UberSense started with former Citrix Systems (Nasdaq: CTXS) research scientist Krishna Ramchandran’s terrible slice. Its first product was SwingReader Golf, a mobile video app to analyze a golfer’s swing. Since then, it’s expanded to tennis, baseball and other sports.
Now, 600,000 users have installed its mobile apps for iPhone, and seven olympic teams and a handful major league baseball teams are also using the service, said Ramchandran. UberSense pitched investors at TechStars Demo Day last week.
UberSense installs software on the iPhone that enables slow-motion video at high resolution, allowing a remote coach to provide a detailed analysis of everything from a golfer’s swing to a runner’s gait.
Boston VC Rob Go (NextView Ventures) is a fan. “I have already spent $15. I’ll spend more,” he said between sessions at TechStars Demo Day. “I could be in India and get coached by a great pro.” Boston Seed, Atlas Venture, Ty Danco and Joe Caruso are investors in Ubersense, which is looking to complete a $750,000 seed round.
CoachUp, a second startup, announced itself publicly Wednesday with a service that connects players with coaches and lets them buy coaching sessions. Golf, badminton, baseball, basketball and basketball coaches are listed on CoachUp. The service doesn’t have any of the high-tech video bells and whistles that UberSense has, but focuses on admin support like payment processing, scheduling and reviews of coaches that use the service. Founded by a former Israeli pro basketball player, Jordan Fliegel, and a software engineer, Arian Radmand, CoachUp will take a percentage of the fees paid to coaches through the service.
Originally published here: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/startups/2012/05/golf-startups.html