Lujure Holds Hackathon; Hosts Speakers Including Former US CTO Aneesh Chopra, VA Senator Mark Warner

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Company committed to growth in Blacksburg, VA; will employ 25 by end 2012; recently closed $500K funding.

At its office grand opening today, Lujure hosts speakers including former CTO of the United States Aneesh Chopra and Virginia Senator Mark Warner. These speakers are joining Lujure in celebration of its commitment to growth in the Blacksburg, VA area, as the company continues to accelerate at an aggressive pace in its 15 months in business to date. Lujure is also holding a Hackathon for local technologists and students, to work together to solve some of the big problems small businesses have when trying to market on the social graph.

The events will be held at Lujure’s offices at University Gateway Center, 902 Prices Fork Road, Suite 2100, beginning with remarks at 3 pm and hacking for 24 hours, from 6 pm Fri to 5 pm Saturday. The Hackathon’s winning team will take home a $5,000 prize, and have its solution offered up immediately to 1,000 Lujure customers for purchase. The hackathon will demonstrate how Lujure monetizes products live. More information can be found at:

“It is impressive what the folks at Lujure have already created, growing to thousands of customers,” said U.S. Senator Mark Warner, a former Virginia Governor. “I am pleased that Lujure is committing its business growth to the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we certainly hope to see more technology upstarts do the same.”

Lujure is newly residing in almost 2,400 square feet of office space, upgrading from its original space in downtown Blacksburg at TechPad, a local startup incubator. The offices, with room for 30 employees, house the 10 current employees who comprise Lujure just over one year since its inception by Virginia Tech undergrad Nathan Latka. Leaving VT to focus on Lujure full time, Latka joined up with other founders, Josh Gunter and Brian Putt, and commercialized the technology they built to help businesses – and their consultants – develop Facebook pages quickly, easily and affordably. But this is just the beachhead to Lujure’s ultimate goal: being the one-stop-shop for small businesses who want to market online.

Lujure created 10 full time jobs in its first year, and is currently projecting to add 15 more employees by end of 2012. The company is deliberately building its business in Blacksburg, committed to the community and to augmenting the great innovation that comes from Virginia Tech. With requests to move to either the East or West Coast as terms of investor funding, Lujure graciously declined to keep its business growing in VA. It has recently closed $500K funding from angels incredibly influential in the technology industry, including David Cohen, founder of TechStars, and executives at Rackspace. This brings investment money – and brainpower – from Silicon Valley, NY, Austin and San Antonio into the Blacksburg area.

“This community has been remarkable in supporting the Lujure vision, especially in our earliest days,” said Latka. “Now that we are exceeding $1.5 million in revenues and growing 20% month over month, we feel great that we will be giving back to this rapidly accelerating region through job creation and other investments in human capital in an effort to really fuel this economy.”

Lujure is building a Silicon Valley-like company in VA beyond just its investors and technology. The office space is also deliberately unique, 2,400 square feet of hardwood floors, accent lighting, floor to ceiling windowed board room, central kitchen with state of the art stainless appliances and granite countertops. The space also features mounted flat screen TV dashboards with realtime data, webinar and production rooms and a “Coding Cave.” Lujure also provides its employees with 24X7 snacks and gaming, of course.

Lujure created a service for helping businesses and social consultants create and customize Facebook fan pages quickly, easily and affordably. Focused on creating business value on Facebook, the company has already enabled the creation of 100,000 Facebook tabs over the last year alone, attracting 50 million engaged fans to date.

Lujure’s Facebook creation tool requires no code, and no technical coding experience. The lightening fast set up enables customization within minutes, and simple drag and drop clicks to bring pages together. Any brand can use the service for free. Many choose to upgrade to $30 per month, popular for SMB’s, or $300 per month, popular for social consultants who sell social services. The top plan is a full white label and includes other value add services like client manager, custom icons, ability to access all templates. Both packages enable unlimited tabs and pages. Lujure also offers a non profit discount of 50% to eligible organizations.

Available immediately, users can sign up for and use Lujure literally in minutes, at

About Lujure:
Based in Blacksburg, VA and funded by a set of technology executives with immense success of their own, Lujure was created to help businesses take full advantage of Facebook. Enabling businesses of all sizes to quickly, easily and affordably create and customize Facebook Fan pages, Lujure has helped create 100,000 pages which have attracted over 50 million fans, in just the 15 months since Lujure has been live. To put Lujure to work for your business, or just to get more information, see

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