Construction Tech Startup Raises $1.3 Million

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Construction Tech Startup zlien Raises $1.3 Million to Tackle Lien Waivers

Lien rights platform, zlien, announced a $1.3M funding round led by Brick & Mortar Ventures to tackle the exchange of lien waivers in construction industry, and launched the industry’s first completely free collaborative lien waiver exchange tool.

NEW ORLEANSMarch 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Cloud-based lien rights management platform zlienannounced today that it has raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Brick & Mortar Ventures to tackle the exchange of lien waivers in the construction industry, and released a new Waiver Exchange tool enabling everyone in the construction industry to easily and electronically sign, exchange, and collaborate on lien waivers.

Lien waivers are exchanged thousands of times each day by parties on all sides of construction payments. Current exchange processes are inefficient and paper heavy, and the complexities associated with lien waiver transactions slow down payments and expose companies to expensive risks.

“It’s about time for a tech solution to the lien waiver problem,” says Darren Bechtel, the managing director of Brick & Mortar Ventures. “Lien waivers are key components of every construction payment transaction. The construction technology industry has been exploding recently with the emergence of job site apps and project management platforms, and now lien waivers finally have their solution.”

zlien’s new Lien Waiver Exchange tool is the first public and completely free collaborative lien waiver product that’s easy to use by everyone in construction – from property owners and lenders to general contractors and subcontractors to material suppliers and equipment renters.

Already a game changer in the construction Software as a Service (SaaS) arena, zlien enables construction companies to easily manage their mechanics lien rights. Over 10,000 users – including Fortune 500 company ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation, GrayBar, and L&W Supply – use zlien to secure payment by sending, filing, and tracking mechanics lien-related documents with ease and confidence. Last year alone, the zlien platform processed more than 250,000 projects and secured over $4 billion in contract value.

The new Waiver Exchange product aligns with zlien’s mission of revolutionizing the construction payment process. “I founded zlien with the vision of empowering fast, easy, and fair payment for all stakeholders in the construction industry,” says CEO Scott Wolfe. “A huge part of this industry’s payment problem is the messy and complicated lien waiver process. Our new product will make the exchange of lien waivers more collaborative, fair, and easy for everyone.”

Brick & Mortar Ventures focuses exclusively on investments in the construction technology space. The firm’s portfolio includes other innovative and disruptive construction SaaS companies such as BuildingConnected, PlanGrid, and Rhumbix. In addition to managing Brick & Mortar’s investments, Darren is a tech advisor to several large construction-related firms, including Bechtel Group.

“Exchanging and collaborating on lien waivers is a choke point for construction payments,” said Wolfe, “and we’re really excited to work with Brick & Mortar to solve this problem for the industry.”

About zlien
zlien’s cloud-based platform makes lien rights easy, empowering a fair payment process for the construction industry. Construction firms, material suppliers, equipment renters, and other project stakeholders nationwide use zlien to eliminate the administrative headaches and legal guesswork associated with lien waivers exchanges, preliminary notices, and mechanics lien compliance, enabling them to minimize financial risk and achieve a more seamless, transparent, and fair payment processes. Users include ThyssenKrupp Elevator Americas, Graybar Electric, TruTeam, USG Corporation, Belfor USA, and other highly successful Fortune 500 companies in the construction industry.  For more information about zlien, or a free demonstration, visit www.zlien.com.

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Top 5 Things To Do in NOLA This Weekend

The weather is ripe, morale is high, and New Orlean’s fun-filled spring season has begun. Check out some options to get the most out of your weekend.

  1. China Lights at City Park. Hundreds of lanterns will light up the New Orleans Botanical Garden in City Park this weekend, and for months to come. With different shapes and sizes, including a 131-foot dragon, the China Lights garden will be open Sunday, and Tuesday through Thursday 6p.m.-10p.m. Fridays & Saturdays the display will be open 6p.m. to 11p.m; open now until May 1st, 2016. This is an event for any age, to purchase their affordable tickets, visit here. 
  2. Free Jazz Concert: John Boutte & Shannon Powell. The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation present singer John Boutte and drummer Shannon Powell at The George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Admission is free but registration is required. The concert begins at 8p.m., with the collaboration starting at 10p.m.
  3. Momentum Indumenta: Kinetic Costume Show and Shop. The Foundation Gallery, located at 1109 Royal Street, will be displaying magical kinetic costumes. The wearable, interactive, costume wonderland will take place until February 28th, 2016. The display is New Orleans inspired, with Mardi Gras influences and local vintage accessories.
  4. New Orleans Art Market at Palmer Park. Our trusty art market will be back in session on Saturday, February 27th, 2016. This family-friendly, fun art market will be open 10a.m. to 6p.m. The event is super casual, and food trucks and music will be provided as well.
  5. Pancakes & Booze at Howlin Wolf. Friday, February 26th, 2016, Howlin Wolf will be hosting “The Pancakes & Booze Art Show”. The show with all kinds of mediums, will take place from 8p.m. to 2a.m. tonight! There will be all-you-can-eat pancakes, and over fifty artist displays. As always, music will be provided the entire time. Plus, it’s only $5 to get in.
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Back by popular demand: Girlinneworleans.com

Girl in New Orleans has returned. A year of wedding planning, attending weddings, and having my own wedding has sucked all of my time, and my site has received the short end of the stick. Because of this, one of my new year’s resolutions include taking advantage of everything New Orleans has to offer, and fall in love with this city all over again.  Plus, I’ll get to share the adventures with you!  This year, I am determined to constantly remind myself why New Orleans is the best place to live. What better way to kick it off than to dip into the pool of mardi gras season? Now, let the wild rumpus start!

