Demo Day: Los Angeles’ MuckerLab Accelerator Launches 9 Startups

April 26, 2012

4:00 pm

MuckerLab, a tech accelerator based in Los Angeles, is bringing its first child into the world today.

Or 9 children, rather – startups offering everything from an all-you-can-fly airline membership to a credit card that holds all your credit cards. They’ve spent 3 months incubating at MuckerLab HQ, nourished by mentorship and up to $21,000 each in funding.

Here is MuckerLab’s first class:

  • Instacanvas: A marketplace where you can buy artists’ versions of Instagram photos. Their team is full of Instagram lovers.
  • Laffster: An entertainment site featuring comedy videos from YouTube and elsewhere. Founded by former Warner Brothers advertising strategist Dan Altmann, former Google engineer Geoffrey Plitt, and Eric Posen.
  • Lifecrowd: A marketplace for fun activities; you can become a host or join a session like volunteer tree planting or a Cinco de Mayo cooking class. With a 24-person team, their goal is to help everyone live life to the fullest.
  • Surf Air: An all-you-can-fly private airline membership service, with flights in California. Designed to reduce lines, fees, and the overall misery of flying.
  • Wallaby Financial: A single credit card that carries information for all your credit cards and distributes payment among them to maximize points and rewards.
  • Penango: A browser extension that authenticates and encrypts messages in Gmail and Zimbra.
  • Retention Science: A retention marketing platform to help you keep your customers over time.
  • Ecinity: An online marketing service that uses AI to automatically attract new customers – with little or no work required. The founding team comes from companies like Google, Yahoo, and AT&T.
  • OttoLikes Lab: Recommends products and services to buy, online and offline, based on new algorithms.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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