New York’s tech startup scene has nightly hour-long meetups that serves as both entertainment and fund-raising ventures, but Columbia Business School’s Startup Demo Night #23 (media and entertainment) last April 17 took it to another level.
On Thursday, April 17, OLC attended “April’s NY Video Meetup” held at the AOL Headquarters at 770 Broadway, New York, NY. Five startups presented and the evening was made possible by AOL, Magnify.net, and Watchitoo. Below is a brief rundown of the startups showcasing.
On Wednesday, April 16, OLC attended “Inno/Vention Demo Day” held at the Spotify Headquarters located at 45 W. 18th Street, Fl 7, New York, NY. This was the final demo for NYU’s startup prototyping competition and included six startups vying for the prize. The judging panel included Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, Lucas Nelson, Principal at DFJ Gotham, Owen Davis, Managing Director of NYC Seed, Micah Kotch, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NYU School of Engineering, Alexander Pease, Analyst at Union Square Ventures, and Chris Snyder, Biz Dev Manager for NYU OIL. Below is a brief rundown of the startups showcasing.
How important was the Data Driven NYC #26 meetup last April 15? For people who confused “join” the meetup online as the way to RSVP for the event, it meant waiting half an hour to get in at the security-tight Bloomberg offices.
On Tuesday, April 15, OLC attended the “New York Mobile Startups” held at the offices of Colley Godward Kronish LLP located at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY. The event featured a discussion panel of five including Semil Shah (Swell/Haystack Fund), Steve Cheney (Estimote), Sarah Paiji (Snapette), and Jordan Cooper (Wildcard, Lerer Ventures) discussing the state of mobile generally. Moderated by Shai Goldman (Silicon Valley Bank, ex-500 Startups), below is a brief rundown of the highlights of the night.
On Tuesday, April 15, OLC attended “Startups Are Hard: Keeping it Real with Ben Horowitz” held at AlleyNYC, the evening kicked a solid Q&A hosted by The Phat Startup. Lightening pitches from the audience were followed by a discussion with Ben Horowitz, investor, entrepreneur and author of “The Hard Thing About Hard Things,” and was made possible by sponsor Phone.com.
On Tuesday, April 15 2014, OLC attended Pivotal Labs in San Francisco where Meetup group Startup Grind had a fireside chat with Adora Cheung from Homejoy. Adora talked about her story about how her brother Aaron and her started Homejoy.
On Wednesday, April 9th, OLC attended the MIT Enterprise Forum at the Anchin, Block & Anchin offices at 1375 Broadway New York, NYC. The evening was made possible by StartupNY and Anchin, Block & Anchin for hosting the event. Mary Howard, Principal, Design Technologies, Board Member of the MIT Enterprise Forum was the Panel Moderator for the evening. Panelist speakers included Steve Cohen, Senior VP and Deputy Commissioner for the Community Economic Development Corporation, Dr. Eva Cramer, PhD and Professor in Cell Biology, VP for Biotechnology and Scientific Affairs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Donald Giampietro, Assistant Commissioner of Business Incentives at the NYC Department of Small Business Services, and Andras Forgacs, Founder at Modern Meadow.
On 4/10 Thursday evening, OLC attended Meetup event “WebRTC: Server side solutions & Wix.com shares Twilio client WebRTC successes” hosted by Twilio in their spacious San Francisco headquarter on Harrison Street.
On Tuesday, April 8th, OLC attended “Startup Boost featuring: Startup Showcase” held at Mercy College at 66 West 35th Street, Suite 704, New York City. The evening was made possible by Millard Harmony Group, Iron and Blood, BluePay Processing, and supporting media partners AlleyWatch and LiveCube. Professor Wazi, an educator and graduate of Stanford Business School and Wharton/Penn, moderated the panel and Ali Hamed introduced CoVenture to the audience.