers of employees grew from 4 to 27. Those employees include a CTO, Director of Content, Creative Director, full team of engineers, a VP of Sales, and a Chief Operations Officer. We also get excited when looking at our growth in numbers of media outlet partnerships
(b) a modest 20 in January, to a proud 700 expected by years end- 3,500% growth in twelve months. We have modeled our business on network externality
(c) and the exponential growth yielded from that can be seen by our publicly submitted events, which have more than doubled in the last four months. That increase is modest compared to the onslaught we expect from the readership of our recently acquired New York Daily News
(d), the fourth biggest newspaper website in the nation. In under a year, we have gone from a start-up to an industry leader, beating all our competitors in quantity (125,000 events listed a month and growing), and quality (consistently over 90% and currently at 92%).
Our growth has presented some challenges: how do you design an online platform that is smooth and stable, but allows room for immediate growth and expansion? In addressing this, we have devised and patented seven new tools (with six more pending) that set a new standard for event processing, for both our employees and our users. We have designed sales and marketing strategies that do not miss a promotional opportunity. We have set and exceeded goals which have pushed our company growth, multiplied hundreds of times, and have plans in place for our next big wave .
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Provide a brief (up to 125 words) biography about the leader of this nominated organization:
Kreg Peeler, a sharp and innovative master of creativity, is the proud President and CEO of SpinGo Event Engine. Kreg’s media production reputation began with Academy Award-winning work for the BYU Animation Department, his studies at the competitive Idyllwild Arts Academy, and the independent radio station he operated from his dorm room - KRAP Radio. Since then, Kreg has a proven record of success (f) managing products, marketing, and media for a variety of clients including Bonneville International, the LDS Church, Bennett Communications, Media News Group, and many others. Additionally, he has participated in a variety of associations such as Utah Technology Council, Digital Cinema Initiatives, National Association of Broadcasters, and the Apple Developer Community. Tech geek. Artist. Cowboy.