NY Tech Meetup Recap (6/6/06)

by mike on June 9, 2006

Here’s a recap and random thoughts on the NY Tech Meetup event that I attended on Tuesday, June 6th. Sorry, for the delay in posting this.

1. Streeteasy
-This is a real estate technology company focused currently on New York City.
-They provide your typical search and Google maps mashup functionality.
-Most compelling features were complimentary stats such as local school systems, market data and new rental section (I have yet to try). Obviously, the rental section could be extremely valuable to those living or thinking about living in NYC. As we all know, a good apartment at a decent price is hard to find.
-For those techies, this site is built on Rails and is well designed. I believe it got best in meetup. Good job guys!
-Disclaimer: I knew of this site beforehand from the local ruby community.

2. Wellcomemat
-This company was focused on real estate and specifically video listings. It seemed that had two goals – to allow homeowners to post their own video listings and secondly to connect professional videographers to homeowners.
-In general, I love the idea of video real estate listings. Anything to give additional insight to the buyer is great. The only problem here is filtering out the bad and/or poor quality content. Also, hooking in the videographers is a good move as most people (myself included) wouldn’t product a professional looking real estate ad.
-Overall, site seemed to be well designed.

3. Infostoria
-I didn’t quite get this one. Seemed to be a content collaboration / management solution (e.g. file sharing).
-A few things I did notice: everything was hosted locally (wait you’ll see why), file uploading was done with 80+ MB TIFF files (who does this?) and the app was really quick.
-Not really impressed or interested here.

4. Noloh
-Stands for Not One Line of HTML
-Goal of this company is as its name states – a platform so you don’t need to write any HTML code.
-I believed it was PHP-based, but they could support others.
-Interesting idea, but a tough sell in my opinion. HTML is not that bad. Heck, with Rails I don’t mind it at all.
-I’d be curious to see if they are going the open-source route or not.

5. Kinooga
-Help people raise money for films. Seemed like a decent idea.
-Almost like buying stock in a film *** idea ***. Funny thing is, I could probably log on and say I’m creating a new film and I need $30M for it
-Fraud and regulation could be problems in the future.

6. Hot-n-cold
-This was a simple mobile device game.
-By far, this was the worst product – not presentation.
-The presenter (forgot his name) was okay and enthusastic about the product, but I couldn’t understand why anyone would want to play this game. It wasn’t easy to play and uninteresting.
-I understand they were looking for $$$, but the screens looked horrible.

7. Posticky
-Sticky notes for the browser.
-Innovative technology (all ajax), but not idea. The business model and product set needs work though. I don’t think making money soley from sticky notes will cut it.
-Site was created by 2 recent graduates (i think). Good job guys!
-Great look-and-feel and design.

8. Root Exchange
-This company has been around for a while and definitely has an interesting business model.
-They are targeting the high-end b2b lead generation market. In particular, Root Exchange is a marketplace where you can buy and sell these leads.
-Good presentation and technology, but uninteresting industry. Funny, I say that about a billion dollar industry. ;)

blog comments powered by Disqus

Previous post: Yankees vs. Red Sox

Next post: nextNY Community Conversation – Startup 101