Three Year Anniversary

Dan, Marina, DylanThree years went by and we are still organizing our events! It is a big milestone in the world of startups.

As I recall our first event, it took place in Santa Monica Public Library Ocean Park branch. It was before the first Silicon Beach Fest, before Cross Campus, General Cross Campus SMNT34Assembly and ROC appeared in Santa Monica.

In Jan 2012, I just arrived from Boston, where I was a member of Boston New Tech. I started Santa Monica New Tech group because I had my own startup and wanted to be a part of the startup Wes and Sarahcommunity in Santa Monica.

Instead of 1 event we host up to 10 events per month today, and the number of our members grew to 5,000+ in LA and 6,000+ in Europe.

Our 3 Year Anniversary event was held at Cross Campus, our favorite event venue in LA. The team of Cross Campus was so nice to give a speech and even give me a cake, flowers and a present! Thank you, team Cross Campus!

As usually, 6 startups presented their ideas at #SMNT34 on May 6:Rinse

Rinse

AugmentAnalytics

Vyu

Utique

Shyp

Populist.io

And Interoute helped us celebrate with pizza, but we didn’t stop celebrating there. Part 2: Happy Hour mixer took place on May 20. We ordered the cake and had drinks on the patio of Wokcano in Santa Monica.

We also heard from some members of our group about why they come to our events and what they value the most. For some it is an excuse to leave their house as they work from home anWokcano SMNT eventd meet new people and friends, for others  the reason for coming is to learn something new and get pieces of advice from mentors.

But what it really comes down to – it is all of us.

We’ve built a great community of open minded people who help each other, trust each other and love to innovate.

It is so important to know that what we created over 3 years makes this community special and Great! It is the quality of connections: friendships and partnerships that took root from SMNT events.

Tavor and Marina

Wokcano SMNT Happy HourThat is what Jay W wrote in his group review after he volunteered at our events:

 SMNT is a really cool group. For those genuinely interested in technology, innovation, and community involvement this is the place to go. Let’s not forget about Marina, who has been doing an excellent job keeping all of this together. Congratulations Marina! I hope to attend more meetings in the future, and bring lots of enthusiasts along. 

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#SMNT30

SMNT VolunteersOur February pitch/demo event #SMNT30 took place at Cross Campus in Santa Monica on Wed,  Feb 18. 6 new tech startups presented their creations. Elementz Interactive was our sponsor:

Elementz InteractiveElementz is a full services solution company offering creative and cutting-edge solutions tailored to customer needs. With a vision to be a world class global software development company, Elementz specializes in mobile app, website app and platform development.
Founded in 2010, Elementz has evolved into a solutions company that provides custom software solutions for startup and enterprise level businesses. Elementz’s team has multiple years of combined experience across relevant technology fields, enabling them to incorporate Infographic SMNT30various processes, skills and insights into each project we undertake. As a result of this multidisciplinary approach, Elementz’s projects often encompass a variety of technological tools and methodologies. This enhances their ability to create completely original and unique software and platforms for clients.

TabbyPresenters:

Tabby – Derek Davis – video

Delo – Renat Gabitov – video

PerspectiveMedia – Paul Rothbein – video

CureCrowd – Dr. Rocamboli – video

Propagate -Frank Freeman – video

Crunchbutton – Judd Rosenblatt – video

SMNT Reunion Jan 2015

We hosted our second annual Reunion event for 170 startups that presented at our events in the last 2.5 years. ~300 people came to celebrate entrepreneurship, to network and to support startups that grew over the years.

Startups that presented:

AntmineDedicated Volunteers

YourOfficeAgent

Letshang

Odyssey TranslatorOdyssey Translator

Synaccord

Oxford Biochronometrics

Valarm

Classkick

7GenerationGames

WirecashLinksee

Wirecash

Carsnap

Evrybit

EPS.Inc

CarSnapThere were dozens of startup founders in the audience both former presenters and our members, there were investors, service partners and just tech enthusiasts.
We had plenty of beer and pizza served thanks to our sponsors:

Xero

Halcyon Innovation

RubyThree

Read Evrybit’s story about the event:

http://getevrybit.com/blog/2015/01/santa-monica-new-tech-reunion-brings-together-los-angeles-startup-community/

SMNT at CES 2015 in Vegas

Jan 6-9, 2015. Personally it was my first CCES BannerES experience, and it was impressive.” The 2015 InternatiInMotiononal CES® was the largest and most amazing CES in show history, breaking all records as innovators across the show floor unveiled technology
services that will solve world problems and improve lives.

The 2015 CES wrapped as the largest show in history with more than 2.2 million net square feet of exhibit space featuring more than 3,600 exhibitors, including a record number of startups. Innovators showcased the latest across categories like automotive electronics, personalized health care solutions, unmIroning Magicanned vehicles, connected devices, 3D printers, gaming and more. CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technoLife Predictionlogy and this year more than 170,000 industry professionals, including more than 45,000 from outside the U.S. convened at the only event of
its kind to engage in the hands-on experience of interacting with the next generation of technology”.

My favorites are:

Ironing “closet”,Smart Home by Iris

Personal segway like transportation,

Smart Home by Iris,

Swarovski wearablesSwarovski wearable devices,

Life Prediction from Japan,

Robot that carries your bags,

New version of Paro, therapeutic seal.

Startup WeekendSky is the limitHealth section was full with everything smart and wearable with tracking your data. Welcome to the showcase of products and
services from the future!

What was accomplished in 4 days:
2 Vegas Buffets, a tour of hotels, unsuccessful gambling ($5 lost), Stratosphere tower visit,
one Illusionist show, hundreds of mind blowing technologies observed.Eureka Park Stage

I spent hours at Eureka Park learning about 100 startups!

Vegas in Daylight

My favorite startups and their interviews:

FastBar

LogoGrab

SmartMeUp

IceBreakerQ

SoyHuce

Pecabu

SpeechTrans

See more startup interviews and pitches on our YouTube Channel.

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®

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/