#SMNT18

BingOn Wednesday we had a great event #SMNT18 at Cross Campus. Our sponsors were Bing and Halcyon Innovation. See pics from the event on FB or Meetup and videos on Youtube.

6 startups:

MarkedUp – Stop Guessing, Start Measuring! MarkedUp brings actionable analytics and insights to desktop developers in order to help them make better, data-driven decisions when it comes to managing their applications. MarkedUp is the only analytics platform available for WinRT and Windows 8 developers, and it supports full comp

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atibility with both WinRT and WinJS. MarkedUp was founded in 2012 by an ex-Microsoftie and a team of people who live and breathe the Windows ecosystem, in Santa Monica, California.

Tacit – Tait is building an army powerful enough to turn virtual dreams into physical realities. The gaming industry is a $70.4B market with over 1.2B gamers. Tacit believes in monetizing the gamer community as a force for good by producing social simulation games that fund global change. By turning games into reality, and gamers into heroes, Tacit bridges the virtual & the physical like never before. With Tacit, it’s not just a game anymore.

FlywheelFlywheel – Your ride is here. Hail a cab, track your ride and pay -all from your smartphone. Originally named Cabulous and founded in 2009, Flywheel was created as an innovative mobile solution to an age-old, real-world problem–sourcing readily available, reliable and reasonably priced rides in busy urban environments. Founders Elijah Windsor, Ryan Huffman, Tal Flanchraych and John Wolpert wanted reassurance for busy, city-driven people that a ride-on-the-fly would always be just a smartphone tap away. In 2012, Cabulous re-launched as Flywheel, and has quickly become one of the biggest names in the E-hailing industry.

AirChat –  Airchat is your instant phonebook. Join a phonebook in one-tap to access everyone’s contact for messaging or calls. Your phonebook stays updated automatically when new contacts join. Airchat is your phonebook in the cloud! Join multiple phonebooks to easily manage all your conversations in one app. Create a phonebook for work, school, friends, family and more.

Datezr – Date ideas at your fingertips. Datezr combines all possible activities, events, places, restaurants, music shows into a big pool of ideas, we apply our special Datezr sauce to them and we match those ideas based on what you and your partner is interested in.Datezr

Synaccord – Bring Synergy to democracy. Imagine an app where millions of us privately and securely participate in raising the tough issues (Taxes? Education? Budget? ) and creating solutions; where individual choice dampens negativity and synergy produces solutions with tremendous support; and results are voted on and seen by our elected officials.

See pics from the Olympics in Sochi, including the hottest technology at Megafon Pavilion. Next event is at 6:30PM on March 13 at Cross Campus, 1558 10th Str in Santa Monica.

Message from Bing:

Microsoft is especially interested in hearing what our community thinks about them and their Consumer Apps & Services. Please share your feedback, and enter in to win one of the five $100 Amazon Gift cards Microsoft’s giving away as a thank you for your time. For any questions or additional feedback, you can also reach out toglobalmeetups@microsoft.com

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#SMNT17 and the Winter Olympics

What a great event we had last night to start New Year 2014. We heard high tech pitches and saw demos from 7 startups:

StyleAlly – Aggregates fashion bloggers, productizes their content and monetizers and shares revenue.StyleAlly

Blogger aggregation provides cross promotion, bloggers are incentivized by revenue share, followers pay per find for productized content.

Ubims  – Ubiquotous Market System.

Realizing a better world with a new public 3-D supply chain process system.

CrowdMelt   – We break the ice so you don’t have to.

It is a web app, built for specific events, that helps people to better interact, network, and feel comfortable socializing at any event or gathering.

Enteractv  – Groupon for Theaters! Making the Impulse Buy for Trailer Movies.

Raskils – Turn followers into customers with just one tap . Raskils is about extreme sports. Post your pics with us and get stoked out with gear and schwag from your favorite brands. Earn stickers and window decals. Enter challenges for new gear. Scope the latest pictures from your friends and favorite sports.

Antmine  – Better substitute for Craiglist!

Bizlifter – Running a business made easy!

Marcus Filipovich from Pasadena Angels gave feedback to all presenters at the end of the event.

