With 9 startups presenting at the NY Tech Meetup almost every month, it’s likely one will stand out. But it’s getting harder to tell who is going to make it these days. Last March 4, for instance, some of the more than 600 people at the NY Tech Meetup at Skirball Theater had different favorites with their favorites challenged by the people seated beside them.
On Thursday, February 27th, 2014, OLC attended “Postmortem of a Venture-backed Startup.” The event was held at the Kimmel Center for University Life at 60 Washington Square South 804/805, New York City, and featured a candid fireside chat with Brett Martin on the rise and fall of Sonar Media Inc.
On Wednesday, February 26th, OLC attended NY Entrepreneurs Bsuiness Network (NYEBN) Startup Demo Night Series at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 36th Fl, New York City. Sponsored by the Chadbourne & Parke LLP and SourcePad, the evening featured presentations by eight startups including Rocketrip, Triptease, Stray Boots, The Poshpacker, TripAgent, VerbalizeIt and Fantrotter. The evening was moderated by Lori Hoberman, Partner at Chadbourne & Parke, with panelists Eliot Durbin, General Partner at BOLDstart Ventures, Shai Goldman, Managing Director at Silicon Valley Bank, Alessandro Piol, Partner and Co-founder at AlphaPrime Ventures, and Daniel Burstein, Partner and Co-founder at AlphaPrime Ventures when the floor was opened to a Q&A and audience feedback. Below is a brief summary of the startups presenting.
On Tuesday, February 25th, OLC attended Queens Tech Meetup held at Hunter’s Point Plaza, 10th floor Event Space in Long Island City. The evening featured presentations by 5 startups including RapGenius, Vengo, Confide, Style Scan, and TribeReminder. The evening was co-organized by Aaron Christopher Cohen, Dave Yang and Jukay Hsu. At the end of demos, the moderator opened up the floor to Q&A and audience feedback. Below is a quick rundown of the startups and founders presenting.
Last February 25, Merritt Baer and Brian Fenty of TodayTix; Duy Huynh of Hishortcut,; Lohit Sarma and Mihir Apte of Reccit, Patrick McQuown of Breadcrumbs; and Teipaul Bhatia of Chatwala presented at the NY Mobile Forum meetup at the AOL offices.
Last February 27, WIN (Worldwide Investor Network) hosted Global Innovator featuring five presenters—Hyperactivate, TripTease, Mommy Coach, $Social and 365Scores—to panelists from the media and VC world at 1221 Avenue of the Americas.
On Thursday, February 20th, 2014, OLC attended the Entrepreneurs Roundtable hosted by ERA, the Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator. The event was held at Microsoft’s new offices located at 11 Times Square, New York City, and featured presentations by 5 startups including those disrupting the space in fashion, travel and legal matchmaking services, to name a few.
On Friday, February 21st, 2014, OLC attended Startups [Shark Tank] where a number of startups demo’d their product or service and then gave a pitch to a panel of investors. The event was held in San Francisco’s at Temple.
On Tuesday, February 18th, OLC attended the New Venture Showcase held at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at 40 W. 4th Street, Paulson Auditorium in New York City.
On Wednesday, February 19th, OLC attended StartOut Demo Day + Access to Capital 2014 emceed by Jessica Lawrence, Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup. Sponsored by the New York Technology Council, the Hatchery, Gay City News, and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, the event was held at NYIT Auditorium at 1871 Broadway, New York City and featured presentations by 10 startups including Select, Crushed, The Shoplift, Skyword, Thinkful, Emozia, Vidaao, Groupiphany, ScoreSync, and Vaultsy. An investor panel of judges featuring Andy Wheeler, VC at Google Ventures, Patrick Chung, VC at New Enterprise Associates, Chirag Chotalia, VC at New World Ventures, Brad Syrluga, VC at High Peaks Ventures Partners, Blake Lyon, VC at Lerer Ventures, Brian Cohen, Chairman at New York Angels, Lorenzo Thione, Board of Directors at StartOut, and Patrick Grosso, Board of Directors at StartOut provided feedback in a follow up Q&A.