Founder Interview on “Startup Handmedowns”!

Startup Handmedowns podcast

About two months ago I checked an email inbox I rarely look at. There was an email there from Philip Kasumu who runs the fantastic #podcast Startup Handmedowns. It was an invitation to be on the show. Only thing was, the invite was about 6 months old. Yikes! But, I wrote back anyway and, about a month ago (on Friday, September 18, 2020), Philip and I were on the phone talking and recording. 

I had a blast talking with Philip, sharing some stories from my BIC and Tesla days, as well as what I’m doing now. It’s a little long, and I talk WAY to much, but I still think it came across really well and it was super fun (The podcast officially posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2020). 


Philip is a great host and I really enjoyed spending the time with him to share some stories and my perspective on things. 


Find the podcast at the link below, listen directly to the embedded audio on this page, or find it wherever you listen to quality podcasts 😉

Startup Handmedowns – Episode 92: We Were Selling One Car Per Month When I Joined Tesla – JOhn Rokos – Angel Investor and Entrepreneur (NOTE – The title is actually factually incorrect. I told Philip that we were “DELIVERING” one car per month when I joined, NOT “Selling” one car per month. You can hear me say this at about 32 minuets into the episode. I told him about it so it’s up to him to change the title, if he chooses).

#Investing#Startup#Angelinvestment #VCs #Entrepreneurship

Apple Podcasts – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/episode-92-we-were-selling-one-car-per-month-when-i/id1080392931?i=1000493101571

Episode 96: A Different Approach to Saving the Planet and Why Plastic Water Bottles are the New Cigarettes with Rich ‘Raz’ Razgaitis – CEO of FloWater Startup HandMeDowns

Patent Granted for Pinpoint Bookmarking™!!!

A Pinpoint Bookmark™ set within the patent of Pinpoint Bookmarking™

Over 3 years ago we started on our journey to patent our incredibly unique Pinpoint Bookmarking™ technology. That journey came to a successful close three days ago, on Tuesday, February 25, 2020, when we were granted the patent for Pinpoint Bookmarking™ by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It was a hard-fought battle, with numerous twists, turns, and rejections, but we met every one of those challenges with deeply considered and researched rebuttals, and, in the end, made it through, and we couldn’t be prouder. Here are a few details, as well as a link, to the USPTO official page for the granted patent for Pinpoint Bookmarking™.

Patent #  10,754,910; 

Name – Digital multimedia pinpoint bookmark device, method, and system; 

We first unveiled Pinpoint Bookmarking™ in our game changing, next generation, RSS news reader, Mosaiscope™. It allowed our users to Pinpoint Bookmark™, down to the word, letter, or punctuation, exactly where they left off in an article. Our users loved it, and continue to excitedly use it in Mosaiscope™ today. However, we did hear from a good number of our users who were in love with the feature, who wanted the ability to use it outside of the Mosaiscope™/RSS world.

That lead to us creating the stand-alone Pinpoint Bookmarking™ app. It allowed our users to bookmark any content on the web, as well as content inside many apps as well. But, not only to bookmark that content, as has been around for a LONG time, but to also be able to Pinpoint Bookmark™ within that content so they could get back to exactly where they left off whenever they were ready to dive back into their content.

Pinpoint Bookmarking™ patent with a pinpoint bookmark
A Pinpoint Bookmark™ set within the patent for Pinpoint Bookmarking™.

The longer the content, the more Pinpoint Bookmarking™ shines. Say you’re reading an extremely long and in-depth 10,000 word article, and you know it’s going to take you a few days, or even a week or more, to get through it, and you’re not looking forward to playing the game of “where did I leave off” when you come back to it. With Pinpoint Bookmarking™ that annoyed feeling, that has made many of us give up on finishing many an article, is gone. Or, you’re reading a shorter article of a few hundred or a thousand words, and the dog bumps you with their nose because it’s walk time. Now, it’s no big deal, because all you need to do is set a Pinpoint Bookmark™ to come back to it later, exactly where you left off.

And, the patent for Pinpoint Bookmarking™ goes even further. It not only covers using it with text, but also covers its use with images (which, actually, already works, but take a bit of a trick to use), with audio, with video, and within AR/VR applications. With such broad application expect some exciting updates about Pinpoint Bookmarking™ in the future.

Officially receiving the patent on Pinpoint Bookmarking™ from the USPTO only validates our strong sense that this was something special, novel, non-obvious, and extremely useful. Thank you all for enjoying our products (Mosaiscope™ & Pinpoint Bookmarking™) with this incredibly technology built into them, and thank you for sharing in our joy of receiving this great honor of a granted patent.

Until next time, and much love,

The Pinpoint Bookmarking™ team

Press Release: Pinpoint Bookmarking™ Goes to v2.0. Now FREEmium!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PINPOINT BOOKMARKING™ GOES TO v2.0 & IS NOW FREEMIUM!

