E La Carte makes 7-inch tablets that are designed specifically to help restaurants do better business. Easy, in the age of the iPad? Yes—but they beat it to existence by years, and just earned one of Lightbank's biggest investments to date.
How do you reboot the image of a store synonymous with mildew and seediness? Bring it online, of course. "In a brick-and-mortar store, you're talking to an employee who makes $8 to $10 an hour who doesn't care about your situation," Todd Hills, CEO of Pawngo, tells us.