- WEB STARTUPS
- WEB JOBS
- ALL TOPICS
The February version of the NY Tech Meetup was held last night. I’d suggest it was the largest crowd to-date and the demos were relatively good. Below are the videos from each presentation – they installed a huge new podium which made videotaping a bit off but you can clearly hear everyone and naturally you can go to each Web site for more information. I hope you enjoy the videos.
TheIssue is a blog newspaper and they want to find “the best content”. Someone asked why a machine couldn’t do it better, I’d ask the same thing. In fact, TechMeme, while not perfect, does a good job of story aggregation.
Plink lets you tag your photos in Facebook with either information about the people in the photos or the products in the photos. If the tag is for a product, you can link directly to the product for someone to purchase. As many asked in the crowd, without some sort of revshare model, there’s no reason to spend the time plinking something. I’d actually suggest that even with a revshare, meeting the payout will be difficult so there is very little incentive to link to a product. If it was to work, it could be a strong offering, but it will take a massive effort to make that happen.
Takes All Types
Takes All Types is a Facebook application to list your blood type and location. Should there be a blood shortage for your type and location, the system will send you an alert. It’s a pretty interesting idea and the company has non-profit status. This is one of those apps that hits you in the heart for an install.
This one got ugly quick as presenter Andrew Rasiej discussed how Obama is using the internet while Clinton isn’t. People in the audience seemed to believe that Andrew was pushing Obama over Clinton. The TechPresident site has information on how each candidate is using the Internet, from Facebook friends to Technorati links.
NY-based Xerpi is what I call a "favorites manager". When you first load Xerpi, it might look like a startpage (e.g. netvibes, pageflakes, schmedley, yourminis, etc.), but it’s actually a favorites manager. When you signup for an account, you can select either a blank page or a pre-defined starting point. I selected Technology and was presented with about 10 links total. They need to increase this and create 50-100 links so that the page seems full and also offers some good start points for newbies.
They currently generate revenue by the Google search engine on the site. I am assuming they could also do sponsored Xerpi pages and also sponsored panels within the Xerpi application.
I’d like to see a panel for the various browsers that lets me keep Xerpi open as a panel while browsing. This would make it easier than having to keep switching back and forth to the Xerpi app in another tab or window.
Here’s my video review: