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Global Innovation Event Helps International Startups Raise Capital

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I just got an email about the  “Funding The Best In Global Innovation III” event, to be held in New York on May 16. In its third year, this 1-day conference is an initiative of the Worldwide Investor Network, a group that focuses on startups from all over the world (not just US-based) and assists them with mentorship and in raising capital.

As Elizabeth Lopez, their VP of Operations told me, “Our goal is to showcase only the TOP tech global startups and as such our business model is the most friendly for entrepreneurs. There is no fee to present at our events, and our process includes mentorship done by Top NY Investors (virtually), free access to our community event, and a spot to pitch to the most relevant NYC-based investors at our demo day”.

The lineup for their May 16th event include some top investors and experienced entrepreneurs:

  • David Aronoff – General Partner, Flybridge Capital
  • Brad Svrluga – General Partner, High Peaks Venture Partners
  • Lisa Wu – Venture Capitalist, Norwest Venture Partners
  • Jessica Lawrence –  Executive Director, NY Tech Meetup
  • Andrew Cleland – Venture Partner, Comcast Ventures
  • Hadley Harris – General Partner, Eniac Ventures
  • Jalak Jobanputra – Managing Partner, FuturePerfect Ventures
  • Charlie O’Donnell – Partner, Brooklyn Bridge Ventures
  • Tanya Prive – Founder, COO of Rock the Post
  • Alejandro Cremades – Founder, CEO of Rock the Post
  • Ann Li – Executive Vice President, Center for Economic Transformation, City of New York
  • Inaki Berenguer – Co-Founder, Pixable
  • Eran Gilad – CEO, Tracx
  • Shay Rapaport – CEO, FireBlade
  • Steve Peltzman – Chief Business Technology Officer, Forrester
  • Greg Satell – Contributor, Forbes Magazine
  • Joao-Pierre Ruth – New York Editor, Xconomy
  • Rebecca Fannin – Author, Silicon Dragon (2008) & Startup Asia (2011)
  • Ed Sim – Founder and Management Partner, BOLDstart Ventures
  • Eliot Durbin – Partner, BOLDstart Ventures

If your live outside the US and are looking to get exposure to your startup, make connections with the VC community and get advice and mentorship, then you should check out their website at www.worldwideinvestornetwork.com.

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Funding the Best in Global Innovation III – Details

  • When: May 16, 2013
  • Where: 1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY
  • Register atwww.worldwideinvestornetwork.com
  • Discount code for 25% off: StartupWebGuide

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iPhone App Makes Coffee, Debuts at Launch Festival 2013

“It only adds 4 inches to your iPhone and gives you 45 seconds of battery life, but makes coffee” explains Jason Calacanis as he gives an impromptu presentation of iCoffee, a new iPhone app he was asked to pitch by Yossi Vardi, one of the participants in the VC Panel at the Launch Festival yesterday.

The joke is part of what makes the Launch Festival a one of a kind event, where 50 companies pitch their products to a panel of judges and 5 thousand attendees.

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First Day Startups
Although the conference started off with a bit of a snafu (45 mins registration line and about 1 hour delay in the program in general), things were quite good once you got inside. This is my third year attending the conference and it has grown both in size and quality.

The event is a great opportunity for startup founders to present their ideas to a panel of judges who will not think twice before coming down hard on you or your idea, and is also a great venue for networking.

Of the statups that presented on stage, the following caught my attention:

Whiplash: Not only this startup is already making money ($500K last year), they are experiencing growth and are providing a much needed service, i.e. the shipping and logistics for eCommerce. This is a huge opportunity that, if done correctly, can transform this company into a major player in the fulfillment business.

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CubeSensor: Robert Scobble said that as he was hearing the live feed of the event on his way up to San Francisco, he stopped his car just to buy a couple of units from this startup. Their whole premise is to improve indoor living, and they do that by giving you a ‘cube’ that sits on a table and monitors the air quality, humidity, noise, etc. If you have ever worked in an office with terrible air quality (so called ‘sick buildings’) you wish you had one of those. The key for them will be figuring out a killer distribution strategy and strategic partnerships.

