My friend Moses got me to come along and attend my first NY Tech Meetup on Tuesday night. I was about to list all of the presentations I saw, but I’ll let Silcon Alley Insider do it for me (Coincidentally, there’s a picture of me sporting some serious red-eye there, too).
Some general thoughts:
- DesignMyRoom.com seemed to breath some life into the stale, “hey, I had that idea!” Web 1.0 concept with a very sharp-looking Flash front-end. Kudos to my hometown’s andCulture on building the site–and recognizing there’s a bigger market than just Central PA. Now if you could just do something with your own cooler-than-thou Web site …
- Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman succeeded to annoy me–“Okay every presenter gets 5 minutes–Oh, except for you, Mr. former-CEO-of-DoubleClick-turned-startup-celebrity Kevin Ryan. We’ll dedicate as long as I deem it necessary for you!”
- I really liked what BookSwim’s presenters were suggesting, but I guess I was alone, as no demo = booing offstage. I suggested a similar model to a Brooklyn librarian trying to find ways to re-connect the library system with the public … there’s gotta be promise somewhere with this idea (Oh, and hey, guys, don’t let NetFlix’s lawyers find your site).
- I’m in like with you stole the show in my opinion, from the “Business model? Huh? This is for fun!” approach in their presentation to their uber-impressive Flash frontend/Rails backend UI.
- No Mobile apps. A little surprising to me.
Overall, the well-packed room was a bit stuffier than the typical NYC gatherings I attend, but it’s nice to see there’s that startup energy around here …