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/

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

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!

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/

July 24 Event Preview

Santa_Monica_image1Santa Monica New Tech demo/pitch (#SMNT12) this Wed, July 24 is the must attend event at Cross Campus! 7 hand-picked startups will blow your mind with their vision and new technologies. And they will only have 5 min each! RSVP.

Here are our superstars:

7:10PM PulsoViral

Don’t you think that Twitter is ugly? See what Twitter missed! PulsoViral created a Social Wall for Events! It Integrates Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Vine in a single page. Choose various beautiful skins and special effects, like videos, image playlist between social interactions and event on-screen advertising to generate a new source of revenue.

You can quickly hide inappropriate content from showing it on your event. You can do stats and identify quickly how many people interact on your event, your viral and absolute reach on social networks and identify your key influencers.

7:20PM CoinMKT

Do you own any virtual currencies? As platform and processing systems become more reliable, traditional merchants begin to adopt new forms of payment. CoinMKT, based in Santa Monica, is creating the world’s most reliable, efficient way for buying and selling cryptocurrency. They support Bitcoin as well as other alternative cryptocurrencies like Litecoin, PPcoin, TerraCoin and more. CoinMKT will show a sneak peek into the future!

Come and see CoinMKT, the shaker and mover of the upcoming “The Inside Bitcoins Conference and Expo” of July 30 in New York City.

7:30PM TripScope

Do you like to travel, but feel like it is too much hassle organizing and digging through endless options and still overpaying? What about affordable customized travel? It is Like Having Your Own Personal Travel Agent In Your Pocket.

7:40PM Draftpedia

The mission is to make the lives of lazy sports fans even easier! Lifelong Laker fans David Rabie and Joe Sarafian hatched the idea for Draftpedia while ironically watching a Clipper game. Discussing Kenyon Martin’s historically dismal draft class, Joe wondered why fans still used Wikipedia to look up past drafts. 13 months later, Draftpedia was launched on April 17th.

7:50PM Synapsify

Content overload? Help is here! The explosion in user-generated text and content often results in costly or unreliable online moderation efforts and even worse – your best-written content hidden from view.  With Synapsify you can discover critical content and create stronger messages. Through patented text analytics and search technology Synapsify have unlocked the DNA of language through the analysis of sound and metaphor in written language. So now, you can understand and curate your content like never before based on quality, credibility, themes and intent. It is groundbreaking, intelligent software that reads and analyzes with human-like qualities. Smarter content leads to a smarter world for your clients, partners and their customers.

8:00PM GonnaBe

Your Social Life, Transformed! GonnaBe helps you see all of your options in one place – from specials, to events, to your friends’ plans. See into the future with temporal mapping. It’s like a crystal ball for what’s going on later. And it learns what you like, so now you’ve got a concierge for your social life.

8:10PM TwentyTwo

Don’t you wish to have a more personal and creative way to connect with the artists you love? TwentyTwo is a community if artists and fans to share short audio clips. Artists can post clips to their followers, and fans can send clips back. Your relationships with artists are changed forever!

This outstanding event will take place at Cross Campus, 820 Broadway, Santa Monica, on July 24, 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/126840412/

#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!

Incubate, Accelerate and Pay It Forward for Business

Brian and Jason PIFYour Office Agent organized another cool Pay It Forward (PIF) for Business event at the Satellite and 3110 Lounge in Santa Monica on July 1.

PIF is about bringing the best companies in Santa Monica to give free advice and help grow small and medium sized businesses. It was the 4th PIF since Dec 2012, and it was Free of Charge. The focus has been from entrepreneurs to tech.

Every PIF has a giving wall, where people post their offerings to the community or just tell about their products and services. The Satellite provided an inspirational coworking facility and volunteers together with Your Office Agent team to keep it all simple.

The Giving Tree Wall

Format of the event

  • Firstly, people checked in in the back of 3110 main Street.  There were easy to follow directions.
  • After checking in, the first place to go was the 3rd Floor of Satellite to write gifts or offers on the giving wall. People also put their business cards into the envelopes under the other offers that they liked. The hosts at Satellite had lemonade for all to give.
  • After the giving wall participants proceeded to 31Ten Lounge downstairs to speak to the mentors and enjoy the giving environment.
  • From 8.30 to 9pm those who posted offers picked up their envelopes from the third floor and either went home or back to 31ten, where they continued with happy hour drinks and had three separate free beer promotions and played beer pong.

Mentor Prizes and assistance were valued at approximately $20,000 at the event.

There were about 20 companies giving prizJuly 1 PIF hivees and gifts at the tables. Big Prize – Stubbs Alderton & Markiles were giving away a free company formation to the company with the best story and business plan because they have a great PreAccelerator and want to help local startups.  The winner will be announced later in the week. Among dozens of give aways I liked:

1. The Santa Monica Chamber – free membership for one year

2. $5,000 from Media Leaders – media promotion services for your business

3. Insperity, an amazing publicly quoted HR firm, – a dinner for two in Chaya

July 1 PIF SMNT4. stevenkoistinen.com – video interviews

5. John Shiple – Freelance CTO – free advice and one free consultancy afterwards

6. Peak Hosting  – HR advice and a free ipad for the funniest company hosting disaster

7. Nina and her team at Your Office Agent have combined with Regus and Satellite – free month in Regus and Satellite to incubate the lucky start up

There were also offers from other companies: Asure Workspace Software, Swedish Chamber, Microsoft, and others, all there to give and connect.

Santa Monica New Tech also had a table and invited all attendees to our events. We had a display of technologies from 5  years, 3 years and 1 year ago. We told about volunteer oportunities in tech (ex. One Laptop per Child Update 2013). Our offer was one free ticket to our demo/feedback event on July 24 for those who stopped by our table at PIF4!

It was a vibrant networking environment. Thank you to all 450 people for paying it forward!

Watch video by Steven Kostinen http://bit.ly/1brZGzR