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John Jonelis

I’m at the monthly BNC Venture Capital meeting. A number of things bring me to these get-togethers: Well-organized. First class. Efficient format. Limited guest list—just the right size so everybody can grill the presenters. And grill them we do.


Genecor Trailers and Manufacturing, LLC

Jerry Kurtenbach presenting, Tom Stevenson CEO, Frank Jacquest COO

In anticipation of government regulation, Genecor proposes to make the first ISO certified portable tanks for the natural gas fracturing industry—the first to be manufactured using robotics. The thing I like about this space is the huge demand for tanks and the 6-8 month backlog. It’s a seller’s market.

Picture this: A property lease may run only three years, so when a company sets out to drill they face a time crunch. No frack tanks, no fracking. That means outsized profits for the tank providers and their investors.

Contact Tom Stevenson at

Full disclosure—I am personally invested in this area with shares in ECA Marcellus Trust. (Ticker ECT)



George Page, CEO

Imagine taking off on a two-week wilderness excursion with one—count it—ONE small and EMPTY water bottle. Fill it and refill it in lakes, rivers, and streams. It filters out dirt, contaminants, even bacteria. No need to carry or cache water. No need to boil water. No need for water purification tablets.

Now take that same product and sell it cheap—way below any water purification product out there. Now bring it to a billion people in Third World countries who have no safe drinking water. That’s what Portapure plans to do.

They will serve NGO organizations, a $20 billion market as well as higher margin markets such as recreational and military. Portapure already boasts pilot projects in Japan, Haiti, Jamaica, and Kenya.

NO DILUTION—Portapure plans no equity financing after the first round. Do you have expertise to offer? Portapure is looking to fill out it’s team.

See their You Tube video at



This startup plans to install multiple cameras at music venues and create automatically edited footage broadcast as live streaming Internet content for members. They solve the problem of access to clubs due to capacity restrictions and age limitations.

Initial revenue comes from pay-per-view and advertising. They also archive footage and can monetize it. Bands thirsty for video content can get it as low as $40. Initial plans call for building infrastructure by anchoring 20 high-volume venues.

Do you have expertise to offer? This is a two-person company that needs to build a team. See their website at



Ellona Ferson

I met Ellona between presentations and found her offering highly intriguing. This is a service for married couples that keeps the romance alive by daily suggestions and reminders—a refreshing change from dating services. Her website looks terrific and I think she’s off to a good start.

See if for yourself.



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