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Jawfish: a real-time, multiplayer game on iOS. What’s the big deal? The team behind it seems pretty solid (guys from Full Tilt Poker) and their advantage seems to the the architecture behind the games, delivering an awesome gaming experience. If they are really this technologically advanced and can get the right deals in place, they can become a major force in online gaming.

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Triptease: Trip Advisor should have been dead but is still lingering because there is simply not a better option for online travel reviews. Triptease wants to change it with a magazine-like interface that makes reviews easy to create and fun to read. But the most interesting aspect is the leveraging of social networks. As people create beautifully rendered reviews, they will be able to share it with their friends. According to founder Charlie Osmond, hotels have already expressed an interest in using the site and have been emailing customers to place their reviews on Triptease. Going after smart parterships like that is a good move. Now, they have to get critical mass to start moving the needle against Trip Advisor.

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Hubskip: A better way to book travel, because it gives you money back. Not only Hubspkip has a slick interface, it centralizes all booking for your trip (hotel, transportation, etc.) so you don’t have to worry about it. We all know that booking travel sucks, no matter what Expedia, Travelocity, and the other players do to their sites, the whole experience is pretty miserable. If Hubskip can break the mold and give us better travel planning at cheaper prices, you’ve got a winner.

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Next post I will talk about some of the other startups presenting and also about those in the demo pit.

Bootstrapped Startups Now Have MicroConf 2011

With so much talk about Angel and VC funding and a new startup bubble forming, is refreshing to see that self-funded startups still have a place to go to share ideas and best practices. That’s why MicroConf 2011 is worth checking out.

Put together by veterans of the startup world, Rob Walling and Mike Taber, MicroConf is a conference that was born out of the passion that the founders and their followers have for the bootstrapped and micro-ISV startups. Rob and Mike run the highly successful Micropreneur Academy, a site that teaches you how to get your startup off the ground and has a very active community. Is exactly this community that has been clamoring for some time now for a place where they can physically meet and exchange ideas.

If you are thinking about starting your own business, if you are a bootstrapped startup, or if you are a one-man show (micro-ISV or single founder startup) then this is a conference worth checking out.

To register, go to the MicroConf 2011 website (or click image below).

Conference Details

  • June 6 & 7 in Las Vegas, NV
  • Hosted by Rob Walling and Mike Taber

Speakers Include

Who Should Attend?
Anyone launching a startup with no outside funding who wants to hang out with and learn from 225 of today’s leading founders and entrepreneurs.

 

Demo Conference Announces Winners

The Demo Conference 2011 ended yesterday and has announced the winning startups:

Zugara: uses augmented reality to aid in shopping experience. Really cool demo of someone  browsing an online sore and “trying” a dress virtually as if she was at the store.

Nimble: a Social CRM, gives you a tool that combines basic contact management with your social stream and activities (twitter, facebook, linkedin, etc.) in one single location. Great looking product that has potential to become a standard tool in sales organizations.

ecoATM: is your CoinStar for cell phones. Users go to their kiosks and put in their old cell phones in exchange for money. The intelligent kiosk can test your cell phone and determine its working condition, then gives you a price and you decide if you want to cash out. In that case the cell phone is kept in the kiosk for later recycling.

Stratosphere (by V3): Incredibly fast virtual desktops.

Manilla: helps you keep track and pay your bills on time. Is a central online location that consolidates all your payments and pending bills so you never miss the payment deadline again.

eCobe: helps content creators make money by giving back 75% of search engine’s advertising profit to content providers.

And for the people’s choice award: GutCheck, a do-it-yourself qualitative research online tool that helps you do your market research on a dime.

You can catch all startup pitches for the Demo event at their website.