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Tipitina’s Free Friday’s 2015

You know summer has arrived in New Orleans when your Friday plans are pre-determined until September. Well, there are other ways to realize summer is here, such as the permanent glisten your skin will have for the next 3 months. I prefer to judge the season by the free concert series at Tipitina’s, located at 501 Napoleon Ave, New Orleans, LA. 70115. The lineup includes New Orleans’ favorites, such as the Brassaholics, Honey Island Swamp Band, and Flow Tribe. Doors open at 9pm and the show starts at 10pm.

 Summer 2015 Tipitina’s Free Friday Concert Series Lineup:

7/10 George Porter, Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners & Mia Borders
7/17 Papa Mali & Mike Dillon Band
7/19 Good Enough for Good Times + Chris Mule’ and the Perpetrators
7/24 Naughty Professor and Mississippi Rail Company
7/31 Swampgrease
8/07 IKO Allstars Featuring Papa Mali, Billy Iuso, Michael Fouquier (of Gravity A), Mike Lemmler (of George Porter, Jr. and the Runnin’ Pardners), AJ Hall (of Bonerama) & Kirk Joseph Celebrating Jerry Garcia’s Birthday Bash + Marc Stone
8/14 Honey Island Swamp Band & Darcy Malone & The Tangle
8/21 Gravity A: Performing Pink Floyd’s Animals & Sonic Bloom
8/28 Sweet Crude & Coyotes
9/04 Flow Tribe & Stoop Kids

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2015-2016 Broadway in New Orleans

Although the real Broadway is over a thousand miles Broadway New Orleans
away, that doesn’t prevent their musicals to share their joy with New Orleans. Join New Orleans for the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans at the Saenger Theatre 2015-2016. Nearly 10 Broadway plays will be visiting this year, with a handful of them winners of Tony Awards. This year’s shows will range from family-friendly (Beauty and the Beast, Little Mermaid), to not-so-family-friendly Book of Mormon. Show tunes fan or not, there will be something in the line up for everyone.  But, I’m still holding my breath for Les Miserables.

 

Broadway in New Orleans Calendar:

THE LITTLE MERMAID
September 15 – 20, 2015

CINDERELLA
October 27 – November 1, 2015

NEWSIES
December 1 – 6, 2015

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
December 29, 2015 – January 3, 2016
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MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
January 19 – 24, 2016

KINKY BOOTS
February 16 – 21, 2016

THE BOOK OF MORMON
March 8 – 13, 2016

CABARET
April 5 – 10, 2016

WICKED
May 25 – June 19, 2016

 

 

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Krewe Du Vieux 2015

 

2014 theme, “Krewe du Vieux Comes Early” (travelingringo.com)

Krewe du Vieux 2015 Parade is approaching!  Krewe du Vieux is my favorite of the Carnival season and has a new parade route that crosses the Canal Street. The parade will begin in the Fauborg Marigny and stroll through the French Quarter, then crossing over Canal Street. The parade is Saturday, January 31st, 2015 and starts at 6:30pm. This satirical parade is held in the French Quarter/Marigny area, with pre-parade day festivities being strongly encouraged.

Krewe Du Vieux aims for expression, may it be goofy or vulgar, or both. Expect lots of tongue-in-cheek themes, and plenty of catches and stickers to go around.  There is constant dancing because of the parade’s live music; another unique and glorious quality that the Krewe du Vieux parade holds. The top brass and jazz bands create an embracing aura that only New Orleans can offer. Floats are pulled by humans or horses, no vehicles included. In 2006, Krewe Du Vieux was the first Mardi Gras parade held following Hurricane Katrina, with the clever little theme of:”C’est Levee”.

Besides the amusing lewdness of Krewe Du Vieux, perhaps it’s the casual, local, no expectations feel of the parade that draws myself, and many others, in. There is no need for concern over extensive crowds (although there will be one). Just the atmosphere of being in the quarter dancing to the music under the lights of carried torches can provide enough comfort for the most concerned parade-goer.

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The new 2015 parade route.

 

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Mamma Mia! at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans

Mamma Mia! New Orleans Saenger Theater

Broadway and cinema hit Mamma Mia! will be coming to New Orleans this week. Beginning January 13th, 2015, the musical will be at New Orleans Saenger Theater until January 18th, 2015. Mamma Mia! is a musical to the tunes of ABBA, and is nothing short of fun and light. Taking place during a wedding weekend on the Greek islands, Mamma Mia! turns into a comedic dilemma with the unexpected arrival of the (single) mother of the brides past boyfriends. The musical takes you down several story lines to find out who the father is of the bride-to-be. I saw this on Broadway years ago and the audience was dancing in their seats to every song.

