LISNR Honored for SXSW V2V's V2Venture Competition

LISNR takes the top prize in the Innovative World Technologies category.

LISNR, the creator of SmartTones, a new technology that sends data over audio, took home first prize in the Innovative World Technologies category at the V2Venture competition at the SXSW V2V conference held at Bellagio Hotel of Las Vegas. The SXSW V2Venture competition honored five of the most exciting new innovations in five categories including Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies; Health and Wearable Technologies; Social Technologies; Entertainment and Content Technologies; and Innovative World Technologies.

Mohanjit Jolly (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) and Leah Hunter (Fast Company) emceed the competition along with three industry expert judges for each category. Each of the finalists were given three minutes to present, then the next six minutes were dedicated to the panel providing feedback. The panel of 15 judges included:

(Renata Akhunova Formula VC Venture Fund, Wayne Chang, Twitter, Paige Craig ArenaVC /Foundercraft, John Fein Techstars, Christine Herron, Intel ,Charles Hudson SoftTech VC. Scott Lenet Touchdown Ventures, Hany Nada GGV Captial, Ben Ling Khosla Ventures, Lev Mass XSeed Capital, David S. Rose Gust, Andy Sack Founder's Co-Op, JC Simbana Silicon Valley Bank, Bryan Stolle Mohr Davidow Ventures, Jeff Tannenbaum BlueRun Ventures.)

"We're excited to bring this award home to Cincinnati," says LISNR co-founder and marketing leader Chris Ostoich. "We've been working with exciting brands like R/GA, Budweiser and Intel, and we're excited to show the world what LISNR can do."

LISNR's technology provides an entirely new way to connect devices -- simply using the sound around us. LISNR's Smart Audio Tones live just above human hearing level -- and while people can't hear them, smartphones can. The technology can unlock second screen experiences and deliver proximity-based marketing content, unlocking the power of data over audio.

"The caliber of finalists at this year's V2Venture competition were cutting-edge, creative and forward-thinking," said SXSW V2Venture Event Producer, Chris Valentine. It's an honor to see these outstanding companies represented. Congratulations to the winners."

For more information about SXSW V2V V2Venture and to view the complete list of finalists, visit the following site:


LISNR is the creator of SmartTones, a new technology that sends data over audio. LISNR uses an inaudible digital sound file to turn any device into a beacon. LISNR gives brands and content creators a platform that delivers second-screen experiences and proximity-based messaging. For more information, visit

About SXSW V2V

SXSW V2V is the newest addition to the SXSW family of events, joining SXSW Music, SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, SXSWedu and SXSW Eco. Now in its third season, SXSW V2V is an extension and re-imagining of the legendary SXSW experience with an emphasis on the nuts and bolts education startups need to ensure entrepreneurial innovation and success.

This four-day boutique event brings the startup and venture capital communities together with the creative industries that have helped to make SXSW so special. V2V serves innovators and entrepreneurs from across all the industries at the core of the SXSW Family of events - technology, music, film, fashion, health, education, sustainability, and more - as they learn the skills, make the connections, and find the inspiration to take their ideas and talents to the next level. This excitement-packed event takes place Sunday July 19, 2015 through Wednesday July 22, 2015 at Bellagio Las Vegas in Las Vegas, Nevada.



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