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Startup companies pitch concepts at Oklahoma Venture Forum

Local ventures ranging from a streaming radio application to a firm poised to help companies market themselves on Pinterest to a medical device designed to reduce deaths and injuries presented their concepts Wednesday at the Oklahoma Venture Forum.
by Don Mecoy Published: October 11, 2012

PinLeague's tools allow companies to see who is linking to their products and what products are shared most often. It can also identify the most popular users who share a company's products and show how the firm is performing on Pinterest in comparison to its competitors. PinLeague expects its email tool, designed to help deliver marketing with pinpoint accuracy, will be its greatest revenue generator, Maloney said.

Dr. Nilesh Vasan, a head and neck surgeon at the OU Health Sciences Center, founded Adroit Surgical LLC to commercialize an intubation device, which is used to maintain or open a person's airway.

Vasan said current intubation devices are bulkier, more expensive and lead to more frequent complications than the intubating disposable laryngoscope that he has developed.

“This is something that is tried and tested, and now I think it's time to try to develop a very compact device which everyone else can use,” Vasan said.

Guy Madison, co-founder and managing partner of the Oklahoma City-based business startup accelerator Blueprint for Business, has worked with Buzzam and other fledgling companies. Blueprint for Business ( offers access to capital, mentorship, office space and other resources to early-stage entrepreneurs.

“We believe in ingenuity and the creative genius of mankind,” Madison said. “We believe in perseverance. We believe in perseverance, and in more perseverance. We believe in building character; not just capital.”

While the Oklahoma City area is home to several business accelerator firms, Madison said there are enough different types of entrepreneurs and concepts for all to be successful.

by Don Mecoy
Business Editor
Business Editor Don Mecoy has covered business news for more than a decade after earlier working on The Oklahoman's city, state and metro news desks, including a stint as city editor. He has won state and regional journalism awards for business,...
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