See pics of this event on our Facebook page and videos on our Youtube channel.

I’m off to Sochi, my hometown, for the Winter Olympics Feb 7-23, 2014, to promote my book My Olympic Sochi. Our next event is on Feb 26, 2014 at Cross Campus. See you then!

#100Startups

Networking at #100StartupsYesterday, Dec 5, we hosted our Holiday party/Reunion for all 100 startups that have presented at our events over last 20  months. We were lucky to have great sponsors Softlayer, WeezLabs, TechnicalConnections and Bloc who made sure we had plenty of Fresh Brothers pizza, beer and no cover fee! About 300 people gathered at Cross Campus last night 6-10PM. We had both old and new startups presenting.

Out of original 100 startups some wrote that they were not able to attend due to traveling, other commitments or simply because they are based out of state. Others came to the event but chose not to present. And there are of course those who are not pursuing what they worked on before.

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With all that, it was a great event and it was heartwarming to here success stories of those who presented last night at #100Startups. Here is the list of presenters with available links if you wish to contact them:

InsideTracker 

TheUltimateAnswer

HuddleDo

SnapInbox

YourOfficeAgent

Free pizza and beer!

AwardFantasyLeague

SocialTagg

UserBrite

FitJar

RealtyMogul

TreveriMarket

WeezLabs

FingerTipMaestro

TechyScouts

Computers For a Cause

Virto Commerce

Mr. CheckPoint

TotalOfficeWellness

TechnicalConnections

WeSawIt

RunwayPassport

FlyWheel

MusicPunk

Departure3

Lawkick

InerTRAIN

Datezr

CrowdMelt

MusicPunk update

NobleDigital

BizLifter

SynAccord

Raskils

Wohoo! For You!

Green Zones

I Heart Savvy

Moovd

NewMe PopUp Demo Day

Last night 22 startups presented at the LA PopUp Demo Day at Google’s Venice offices.NewMe PopUp

About NewME: Launched in June 2011, NewME is an immersive entrepreneurial experience that takes startup founders to the next level.  They accelerate risk-taking, game-changing, and troublemaking entrepreneurs around the world through their 12-week program based in San Francisco and PopUp series among additional programs and products.  NewME’s mission is to be a catalyst

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to inclusiveness for technology entrepreneurs by changing the status quo and making Silicon Valley accessible.

About Google for Entrepreneurs: Google for Entrepreneurs empowers entrepreneurs around the world through programs, partnerships, and Google products. SelfyzWith over 50 programs in 110 countries, Google for Entrepreneurs seeks to grow entrepreneurial communities and to equip entrepreneurs with skills and resources to pursue their big ideas. To learn about the programs, or to grow your own skills through free online courses, visit Google.com/entrepreneurs or on Google+ at google.com/+GoogleForEntrepreneurs.

After two days of intense workshops and hands-on coaching, Demo Day was a first glimpse at local startup founders revealing their new products to accredited investors and industry leaders in the LA startup community.

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Startups got 2 mins to pitch to a panel of judges and a chance to win $46,000 worth of products and services from sponsors and a chance to earn a slot in NewME Accelerator next cycle in San Francisco.

Presenters were the following: Night out app, Ultraviolet Garden, Single-ite, Lumin Technologies, See thru me, Swapsidy, Day Perfect, The food trade, BusTechIQ courses, Miigle, Selfyz, Daily Solution, Insurgent labs, Docsfer, Patch of land, Party spill

, CrowdSense, Newbizenergy, College Ease, Conduitcdp, My Choice, StoryLockIt. CrowdSense

3rd place –  shared by Docsfer (electronic statements made right) and Day Perfect (right activities within your range and budget)

Patch of Land2nd place – Miigle (platform for entrepreneurs to connect to each other)

1st place – Swapsidy (loyalty program)

This event was a great exposure to what SoCal startups are working on. Great work!

SM Italian Pitch Fest #SMNT14

Italian Pitch FestFive Italian startups presented at Italian Pitch Fest organized by Bridges to Italy, Santa Monica New Tech and Cross Campus on Monday, Sept 9. Our amazing sponsors Insperity and Elance provided plenty of great wine and beer. Adam Chapnick, Co-Founder of Indiegogo, and Richard Koffler from Tech Coast Angels gave two short talks on how to fund ventures.

