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:

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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®

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#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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#SMhub2 in July!

Santa Monica New Tech networking event 1On July 15 we hosted our second networking #SMhub2 event at Regus. CJ Bruce from Newantics gave a talk about video strategy.Santa Monica New Tech networking event 2
AwardFantasy and Film Bundle told us about their film startups. More than 100 people networked in 3 groups: startups, film/video and social media.
Thank you to our great sponsors: Regus for the venue, and Insperity and MoPro for beer!
Our next pitch/demo event is on Wed, July 24 at CrossCampus!

Elance Friday Night Party

Elance OverviewSusan Arete from Elance.com organized a great info session about the company last Friday at 3110 Lounge on Main Str in Santa Monica. She gave a short presentation on what Elance is about and why Elance loves startups!

She told about a myriad of services tElance serviceshat are available through Elance for less than what brick and mortar businesses offer. See short presentation: Elance 5 min Preso

“Startups have always been lean by necessity. When budgets are slim or nonexistent and founders are bootstrapping their companies, it pays to keep costs under control. Many startup entrepreneurs are torn between wanting to hire quickly in order to scale up the business, while wanting to be cautious about keeping payroll in line with revenue.

Join us and learn how Elance offers an ideal middle ground, providing a world of talented freelancers ready to help do the heavy lifting of building your startup company. Hear first hand from a startup entrepreneur who uses Elance to gain a competitive advantage in business!”Joe Wine Seller at Elance

Indeed, two startup founders shared their experience with attendees on how Elance helped them find freelances: service providers and talent.

Elance bought drinks and appetizers for all at the event. Even more – they give $50 credit to everyone who wants to try Elance out towards your first hire. Here’s the signup link to claim your $50: Elance credit towards your first hire: www.elance.com/join/susan

Photo is courtesy of Victoria Kashtan http://www.victoriakashtan.com/

Photo is courtesy of Victoria Kashtan http://www.victoriakashtan.com/

Freelancers who use that same link also get a bonus for signing up (10 extra job bids with free account). To see pictures and be notified of upcoming events, please join our facebook page: facebook.com/elancesocal

If you have any questions or would like more information about how Elance can help your business, please get in touch with Susan.

Thank you, Susan, for fun networking time with fellow entrepreneurs as we lounged and nibbled on some happy hour treats. http://elancestartupmixer.eventbrite.com/

Silicon Beach Fest Demo Day June 2013

santamonica-beautySilicon Beach Fest (SBF) kicked off Wednesday with a demo day showcasing over a dozen startups from the Los Angeles area. Here are a few companies that caught our eye.

Wikipad

The Wikipad 7 is a $249 hybrid Android tablet and gaming controller. It launched last week, selling out at Best Buy and Walmart. The device was originally pitched as a 10.1-inch tablet at twice the price, but the company delayed the product and went back to the drawing board.

Based on a quick hands-on, the combo has a nice ergonomic feel to it. Switching between the touchscreen and the controller can be a bit jarring, but the improved gaming controls make up for it.

Wikipad’s founder said it took about $2 million to get the tablet off the ground, and the project reportedly has the support of both Google and Nvidia.

Preact

Preact helps companies collect and understand user data to improve their support and customer management systems. The company offers a side bar that pops up alongside applications like Zendesk, Salesforce and Hootsuite. The tool offers data on user behaviors related to: churn likelihood, account health, unusual behavior and onboarding funnel.

Founder Christopher Gooley highlighted one company using Preact that got its support ticket resolution time down to 44 seconds.

Bitium

We covered Bitium back in April when they announced completion of a $2.4 million seed round. The startup bills itself as a “cloud operating system”. Its product acts as a centralized system for SaaS applications, helping enterprises consolidate logins and manage permissions and allowing employees to easier collaborate and communicate across applications.

The power of SaaS applications is growing quickly, but juggling apps is becoming a tangled affair. Bitium’s making a huge play for the enterprise, and we’re optimistic about their prospects.

Prevoty

Prevoty offers a security filter meant to help websites avoid malicious attacks by managing cross-site scripting. SmartFilter is designed to allow website users to continue submitting healthy content such as links and videos to a site, without opening it up to attacks.

The startup says SmartFilter works faster than traditional firewalls, while providing analytics and notifications. It can remove all HTML/CSS tags, allow a subset, and automatically convert links to a URL shortening service.

