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Stream Web and Infomous stand out in startup demos at Columbia Business School

By Dennis Clemente

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.

For four hours starting at 6 p.m., 11 startups in the entertainment and media space presented to six investors who then provided feedback. With limited time, presenters could only talk about some features of their startup ideas.

Like Stream Web which was, along with Infomous, the two standouts of the night, not only in terms of what they have to show for but how the other presenters could learn a thing or two about how to present properly, snark-free. I guess when you are confident about your startup, confidence comes naturally.

Stream Web is a web browser app for iOS packed with great features like dual browsing but founder Paul Canetti only had time to show the Stream. Instead of a URL link to share, you copy and paste an image as a URL. The clip itself is a link.

It’s simple to use. You cut out anything on the screen with two fingers and paste to share on your social networks, email, SMS or save for later.

“URLS are ugly and outdated. We’ve created a new modern standard that utilizes the essentials of the mobile experience: Visual, social, gesture-based,” Canetti said.

Infomous turns text into an interactive visualization that gives users an instant snapshot of what is trending. Founder and CEO Paolo Gaudiano presented again after being a favorite at innovator evening weeks ago. http://reimaginetech.com/infomous-gets-top-nod-vcs-innovator-evening-event/

Lori Cheek of Cheekd, who appeared on ABC 7’s Shark Tank recently but did not get funding from any of the show’s sharks, is not one to be easily discouraged. In about 10 weeks, she said she will have an app version.

What’s cheekd.com? Well, if approaching the opposite sex intimidates you, Cheeks offers a “covert: solution: old-school calling cards with clever pick-up lines.

Like what Cheek said on Shark Tank, she is determined to make her business work. It clearly shows in her presentation where others who face setbacks can’t put up a brave front, unless they know deep down how, three years into their startups, the challenges have become costly problems and they are not going to go away anytime soon.

The other startup presenters were Metodi Filipov, co-founder of Flipps Media; Nathaniel Casey, co-founder and CEO of Blaztrak; Waywire’s Javier Soto and David Larkin, founder and CEO of GoWatchIt.

David Larkin, CEO and founder of GoWatchIt
David Larkin, CEO and founder of GoWatchIt

The second leg of the presentations consisted of John Weinstein, founder and CEO of YouAreTV, Jeb Balise, CEO of Puzzle Social and Michael Jaschke, co-founder and CEO at 48Bricks Inc. Katerina Vorotova presented Try the World.

The investors who came in to provide feedback and advice were Neil Chheda, angel investor & managing partner at Romuls Capital; Jeff Pulver, angel investor & co-founder & chairman at Zula; Giordano Bruno Contestabile, angel investor & VP of product management and revenue at Tilting Point, Claude Zdanow, angel investor and founder and CEO of Stadiumred and lawyer Jonathan Maisel.

NY Tech takes a Breather, ShortCut, Stream Web and Fake Girlfriend with Zach Morris

NY Tech meetup audience
NY Tech meetup audience

By Dennis Clemente

If you want to find out about tech startups and be entertained at the same time, there’s nothing like the NY Tech Meetup. The nine to 10 presentations–with hacks-of-the-month specials to boot–are still too many to cover in a span of two hours, but the hosts can be forgiven because they keep things light and playful.

The breezy, relaxed atmosphere can be contagious. Presenters feel at ease onstage, even when the internet connection–not a problem before but has been for the past two meetups—can be scattershot.

It has unruffled some presenters, but Paul Canetti, as one of the presenters last April 1, kept his cool, adlibbing and poking harmless fun on the internet. It helped that his new venture, Stream Web, a smartphone browser for iPhones, was the night’s easy favorite.

Stream Web is a browser specifically made for smartphones. It gets how people use their iPhones, with the search function located at the bottom, instead of the middle of the phone. This makes it convenient for one-hand iPhone users. Yes, Stream Web is only on iOS, for now.

The audience was thrilled to hear from nine startups.

Ny Tech meetup presenters and Adhere Tech's patented bottle
Ny Tech meetup presenters and Adhere Tech’s patented bottle

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Breather offers private rental spaces in New York and Montreal. A question pointed to a malicious reaction, because who knows what you and someone else can do there in a few hours?! Of course, if you have a dormant real estate space, here’s an opportunity to rent out your space.

Adhere Tech was serious in its presentation, as it asked how many times have you forgotten medication you’re supposed to take at the precise time you have to take it? AdhereTech’s patented smart pill bottles can do this now.

How about turning a term of endearment into a crowdsourced knowledge base? Honey.is appeared to have created a more personal Yammer, as it captures and shares conversations and tools you use everyday –text, links, videos, and files of all types but with closing deals, not just social interaction, in mind. Let’s see how that goes for them.

Shufflrr is another app that’s trying to disrupt Powerpoint. It calls itself business social in the sense that you can easily broadcast presentations using social tools.

Everyone already felt so appreciative of the new technologies they were hearing and seeing onstage, but Shortcut, a presenter at AOL just a few months ago, would excite the audience even more. Here’s a question. What if you could control all things happening in your home by voice automation?

That’s Shortcut. You left your lights on, you talk to your phone to turn it off. It’s impressive how it works to make most of your household appliances and electronics stuff at home almost magically turn on with a voice command. However, it’s not alone in this idea; this may become just a race to whoever hits critical mass first.

The last presenter of the night, Kandu, is a tool that lets kids make games and apps without knowing how to or need for code. It’s an “entertainment” tool if you compare it to Scratch. Will it encourage more kids to go to the next level? Learning how to code, that is.

The other presenters included Skillcrush, a place for learning programming languages and WeWork, which announced new co-working spaces for entrepreneurs in New York.

To break the monotony of startup presentations, the NY Tech Meetup has Hacks of the Month. Ricky Robinett’s Fake Girlfriend and Emergency Zach Morris hacks got the crowd laughing. With Fake Girlfriend, he said, you can create a Fake Girlfriend number and equally fake name and then choose to get a pre-recorded call or text message from your virtual girlfriend. For his second hack, he showed how to get your Zach Morris fix. You call 718-395-5255 to hear the voice of the Saved by the Bell star. A voice in the crowd, certainly someone who didn’t grow up in the 80s, asked who?!

This blogger looks forward to the day when NY Tech Meetup gives fewer presentations with more time allotted for startups to talk about their business in more detail, especially how an idea was born, how a product was conceived, how an app was created and how a team was formed. Writers would also be able give these startups fair media coverage–and give Robinett time to explain who Zach Morris is.