As Simona Asinovski from Cross Campus writes, Italian entrepreneurship has a certain flair to it:

“You can call it style, grace or sophistication. Bianca Dellepiane, President of Bridges to Italy, has her own theory. It’s the country, she says, that makes Italian entrepreneurs so different. “Most successful Italian products derive from a combination of heritage, technology, design and creativity”, says Bianca.Elance Sponsor SMNT14

In the last 10 years, the Italian entrepreneurial community has boomed – with new startups, angel groups, incubators and accelerators.

Yet once these startups attain a certain level of success, they grow past their Italian roots and seek attention in America. There’s more managerial, legal and financial new tech experts here in the States, which allows for greater expansion. Italy is also notorious for its preference for small businesses, so growing comMemberspanies seek the USA’s friendly attitude towards big businesses”.

More than 100 people came to meet Italian entrepreneurs. There were investors, local startup founders, consultants and just people interested in new technology. And it was interesting!  There were five presentations from education to medical devices and 3D virtual labs:

IMPARA: An automatic high performance AI-based engine for modeling and forecasting based on real world datasets coming from heterogeneous sources from which it learns and adjusts its behavior. Pulso Viral Live Update SMNT14

CHT: A single surgical instrument that, once inside the body, opens its arms, grasps the tissue on both sides allowing the doctor to move the instrument on the full area. 

GoodsChange: Goodschange is the EBAY of the barter, it is a marketplace where companies publish offers of merchandise in excess getting credits. At the same time companies offer jobs that pay with the accumulated credits. Exchanges on Goodschange take place exclusively using Goodsy the official currency. The Goodsy accumulated by companies through the sales can be converted into real currency by paying an exchange commission.

Roobia3D: an innovative 3D Physics Virtual Lab which combines interactivity with the latest 3D video game-like computer graphics technologies to deliver an exciting and effective learning experience to students. Elance Mustaches SMNT14

Netminds: Targets the 370+ million cultural and archeological site visits per year with an app that makes the user be a part of history. 

Santa Monica New Tech is famous for its feedback. Presenters received feedback in three ways: comments from the audience via Twitter live on PulsoViral board #SMNT14, formal feedback from Adam Chapnick (Indiegogo) and Richard Koffler (Tech Coast Angels) and more informal feedback in private conversations from all participants while sipping wine during after party.Bianca Bridges to Italy

But the best part of these events is networking.  Everyone had a name tag color-coded by role: technology, business or other. Business cards were swapped and email addresses saved in smart phones. Antonio Leone from Goodschange gave away add-on mustaches that were floating around the room! Hence, fun pictures later! And of course, well dressed Italians showed their style!

Bianca Dellepiane, President of Bridges to Italy, introduced startups to Silicon Beach, and Silicon Beach was happy to welcome Italian entrepreneurs.

Good luck in America and we will see you again soon!

Tech Cocktails in Santa Monica

Last Thursday, Sept 5, Cross Campus hosted Tech Cocktail Mixer & Startup Showcase.

12 Startups demoed in a casual expo style. They had 1 min each to present and the audience sent votes for the best ones via text.  It was a great format for networking and learning about what is new in the startup community.

The following startups presented:

360CandidateTech Cocktails Sept 5, Aisle Planner, BandAid, Clutter, Fingertip Maestro, Film This

Jabid, Inc., PlanetNow, SocialTagg, TenGrade, uface.me, WP Curve

Tech Cocktail (http://tech.co) is a media company that covers the latest tech innovations across the globe. Tech Cocktail has been hosting mixer events and writing about technology start-ups and entrepreneurs across the country with the focus of helping to amplify the local technology signal since 2006. We have hosted large events in Chicago, D.C., NY, San Francisco, Boston, Boulder, San Diego, Detroit, Boise, Austin, Barcelona and more.

Work might be from 9-5, but business happens between 5-9.  Tech Cocktail Mixers are like networking events except fun, like a party, except business-oriented, and like a startup pitch series, except informal and face-paced.  The result is a one-of-a-kind experience that makes for the perfect evening for entrepreneurs, investors, tech enthusiasts, and fun seekers alike”.

