How do you tweak the startup meetup? The drill in New York meetups: Startups pitch for two to five minutes to investors who then provide their feedback. That’s how it goes.
When everyone thought bitcoins have lost the narrative push in mainstream media, the panel of guests at LaunchTalks last July 23 point to a new interesting home for the digital currency--crowdfunding platforms.
The StartupBoost meetup last July 22 at Mercy College offered something new for a change. If you go to meetups regularly, it’s all about startup demos. But professor Mahmud “Wazi” Wazijullah honed in on early stage sales.
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.