http://www.meetup.com/ultralightstartups/events/103609512/ On Thursday, May 9, 2013, OLC attended Ultra Light Startups' monthly event held at Microsoft. This event featured nine innovative startups with four brilliant panelists serving as advisors and moderators of questions. Gabor Szanto presented iMect; Demir Gjokaj, MONTAJ; Jack Funk, givlet; Jenna Fernandes, CareBooker; Peter Henderson, New Healthcare Enterprise; Richard Liang, BUZZtheBar; Tom Meredith, P2P Cash; Peter Gyorffy, Zinbox; and Anna Curran, Cookbook Create. The panelists present were: Josh Bruno of Bain Capital Ventures, Brian Cohen of New York Angels, Brendan Dickinson of Canaan Partners, and Jason Klein of On Grid Ventures. The hosts of Ultra Light Startups this particular Thursday were Mark Carondelet and Tatiana Bakaeva.
http://www.meetup.com/ny-tech/events/74528182/ On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, OLC attended yet another packed New York Tech Meetup’s event held at NYU Skirball Theater. Ten presenters were to demo their companies: Airdrum, Gitdown, IBM Research, IMRSV, PivotDesk, Rallyverse, RoboKeg, LaserTanks, The Muse and Videolicious.
http://www.meetup.com/Hadoop-NYC/events/107584892/ On Monday, May 6, 2013 OLC attended New York Hadoop User Group’s event held at AppNexus. The event, Deep Dive into Cloudera Impala featured Marcel Kornacker, a teach lead at Cloudera for new products development. Kornacker is also the creator of the Cloudera Impala project. He graduated from UC Berkley with a PhD in databases and joined Google in 2003, where he worked on storage infrastructure projects, becoming the tech lead for distributed query engine component of Google’s F1 project.
http://www.meetup.com/queens-tech/events/105865992/ The Queens Tech Meetup on Hunters Point Plaza in Long Island City may just have the most scenic view of Manhattan’s skyscrapers. It’s already unique for being out of Silicon Alley’s neighborhood, but if you think about it, the venue fits tech startup founders. It’s nestled on a rooftop like how startup companies featured here must feel with more downloads to their respective apps. The guests at the seventh meetup of this group on May 2 soaked in the sun longer than usual as they admired the view. Later, as the people trickled into the main hall for the product demonstrations, the admiration would be lavished on the three companies—WeHostels, Uber NYC and Tacks—for making it to the top.
http://www.meetup.com/NY-Mobile/events/113533652/ OLC attended the App Developer Event: Discoverability Event on April 30 at Alley NYC, entrepreneurs and developers gathered together to find out “How to get noticed in a marketplace overflowing with apps.” Jake Ward, executive director of the Application Developers Alliance, served as moderator, with guest speakers Arie Abecassis, co-founder of AppStori; Mark Ghermezian, CEO of Appboy; Louis Simeonidis, CMO of Applico; Michael Ludden, senior technical marketing manager at Samsung Developers; and Glen Nigel Straub, director of Global Monetization Solutions at Millennial Media.
The fastest way to an emerging tech company’s heart is through its venture capitalist.
Such has been the modus operandi of Jack Petrie, the President of OfficeLeaseCenter.com who has amassed a list of clients that reads like a veritable who’s who of Silicon Alley. He’s found these clients through contacts and clients of his in venture capital.
“I [find] that usually I can connect the dots with a lot of these companies with relationships I have with V.C. firms and people I have met through the community,” said Mr. Petrie, 50.
PulsePoint, Clearspring and Jingle Networks have all found new office space through the aid of Mr. Petrie.
Young firms like Sailthru, a behavioral email marketing service, and GramercyOne, a cloud-based software development firm, recently secured seed money from venture capitalists and tabbed Mr. Petrie to find them 15,000 square feet and 5,000 square feet of office space, respectively.
He helped Amazon expand to 60,000 square feet of space at 1350 Avenue of the Americas this year—and the online retail giant is counting on him for future growth... view more
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