Portland startup offers online branding solution for small companies

| Print |  Email
Articles - February 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013

BY LINDA BAKER

0213 FOB Launch PrestoBox
Elicia Putnam, CEO of PrestoBox
// Photo by Sierra Breshears

Branding is a key part of any successful business enterprise. But for small companies, the process can be expensive and time consuming. So last year branding veteran Elicia Putnam decided to launch PrestoBox, a Portland startup that offers an online branding solution. The program, called Brand Genie, combines patent-pending technology with high-quality design — and so far it’s totally free. After answering a series of questions about their company, a process that takes 10 minutes, business owners land on a suitable brand platform. “Classic Beauty,” for example, offers an elegant look with a pink-and-gray color scheme and graceful serif types. “Everyday Joe” is more straightforward, with oranges and mustard browns and a simple sans serif. Most branding efforts focus on “left brain” questions such as “Do you consider yourself professional or casual?” Putnam says. Brand Genie engages the creative side by asking companies what they would look like if they were a body of water or an animal. Next on the PrestoBox agenda is a series of paid services based on the Brand Genie outcome, including a logo, website and business-card builder. Small businesses spend about $250 billion a year on branding, Putnam says, adding that figuring out how to hook that market is a daunting task. “Our biggest challenge is this idea of truly automating creativity.”

COMPANY: PrestoBox

PRODUCT: Automated branding solution

CEO: Elicia Putnam

HEADQUARTERS: Portland

LAUNCHED: 2012

MONEY TRAIL

“We’re doing the bootstrapping thing so far. Nine employees; almost everyone is working for equity. A few freelancers. Mostly just sweat and remarkably few tears. We are going to apply to the Portland Seed Fund. We do have a venture capital group that might be interested.”

STATUS REPORT

“We’ve had a lot of branding firms checking us out to see what we are doing. One of our jokes is our branding service is giving the branding-service business a run for its money. On marketing, we’re considering going vertical by vertical: medical services, small law firms. We may go broad. We have a potential strategic partner, so it depends what opportunities present themselves.”

 

Comments   

 
Guest
0 #1 COOGuest 2013-01-29 00:59:07
Thanks for the great article, Linda. We are thrilled to be included in this month's Oregon Business!

We appreciate the coverage and the support as we give our little company a big push. Portlandia deserves its growing reputation as a great place to launch a startup.

Sara Conte
COO, PrestoBox
Quote | Report to administrator
 

More Articles

Oregon needs a Grand Bargain energy plan

Linda Baker
Monday, June 22, 2015
0622-gastaxblogthumbBY LINDA BAKER

The Clean Fuels/gas tax trade off will go down in history as another disjointed, on-again off-again approach to city and state lawmaking.


Read more...

Photo Log: Waterfront Blues Festival

The Latest
Thursday, July 09, 2015
bluesfestthumbBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

The sweltering weather didn't keep the crowds away. Although the numbers were down slightly from last year, the Oregon Food Bank raised $850,636 to fight hunger.  About 80,000 people attended despite temperatures in the upper 90s.


Read more...

5 stats about Oregon fireworks

The Latest
Thursday, June 18, 2015
fireworksthumb001BY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Fireworks are a booming industry, even if the pyrotechnics have turned July 4th into a day fire marshals, and many residents, love to hate.


Read more...

Photo Log: Shooting 10 innovators in rural health care

The Latest
Monday, August 03, 2015
007blogBY JASON E. KAPLAN | STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

You may have noticed the photos of our rural health innovators departed from the typical Oregon Business aesthetic.


Read more...

Urban benediction

Linda Baker
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
072215 THUMB Credit-PontificalAcademyofSciencesBY LINDA BAKER

Charlie Hales has long viewed sound urban planning as the route to salvation: social, economic and environmental. This week, the mayor's city design philosophy got the nod of approval from a bona fide spiritual authority, Pope Francis.


Read more...

Apartment Mania

Guest Blog
Thursday, June 18, 2015
4805983977 11466ce1d6 zBY BRAD HOULE | CFA

While most categories of commercial real estate have performed well, one of the most robust has been apartment buildings.


Read more...

Balancing Act

July/August 2015
Friday, July 10, 2015
BY DAN COOK

The Affordable Care Act has triggered a rush on health care plan redesign, a process fraught with hidden costs and consequences.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS