SMNT at AppNation VI 2015

Drew Ianni, the Founder of  AppNation Conference, invited all members of Santa Monica NeThe Garagew Tech to AppNation VI in Las Vegas
January 5-6, 2015: www.appnationconference.com. It was perfect timing, as many members of our group were attending CES trade show one day later. And so we droAppNationve to Vegas to see what is new in apps and to meet app developers and publishers. And it was worth it! AppNation VI occupied  The Cosmopolitan. Rocket scientist from Facebook opened the conference on Monday. The panels, hackathon and mixers were full of passionate people. Great speakers from Spotify, Yo!, Airbnb, Pandora, Kabam, Electronic Arts, Coca cola, Nike, and many more. Delicious food and drinks were offered to VIP attendees.

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The CosmopolitanThe party at the deluxe suite on the top floor with breathtaking views of Las Vegas was another hit! The Garage section with brand new app startups was the best part of the conference. The Garage was a showcase for app and mobile/emerging platform start-ups. Learn more: http://appnationconference.com/an6/files/2014/12/AN-VI-Garage-one-sheet.pdf.

We chose 4 apps and interviewed them so that you can get some idea of our excitement. See overview:

Watch all 4 interviews with our favorite startups:Gold Spike

LoungeBuddyInterview,

ZipZapInterview,

OnRouteDigitalInterview,

GinxAppInterview

on SMNT.tv channel.

We also attended big tech party at Gold Spike and visited Downtown Project started by Tony Hseih from Zappos and interviewed George Moncrief from Work in Progress:

Wohoo, Las Vegas!

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December 2014 #SMNT28 Event

It was Monday, Dec 22, when we hosted our December event #SMNT28 at Cross Campus in Santa MoMarina SMNT28nica. More than one hundred people came to see 6 new tech startups present. Drinks and snacks were offered to all and there was no cover charge thanks to sponsors:

The audience SMNT28

Halcyon Innovation seeks to provide customized technology solutions to private entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses and startups. With a strong background in custom software development, Halcyon’s experienced staff can provide a solution for your small business. Founded formally in 2005, the staff of Halcyon Innovation has been in the consulting industry for eight years and has provided top-notch technology solutions. Watch short clip:

Blue Deer is a growth services firm that provides business development and customer acquisition services to help startups and growth stage firms builBlueDeer SMNT28d sustainable and predictable revenue growth. Our G.O.O.D. Growth Engine methodology delivers a customer-centric roadmap combining strategy with content and technology. It is based on Sales2.0 and Lean Startup methodologies and 10,000+ hours of in the trenches experience.

We offer packaged services for startups based on goals, budget, and needs. Our goal is to empower entrepreneurs with tLoveLab SMNT28he advice, experience and capacity to build lasting and growing revenue streams. We are based in San Francisco and Los Angeles and have an ecosystem of experts and service providers to help you succeed.

APPNATION covers the mobile app and emerging platform economy and key business issues for the long tail of app developers and publishers. APPNATION VI @ CES features its annual start-up Garage on the exhibit floor. The Garage is a showcase for app and mobile / emerging platform start-ups.

See more pics and recap: http://latechdigest.com/pics-santa-monica-new-tech-28/

Watch startup video presentations:

Shopping Quizzes

Crux.la

Trepscore

Tether

Stad.io

Love Lab®

#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

SMNT18 Members

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

*http://bit.ly/meetupsurvey1

#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.

FingerTipMaestro update

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

The food market

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.

Insurgent Labs

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!