New Startup Helps Aspiring Professionals Lunch with Successful and Influential Executives

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Social Meter is helping to connect people for charitable donations.

"Entrepreneur of the Year" Inc. Magaine.

Michael Holthouse knows a thing or two about business. His top-shelf accolade includes “Entrepreneur of the Year” from INC Magazine. His startup, Paranet, was a two-time “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company” recipient for expanding to $100 million in revenue, 26 offices, and 1600 employees in less than 6 years, then ultimately being sold to Sprint for an undisclosed sum.

As any aspiring executive, young professional or entrepreneur knows, having an experienced mentor like Michael in their corner can mean the difference between business success and failure.

But like all successful executives, Michael is not easily accessible. He’s busy investing in early-stage technology companies. He’s busy giving back to his community. He’s busy preparing hundreds of thousands of at-risk youth for life through his philanthropic venture Prepared 4 Life and Lemonade Day.

Social Meter, a Houston based startup, is solving this executive mentorship inaccessibility problem by allowing its users to bid for access to successful individuals by donating to their supported non-profit organizations.

Through the innovative platform, users can place bids to have lunch with successful executives and influential decision makers, like Michael Holthouse. He is the featured executive for Social Meter’s quarterly CEO Charity Lunch Auction. The proceeds from the highest bid go directly to Lemonade Day, Michael’s charity.

Although Michael Holthouse is Social Meter’s current featured executive, anyone can sign up to altruistically raise funds for their supported charities. It’s a great way to meet someone for an executive looking to give back to the community, help mentor younger professionals, or as a recruiter, looking for prospective employees. It’s also a great way to network with other professionals over lunch.

Signing up is free and done through your Linkedin profile.

Social Meter, a Houston-based startup, provides a vehicle for executives and other professionals to parlay the public’s desire for personal access to them into charitable contributions.

For more information about, visit the web site or contact the office at (888) 280-8020 or info(at)socialmeter(dot)org.

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