Prevoty believes in its product enough that it set up a SmartFilter sandbox on its own website and lets hackers submit code through it.

The Kive Company

The Kive Company won Startup World LA earlier this year with its Artkive app, which helps parents  archive kids’ artwork. Now it’s moving forward with Tastemaker Mom, a platform for signs moms to interact with and help influence brands and their products.

It’s nice to see that the startup isn’t just going to rely on a one-app wonder. The mom demographic is obviously a huge potential business, and the data The Kive Company collects from its user base is going to be immensely valuable for brands.

Instacanvas

You probably already know Instagram gallery site Instacanvas, but you probably didn’t know that it boasts the largest commercial image catalogue with over 38 million images for sale. Over the past year, the company has ramped up to $2 million in annual revenue.

Instacanvas raised a $1.7 million seed round in just 48 hours, with Founders Fund, First Round Capital, Bullpen Capital participating.

The Bouqs

Flower e-commerce site The Bouqs just crossed the half million revenue mark this month with over 200,000 blooms shipped.

Buying from other online flower vendors is a pain. The Bouqs wants to change that by offering a flat $40 fee for all of its bouquets, discount subscription services, and three-click check out. With the subscription, you can add in holidays, birthdays and special occasions and have flowers automatically delivered on the day of. You can also sign up for recurring bouquets or surprise shipments.

Flowers are apparently sourced from an active volcano in South America and cut to order.

I’ve been burned by flower delivery services in the past, so I was skeptical about this one, but I was practically reaching for my credit card by the time this pitch was done.

Wallaby

Wallaby aims to tackle the credit card market by optimizing users’ rewards programs in the background. You can sign up for a Wallaby card and add existing cards to your account and the service will automatically direct the charges to the card with the best reward for that purchase.

Wallaby launched version 2.0 of its iPhone app earlier on Wednesday and also offers an Android application. Other services include Wallet Boost, which recommends new cards, and an upcoming point of sale system and API.

Focus@will

Productivity and music need a special something to go together well, and Focus@will takes a scientific approach to finding it. The company builds “phase-sequenced music” playlists that are designed to help you focus for 100-minute segments.

The service launched five weeks ago and has reached 135,000 members. Growth is definitely on the up and up, as founder Will Henshall revealed during his pitch that the company had doubled membership in the last 48 hours.

This article is re-posted from http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/06/20/our-favorite-startups-from-las-silicon-beach-fest-demo-day/

More Startup and Tech Event Organizers in Santa Monica

TechZulu

Based in Los Angeles, California, TechZulu is an independent news organization delivering an insightful story of the technology industry by showcasing the very people creating it. Our mission is simple: to discover, cover and connect you with vetted technology resources in the Southern California ecosystem and beyond. A pioneer in live Web television, TechZulu engages millions of viewers through real time reporting at conferences and its weekly news show, TechZulu Live. TechZulu also offers production services for conferences and events, and runs the Spotlight Series highlighting promising new technologies. Final Friday http://bit.ly/18uWhxE.

Technoripitchevent

Technori is building the starter community through curated events and a passionate network http://technorila.eventbrite.com/

StartupWorld

Startup World is a global competition started by Hermione Way and Erick Davidson to find the world’s most innovative startups. While most media is currently focusing on Silicon Valley, we want to shine a light on entrepreneurs in emerging markets. http://startupworldla-eorg.eventbrite.com/

StartupGrind

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 40 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. www.StartupGrind.com

TechCocktail

Tech Cocktail is a media company focused on better connecting, educating and amplifying the start-up technology community and showcasing the latest tech innovations. Tech Cocktail is aimed at helping build and strengthen local tech start-up communities both online and off. During past mixer events we have had companies find employees, co-founders, funding and some start-ups have even been acquired. We love it when that happens. Tech Cocktail

Digital LA

Digital LA organizes networking events for online entertainment, marketing and advertising friends and professionals around entertainment, strartups, movies, TV/web series, music, video games, VFX/3D, including content creation, development, distribution, marketing and social media. Digital LA is the founder of the Silicon Beach Fest, a biannual startup entertainment conference http://www.eventbrite.com/org/1423518361

Social Media Club of LA

Social Media Club Los Angeles designs monthly educational networking events focused on new and emerging social media trends and tools for business, case studies, and best practices. We strive to bring in speakers and hold interactive sessions and workshops useful to social media newbies and experts alike. http://socialmediaclub.org/