Visit the recently restored Saenger Theater this week for an evening of song and dance. Tickets are on sale now.

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Running of the Santa’s, NOLA, 2014

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‘Tis the season for Christmas spirit, drinks, and a light crawl from pub to pub in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Running of the Santa’s will be held Saturday, December 13th, 2014. One of New Orlean’s favorite holiday events, the run/festival will begin at 3pm at Barcadia, located at 601 Tchoupitoulas Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.  Start putting together your most comfortable and cozy, and if feeling inspired, most sassy, Santa-wear; the festivities are right around the corner.

2014 Running of the Santas Promo Video from MATTY MICK on Vimeo.

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VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE 2014, New Orleans

Voodoo Music

First of all: WHO DAT! I hope the Saints ride this win all the way to the end. I can’t wait to watch them whoop some Carolina tokhes! Finally, a Monday to enjoy. Moving on…

Halloween might be at the top of my list for favorite time of year- and it rises exponentially when it’s celebrated here in New Orleans. As per tradition, the VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE 2014 will be held at City Park October 31st- November 2nd, 2014. Wear your most creative costumes while enjoying the musical chaos surrounding you. Doors open at 10:30am and the event ends at 11pm on Friday & Saturday, and ends at 9pm on Sunday. That’s nearly 12 hours of festival fun for three days, located near the NOMA-region of the park. For those of you settling in, there will be lockers, charging stations, and free water. Check out the bottom part of this article to see what’s happening post-festivities.

Artists at VOODOO MUSIC + ARTS EXPERIENCE 2014 include:

 Foo Fighters, Outkast, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Zedd, Pretty Lights, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Slayer, Awolnation, Rise Against, Flux Pavilion, Fedde Le Grand, Gogol Bordello, Death From Above 1979, City And Colour, Claude Vonstroke, Manchester Orchestra, Galantis, Booka Shade, DJ Set, Pete Tong, Twenty One Pilots, Thomas Gold, Action Bronson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Melvins, Bleachers, Griz, Congorock, Fishbone, Makj, Fuel, Herobust, Le Youth, Big Freedia, Givers, Rebirth Brass Band, Red Baraat, Barcelona, Thomas Newson, The Wild Feathers, Wild Cub, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Royal Teeth, Bonerama, Soul Rebels, Barely Alive, Trent Cantrelle, Manic Focus, World/Inferno Friendship Society, The London Souls, Peelander-Z, Lindsay Lowend, Astr, Flow Tribe, The Tontons, Honey Island Swamp Band, Sturgill Simpson, Benjamin Booker, Desert Noises, Dirty Bourbon River Show, Bo Ningen, Tysson, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Yung Nation, Speak, Hello Negro, Carmine P. Filthy and a Boy Named Ruth, Church with Unicorn Fukr & Innerlign, Veridia, Naughty Professor, Crass Mammoth, Luxley, St. Cecilia’s Asylum Chorus and the Marchfourth Marching Band.

But the party doesn’t end there, check out the Voodoo “After Dark” Schedule:

10/30 – Moon Taxi @ House of Blues *
10/30 – DESTRUCTO + Big Sams Funky Nation @ Mardi Gras World
10/31 – Galactic + Earphunk @ Tipitinas
10/31 – Fishbone + MarchFourth Marching Band @ The Joy Theatre
10/31 – Flow Tribe @ Gasa Gasa
11/1 – The Revivalists + Naughty Professor @ Tipitinas
11/2 – The London Souls + Joe Krown @ Maple Leaf

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This Weekend: New Orleans Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, 2014

 This Weekend in New Orleans: 2014 Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

On the heels of the Louisiana Seafood Festival, this weekend’s festival is the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival. Presented by the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation (the ones who bring you Jazz Fest), the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival will be held at Lafayette Square, October 17-19, 2014.  This free event (the best kind) is from 5:30 to 8:30 this Friday; and Saturday & Sunday 11am-8:30pm. Join the fun in the heart of the French Quarter and support local vendors. Local New Orleans artist, John Bukaty, will be there, live, painting the music experience.  Side note- he’s a friendly guy who I met when he had his studio/gallery on Nashville. This past summer, he opened a gallery on Carondelet St. If you visit his site (the link above), you can learn more; his “About Me” section is intriguing.

Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival

A good plan would be to visit Lafayette Square for a savory brunch followed by watching the Saints play the Lions (at 12pm). Then head back to the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival for dinner and game celebrations…or return to the festival to eat your feelings. Click here to view a list of vendors and their menus. This includes some of the best barbecue in town with food from The Joint and the Smokery (yes, I am bias toward Carolina barbecue, both Eastern Carolina or Western Carolina style). Or visit here to find the music lineup, featuring musicians such as Bobby Rush, Valerie June, and Ana Popovic.  Ana Popovic (below) will be performing Friday night at 7pm.

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