August 8 SMNT Event Preview

Santa Monica New Tech demo/pitch (#SMNT13) will take place at Cross Campus this Thursday, August 8 6:30PM-9:30PM. Marcus Filipovich from Director Emeritus of Pasadena Angels will give a talk on Trends and Future of Investing. 7 new startups will share their vision and show new technologies in 5 min each. RSVP.Santa_Monica_image1

7:20PM My Time – Appointments when you want them

“Start-up MyTime is consolidating appointments onto one site. Half a million available appointments for several thousand small businesses — including nail salons, auto shops, dentists, doctors, pet groomers, spas and pilates studios — are already on MyTime. MyTime integrates into scheduling systems that small businesses use, such as Google Calendar, Microsoft Outlook, Apple iCal, Mind Body and BookFresh. Users can search for and book appointment times as well as pay for their services directly on the site. There’s also a deals aspect: Services with available appointments during off-peak times can be purchased for a discount.” – By Andrea Chang

7:30PM 12Engines – Create a website from your Facebook Page

12Engines was founded in 2012 with the mission to enable business owners to create powerful social networks and websites. Way too many businesses have poor websites and are not taking advantage of the essentially free advertising that is available to them. We give them the tools they need to easily engage with existing customers, organically build out their social presence, and acquire new customers.

7:40PM SnapInbox  – inbox automation and workflow engine

Eliminate mobile inbox clutter, automate inbox process, automatically organize/sort your mobile inbox, collaborate with people right inside the email inbox. Snapinbox primarily helps you with problems like: Cluttered email in your inbox on the mobile devices, Lack of CRM integration and automation from your mobile inbox, Spending hours and hours to manually sort, organize and clean your inbox, Lack of collaboration with people from mobile inbox, Missing important email due to email overloading.

7:50PM AppResQ – An app that gives you the power to Save Lives

Is safety a priority for you? This is a must-have. Everyone on our team has gone to great lengths to ensure that this app does what it is meant to do. It installs in under 2 minutes, and it doesn’t  drain your battery or interfere with your privacy. It just helps you Keep Safe and increase your chances of being rescued in an emergency.

We are a bunch of enthusiastic software engineers, passionate about using our knowledge of the latest technologies, to help make this world a safer, better and happier place. The ResQ App and ResQ Hub are products that can make a huge difference in emergency situations and help save lives! These products are a result of many months of our research, hard work and unwavering determination to give you more control in an increasingly chaotic world.

8:00PM HappinessLabs – Don’t just dream it, do it!

Happiness as a habit. See: Seeing is believing. Picture stories to guide you from Point A to Point B in your life. Do: Practice Makes Perfect. We brought the Lab of life for you to practice and transform your life. Smile: More smiles. We built HappinessLabs to grow smiles one smile at a time.

8:10PM JobGenius – Love what you do

The mission of Job Genius is to help young people identify careers and jobs they will both enjoy and find meaningful. We aim to accomplish this goal by creating the world’s largest library of video informational interviews with professionals answering typical career questions and showing shots of them on the job. We will grow this library through user generated content. Any professional in the world can come to our site and upload an informational interview directly from their smart phone or tablet. In this way, young people will be able to learn about any job directly from the professionals doing it. Who are we? We are a ragtag group of college students from UCLA and OSU, doing our part to make the world a better and happier place. We will never charge students to access your informational interview.

8:20PM ViceJar – Changing the way you behave, changing the way you save

VICEJAR has taken the concept of a traditional curse jar and digitized it into an iOS application.  It has expanded this concept to include dynamic fitness tracking tools, GPS for running and cycling, a savings dashboard, a community section to share and collaborate, and a new concept for awards.  VICEJAR is an aspirational tool for those that want to better themselves.  It changes the way you save, it changes the way you behave.

This awesome event will take place at Cross Campus, 820 Broadway, Santa Monica, on August 8, at 6:30PM with presentations starting at 7PM. Come learn the best of new technologies, ask questions and network! Fee: $5.50 PayPal online or $6 cash at the door, and drinks are included.

RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Santa-Monica-New-Tech/events/127032122/