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Tonight was the January 2008 edition of the NY Tech Meetup. Six companies took to the stage, my comments and videos are below. I am quite disappointed that neither leader Scott nor his assistant replied either here on CN or in the mailing list to the ideas I raised. Oh well I guess. I’ve decided to provide my raw notes and immediate feedback on each startup that presented.
GoMobo lets you place an order for a fastfood joint you like online or by text message so that you can avoid the line and go directly to the pickup point. It’s a good idea, and the demo looked good but will it really save that much time? I just know that when I get to Dunkin Donuts to pick up the coffee that I just ordered, that they won’t have it ready, it will be in the wrong place, etc. They currently have 200 locations in NYC in the system and are in 8 other cities. Establishments are reporting a 5% uptick in incremental revenue. I am not sure it’s incremental since I would go to the place anyway and wait on line. This demo left me wanting to learn more, I will try to get a real interview with the team later this week.
I can’t comment on TagItOn because I have no idea what it does. The demo left me wondering what it is, does and why it’s alive. It’s not tags for content, I guess it’s like “tag you’re it”. Apparently you can friend people in different degrees and then do things with them. Other than that, your guess is as good as mine. They really need to work on this demo before they show it ever again.
You should know Gilt by now, they’ve had several posts on Silicon Alley Insider :) Founder Alexis Maybank presented the app by basically showing a bunch of half-naked women in lingerie and I guess they are all at sale prices (no, not the women). It’s all short-term sales of clothing and accessories from top designers. Basically online closeout sales. Site is kind of ugly. They have 3-4 sales a week and are adding mens clothing soon. Unfortunately Scott ended their demo at the 3:30 mark so I don’t have many more comments about it. Seems like it could work pretty well. Perhaps my stylish friend Patricia could provide more insight into Gilt Groupe. If you want a login – go to “www.giltgroupe.com/vip/nymeetup”
iminlikewithyou sure gets a lot of love from the Tech Meetup – perhaps the most I’ve seen to-date. They presented several months ago and “got away” with a flash demo and tonight they got to pimp both iminlikewithyou and their new game Tetris Blockles. I wish I could remember the name of the game that was the same as this back in 2000. I think it was on AOL but Blockles is basically a multi-player tetris. It’s very good looking. You get gems which give you superpowers and you can screw with your opponents. It’s not a new concept at all, but the iminlikewithyou crowd will eat it up like a hot Krispy Kreme. Dude from the service says current average time on site is 45 mins per day per player. Dude uses a lot of curse words for cheap crowd cheers.
Here’s the idea. You have a reservation at your favorite top-of-the-line, you ain’t getting it if you ain’t Jason Calacanis kind of place. But you can’t make it. Rather than call the place and tell them you can’t make it, you can slap your reservation up on TableXchange and make money on it! This Hannah Montana! The audience immediately asked why you couldn’t just make reservations all over town and put them on the site. I already signed up an offshore team to start making reservations in the morning. I think the idea is a good one, the execution will be the downfall of the app. It just sets itself up for abuse.
Not really sure how to explain USFirst but it’s a site that helps kids get the most out of technology. They put on various competitions — the one they showed us was from the Georgia Dome with 27,000 kids and robot technology. The group was founded by the guy who developed the Segway. Check out the video to get more about the company. They are looking for people to participate – either in time or financially.
Update: Hank Williams has a review of the evening’s demos as well.
CampusDestinations.com – University Campus Map
Campus Destinations is the premier mapping and informational services company for college campuses. Campus Destinations mission is to save students time and money by eliminating inefficient ways of allocating their schedule and funds and creating an interactive portal that enables them to profit from the correction of this externality. Additionally, the company allows users to register on the site to rate local restaurants and share "cool-facts" about local destinations on campus. read more »
BookThief.com – The Textbook Black Market
BookThief.com hopes to upset the textbook market by forcing bookstores to compete based on price, locally. Once called a ‘broken market’ in a study commissioned by Congress, the used textbook market has had little competition for too long. Collectively, 18 states have current or pending legislation aimed at reducing textbook prices. BookThief.com isn’t a real textbook black market of course, but the Web site hopes to give students a viable alternative to buying and selling textbooks at the campus bookstore. read more »
Tagiton.com – 6 Degrees of Email
You probably know the whole 6 degrees concept, made popular by the Kevin Bacon game of the same name, in which every one is connected by six degrees of separation; well Tagiton has taken the concept and applied it to email. Register with Tagiton, and your communication will be separated and organized into degreed tags which indicate social layers. read more »
ProductClash.com – Social Shopping Comparison
ProductClash.com provides the ability to find user generated and user rated product information. Doing so, they give decision makers the ability to include the opinion of other people in making a buying decision. What they believe is that making a choice is more than just an individual process based on rational criteria. A purchasing decision is based on three main criteria: The influential power of other people, the emotional connection to the brand or product category, and the underlying rational need for a product or a service. read more »
Loonapix.com – Add Frames To Your Photos
In yet another bid to make your pictures look fabulous and funny, all at once, LoonaPix has launched an image processing service which you can use to add frames to your photos. It’s pretty simple and straightforward to apply. Just upload any photo or select an image from the web (paste the URL in the appropriate area), and choose a frame you like. read more »