– Unique bookmarking app now has more way to get into the app, including a free option

PORTLAND, Oregon. (January 16, 2018) – Pinpoint Bookmarking™, the revolutionary bookmarking app that uses their first ever where-you-left-off™ functionality, powered by their patent pending Pinpoint Bookmarking™ technology, announced today that it is going FREEmium, while still giving users options of how they would like to share, or not-share, their information.

In what is believed to be a first in the industry, the Pinpoint Bookmarking™ app is giving its users multiple options to choose how to use the app, and how to control their data, offering 3 options:

  1. FREE – The app is now always free to download and use, however, going the free route requires a user to create and account and give their email address.
  2. PAID – After downloading the free app, you make your way through the setup screens, and you come to our “Choices” screen. Here you can decide to pay for the app (a one-time purchase of $1.99), to which you can use the app forever without ever giving up any of your information. This is the option we recommend to all your users. And, if you like the app then maybe consider going Premium to get automatic sync and other options.
  3. PREMIUM – After downloading the free app, and once you get to our “Choices” screen during the set-up process, you can choose to either continue on for free (which requires account creation) and then sign up for Premium, or you can dive straight into a Premium subscription (which also requires account creation). Either way you get all our Premium features, like automatic sync, and all future upgrades, as long as you maintain your Premium subscription.

Pinpoint Bookmarking™ v2.0 is available in the the iOS App Store starting today for FREE. Once in the app you can decide if you want to buy the app for $1.99, or purchase a Premium subscription as an in-app purchase for $9.99/year or $.99/month. Pinpoint Bookmarking™ Premium will take reading and researching to the next level with automatic sync between iOS devices, automatic backup, unlimited tags, advanced search and more.

Website: www.PinpointBookmarking.com

App Download Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pinpoint-bookmarking/id1223708339?mt=8

Original Press Release (BLOG): https://pinpointbookmarking.com/press-release-pinpoint-bookmarking-goes-to-v2-0-is-now-freemium/

About Enemy Tree, LLC™

Enemy Tree, LLC™ is a Portland, Oregon based bootstrapped technology start-up company. It is dedicated to finding elegant solutions to everyday problems.  For more information, visit www.enemytree.com.

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Media Team

Email: media@enemytree.com

Press Release: Enemy Tree, LLC™ Launches New Powerful Bookmarking App Called Pinpoint Bookmarking™

Pinpoint Bookmarking on mobile

Enemy Tree, LLC™ launches new powerful bookmarking app called Pinpoint Bookmarking™

The only app that allows you to bookmark exactly where you’ve left off

Longmont, CO – Enemy Tree, LLC™ announced the US release of its native iOS app, Pinpoint Bookmarking™.  This patent pending technology is the first app that allows users to bookmark exactly where they have left off reading, whether it’s an online article, web book or in hundreds of apps.

“While there are many read-it-later apps, there is not an app that allows consumers to mark down to the letter where they’ve left off in online content,” said John Rokos, CEO, Enemy Tree, LLC.  “It makes returning to finish reading a snap, and will be a game changer for students, professionals, commuters, and really anyone that has a passion for reading.”

Seamlessly integrated into the Apple iOS Share Sheet, Pinpoint Bookmarking™ allows consumers to utilize the app within any web browser and hundreds of apps, like Feedly or LinkedIn.  Pinpoint Bookmarking™ creates a centralized location for all bookmarked material, whether it’s pinpoint bookmarked™ or standard bookmarked.  Users can search by title and URL to filter through their cache of content.

Finally, Pinpoint Bookmarking™ allows users to highlight text and share it, whether to text, email, or a social media platform.  “I wish I had had something like this in college, because it would have made researching for all those papers easier,” said Jana Rokos, COO, Enemy Tree, LLC™. “I think anyone that has to sift through a lot of reading material will find this app helpful.”

Pinpoint Bookmarking™ is available in the the iOS App Store starting today June 27, 2017 for $1.99. A premium version will be available soon as an in-app purchase for $9.99/year or $.99/month. Pinpoint Bookmarking™ Premium will take reading and researching to the next level with automatic sync between iOS devices, automatic backup, unlimited tags, advanced search and more.

Website: www.PinpointBookmarking.com

App Download Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pinpoint-bookmarking/id1223708339?mt=8

Original Press Release (PRWeb): http://www.prweb.com/releases/2017/07/prweb14502964.htm

About Enemy Tree, LLC™

Enemy Tree, LLC™ is a Boulder County, Colorado bootstrapped technology start-up company. It is dedicated to finding elegant solutions to everyday problems.  For more information, visit www.enemytree.com.

Contact

Jana Rokos

Email: media@enemytree.com