I recently attended the “December” NY Tech Meetup at NYU’s Skirball Center on Tuesday, 11/29/2011. I have attended many of these events over the years at the various locations ranging from Cooper Union to IAC to 92nd Street Y to NYU and always enjoy the format as well as the presentations. At the most recent event, however, I have noticed the following trends in the companies presenting as well as the presentations themselves:
· Companies are presenting at a more advanced stage. One of December’s presenters was Smartling (www.smartling.com), an AlwaysOn Private Company 100 company that has received funding from Venrock and First Round Capital. Previously, most of the presenters were pre-revenue startups seeking investment and/or customer adoption. This is no longer the case. It almost seems as if the NY Tech Meetup has become a “milestone” in and of itself for the NYC technology/growth company;
· Companies are demonstrating mobile applications. Whereas in previous years, companies were demoing on laptops or presenting powerpoint “decks”, more and more of the current presenters are demonstrating mobile apps directly on a smartphone or tablet and presented via an overhead projector. If you’re not a believer in the forward adoption of mobile and tablet smart devices, get out of the way, that wave is already here;
· Presentations are interactive. Every presentation is live and in real-time with ongoing audience participation and interaction. As the presentation platform continues to shift to mobile devices, this trend will continue and become more and more interesting to watch and observe.
I look forward to attending many more NY Tech Meetups, particularly as these (and other) trends continue to materialize. For more information on NY Tech Meetup, check out www.nytm.org.