This past Saturday, the annual NYC BigApps competition/block party was held at Industry City in Brooklyn. The BigApps competition is open to software developers, designers, and members of the public to create web or mobile applications using public and/or private crowdsourced data. Teams compete to create the next ‘big idea’ app to solve community opportunities in NYC, while promoting and demonstrating their projects in the hopes of winning a $100,000 cash prize. Different categories include connected devices, mobile, web, data and gaming apps. The biggest accomplishment, of course, is the adoption of a product by a leading civic group or city agency.
How would you like some hip hop to go with your linear equations or your history lesson? Last July 17, Flocabulary , one of four presenters at the NY Video meetup, brought the house down with its educational videos. The other presenters were Zentrick, Veenome and Kaltura.
On Thursday July 17th, 2014, OLC attended Fashion + Tech event in San Francisco. At this event a handful of startups that are targeting the fashion industry gave demos of their product or service to the crowd.
Last July 16, the New York Enterprise Technology Meetup hosted by Jonathan Lehr featured three startups—Hightower, x.ai and Aorato-- with Jason Lemkin, managing director at Storm Ventures, co-founder and CEO of EchoSign, and author of SaaStr.com, also talking about how to “Hire (and Fire) Your VP of Sales.”
Tech meetups in the city have always attracted men, but law firm Orrick clearly knows how to attract women to their own meetups. For the second time last July 15, Orrick only featured all-women founders and speakers in a talk titled “Life of a Founder” with an equal proportion of men and women in the room.
On Tuesday July 15th, 2014, OLC attended Startups Grinds fireside chat with Alfred Lin from Sequoia VC firm. This event was hosted at Pivotal Labs in San Francisco.
The Ultra Light Startups: Investors Feedback Forum last July 10 lived up to its name. It was light with a French twist. With the World Cup in full swing, the startups—some from Europe, others from the US but still multi-ethnic—competed for the startup of the night honors. The goal: VC funding, of course.
On Thursday July 10th, 2014, OLC attended a PitchForce event in San Francisco. A handful of companies present to a panel of judges where they receive real time feedback and a potential in person second meeting with an investor.
The venue was just perfect for a meetup that promises to tell us what we need to know about venture capital. Eyes squinting above Grove Street, this blogger walked down a dark basement, which took him into a tiny, cavernous bar that was almost claustrophic. For atmosphere, the host meetup group, Phat Startup, got it right. It was like going to a meeting of The Fight Club with Nikhil Kalghatgi telling us the rules.
The future of UI design is in the cards. That’s the prognostication of lively and dynamic speaker Christopher Tse who is inviting people to stage a counterculture revolution in UI design. “Rather than Silicon Valley (leading it), let it be New York this time,” he implored his audience at the NYC UX Acrobatics meetup at Amplify in DUMBO, Brooklyn.