Bettr

LaunchPad, EisnerAmper pitch in on VC

By GREGORY ZELLER // Six Long Island startups made their way to Midtown Manhattan Monday night to pitch directly to top-shelf investors, a golden opportunity that could serve as a template for a new regional investment consortium. Organized by LaunchPad Huntington and national accounting stalwart EisnerAmper, the pitch-a-thon was held at EisnerAmper’s Third Avenue offices and put the startups in front of 11 angel investors, seed funds and venture-capital groups – a bring-them-to-the-mountain moment meant…


Extended beta complete, meet Bettr for iOS

By GREGORY ZELLER // Bettr late than never. Originally scheduled to go live in December, Bettr – the social media-management app invented by Hofstra University chums James Knaus and Ashish Pandhi – has finally made its iOS debut. At least, its public debut: The free-download app that went live Tuesday in the iTunes Store has actually been in play for over a month, an extended invitation-only beta test that helped the creators make Bettr better….


LISTnet to premier tech showcase program

LISTnet wants to make sure nobody gets lost in the shuffle. With Long Island wading deeper into an innovation economy, new tech and biotech enterprises form with regularity. But not every one of those startups arrives with fanfare or is fully recognized for its successes, even those launched by entrepreneurs who’ve enjoyed past fanfare and success – and the Long Island Software & Technology Network wants to give credit where it’s due. So LISTnet is…


Bettr founders Asish Pandhi and James Knaus.

Bettr, above ground and rising

By GREGORY ZELLER // It’s not an after-school project anymore. When we last left James Knaus and Ashish Pandhi in April, the enterprising Hofstra University students were working in Pandhi’s parents’ Hicksville basement, developing a family of social media-management apps that could track and control multiple user accounts – fun for the casual Tumblr user and a potentially enormous advantage for commercial interests. Already, their precursor apps – Queue+, which allows users to schedule posts…


Bettr founders Asish Pandhi and James Knaus.

Ashish Pandhi and James Knaus have a Bettr idea

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even Ashish Pandhi and James Knaus know it can’t be this easy. That’s why the entrepreneurs continue to tinker tirelessly on the functionality and marketing of Bettr, a social media-management platform that aims to “give people a voice and make a difference in the world,” according to Knaus. Bettr won’t officially launch until this fall, but the precursors to the final product, Queue+ and Archive Poster, have achieved enough success that the…