September 18th, 2013 Queens Tech Meetup

On Wednesday, OLC attended Queens Tech Meetup featuring guest speaker Tom Lehman, co-founder of RapGenius. The following presenters were: Greg Marsh, CEO and founder of KeyMe; Daniel Daks, co-founder of TradeUp; Ben Lawson, co-founder of WeDidIt; Keith Fiore, co-founder of Miner; Brook Sugarman, founder and CEO of Falcon Expenses; and Justin Park, founder and CEO of Vidaao.

Tom Lehman: There’s no underlying reality: You don’t know your actual valuation.

There’s no guide that tells you! You have to project confidence. That’s the most important thing you can do. You need to be confident in your abilities and in what you can do. You have to believe, else you will not take risks. Unanticipated things will happen—good and bad—and if you don’t believe in yourself, you will give up.

Greg Marsh of KeyMe presented firstKeyMe is hoping to disrupt the locksmith industry.

“Everyone has 2-3 keys,” Marsh said. “It sucks when you get locked out. KeyMe is an app and kiosk that saves your key on the cloud.” Marsh and his talented team came up with a cool technology, which makes spare keys easy using a kiosk, but with the data stored on the cloud. Their machine easily analyses 75 percent of keys in the market today, using 3D geometry analysis software.

Keith Fiore presented Miner. Miner activates virtual stores based on the user’s physical location. It is a commerce-enabled mobile platform. Miner’s template is simplicity.

Locations are saved to the platform, making it easy to add locations and to send it out to the physical world. The content is delivered to the location. The web app functions just like the mobile app. Miner uses Strype for secure payment and it includes digital vouchers that are in the physical world that can be redeemed for prizes.

Brook Sugarman presented Falcon Expenses. It helps with travel expenditure reports.

Falcon Expenses creates a full finance report to track expenses—on a mobile platform.

It can scan receipts, calculate costs, and can use GPS to easily track mileage (and gas consumption as a result). The app stores all of the expenses on the phone and can organize the report by client, submit the reports from the phone.

Daniel Daks presented TradeUp, a skills assessment platform. It tries to answer the question, “What do I need to do to get a job?” With TradeUp, employers come to the user. The platform currently focuses on tech-related fields in 6 skill paths. The attributes to each job path are parsed out and skills are aggregated from free job content to those skills. It creates a variety of dynamic assessments, meaning no two people have the same test. This ends up with deep level trait analysis.

Justin Park presented Vidaao. Vidaao is a custom video production for the enterprise. Vidaao was designed with a marketing plan in mind. It serves both business and customers, targeting affiliate marketing and advertising. The marketplace is structured so that buyers can find a video through categories, "which aren't available anywhere else.

Buyers can shop apples to apples and can search by location, price and categories." It helps find enterprise-level teams to find video filmmakers. “It’s live action video for your business,” he said.

WeDidIt is a “next-generation” fundraising platform for non-profts. Ben Lawson explained that the current way of fundraising is inefficient—and WeDidIt disrupts that current state of it. Currently, fundraisers use paper and in-person donations. Online fundraising is also unorganized and often with friction. WeDidIt combines all essential fundraising platforms into one place. “No more pledge sheets,” Lawson said. “It uses a camera on your phone to take pictures of credit cards, and fields are entered by the volunteer, so that there are no mistakes in the pledge.”